In a quandary

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BOOKS - Com­piled by ROUWEN LIN Edge Hollywood Hills War­lord The Con­fes­sion Deep Six The Devil To Pay The Red Queen

Author: Jef­fery Deaver Pub­lisher: Simon and Schus­ter, 400 pages

HENRY Lov­ing is a bru­tal killer with a tal­ent for ex­tract­ing in­for­ma­tion he needs from in­no­cent peo­ple. Ruth­less and in­tel­li­gent, he will stop at noth­ing to get the an­swers he seeks, in­clud­ing kid­nap­ping, tor­tur­ing or killing their fam­ily. When po­lice of­fi­cer Ryan Kessler be­comes his next tar­get, the en­tire Kessler fam­ily is given pro­tec­tion.

Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer Corte is a bril­liant game strate­gist who is re­lent­lessly de­voted to pro­tect­ing those in his care. But in the case of Henry, Corte has a per­sonal grudge to set­tle. He is faced with a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion: to pro­tect his charges or ex­pose them to a killer in the name of per­sonal re­venge. Author: Joseph Wam­baugh Pub­lisher: Grand Cen­tral Pub­lish­ing, 356 pages THE Bling Ring, a cir­cle of teenage bur­glars, has bro­ken into many houses be­long­ing to Hollywood celebri­ties. LAPD vet­eran Nate Weiss is not a big fan of his job. When B-list di­rec­tor Rudy Ressler asks him to keep an eye on his es­tate in Hollywood Hills while he and his wife go on a vacation, he gladly agrees.

What he doesn’t know is that an art dealer is plan­ning to take off with two valu­able paint­ings from the man­sion. It seems that the Bling Ring and a pair of crim­i­nals are also in­volved, but no one is re­ally sure what is go­ing on. Author: Ted Bell Pub­lisher: Wil­liam Mor­row, 532 pages Author: John Gr­isham Pub­lisher: Dou­ble­day, 418 pages TRAVIS Boyette ab­ducted, raped and stran­gled a pop­u­lar high school cheer­leader, and then buried her body. When the po­lice stum­ble across the corpse, they ar­rest Donté Drumm, a lo­cal foot­ball star, and march him off to death row. Nine years later, Donté is four days away from his ex­e­cu­tion and Travis suf­fers from an in­op­er­a­ble brain tu­mour. For the first time in his life, he won­ders whether he should con­fess to his heinous crime that Donté has taken the blame for. But how can he con­vince lawyers, judges and politi­cians that they’re about to ex­e­cute an in­no­cent man?

BRI­TISH-Amer­i­can MI6 coun­ter­spy Alexan­der Hawke has been drown­ing his sor­rows in booze since he lost the woman he loved al­most a year ago. But when he gets a phone call about a threat di­rected to­wards the Bri­tish royal fam­ily re­quest­ing his help, Alex finds him­self back in the game. Clues sug­gest that the IRA might be in­volved, but per­haps more in­trigu­ing is that a man who is sup­posed to have died 30 years ago seems to have a hand in this. Author: Mark Pow­ell Pub­lisher: Mar­shall Cavendish, 318 pages DANIEL Spencer, a suc­cess­ful banker and ac­tion-seeker, signs up to join an ex­clu­sive club known as Deep Six. He re­alises too late that he and his girl­friend are caught in the web of its sin­is­ter war games and are now pawns in a deadly game of piracy. Bil­lion­aire ship­ping ty­coon Christos Pathos hires Mark McCabe to res­cue his daugh­ter from the clutches of Abshir Mo­hammed, the pirate war­lord. But Abshir and his pi­rates are not the only dan­ger – the au­thor­i­ties also have to deal with an elu­sive woman known as the Rain An­gel and the CIA. Author: Wal­ter Woon Pub­lisher: Mar­shall Cavendish, 334 pages WHEN Den­nis Chi­ang re­turned as a lawyer at d’Almeida’s law firm in Singapore, he didn’t ex­pect things to change as rapidly as they did. But there is news of an im­pend­ing Ja­panese in­va­sion and peo­ple are start­ing to panic. Roped in by the Bri­tish Spe­cial Branch as an un­der­cover op­er­a­tive to weed out Ja­pa­nense agents, Den­nis THIS is a col­lec­tion of 21 short sto­ries from three clas­sic col­lec­tions. In the first, the author brings up provoca­tive ques­tions: Was Hitler the first rock star? Who needs school uni­forms? Are teach­ers facists? In the sec­ond, she ex­plores the ten­sions that arise from try­ing to con­form to so­ci­etal norms. In the third, the char­ac­ters are rebels on their way to self-de­struc­tion: a grad­u­ate makes a border run with a back­pack filled with heroin and a banker leaves town, leav­ing a daugh­ter with em­bez­zled funds. Author: Philippa Gre­gory Pub­lisher: Simon and Schus­ter, 387 pages MAR­GARET Beau­fort, a mem­ber of the House of Lan­caster and the grand­mother of Henry VIII, was mar­ried at the age of 12 to Ed­mund Tudor in an ef­fort to cre­ate a royal Lan­caster heir and help se­cure the throne. Ed­mund dies the very next year, leav­ing her a son named Henry.

A civil war breaks out be­tween the houses of Lan­caster and York, mak­ing it very dif­fi­cult for Mar­garet to plot to get her son on the throne. But in a world where no line of suc­ces­sion is se­cure, Mar­garet swears she will fol­low through with her plan even if it means walk­ing a thin line be­tween loy­alty and be­trayal to get it.

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