In a quandary
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.