Description : A brilliant young man, Anthony Martino learned the ways of violence and Italian criminals early in life. Always deeply loving with friends and family and brutal with enemies, Martino hates his enemies with a white hot passion. In his part of the world, justice can be found only with a gun, knife, or a bomb. When Martino is asked to give a presentation about organized crime to a college class in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania, he is happy to accept. A former professor, Tony enjoys provoking thoughts and emotions in students. The same day he receives the professor’s request, he receives an e-mail message from a member of New York City's most powerful crime family requesting to see him. He also accepts this invitation. When Ernie Valadi, Martino’s nemesis from high school, taunts him and accuses him of being a con man, Martino challenges him to a fight. Will this fight be any different from their past entanglements? To what extent will Martino extract his revenge? A deeply religious man, will Martino be forgiven for his sins? Is he correct in his assumption that Some Men Need Killing?
Description : Stories that range all the way from high fantasy to hard sf. - Avalon shimmers in the corners of your eyes while monsters forge you into a deadly weapon. - Your immortal lover is willing to sacrifice anything to pursue a walking city on a gigantic Alderson disc. Even you and your child. - Race across the silicon highways of a computer-chip, in a car no bigger than a microbe. - Stop Lovecraft before he wakes the Old Ones in their sunken cities or climb the Tower of Babel while Saddam Hussein aims his Space Cannon.
Description : Few first novels garner the kind of powerful praise awarded this epic story that takes place on the dusty, remorseless Oklahoma frontier, where two brothers are deadlocked in a furious rivalry. Fayette is an enterprising schemer hoping to cash in on his brother's talents as a gunsmith. John, determined not to repeat the crime that forced both families to flee their Kentucky homes, doggedly follows his tenacious brother west, while he watches his own family disintegrate. Wondrously told through the wary eyes of John's ten-year-old daughter, Mattie, whose gift of premonition proves to be both a blessing and a curse, The Mercy Seat resounds with the rhythms of the Old Testament even as it explores the mysteries of the Native American spirit world. Sharing Faulkner's understanding of the inescapable pull of family and history, and Cormac McCarthy's appreciation of the stark beauty of the American wilderness, Rilla Askew imbues this momentous work with her tremendous energy and emotional range. It is an extraordinary novel from a prodigious new talent. Strange Business, a collection of linked stories that won the 1993 Oklahoma Book Award, is available from Penguin.
Description : Laugh at the Devil, the second installment in the saga of criminal Anthony Martino, continues the exploration of the sacred and the profane. This gritty novel, not for the faint of heart, exposes the horrific activities of Pennsylvania's anthracite region's criminal element while recounting a moving individual quest for spiritual resolution, which coalesces Native American and Christian mysticism. Dr. Anita Vickers, Literature Professor, Penn State Fearing nothing but God, Monsignor Lessari, and the darkness that could seize his soul, Anthony Martino battles Sheriff Bull Terrance, Judge Archer, and those who would take the life of his deceased friend's unborn child. Through it all he relies on the Monsignor for spiritual guidance and the forgiveness of his sins including murder. Anthony Martino was a solitary killer until he met Samantha, a skilled thief with a dark desire Anthony was willing to satisfy. As the bodies pile up, Anthony tells a friend, "These killings are getting to me." Will he be able to continue until his loved ones are safe? When he is told that one final killing must be done, he fears for his soul. Will Anthony do it, or will he hear the thunder and be destroyed by the lightning?
Description : THE GREATEST WESTERN WRITERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY Raised in the wild. Armed to the teeth. Sam Flintlock is no ordinary bounty hunter. But sometimes even a man who sets traps for a living can step right into one. Sometimes the hunter becomes the hunted—in the ultimate kill-or-be-killed showdown from bestselling authors William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone . . . ONE WEEK IN HELL After crossing the dry Arizona desert—and missing six meals in a row—Sam Flintlock is flat-out desperate. For food. For work. For lodgings. Luckily he finds all three in the high timber country east of the Mogollon River. A very young and pretty heiress, Lucy Cullen, has an unusual proposition for the bounty hunter. She will pay him cold, hard cash to spend one full week in the gothic mansion of her murdered uncle. What’s the catch? The place is haunted . . . Flintlock ain’t afraid of the dead. It’s the living he’s more worried about—namely Hogan Forde, the murderous Texas gunslinger who just happens to be skulking around town. Toss in a few unfriendly locals and a missing treasure map, and you’ve got all the makings of a pretty terrifying campfire story. The difference is, these restless spirits are very much among the living, and they’ve got Flintlock slated for his own afterlife . . .
Description : Discusses the phenomenon of teenagers who kill, why these incidents happen, and what society can do to prevent such crimes.
Description : Carolyn Haines's Southern Belle mysteries kick sleuthing up a notch with Sarah Booth Delaney, the sassiest heroine this side of the Mississippi. . . Displaced from its New Orleans venue, a red-hot touring production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is opening right in the heart of Zinnia, and featuring hunky star Graf Mileau! Sarah Booth, who had her own brief stint with Mileau himself, is less than thrilled. Graf is now linked with his costar, Renata Troviola, a dyed-in-the-wool diva who plans to ride Graf's coattails all the way to Hollywood. But Renata's trip to the top comes to a screeching halt on the play's second night when someone laces her lipstick with cyanide. It seems Renata was stirring up plenty of drama behind the scenes, making enemies galore: her long-suffering makeup artist, an extremely harsh critic, an angry audience member. . .even boy toy Graf had a motive. But the most damning evidence points to Sarah. Now, to save her reputation, Sarah reckons she'll have to bring the curtain down on a mystery with more twists and turns than the Old Muddy. . . Praise for Carolyn Haines and her Southern Belle mysteries: "Funny, ingenious. . .and delightful." --Dallas Morning News "Wickedly funny. Devilishly clever. Scintillatingly Southern. Carolyn Haines is an author to die for." --Carolyn Hart
Description : Annotation Having been a plant ecologist and park ranger for the US National Park Service, Watson has now returned to her native east Texas and settled in her private nature preserve. She documents a voyage (accompanied by her old blind dog) down the river Neches River, called Snow River by natives. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
Description : A fascinating profile of female homicide offenders emerges from this analysis of the characteristics of women murderers in six cities in the United States, including the circumstances of the murders, the role of the victims, the role of the perpetrators, and their fates in court.
Description : Memories: Blood, Sweat, and Fears And a Little Bit More is a collection of actual experiences, some tragedies, some heartfelt emotions, and even some humorous stories that have become lasting and lifelong memories for the writer. The components blood, sweat, and fears play a pivotal role in this author's storage of memories. She has shared intimate personal experiences where blood, sweat, and fears were an intricate part in creating these memories. She has captured these components and written about her experiences in a simple, southern style, as if the reader is sitting there with the writer as she tells her stories.