George Pelecanos' The Cut introduces Spero Lucas, a veteran of the Iraq war, who acts as an unlicensed investigator and all-around finder of lost things. When he is hired by a jailed drugs baron, Lucas finds his streetwise knowledge and fighting abilities are put to a rigorous test.
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This is the novel Dame Beryl Bainbridge was writing when she died in July 2010. I wonder how happy the author would have been with this version, assembled from her manuscript by friend and editor Brendan King. Although "happy" is perhaps not a word Bainbridge cared for in any case.
Pauline and Gemma go to the same school. Pauline is neglected, tough and, consequently, a bully. Gemma apparently has a stable family, but reluctantly goes to live with her mother and her mother's boyfriend, whose main attraction seems to be his wealth.
This is a stunning and deeply moving memoir told from the viewpoint of the author, his wife and his mother, about the latter's battle with cancer. When Joan was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Rory MacLean and his wife Katrin took her into their home.
This first novel from the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter and actor Steve Earle tells the story of Doc Ebersole. Set in 1960s Texas, Doc is haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams, after administering the final morphine dose that killed him.