A man found running naked in central park is unusual,even by jaded New York City standards.But when that man turns out to be Arthur Winthrop,respected headmaster of Vermont’s venerable Lancaster private boarding school,the event becomes noteworthy.
It morphs into the surreal when Arthur eagerly confesses to police interrogators that he has just murdered one of his students,Besty Pappas,with whom he had been conducting a torrid,if unrequited,affair.The problem with Arthur’s story,however,is that his victim is very much alive.She no longer goes by the name Besty Pappas,having relinquished it when she married Arthur soon after their college graduation.Arthur’s unreadable memories of their life together fuel the sordid tale he unveils,though Elizabeth’s recollection of their doomed marriage sheds an equally unflattering light on a relationship defined by jealousy,deception,and regrets.
TITLE: THE HEADMASTER’S WIFE
AUTHOR: THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE
Stephen Denning in an artist arriving in Porthgrarrow.It is an isolates cornish fishing community,largely untouched by the modern developing victorian world.hanging onto its old traditions,superstitions and beliefs -a community that lives with a disturbing secret.So too does Denning.
He is a reluctant visitor,and though he is supposedly joining his one time artist friend Terrance Wilkinson to form an artists colony, it is circumstances that force him there.
Denning is still haunted by the brutal death of a young woman in Brittany and shouldering guilt for the fact that he covered up for Wilkinson when he suspects the man of having been involved with the murder.But Porthgarrow is haunted by its own demons and secrets.He learns about the savage murder of a woman by her husband Jowan’s Connoch thirteen years previously,and of Jowan’s son who has returned to Porthgarrow to uncover the truth and to clear his father’s name.Yet it is far from over.Before long three more people are destined to die in Porthgarrow before the village gives up its sinister secrets,and Stephen Denning will learn of his own family’s mysterious involvement.
TITLE: THE HOUSE OF THE WICKED
AUTHOR: D.M. MITCHELL
The body of a dead man is discovered in an overgrown cemetery in Bristol,the sign of the cross gouged into his flesh.At first it seems to coroner Jenny Cooper that all the evidence points to a horrific,if routine,suicide.Then an enigmatic young priest,Father Lucas Starr, arrives on Jenny’s doorstep,entreating her to hold an inquest into the death of Eva Donaldson,a high profile political campaigner whose past life continued to hunt her.A young man Paul Craven, has recently been sentenced for Eva’s brutal murder.But despite Craven’s conviction and the evidence against him,Father Lucas is convinced of the man’s innocence.
Jenny’s love quest for justice will take her to the dark heart of an establishment who wish to silence her,and on an inner journey to confront ghosts that have haunted her for a lifetime.For Jenny Cooper answers to no one but the dead.
TITLE: THE REDEEMED
AUTHOR: M.R. HALL
Everything starts somewhere.For elite military cop Jack Reacher,that somewhere was canter crossing,Mississippi,way back in 1997.
A lonely railroad track.A crime scene.A cover up.A young woman was dead,and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base.But that has powerful friends in Washington.Reacher is ordered undercover to find out everything he can and then to vanish.But when he gets to canter crossing,Reacher meets local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux,who has a thirst for justice and an appetite for secrets.Uncertain they can trust each other,they reluctantly join forces.Finding unexpected layers of the case,Reacher works to uncover the truth,while others try to bury it forever.The conspiracy threatens to shatter his faith in his mission and turn him into a man to be feared.
TITLE: THE AFFAIR
AUTHOR: LEE CHILD
A nightmare series of events sweeps LAP’s Sergeant Shane Scully and his wife ( and boss ),Alex,into the vontex of an enormous,jurisdiction firestorm.First a sheriff’s deputy,a friend of Shane’s is gunned down while serving a routine search warrant.His fellow deputies blame the incident on the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco and Firearms,whom they angrily accuse of having failed to warm them that the suspect had a huge arsenal of illegal weapons in his house.
Soon after,a member of the ATF Situation Response Team is shot to death followed by the sniper murder of the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau.At the request of the mayor,LAPD,as an uninvolved and unbiased agency,assigns Shane Scully to investigate.He is given an impossible deadline to find a solution before these two elite and deadly SWAT Team kill each other off amida hurricane of horrible publicity.Shane pursues his investigation in a direction that neither chief nor his wife agrees with,and succeeds in putting himself,his loved ones,and his career in terrible jeopardy before he finally discovers the shocking and deadly truth.
TITLE: VERTICAL COFFIN
AUTHOR: STEPHEN J. CANNELL