Told through a child's-eye view, Henry James' experimental 1897 novel is a study of how querulous relationships between irresponsible parties exploit innocent bystanders.
In "Sombra," Lucia Berlin vividly illustrates the spectacle of a bullfight that "feels like the World Series" and leads the reader into a shocking twist.
Joe King Oliver was one of NYPD's finest until he was framed by department insiders and sent to Rikers. A fishy letter addressed to King turns up ten years later while King is a private eye. A woman admits she was paid to frame King. Will King, with help from his teenage daughter, solve his own mystery and expose corruption leading to police killings?
This work celebrates the indestructibility of ideas and the power of the written word.
"The Projectionist" is a short story by Joe R. Lansdale based on the 1939 painting New York Movie by Edward Hopper.
Untrusting of the San Francisco Police Department, financier Louis Marinetti's hires a private eye to find his missing nine-year-old. When a briefcase containing $300,000 in ransom is snatched from a secluded location, chaos erupts.
Join fellow members in a discussion of Morrison's 2012 novel, Home.
Unhappy with Denver, Buddy Millar moves back to his parents' house only to have the place burglarized under his watch. Buddy decides to move to Wamsutter, a depressed red-dirt trailer park town in Wyoming. Unruly dogs introduce his new neighbors Cheri and her husband, Raze Wham, who turns out to be Buddy's sociopathic bully from high school. When Buddy intervenes in a domestic incident involving the couple's children, Cheri and Buddy grow entangled in a complicated relationship.
Inspector Morse is on the case at Oxford's luxurious Randolph Hotel. An American tourist dies and a priceless jewel bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum by her late husband is missing from her hotel room. Quirky and sophisticated, the Jewel That Was Ours is a mystery for readers who love to solve puzzles.
Gaitskill's short story "Acceptance Journey" focuses on what the author calls "liminal states," where you "never know what will happen."