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ORPHEUS RISING, Bateman
161 Bateman ORPHEUS RISING
Headline 2008 0755334779 / 9780755334773 Paperback Very Good 

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CYCLE OF VIOLENCE, Bateman, Colin
162 Bateman, Colin CYCLE OF VIOLENCE
HarperCollins 1995 0006479359 / 9780006479352 Paperback Very Good 
A sequel to "Divorcing Jack", set in a mythical Northern Ireland town. Drun ken journalist Miller is sent as a punishment from his Belfast newspaper to small-town Crossmaheart as a replacement for someone who has disappeared. Once there, he falls is love with the missing man's girlfriend. 
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MURPHY'S REVENGE, Bateman, Colin
163 Bateman, Colin MURPHY'S REVENGE
Headline Book Publishing Ltd 2005 0755309243 / 9780755309245 Paperback Very Good+ 
Someone has started killing killers and Detective Martin Murphy has gone un dercover in ‘Confront’, a support group for relatives of murder victims. He suspects them of carrying out revenge killings but it seems that they have been doing their own detective work and before Murphy realises, the group is forcing him to face the harrowing events of his own past. Now Murphy mus t come to terms with the past whilst also bringing the killers’ killer to j ustice. The only problem is he’s starting to think that whoever’s doing the killing may have a point. After all, revenge is sweet… isn’t it? 
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NINE INCHES, Bateman, Colin
164 Bateman, Colin NINE INCHES
Headline 2012 0755378652 / 9780755378654 Paperback Very Good 
Dan Starkey, the ducking and diving hapless investigator, takes centre stag e again in this brilliant new novel by the master of comic crime. Radio sho ck-jock and self-styled people's champion Jack Caramac is used to courting controversy - but when his four-year-old son is kidnapped for just one hour , and then sent back with a warning note, he knows he may have finally gone too far. Jack has no choice but to turn to Dan Starkey for help. Recently chucked by his long-suffering wife Patricia, Dan has finally given up on jo urnalism and is now providing a boutique, bespoke service for important peo ple with difficult problems. Dan resolves to catch whoever kidnapped Jack's son - and very soon finds himself in the middle of a violent feud between rival drug gangs, pursued by jealous husbands, unscrupulous property develo pers and vicious killers as the case spirals ever more out of his control.. . 
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ALL ABOUT LAURA, Bates, Susannah
165 Bates, Susannah ALL ABOUT LAURA
Random House of Canada 2002 0099415054 / 9780099415053 Paperback Near Fine 
The irresistible new novel by the highly acclaimed author of Charmed Lives. Everyone has a passion. David's is called Laura Mel Aston hardworking and reliable is tired of her image and is thinking ab out making a few changes to her life. David a talented artist, likes Mel the way she is. With Mel, he is finally growing up and he's even growing out of his obsession for women called Laur a a secret fixation inspired by one particular life model he could never q uite forget. But Mel is changing. And when wealthy Joss Savil commissions a portrait of his new wife, David's relationship with Mel is thrown into crisis. For Joss's wife is the original Laura. 
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PLENTY OF HARM IN GOD, Bath, Dana
166 Bath, Dana PLENTY OF HARM IN GOD
DC Books 2001 0919688780 / 9780919688780 Paperback Near Fine 
- Atlantic Books Today, Winter 2001, "Slightly off mainstream, something of a surprise, an undeniably clear voic e that exposes a new look at the [Newfoundland] landscape." - Montreal Review of Books, Fall & Winter 2001-02, p. 10 "Bath's writing is confident, plain, and breezy, with just enough forays into poetry to feel Irish." 
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A HOLE IN THE EARTH, Bausch, Robert
167 Bausch, Robert A HOLE IN THE EARTH
Mariner Books 2001 0156011840 / 9780156011846 Paperback Very Good+ 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: If one of the purposes of literature is to illuminate human inconsistencies and frailties, failed attempts to communicate, and redemptive possibilities, this richly rewarding new novel by the author of Almighty Me wins stars in each category. On the verge of turning 40, narrator Henry Porter endures a summer in purgatory. The black sheep of his respected family, he is a grade school history teacher who augments his income by frequenting the race track, an obsession that exasperated his wife, who left him years ago, taking their young daughter, Nicole. Now 18, Nicole turns up on his doorstep in Washington, D.C., throwing Henry into a paroxysm of nervous guilt. Trying to reconcile his feelings of parental failure with his compulsion to bet on the horses, he can barely greet Nicole before he rushes off to make a daily double wager. Then, when his patient and understanding lover, fellow teacher Elizabeth Simmons, tells him she's pregnant, Henry can't cope. He is, indeed, emotionally stunted, trapped in an adolescent limbo caused, he believes, by the abiding disapproval of his father, a well-known judge. Afraid to make a decision, preferring to gamble and let fate decide rather than act decisively, Henry is blind to the implications of his behavior. He resists any suggestion that his gambling addiction might be pernicious. In a plot that develops its rising tension with seamless ease, Henry's lies and evasions catch up with him in a wrenching series of disasters, a nightmare than keeps unrolling until he reaches the nadir of his existence. With a delicacy and subtlety that indica 
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168 Baxter, Philip CRITICAL MASS
HarperCollins 1993 0061005177 / 9780061005176 Paperback Very Good 

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MR. TIMOTHY: A NOVEL (P.S.), Bayard, Louis
169 Bayard, Louis MR. TIMOTHY: A NOVEL (P.S.)
Harper Perennial 2004 0060534222 / 9780060534226 Paperback Fine 
Tiny Tim is back! No, not the squeaky-voiced troubadour who tip-toed throug h tulips in the 1960s, but the original--Timothy Cratchit, the crutch-wield ing tyke from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Only now he's a "mostly able-bodied" 23 years old, resides in a London whorehouse in exchange for t utoring the madam, struggles to wean himself from financial dependence on h is ancient "Uncle" Ebenezer Scrooge, and, as we learn in Louis Bayard's dar kly enchanting historical thriller, Mr. Timothy, is haunted by the spirit o f his late father--a man whose optimism and strength the son feels himself incapable of imitating. When we first encounter Timothy, during the Christmas season of 1860, he's vexed by the discovery of two dead 10-year-old girls, each branded with the letter "G"--one found in an alley, the other fished from the Thames River by Cratchit and a voluble old salt who makes his money by finding (and then robbing, of course) errant corpses. Timothy's concern leads him to protect a third possessively marked waif, the frightened and suspicious Philomela--who, he soon realizes, is being sought by a knife-loving former Scotland Yard inspector and a moneyed, malevolent voluptuary. When, despite precautions, Philomela is kidnapped by her pursuers, Cratchit--assisted by a shrewd warbling urchin known as Colin the Melodious--resolves to fulfill his "great calling" in life by mounting a rescue. However, this mission will force the habitually uncourageous Timothy to not only defend himself against sexual molestation charges, storm a well-guarded mansion, and solve the puzzle of a coffin-filled basement, but also engage in a n 
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SCHOOL OF NIGHT, Bayard, Louis
170 Bayard, Louis SCHOOL OF NIGHT
John Murray Publishers 2011 1848542194 / 9781848542198 Paperback As New 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: 
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BEAT THE REAPER, Bazell, Josh
171 Bazell, Josh BEAT THE REAPER
Back Bay Books 2010 0316073768 / 9780316073769 Paperback Very Good 
He's a doctor with a past...He's a hit man with a conscience...And he's got 24 hours to beat the reaper. Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan hospital intern with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by the steamy elevator encounter with a young female pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder. Because that patient knows Peter from his other life, when he had a different name and a very different job. The only reason he's a doctor now is thanks to the Witness Protection Program - and even that can't protect him from the long reach of the New Jersey Mob. Now he's got to buy some time to do whatever it takes to keep his patient - and himself - alive. 
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172 Bean, Frederic BORDER JUSTICE
Zebra Books 1994 0821746944 / 9780821746943 Paperback Near Fine 

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REBECCA'S TALE, Beauman, Sally
173 Beauman, Sally REBECCA'S TALE
HarperTorch 2002 0061032042 / 9780061032042 Paperback Very Good+ 
Published more than 60 years ago, Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca still captiva tes, at least partly because of its insistent ambiguity: we never learn def initively whether Maxim de Winter murdered his stunning first wife, Rebecca , or why Maxim so hastily remarried a mousy younger woman, famously unnamed . Selected by the du Maurier estate, Beauman (Destiny) has written a "compa nion" to Rebecca that preserves, and even deepens, the earlier novel's craf ty evasions. Set in 1951, two decades after Rebecca's death was ruled a sui cide, Beauman's story opens with the same (now famous) sentence as the earl ier book: "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." Elderly, ailing Colonel Arthur Julyan was magistrate in the district when the legendary de Winter mansion mysteriously burned to the ground. Julyan's last days are di sturbed by the intrusive visits of Terence Gray, a Scottish academic who cl aims to be writing a book about Rebecca's death. Then both Julyan's sharp d aughter Ellie and Gray, who has secrets of his own, become rattled when Reb ecca's personal effects begin arriving at the Julyan home. One of the anony mously sent packages contains Rebecca's journal, written just before her de ath a possible Rosetta stone. Beauman expertly tells Rebecca's tale from fo ur different perspectives Julyan's, Gray's, Ellie's and, most vividly, Rebe cca's without settling which version is nearest the truth. Though a composi te Rebecca emerges depressive, possibly schizophrenic, promiscuous, fearles s and almost certainly "dangerous" Beauman merely hints at a biological cau se, raising titillating, though fully plausible, possibilities. This lushly 
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REBECCA'S TALE, Beauman, Sally
174 Beauman, Sally REBECCA'S TALE
Little Brown Paperbacks 2002 0751532282 / 9780751532289 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Published more than 60 years ago, Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca still captivates, at least partly because of its insistent ambiguity: we never learn definitively whether Maxim de Winter murdered his stunning first wife, Rebecca, or why Maxim so hastily remarried a mousy younger woman, famously unnamed. Selected by the du Maurier estate, Beauman (Destiny) has written a "companion" to Rebecca that preserves, and even deepens, the earlier novel's crafty evasions. Set in 1951, two decades after Rebecca's death was ruled a suicide, Beauman's story opens with the same (now famous) sentence as the earlier book: "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." Elderly, ailing Colonel Arthur Julyan was magistrate in the district when the legendary de Winter mansion mysteriously burned to the ground. Julyan's last days are disturbed by the intrusive visits of Terence Gray, a Scottish academic who claims to be writing a book about Rebecca's death. Then both Julyan's sharp daughter Ellie and Gray, who has secrets of his own, become rattled when Rebecca's personal effects begin arriving at the Julyan home. One of the anonymously sent packages contains Rebecca's journal, written just before her death a possible Rosetta stone. Beauman expertly tells Rebecca's tale from four different perspectives Julyan's, Gray's, Ellie's and, most vividly, Rebecca's without settling which version is nearest the truth. Though a composite Rebecca emerges depressive, possibly schizophrenic, promiscuous, fearless and almost certainly "dangerous" Beauman merely hints at a biological cause, raising titillating, t 
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AMATEUR NIGHT, Beck, K. K.
175 Beck, K. K. AMATEUR NIGHT
Mysterious Press 1994 0446401455 / 9780446401456 Paperback Very Good 
Amateur detective Jane da Silva searches for a missing witness to the murd er of a pharmacist, a crime for which the wrong man may have been convicte d. 
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AUTUMN, Beddoe, Noel
176 Beddoe, Noel AUTUMN
Heinemann (William) Australi 1991 0855614110 / 9780855614119 Paperback Near Fine 
A crisp clean trade paperback. 
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THE FIRE SACRIFICE, Bedi, Sushama
177 Bedi, Sushama THE FIRE SACRIFICE
Heinemann 1994 0435950878 / 9780435950873 Paperback As New 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout. Susham Bedi lives and teaches in the USA, but continues to write in her mother-tongue, Hindi. Through a woman's eyes, this novel describes several years in the lives of Indian immigrants in the United States, charting the battle of traditional Hindu morals and values against modern American life. 
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MISTLERS EXIT, Begley, Louis
178 Begley, Louis MISTLERS EXIT
Ivy Books 1999 0804119155 / 9780804119153 Paperback Good 
Thomas Mistler has always thought himself "a happy man, as the world goes." A scion of old money, he made his own fortune in advertising and is now po ised to sell the company he founded for a fabulous price. But when a medica l examination reveals the presence in his liver of a fatal intruder, "prepo sterously, unmistakably, he begins to rejoice," with a feeling of having be en set free. But free from what? He will seek the answer surreptitiously, without revealing his illness to h is family, during a last reprieve, a moment of grace in "the one place on e arth where nothing irritates him." But amidst the surreal beauties of Venic e, he finds bitterness and chaos as he allows himself to drift for the firs t time. His halfhearted efforts to seize the day and its present pleasures- -first with a striving young photographer and later with a love of his yout h who never loved him--cannot compete with his need to commune with the liv ing and the dead that crowd his life: his father and uncle, pillars of the Establishment, sources of the "genetic puritanism" he has never tried to re sist; his son, Sam, whose love he has only barely salvaged; his wife, once perfectly "beautiful and suitable," now humiliated by him and half-scorned. And the one woman who embodies everything he might have wished for, a woma n he "never had and never lost." Deeply poignant yet mordantly funny, Mistler's Exit brilliantly discloses the pleasures and miseries of having it all. A masterly revelation of the complexities of the heart. 
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CITY OF LIGHT, Belfer, Lauren
179 Belfer, Lauren CITY OF LIGHT
Island Books 2000 0407101837 / 9780407101838 Paperback Very Good 
City of Light is quite simply electrifying. Not that there's anything simpl e about this rich novel, which is first and foremost an examination of illu sion, invisibility, and power--physical and personal. Set in the spring of 1901, as preparations for the Pan-American Exposition would seem to promise Buffalo, New York, a permanent place in the world, Lauren Belfer's book is narrated by the never-married headmistress of a fashionable girls' school. At 36, Louisa Barrett does her best to free her charges from their societa l shackles. "I'm rather ashamed of all the things I've been able to give my students through the subterfuge of training them to be better wives," she says proudly. What Louisa is most concerned about, however, is her 9-year-o ld goddaughter, Grace Sinclair, who has grown increasingly unstable since h er mother's sudden death. Meanwhile, Grace's father is heading up Buffalo's hydroelectric power plans with dangerous zeal--much to the chagrin of loca l conservationists who oppose any exploitation of Niagara Falls. Will Tom's intensity, which smacks of fanaticism, extend so far as murder? But this offers only the barest idea of Belfer's complex grid. In 500 fast pages, she creates a fascinating, disquieting world in which nothing is what it seems. As Louisa battles against her instinct for self-preservation, her past--particularly a vile encounter with the corpulent Grover Cleveland--threatens to undermine her carefully created persona and loose her greatest secret. Looking back on the events of 1901 from the safety (and disappointment) of 1909, Louisa is the most astringent and intriguing of narrators. To Lauren 
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THE BLOOD OF CAESAR: A SECOND CASE FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF PLINY THE YOUNGER, Bell, Albert A.Jr
180 Bell, Albert A.Jr THE BLOOD OF CAESAR: A SECOND CASE FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF PLINY THE YOUNGER
Ingalls Publishing Group 2008 1932158820 / 9781932158823 Paperback Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib book: Pliny the Younger and Tacitus have another mystery to solve - actually layers of mysteries. During dinner at the emperor Domitian's palace, a workman is discovered dead in the archives. Why is this humble man's death important to the ruler of Rome? Domitian assigns Pliny to uncover references to an unknown heir of Augustus Caesar in a memoir of Nero's mother. Why does Domitian suspect his own copy of the memoir is incomplete? And how does his suspicion relate to the niece of Pliny's old friend and mentor? Is Tacitus' father-in-law Agricola a villain or a potential victim? Like a sinister red line slashed through a carefully prepared manuscript, the legacy of the great Augustus marks the connections to slaves of Pliny's own household. Pliny and Tacitus must descend to the Stygian underworld of Nero's buried "golden house" to find answers. Will the answers save the peace of Rome, or mark its doom? 
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