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The Opium-Eater

By David Morrell
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David Morrell
From bestselling thriller author David Morrell comes a brooding tale about the coldest of deaths and their heartbreaking aftermath. Thomas De Quincey - the central character of Morrell's acclaimed Victorian mysteries, MURDER AS A FINE ART and INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD - was one of the most notorious and brilliant literary personalities of the 1800s. His infamous Confessions of an English Opium-Eater made history as the first book about drug dependency. He invented the word 'subconscious' and anticipated Freud's psychoanalytic theories by more than a half century. His blood-soaked essays and stories influenced Edgar Allan Poe, who in turn inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes. But at the core of it all was a terrible tragedy. In this special-edition novella, based on real-life events, De Quincey shares the story of a horrific snowstorm fifty years earlier, in which a mother and father died and their six children were trapped in the mountains of the Lake District. Even more gripping is what happened after. This is the true tale of how De Quincey became the Opium-Eater, brought to life by an award-winning storyteller.An afterword contains photos of the dramatic locations in the story.
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  • Obedience

    By Joseph Hansen
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    Joseph Hansen
    'After forty years, Hammett has a worthy successor' The TimesDave Brandstetter stands alongside Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade and Lew Archer as one of the best fictional PIs in the business. Like them, he was tough, determined, and ruthless when the case demanded it. Unlike them, he was gay. Joseph Hansen's groundbreaking novels follow Brandstetter as he investigates cases in which motives are murky, passions run high, and nothing is ever as simple as it looks. Set in 1970s and 80s California, the series is a fascinating portrait of a time and a place, with mysteries to match Chandler and Macdonald.A rundown harbour is due to be re-developed - against the wishes of those who call it home. When Mr Le, the businessman behind the project, is shot on his way to meet the residents' spokesman, the culprit seems obvious. But then Dave is persuaded to take the case, and finds much more beneath the surface: forbidden love, deadly hatred, and most toxic of all, family honour.
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    Other Kinds Of Treason

    By Ted Allbeury
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    Ted Allbeury
    A collection of twelve short stories of love, war and betrayal from master thriller writer Ted Allbeury.
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    The Other Side of Silence

    By Ted Allbeury
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    Ted Allbeury
    After years behind the Iron Curtain, Britain's most notorious traitor wants to return to the homeland he betrayed as part of the Cambridge Five spy ring. John Powell is assigned the task of finding out why. Is it an old man's whim, or a carefully planned KGB operation? To find out Powell must journey into the labyrinth of a man's legendary past, sifting through every rumour, every plot, every shadowy alliance, until the journey leads him into the most dangerous recess of them all, the heart and mind and motivation of the man himself - Kim Philby.THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE is a classic espionage thriller from one of the true masters of the genre.
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    The Only Good German

    By Ted Allbeury
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    Ted Allbeury
    Maverick CIA killers are on the loose in Cold War era West Germany. Violent sabotage and subversion is being perpetrated behind the Iron Curtain. A right-wing terror-organisation with connections stretching back to the Nazi era is suspected. David Mills had long since left behind his life as an Intelligence Officer, or so he thought. As the British and American Intelligence agencies struggle to combat the mounting fascist threat, Mills is pulled back into the murky world of International espionage by a figure from his past.
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    The Operators

    By Allan Prior
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    Allan Prior
    One job, one big pay-off, three essential components:Mo - the hard-case, the career-criminal, fresh out of prison after a long stretch 'inside'. The mastermind. Tracey - the pretty, vulnerable girl, trapped in a world of drugs and prostitution. Nevil - the handsome, lazy charmer who has tired of the succession of rich and ageing women he has duped into supporting him. Each of them wants a way out and Mo has a scheme that promises the money and freedom they all so desperately desire. The Operators is a British Noir classic from the creator of Z-Cars and Softly, Softly.
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    One Away

    By Allan Prior
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    Allan Prior
    One away...' is the traditional cry of warders on Dartmoor. Tam Bass heard it as he lay in the grass. To carry out the intricate plan for his escape Tam had to run - and run to a pre-arranged rendevous on the other side of the moor. But as his brothers Ruben and Peter flashed past the meeting point on their motorbikes, there were already signs that something was wrong - that the Bass brothers had started a dreadful chain of events that they were now powerless to stop...
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