I’m so happy to share a giveaway supported by the wonderful people at Bookworld. I’m a big fan and have purchased from them many times so this is extra exciting for me considering what great books they have offered up for one lucky winner. This will be of particular interest to those who are part of a book club. Australian entrants only, sorry everyone else.
These four novels are all crime-fiction a particularly popular genre at the moment. For those not in the know there is a Bookworld book club promotion where you can nominate your own book club to be book club of the month and receive the clubs next read. May I suggest these crime reads for future consideration.
Miranda shrank away from him, arm pressed to the driver’s door. ‘What’s your name?’ ‘I’m already dead. That’s my name now. That’s what they called me. I’m Already Dead.’ Journalist Miranda Jack is finally attempting to move on from the death of her husband by relocating up the coast with her young daughter, Zoe. Then a single event changes everything. On a Monday afternoon as she waits at traffic lights, a stranger jumps into her car and points a gun at her chest. Forced to drive at high speed up the motorway, Miranda listens to the frantic, paranoid rants of Brendan Walsh, a man who claims he’s being chased and that they’re both now running for their lives. Two hours later her ordeal is over in the most shocking fashion. Miranda is safe but she can’t simply walk away – not without knowing the truth about that terrifying drive. As a journalist Miranda has always asked questions. But this time the questions are dangerous – and the answers might get her killed…
Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible. Terry’s wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to ruin her relationship with them permanently. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents’ seemingly needless overprotection. Terry is just trying to keep his family together. And the entire town is reeling from the senseless murder of two elderly locals. But when Grace foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they have all been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown. For there, they will be reconnected with the man who saved their lives seven years ago, but who still remains a ruthless, unrepentant criminal. They will encounter killers for hire working all sides. And they will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and will do anything to get it.
Caught in a labyrinth between family loyalty and ultimate betrayal, Terry must find a way to extricate his family from a lethal situation he still doesn’t fully comprehend. All he knows is that to live, he may have to do the unthinkable…
Nothing would make me keep a diary. Except for one thing. The realisation that soon there won’t be anyone around to read it. William Sandberg. A broken genius, snatched from his home. Christina Sandberg, his ex-wife. She does not believe their lies. Our future hangs on their survival. If they fail, we are all lost.
James Lee Burke’s new novel begins in West Texas in 1934, and the story begins with a fateful encounter between the narrator, Weldon Avery Holland, and the notorious Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker – a meeting which ends with the sixteen-year-old Holland putting a bullet through the windscreen of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Weldon’s education in the evils that men – and women – are capable of continues as we move to the Ardennes Forest and the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, where Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland saves his sergeant, Hershel Pine, from death by suffocation when he is buried alive in his foxhole under the treads of a Waffen SS Tiger tank. Weldon and Hershel survive the executions of the wounded by the SS and escape on a freight train deep into Nazi Germany. There, they stumble into an extermination camp deserted by the SS, and discover among the stacked bodies a young woman named Rosita Lowenstein – the second woman to change Weldon’s life. Weldon goes all the way to the Elbe River in the war’s brutal climax, but afterwards he is determined to find Rosita – eventually tracking her down in Paris, where they get married.
But Hershel has also found gold in the dross of conflict, claiming to have discovered the secret to the Tiger tank’s indestructibility, its unique welding process – and on their return to the States, it looks as if the two friends have not merely survived; they’re going to be rich. But as the two form a pipeline corporation and enter the oil business, they are about to encounter – amidst the super-rich of Huston – levels of greed and cruelty they thought they had left far behind in the blood and horror of war.
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