´´Blood flows over my left hand and I lose my grip on his hair. His head snaps back against the floor. In an instant, his fists are pummeling me. I rock from his counterblows. He lands one on my injured jaw and the pain nearly blinds me. He connects with my nose, and blood and snot pour down my throat. I spit blood between my teeth and scream with him. The two of us sound like caged dogs locked in a death match. We are.´´ On the night of November 10, 2004, a U.S. Army infantry squad under Staff Sergeant David Bellavia entered the heart of the city of Fallujah and plunged into one of the most sustained and savage urban battles in the history of American men at arms. With Third Platoon, Alpha Company, part of the Army´s Task Force 2/2, Bellavia and his men confronted an enemy who had had weeks to prepare, booby-trapping houses, arranging ambushes, rigging entire city blocks as explosives-laden kill zones, and even stocking up on atropine, a steroid that pumps up fighters in the equivalent of a long-lasting crack high. Entering one house, alone, Bellavia faced the fight of his life against six insurgents, using every weapon at his disposal, including a knife. It is the stuff of legend and the chief reason he is one of the great heroes of the Iraq War. Bringing to searing life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, House to House is far more than just another war story. Populated by an indelibly drawn cast of characters, from a fearless corporal who happens to be a Bush-hating liberal to an inspirational sergeant-major who became the author´s own lost father figure, it develops the intensely close relationships that form between soldiers under fire. Their friendships, tested in brutal combat, would never be quite the same. Not all of them would make it out of the city alive. What happened to them in their bloody embrace with America´s most implacable enemy is a harrowing, unforgettable story of triumph, tragedy, and the resiliency of the human spirit. A timeless portrait of the U.S. infantryman´s courage, House to House is a soldier´s memoir that is destined to rank with the finest personal accounts of men at war.
EVERYTHING DIES WHERE EVIL LIVES The house is not haunted. The house is not possessed. The house is Hell. Erik Handy, the New King of Horror, invites you to spend the night at Rot House . Bring a friend . . . and a bible . . . maybe a crucifix, too . . . .
A detective haunted by a past case, a house with a sinister secret, and a missing little girl! Can DI Ric Drake rescue her and find redemption along the way? When DS Merlin ´Robbie´ Roberts hears he´s got a new colleague it´s the last thing he wants, and especially when it´s Ric Drake – infamous, recovering from a heart attack, and refusing retirement. But when a modern missing child case links to one from Ric´s past, and to a mysterious old house on the Welsh borders, they find a common cause. Do the ancient bodies discovered under a modern one hold the clue to both girls´ fate, and does the house itself hold the key? As the links to the past keep getting stronger, Robbie and Drake must find a way to break the strange link before more children fall prey to Weord Manor´s ancient lure. The Rune House is a stand-alone paranormal mystery in the same vein as Phil Rickman´s Merrily Watkins series, James Oswald´s Inspector McLean stories, and a fey dash of Jim Butcher and Charles de Lint. Discover the secret of The Rune House by picking up a copy today!
The Safe House is a scintillating psychological thriller by the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author, Nicci French ´Nicci French´s sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition´ Sophie Hannah *** You open your home and your heart to a victim. But your house is anything but safe . . . Samantha Laschen is a doctor specialising in post-traumatic stress disorder. She´s moved to the coast to escape her problems and to be alone with her young daughter. But now the police want her to take in Fiona Mackenzie, a girl whose parents have been savagely murdered. Yet by allowing Fiona in, Sam is exposing herself - and her daughter - to risks she couldn´t possibly have imagined . . . *** Praise for Nicci French: ´French leads the field´ Sunday Express ´Brilliantly crafted . . . masterly control of suspense´ Daily Mirror ´Tense, frightening, gripping´ Easy Living ´Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive´ Daily Express ´Gripping, chilling, moving´ Observer
Stanley Ellin´s first short story, ´The Specialty of the House´, about a New York restaurant with a special gourmet menu, was published in Ellery Queen´s Mystery Magazine in 1948 and caused an immediate sensation, winning him a special Ellery Queen Award. ´The House Party´ and ´The Blessington Method´ subsequently both won Edgar Awards. Stanley Ellin, who was made a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America in 1980, is acknowledged as one of the great masters of the 20th-century short story, and this volume brings together the best of his work in the genre.
Over one hundred years have passed since Dirk Struan founded Hong Kong´s oldest trading company. But now, the Noble House is in danger. As Hong Kong itself becomes the deadly playground of the CIA, the KGB and the People´s Republic of China, rival tai-pans, seeking revenge for blood feuds over a century old, gather for the kill.
IMAGINE... It is not hard to imagine that you are a thirteen-year-old (almost fourteen) and you don?t quite feel like you belong in your own family, with a somewhat goofy father who does magic tricks and disappears for long periods of time and might be a secret agent, not to mention a mother who might be a white witch, and a sister is actually normal but doesn´t look the slightest bit like you. Then it gets worse when your family suddenly moves into a massive pile of a house deep in the woods in the middle of nowhere, and that house seems to be alive. It is more than a house. It is also a centuries-old, sleeping dragon that settled into the shape of a house as it slept. But now it is waking up, and you find you have a strange affinity to it. You, and no one else, can slide through the walls, swim in the bloodstream of the Dragon and share its consciousness. You acquire a mysterious teacher and a robotic companion from the planet Zarconax, and if life isn?t getting strange enough already, something goes wrong and Ghastly Horrors and other malevolent monstrosities attack, well before you, or your parents, or even the house itself is prepared to do anything about it. Imagine that an all-encompassing darkness threatens everyone you ever cared about. Darrell Schweitzer?s fourth novel might be considered a book for younger readers, or for readers who remember what it was like to be young. It is perhaps most comparable to the spooky narratives of John Bellairs. It is the sort of story, filled with striking imagery and bizarre incidents, a mixture of whimsy and genuine fright. The author?s other novels include The White Isle, The Shattered Goddess, and The Mask of the Sorcerer. He has published hundreds of short stories. His fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times and once for the Shirley Jackson Award. He is an expert on H.P. Lovecraft and a former editor of the legendary Weird Tales magazine. ?This is the house I should have grown up in! Schweitzer?s fantasy is cleanly written, original, and great fun to read.? -- Michael Swanwick, author of The Iron Dragon?s Daughter. ?Schweitzer is a story-teller, by whose smoky fire one may sit spell-bound.? -- Tanith Lee, author of The Birthgrave, Tales from the Flat Earth, the Blood Opera sequence, etc.
Turn down Slade Alley - narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you´re looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn´t quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies. A stranger greets you and invites you inside. At first, you won´t want to leave. Later, you´ll find that you can´t. This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and comes to its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe´en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a ´guest´ is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs . . .
´Chilling, atmospheric and so gripping it hurts. The Dead House is a masterpiece. You won´t read a better crime novel this year´ MARK EDWARDS On a wild October night, the body of a young woman is found in a remote country churchyard. She´s wearing nothing but a thin, white dress. There are no marks of violence and no obvious cause of death. Who is the victim? Why is she here? But another young woman went missing from the area a few years back, and DC Fiona Griffiths soon suspects a crime even more chilling than she first imagined. Will she unlock the secrets of the dead house? Or will she become its next victim? Praise for the Fiona Griffiths mystery series: ´One of the most interesting and complicated protagonists in current UK crime fiction. Truly unforgettable´ Mick Herron ´In a word - brilliant . One of the most enjoyable crime novels I´ve read in a while´ James Oswald ´This cleverly plotted police procedural introduces a likeable, maverick detective destined for a bestseller following´ Choice ´Compelling... a new crime talent to treasure ´ Daily Mail ´ Gritty, compelling ...a procedural unlike any other you are likely to read this year´ USA Today Fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Ann Cleeves will be gripped by the other titles in the Fiona Griffiths mystery series: 1. Talking to the Dead 2. Love Story, With Murders 3. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths 4. This Thing of Darkness 5. The Dead House 6. The Deepest Grave (coming soon!) If you´re looking for a crime thriller series to keep you hooked, then go no further: you´ve just found it. ** Each Fiona Griffiths thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order **
Seit ´´Fegefeuer der Eitelkeiten´´ gab es keinen Roman mehr, der unsere Zeit so treffend, unterhaltsam und weitsichtig erklärt. Nero Golden kommt aus einem Land, dessen Namen er nie wieder hören wollte, seit er mit seinen drei erwachsenen Söhnen vor ein paar Jahren nach New York gezogen ist und sich eine junge Russin zur Frau genommen hat. Der junge Filmemacher René wohnt im Nachbarhaus und ist fasziniert von der Familie, die ihm besten Stoff für ein Drehbuch liefert: Aufstieg und Fall eines skrupellos ehrgeizigen, narzisstischen und mediengewandten Schurken, der Make-up trägt und sich die Haare färbt. René wird Zeuge und in einer folgenschweren Episode sogar Teilhaber des dekadenten Treibens im Golden House, dessen Besitzer nicht nur den Vornamen mit Kaiser Nero teilt ... Salman Rushdie erfasst den irritierenden Zeitgeist und zeichnet mit größter Erzählkunst ein treffendes Bild unserer heutigen Welt. Dieser Roman beweist aufs Neue, dass er einer der besten Geschichtenerzähler unserer Tage ist.