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Black Swan Green

SUMMARY: From highly acclaimed two-time Man Booker finalist David Mitchell comes a glorious, sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new. In his previous novels, David Mitchell dazzled us with his narrative scope and his virtuosic command of multiple voices and stories.The New York Times Book Reviewsaid, “Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across [Cloud Atlas’s] every page.” Black Swan Greeninverts the telescopic vision ofCloud Atlasto track a single year in what is, for 13-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982. But the 13 chapters create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy. Pointed, funny, profound, left field, elegiac, and painted with the stuff of life,Black Swan Greenis David Mitchell’s subtlest yet most accessible achievement to date. Excerpt fromBlack Swan Green: Picked-on kids act invisible to reduce the chances of being noticed and picked on. Stammerers act invisible to reduce the chances of being made to say something we can’t. Kids whose parents argue act invisible in case we trigger another skirmish. The Triple Invisible Boy, that’s Jason Taylor. Even I don’t see the real Jason Taylor much these days, ’cept for when we’re writing a poem, or occasionally in a mirror, or just before sleep. But he comes out in woods. Ankley branches, knuckly roots, paths that only might be, earthworks by badgers or Romans, a pond that’ll ice over come January, a wooden cigar box nailed behind the ear of a secret sycamore where we once planned a treehouse, birdstuffedtwigsnapped silence, toothy bracken, and places you can’t find if you’re not alone. Time in woods’s older than time in clocks, and truer. From the Hardcover edition.

Black Silk

Black Silk is filled with lush, sexy stories featuring heroines who are overwhelmingly in control of their love lives and unabashed about their libidinous appetites. The stories are written by the best Black American erotic authors.

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Black Rose Queen

If you desire the lightning, you must also prepare for the storm. — Colonel Armon* * *Az-ca’s Kings have never invaded the land of their enemy. Will a Queen be so bold?Sherra devises new ways to strike at the Supreme Leader of Ny-nes, only to discover that he is stronger and more devious than she and Kerok could ever imagine. When they inevitably clash, will there be a victor?

Black rose

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Number-one bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the second novel of her *In the Garden* trilogy (following *Blue Dahlia*), as three women must discover the secrets from the past contained within their historic home… Three women meet at a crossroads in their lives, each searching for new ways to grow-and find in each other the courage to take chances and embrace the future. Roz is a woman of independent means who thought love was behind her, but when romance takes her by surprise; she won’t allow anything to keep her from her second chance at happiness. *A Harper has always lived at Harper House, the centuries-old mansion just outside of Memphis. And for as long as anyone alive remembers, the ghostly Harper Bride has walked the halls, singing lullabies at night…* At forty-five, Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking-and weather any storm. A widow with three grown sons, she survived a disastrous second marriage, and built her In the Garden nursery from the ground up. Through the years, In the Garden has become more than just a thriving business-it is a symbol of hope and independence to Roz, and to the two women she shares it with. Newlywed Stella and new mother Hayley are the sisters of her heart, and together, the three of them are the future of In the Garden. But now that future is under attack, and Roz knows they can’t fight this battle alone. Hired to investigate Roz’s Harper ancestors, Dr. Mitchell Carnagie finds himself just as intrigued with Roz herself. And as they begin to unravel the puzzle of the Harper Bride’s identity, Roz is shocked to find herself falling for the fascinating genealogist. Now it is a desperate race to discover the truth before the unpredictable apparition lashes out at the one woman who can help her rest in peace…

Black Ops Fae

Disguises are second nature at this point, and I’m used to keeping my powers concealed. But when a lethal angel starts coming after me, my cover is blown.
In my escape, I’ve found an unlikely ally in Adonis – the dangerously seductive angel of death. With him by my side, I’m going undercover again. I just have to pretend to be his simpering, idiot lover–while secretly collecting intelligence from a psychotic god of war. One I have to pretend to actually admire.
If I don’t find the info I need, I’m dead at the hands of a whole horde of angels – and the apocalypse really begins.

Black Moon

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, succumbed before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her. He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.
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The Black Madonna

The Black Madonna: Una Storia di Famiglia by Louisa Ermelino
The Black Madonna has long protected her mountain villagers in southern Italy, and some say she followed her people to America. What else explains the magic and miracles on Spring Street in Little Italy over the decades?
Teresa, whose son Nicky should never have walked again after his four-story fall, keeps a holy card of the Black Madonna hidden beneath her underwear. Magdalena, beautiful and mysterious, can make any man fall in love with her, including her stepson Salvatore, by praying secretly to an image of the Black Madonna in her attic. And Antoinette, after giving birth to five girls, had Jumbo, the biggest baby Spring Street ever saw — once she had the Black Madonna’s portrait in her kitchen.
Vibrant, dark-souled creatures who get their way, control their lives, and pass on arcane knowledge like family heirlooms from generation to generation, Teresa, Magdalena, and Antoinette, with their intersecting lives, take center stage in *The Black Madonna.* This is an exploration of how each woman, and her beloved son, is forever changed by the Madonna of Viggiano. Louisa Ermelino’s wonderful novel reveals a delicious truth: that it is the Italian-American women who hold the secrets — and the power — from the “other side,” and that they know how to use them.
A celebration of mother love and magic, *The Black Madonna* is filled with the sights, sounds, smells, and taste of Little Italy. Ultimately, it is a vibrant and life-affirming saga that all Americans will want to embrace as their own.

Black Luck

**’Cause sometimes luck ain’t enough**
In the year since the Whisperer’s attack, I’ve been busting my hump to become my best wizard, like my father. Now I’m ready for a test.
When a dark mage starts planting infernal bags around New York City, I get my wish. Like time bombs, the bags detonate without warning, spawning demonic beings that rip the souls of innocents from their bodies. And the attacks are accelerating.
Meanwhile, a new wizard has come to town. A recent addition to the Order, Pierce is everything I’m not: refined, self-assured, and adept at magic. He even has Detective Vega blushing. If riling my resentment wasn’t enough, he’s trying to shoulder me out of my own case, stoking my suspicions.
With the race to stop the dark mage growing more desperate by the minute, I need to prove that I’m the wizard to get it done—not Pierce. And without relying on my luck quotient.
That saying about being careful what you wish for?
It’s there for a reason.
BOOKS IN THE STRANGEVERSE
**Prof Croft**
Preq. 0: Book of Souls
Book 1: Demon Moon
Book 2: Blood Deal
Book 3: Purge Ciy
Book 4: Death Mage
Book 5: Black Luck
* More to come *
**Blue Wolf**
Book 1: Blue Curse
Book 2: Blue Shadow
* More to come *

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

Part travelogue, part history, part love letter on a thousand-page scale, Rebecca West’s *Black Lamb and Grey Falcon* is a genre-bending masterwork written in elegant prose. But what makes it so unlikely to be confused with any other book of history, politics, or culture–with, in fact, any other book–is its unashamed depth of feeling: think *The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire* crossed with *Let Us Now Praise Famous Men*. West visited Yugoslavia for the first time in 1936. What she saw there affected her so much that she had to return–partly, she writes, because it most resembled “the country I have always seen between sleeping and waking,” and partly because “it was like picking up a strand of wool that would lead me out of a labyrinth in which, to my surprise, I had found myself immured.” *Black Lamb* is the chronicle of her travels, but above all it is West following that strand of wool: through countless historical digressions; through winding narratives of battles, slavery, and assassinations; through Shakespeare and Augustine and into the very heart of human frailty.
West wrote on the brink of World War II, when she was “already convinced of the inevitability of the second Anglo-German war.” The resulting book is colored by that impending conflict, and by West’s search for universals amid the complex particulars of Balkan history. In the end, she saw the region’s doom–and our own–in a double infatuation with sacrifice, the “black lamb and grey falcon” of her title. It’s the story of Abraham and Isaac without the last-minute reprieve: those who hate are all too ready to martyr the innocent in order to procure their own advantage, and the innocent themselves are all too eager to be martyred. To West, in 1941, “the whole world is a vast Kossovo, an abominable blood-logged plain.” Unfortunately, little has happened since then to prove her wrong. *–Mary Park*

Black Jack

Is Jack Reacher a serial killer?“Make some coffee. You’ll read all night.” Lee Child, #1 World-Wide Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher ThrillersA serial killer returns after years of inactivity in this gripping new suspense thriller. The green paint bathtub killer had Reacher Running Blind back in the day. The New York FBI team says Reacher was the serial killer then and is still the serial killer. But FBI Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar believe a copycat may be on the loose….Five powerful players are determined to win at all costs. The sixth only wants to stay alive. Not all can win. None plan to fail.But when Reacher is judge, jury, and executioner, Otto knows that collateral damage is inevitable.Authorized and Recommended by Lee Child, creator of the Jack Reacher thrillers, including The Midnight Line and Past Tense. Diane Capri’s Award-winning and Bestselling Hunt for Jack Reacher Series continues!Lee Child Gives Diane Capri Two Thumbs Up!”Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too. Kim Otto is a great, great character – I love her.” Lee Child, #1 World Wide Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher ThrillersThe Hunt for Jack Reacher series enthralls fans of John Grisham, Lee Child, and more:”Diane writes like the maestro of the jigsaw puzzle. Sit back in your favorite easy chair, pour a glass of crisp white wine, and enter her devilishly clever world.” —David Hagberg, New York Times Bestselling Author of Kirk McGarvey Thrillers”Expertise shines on every page.” —Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award Winning MWA Past President and MWA Grand Master 2013Readers Love the Hunt for Jack Reacher Series and Diane Capri:”I ‘stumbled’ on this title and was attracted to it as I am a Jack Reacher fan. Loved the story and the author’s writing style. Couldn’t wait for more so I purchased [Raw Justice] and want more Jennifer Lane – please?! Fatal Distraction is also on my Kindle to read list!””I have been a Reacher fan for years and was excited when I heard of Diane Capri’s take on ‘Finding Reacher’. ‘Don’t Know Jack’ is a good companion to Child’s Reacher books and recaptures the flavor of the Reacher mystique. I am waiting anxiously for the next book in the series and the next and the next, and so on.””All Child fans should give it a try!”Award winning New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author DIANE CAPRI Does It Again in another Blockbuster Hunt for Jack Reacher Series Novel

Black House

Black House by Stephen King, Peter Straub
Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories “twinner” from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.
When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real-life madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed “The Fisherman” and Jack’s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help his inexperienced force find him. But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack’s inexplicable waking dreams, if that is what they are, of robins’ eggs and red feathers? It’s almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As that message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted track of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.
**Author Biography** Stephen King is the author of more than thirty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
Peter Straub is the author of fourteen novels which have been translated into more than twenty foreign languages. He lives in New York City.

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

Already a classic of war reporting and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback, Black Hawk Down is Mark Bowden’s brilliant account of the longest sustained firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. On October 3, 1993, about a hundred elite U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopter into the teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take an hour. Instead, they found themselves pinned down through a long and terrible night fighting against thousands of heavily armed Somalis. The following morning, eighteen Americans were dead and more than seventy had been badly wounded.Drawing on interviews from both sides, army records, audiotapes, and videos (some of the material is still classified), Bowden’s minute-by-minute narrative is one of the most exciting accounts of modern combat ever written—a riveting story that captures the heroism, courage, and brutality of battle.

Black Coffee

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. The author of eighty crime novels and short story collections, her books have sold more than two billion copies worldwide.Now, in the first novel to appear since 1976, perhaps her most famous and beloved detective, Hercule Poirot, returns to bring his “little grey cells” to bear on one last case. In Spring of 1934, Poirot is summoned to Surrey, by England’s most prominent physicist, Sir Claud Amory. Amory fears that someone in his household is attempting to steal his latest discovery, a formula critical to England’s defense. Poirot, with Captain Hastings at his side, rushes to Surrey, but arrives too late. Amory has died, his formula is missing, and anyone in his country house, full of relatives and guests, could have been responsible.
Originally written in 1930 as a three act play, Black Coffee has never before been published in a trade edition. Adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne (Christie’s biographer and well-known theater and opera critic), Black Coffee is classic Christie at her finest.

Black Code

Cyberspace is all around us. We depend on it for everything we do. We have reengineered our business, governance, and social relations around a planetary network unlike any before it. But there are dangers looming, and malign forces are threatening to transform this extraordinary domain.

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a leading expert on digital technology, security, and human rights, lifts the lid on cyberspace and shows what’s at stake for Internet users and citizens. As cyberspace develops in unprecedented ways, powerful agents are scrambling for control. Predatory cyber criminal gangs such as Koobface have made social media their stalking ground. The discovery of Stuxnet, a computer worm reportedly developed by Israel and the United States and aimed at Iran’s nuclear facilities, showed that state cyberwar is now a very real possibility. Governments and corporations are in collusion and are setting the rules of the road behind closed doors.

This is not the way it was supposed to be. The Internet’s original promise of a global commons of shared knowledge and communications is now under threat.

Drawing on the first-hand experiences of one of the most important protagonists in the battle — the Citizen Lab and its global network of frontline researchers, who have spent more than a decade cracking cyber espionage rings and uncovering attacks on citizens and NGOs worldwide — Black Code takes readers on a fascinating journey into the battle for cyberspace. Thought-provoking, compelling, and sometimes frightening, it is a wakeup call to citizens who have come to take the Internet for granted. Cyberspace is ours, it is what we make of it, Deibert argues, and we need to act now before it slips through our grasp.

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Black as He’s Painted

One of Ngaio Marsh’s most popular novels, this time featuring one of her best creations – Lucy Lockett, the crime-solving cat. When the exuberant president of Ng’ombwana proposes to dispense with the usual security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old school mate, Chief Superintendent Alleyn, is called in to persuade him otherwise. Consequently, on the night of the embassy’s reception the house and grounds are stiff with police. Nevertheless, an assassin does strike, and Alleyn finds he has no shortage of help, from Special Branch to a tribal court – and a small black cat named Lucy Lockett who out-detects them all…
**Recensie(s)**

A splendid, eccentric detective story in classic style.’Evening Standard She writes as beautifully as ever.’Sunday Times An elegant, disciplined writer, Marsh deserves to be read and re-read not just for her plots but for her characterisation, for her painter’s eye view and for her outsider’s insights into the heart of a vanished social world.’Susan Howatch The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.’The Sun
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