Late on a Monday night, editor Lucy Newroe answers the phone in the Capital Tribune newsroom. The caller is the notorious Scanner Lady---an anonymous elderly tipster whose hobby is to phone the newspaper with gossip from her police scanner. The old woman tells Lucy she heard two Santa Fe cops discussing a dead body. But when Lucy checks out the tip, she discovers Scanner Lady has been killed. She tries to enlist the help of Detective Gil Montoya, but his mind is on another death. He has just been handed the case of Melissa Baca, a seventh-grade teacher whose body was thrown off the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Over the course of the next few days, as Lucy and Gil hunt down the culprits in each murder, they discover their cases are intertwined in the most intimate ways. Rich with details of New Mexico and the people who live there, The Replacement Child is the perfect novel for anyone who has fallen in love with the Southwest that Tony Hillerman described so artfully in his Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee mysteries.
Everyone envies the Randalls: beautiful, accomplished and high-flying, their lives are almost too good to be true. No one envies Stuart. A tough childhood has left him making his way as best he can, vowing to lose a bit more weight and become a bit more successful. But a chance encounter sets in motion a series of events which will shatter everything. Some will think they've lost, others will think they've won, but none of them will be prepared for the final catastrophe of jealousy, betrayal and agonizing justice. They should never have invited Stuart in - and he should never have trusted them. A brilliantly assured psychological thriller that builds tension with such power and conviction, you will feel as if you are there with them, fighting for a say.
Vessel Replacement Program
Author: United States. Congress. House. Merchant Marine and Fisheries
Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie comes from a world of tunnels and black, murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattoed princess. He is a replacement - left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago when it was stolen away by the fey. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything just to be normal, to live quietly amongst humans, practice his bass guitar and spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem, where he must face down the dark creatures and find his rightful place - in our world, or theirs.
1965, Brian Rollings age 16, from a farming community in Kent, sets off to join the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion at Oswestry in Shropshire. From the time the train departs Paddington Station there is a sense that something is not quite right, a feeling that could not be just homesickness or nervous apprehension; or perhaps it is? 1940, Billy Rollings a young recruit in the Royal Artillery also from a farming community in Kent has hung himself on his seventeenth birthday at the end of a long march in the rain; mistakenly believing his two brothers had been killed at Dunkirk. Billy's spirit is in limbo and his only way out is to find a replacement for himself. Brian is that perfect replacement, but the exchange must be completed before the end of his seventeenth birthday; the day Billy hung himself. Hidden, impossible romance also plays its part, as Brian and his fellow recruits are drawn towards the final, horrific conclusion. A modern day ghost story based on true events.
When Jill Lewis, a top-notch investigative reporter, jumps at the chance to cover the story of a high-profile senator who was assassinated, her fianc John, an FBI agent, mysteriously disappears. Original. 16,000 first printing.