Harold March, the rising reviewer and social critic, was walking vigorously across a great tableland of moors and commons, the horizon of which was fringed with the far-off woods of the famous estate of Torwood Park. He was a good-looking young man in tweeds, with very pale curly hair and pale clear eyes. Walking in wind and sun in the very landscape of liberty, he was still young enough to remember his politics and not merely try to forget them. For his errand at Torwood Park was a political one; it was the place of appointment named by no less a person than the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Howard Horne, then introducing his so-called Socialist budget, and prepared to expound it in an interview with so promising a penman. Harold March was the sort of man who knows everything about politics, and nothing about politicians. He also knew a great deal about art, letters, philosophy, and general culture; about almost everything, indeed, except the world he was living in.
Abruptly, in the middle of those sunny and windy flats, he came upon a sort of cleft almost narrow enough to be called a crack in the land. It was just large enough to be the water-course for a small stream which vanished at intervals under green tunnels of undergrowth, as if in a dwarfish forest. Indeed, he had an odd feeling as if he were a giant looking over the valley of the pygmies. When he dropped into the hollow, however, the impression was lost; the rocky banks, though hardly above the height of a cottage, hung over and had the profile of a precipice. As he began to wander down the course of the stream, in idle but romantic curiosity, and saw the water shining in short strips between the great gray boulders and bushes as soft as great green mosses, he fell into quite an opposite vein of fantasy. It was rather as if the earth had opened and swallowed him into a sort of underworld of dreams. And when he became conscious of a human figure dark against the silver stream, sitting on a large boulder and looking rather like a large bird, it was perhaps with some of the premonitions proper to a man who meets the strangest friendship of his life.
CHAPTER I. THE TWO POETS OF SAFFRON PARK
CHAPTER II. THE SECRET OF GABRIEL SYME
CHAPTER III. THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY
CHAPTER IV. THE TALE OF A DETECTIVE
CHAPTER V. THE FEAST OF FEAR
CHAPTER VI. THE EXPOSURE
CHAPTER VII. THE UNACCOUNTABLE CONDUCT OF PROFESSOR DE WORMS
CHAPTER VIII. THE PROFESSOR EXPLAINS
CHAPTER IX. THE MAN IN SPECTACLES
CHAPTER X. THE DUEL
CHAPTER XI. THE CRIMINALS CHASE THE POLICE
CHAPTER XII. THE EARTH IN ANARCHY
CHAPTER XIII. THE PURSUIT OF THE PRESIDENT
CHAPTER XIV. THE SIX PHILOSOPHERS
CHAPTER XV. THE ACCUSER
THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL
Chapter I—Introductory Remarks on the Art of Prophecy
Chapter II—The Man in Green
Chapter III—The Hill of Humour
Chapter I—The Charter of the Cities
Chapter II—The Council of the Provosts
Chapter III—Enter a Lunatic
Chapter I—The Mental Condition of Adam Wayne
Chapter II—The Remarkable Mr. Turnbull
Chapter III—The Experiment of Mr. Buck
Chapter I—The Battle of the Lamps
Chapter II—The Correspondent of the Court Journal
Chapter III—The Great Army of South Kensington
Chapter I—The Empire of Notting Hill
Chapter II—The Last Battle
Chapter III—Two Voices
He had just finished a hearty breakfast, in the society of his daughter, at a table under a tree in his garden by the Cornish coast. For, having a glorious circulation, he insisted on as many outdoor meals as possible, though spring had barely touched the woods and warmed the seas round that southern extremity of England. His daughter Barbara, a good-looking girl with heavy red hair and a face as grave as one of the garden statues, still sat almost motionless as a statue when her father rose. A fine tall figure in light clothes, with his white hair and mustache flying backwards rather fiercely from a face that was good-humored enough, ...
A section of a long and splendid literature can be most conveniently treated in one of two ways. It can be divided as one cuts a currant cake or a Gruyère cheese, taking the currants (or the holes) as they come. Or it can be divided as one cuts wood—along the grain: if one thinks that there is a grain. But the two are never the same: the names never come in the same order in actual time as they come in any serious study of a spirit or a tendency. The critic who wishes to move onward with the life of an epoch, must be always running backwards and forwards among its mere dates; just as a branch bends back and forth continually; yet the grain in the branch runs true like an unbroken river.
Mere chronological order, indeed, is almost as arbitrary as alphabetical order. To deal with Darwin, Dickens, Browning, in the sequence of the birthday book would be to forge about as real a chain as the "Tacitus, Tolstoy, Tupper" of a biographical dictionary. It might lend itself more, perhaps, to accuracy: and it might satisfy that school of critics who hold that every artist should be treated as a solitary craftsman, indifferent to the commonwealth and unconcerned about moral things. To write on that principle in the present case, however, would involve all those delicate difficulties, known to politicians, which beset the public defence of a doctrine which one heartily disbelieves. It is quite needless here to go into the old "art for art's sake"—business, or explain at length why individual artists cannot be reviewed without reference to their traditions and creeds. It is enough to say that with other creeds they would have been, for literary purposes, other individuals. Their views do not, of course, make the brains in their heads any more than the ink in their pens. But it is equally evident that mere brain-power, without attributes or aims, a wheel revolving in the void, would be a subject about as entertaining as ink. The moment we differentiate the minds, we must differentiate by doctrines and moral sentiments. A mere sympathy for democratic merry-making and mourning will not make a man a writer like Dickens. But without that sympathy Dickens would not be a writer like Dickens; and probably not a writer at all. A mere conviction that Catholic thought is the clearest as well as the best disciplined, will not make a man a writer like Newman. But without that conviction Newman would not be a writer like Newman; and probably not a writer at all. It is useless for the æsthete (or any other anarchist) to urge the isolated individuality of the artist, apart from his attitude to his age. His attitude to his age is his individuality: men are never individual when alone.
A Meditation in a New York Hotel
A Meditation in Broadway
Irish and other Interviewers
Some American Cities
In the American Country
The American Business Man
Presidents and Problems
Prohibition in Fact and Fancy
Fads and Public Opinion
The Extraordinary American
The Republican in the Ruins
Is the Atlantic Narrowing?
Lincoln and Lost Causes
Wells and the World State
A New Martin Chuzzlewit
The Spirit of America
The Spirit of England
The Future of Democracy
I. THE MEDICAL MISTAKE
II. WANTED, AN UNPRACTICAL MAN
III. THE NEW HYPOCRITE
IV. THE FEAR OF THE PAST
V. THE UNFINISHED TEMPLE
VI. THE ENEMIES OF PROPERTY
VII. THE FREE FAMILY
VIII. THE WILDNESS OF DOMESTICITY
IX. HISTORY OF HUDGE AND GUDGE
X. OPPRESSION BY OPTIMISM
XI. THE HOMELESSNESS OF JONES
PART TWO. IMPERIALISM, OR THE MISTAKE ABOUT MAN
I. THE CHARM OF JINGOISM
II. WISDOM AND THE WEATHER
III. THE COMMON VISION
IV. THE INSANE NECESSITY
PART THREE. FEMINISM, OR THE MISTAKE ABOUT WOMAN
I. THE UNMILITARY SUFFRAGETTE
II. THE UNIVERSAL STICK
III. THE EMANCIPATION OF DOMESTICITY
IV. THE ROMANCE OF THRIFT
V. THE COLDNESS OF CHLOE
VI. THE PEDANT AND THE SAVAGE
VII. THE MODERN SURRENDER OF WOMAN
VIII. THE BRAND OF THE FLEUR-DE-LIS
IX. SINCERITY AND THE GALLOWS
X. THE HIGHER ANARCHY
XI. THE QUEEN AND THE SUFFRAGETTES
XII. THE MODERN SLAVE
PART FOUR. EDUCATION: OR THE MISTAKE ABOUT THE CHILD
I. THE CALVINISM OF TO-DAY
II. THE TRIBAL TERROR
III. THE TRICKS OF ENVIRONMENT
IV. THE TRUTH ABOUT EDUCATION
V. AN EVIL CRY
VI. AUTHORITY THE UNAVOIDABLE
VII. THE HUMILITY OF MRS. GRUNDY
VIII. THE BROKEN RAINBOW
IX. THE NEED FOR NARROWNESS
X. THE CASE FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
XI. THE SCHOOL FOR HYPOCRITES
XII. THE STALENESS OF THE NEW SCHOOLS
XIII. THE OUTLAWED PARENT
XIV. FOLLY AND FEMALE EDUCATION
PART FIVE. THE HOME OF MAN
I. THE EMPIRE OF THE INSECT
II. THE FALLACY OF THE UMBRELLA STAND
III. THE DREADFUL DUTY OF GUDGE
IV. A LAST INSTANCE
I. ON FEMALE SUFFRAGE
II. ON CLEANLINESS IN EDUCATION
III. ON PEASANT PROPRIETORSHIP
G. K. CHESTERTON COLLECTION [46 BOOKS]
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox." Time magazine has observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out." Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and for his reasoned apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognised the wide appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton, as a political thinker, cast aspersions on both Progressivism and Conservatism, saying, "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify this position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, Chesterton's "friendly enemy" according to Time, said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius." Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin.
A CHESTERTON CALENDAR
A MISCELLANY OF MEN
A SHORT HISTORY OF ENGLAND
ALARMS AND DISCURSIONS
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
APPRECIATIONS AND CRITICISMS OF THE WORKS OF CHARLES DICKENS
BIOGRAPHIES BY CHESTERTON
ESSAYS BY CHESTERTON
EUGENICS AND OTHER EVILS
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
GREYBEARDS AT PLAY
THE APPETITE OF TYRANNY
THE BALL AND THE CROSS
THE BALLAD OF SAINT BARBARA
THE BALLAD OF THE WHITE HORSE
THE BLATCHFORD CONTROVERSIES
THE CLUB OF QUEER TRADES
THE CRIMES OF ENGLAND
THE FLYING INN
THE INNOCENCE OF FATHER BROWN
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY
THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL
THE NEW JERUSALEM
THE SUPERSTITION OF DIVORCE
THE TREES OF PRIDE
THE USES OF DIVERSITY
THE VICTORIAN AGE IN LITERATURE
THE WILD KNIGHT AND OTHER POEMS
THE WISDOM OF FATHER BROWN
UTOPIA OF USURERS AND OTHER ESSAYS
WHAT I SAW IN AMERICA
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WORLD
PUBLISHER: AETERNA PRESS
II. On the negative spirit
III. On Mr. Rudyard Kipling and Making the World Small
IV. Mr. Bernard Shaw
V. Mr. H. G. Wells and the Giants
VI. Christmas and the Aesthetes
VII. Omar and the Sacred Vine
VIII. The Mildness of the Yellow Press
IX. The Moods of Mr. George Moore
X. On Sandals and Simplicity
XI Science and the Savages
XII Paganism and Mr. Lowes Dickinson
XIII. Celts and Celtophiles
XIV On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family
XV On Smart Novelists and the Smart Set
XVI On Mr. McCabe and a Divine Frivolity
XVII On the Wit of Whistler
XVIII The Fallacy of the Young Nation
XIX Slum Novelists and the Slums
XX. Concluding Remarks on the Importance of Orthodoxy
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Here is the Chesterton's brilliant "sketch" of the great Scholastic theologian and Doctor of the Church St. Thomas Aquinas, nicknamed 'dumb ox'
Chesterton's practical study serves as a refreshing antidote to dangerous aspects of modern society. He argues to restore true reason and rationality, to bring a measure of certainty where doubt and fear were sown by Luther and Voltaire, resulting in many of the horrors of the twentieth century.
Chesterton deals swiftly with both facism on the one hand and socialism on the other and many other issues of the day, offering a hope amongst the perils of empty materialism.
"Mr. Chesterton's volume on St. Thomas [is a] treatise of inestimable worth." --Leo McVay (1933 in Catholic Historical Review)
THE POET AND THE CHEESE
THE MAN WHO THINKS BACKWARDS
THE NAMELESS MAN
THE GARDENER AND THE GUINEA
THE VOTER AND THE TWO VOICES
THE MAD OFFICIAL
THE ENCHANTED MAN
THE SUN WORSHIPPER
THE WRONG INCENDIARY
THE FREE MAN
THE HYPOTHETICAL HOUSEHOLDER
THE PRIEST OF SPRING
THE REAL JOURNALIST
THE SENTIMENTAL SCOT
THE SECTARIAN OF SOCIETY
THE CONSCRIPT AND THE CRISIS
THE MISER AND HIS FRIENDS
THE RED REACTIONARY
THE SEPARATIST AND SACRED THINGS
THE ARISTOCRATIC 'ARRY
THE NEW THEOLOGIAN
THE ROMANTIC IN THE RAIN
THE FALSE PHOTOGRAPHER
THE ARCHITECT OF SPEARS
THE MAN ON TOP
THE OTHER KIND OF MAN
THE MEDIAEVAL VILLAIN
THE DIVINE DETECTIVE
THE ELF OF JAPAN
THE CHARTERED LIBERTINE
THE CONTENTED MAN
THE ANGRY AUTHOR: HIS FAREWELL
Between the silver ribbon of morning and the green glittering ribbon of sea, the boat touched Harwich and let loose a swarm of folk like flies, among whom the man we must follow was by no means conspicuous—nor wished to be. There was nothing notable about him, except a slight contrast between the holiday gaiety of his clothes and the official gravity of his face. His clothes included a slight, pale grey jacket, a white waistcoat, and a silver straw hat with a grey-blue ribbon. His lean face was dark by contrast, and ended in a curt black beard that looked Spanish and suggested an Elizabethan ruff. He was smoking a cigarette with the seriousness of an idler. There was nothing about him to indicate the fact that the grey jacket covered a loaded revolver, that the white waistcoat covered a police card, or that the straw hat covered one of the most powerful intellects in Europe. For this was Valentin himself, the head of the Paris police and the most famous investigator of the world; and he was coming from Brussels to London to make the greatest arrest of the century.
Flambeau was in England. The police of three countries had tracked the great criminal at last from Ghent to Brussels, from Brussels to the Hook of Holland; and it was conjectured that he would take some advantage of the unfamiliarity and confusion of the Eucharistic Congress, then taking place in London. Probably he would travel as some minor clerk or secretary connected with it; but, of course, Valentin could not be certain; nobody could be certain about Flambeau.
It is many years now since this colossus of crime suddenly ceased keeping the world in a turmoil; and when he ceased, as they said after the death of Roland, there was a great quiet upon the earth. But in his best days (I mean, of course, his worst) Flambeau was a figure as ...
COCKNEYS AND THEIR JOKES
THE FALLACY OF SUCCESS
ON RUNNING AFTER ONE'S HAT
THE VOTE AND THE HOUSE
CONCEIT AND CARICATURE
PATRIOTISM AND SPORT.
AN ESSAY ON TWO CITIES.
FRENCH AND ENGLISH
THE ZOLA CONTROVERSY
OXFORD FROM WITHOUT
THE MODERN MARTYR
ON POLITICAL SECRECY
THOUGHTS AROUND KOEPENICK
ON THE CRYPTIC AND THE ELLIPTIC
THE WORSHIP OF THE WEALTHY
THE ERROR OF IMPARTIALITY
TOM JONES AND MORALITY
THE MAID OF ORLEANS
A DEAD POET
THE PROVINCE OF BRITAIN
THE AGE OF LEGENDS
THE DEFEAT OF THE BARBARIANS
ST. EDWARD AND THE NORMAN KINGS
THE AGE OF THE CRUSADES
THE PROBLEM OF THE PLANTAGENETS
THE MEANING OF MERRY ENGLAND
NATIONALITY AND THE FRENCH WARS
THE WAR OF THE USURPERS
THE REBELLION OF THE RICH
SPAIN AND THE SCHISM OF NATIONS
THE AGE OF THE PURITANS
THE TRIUMPH OF THE WHIGS
THE WAR WITH THE GREAT REPUBLICS
ARISTOCRACY AND THE DISCONTENTS
THE RETURN OF THE BARBARIAN
THE FALSE THEORY.
Eugenics and Other Evils
WHAT IS EUGENICS?
THE FIRST OBSTACLES
THE ANARCHY FROM ABOVE
THE LUNATIC AND THE LAW
THE FLYING AUTHORITY
THE UNANSWERED CHALLENGE
THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH OF DOUBT
A SUMMARY OF A FALSE THEORY
THE REAL AIM.
THE IMPOTENCE OF IMPENITENCE
TRUE HISTORY OF A TRAMP
TRUE HISTORY OF A EUGENIST
THE VENGEANCE OF THE FLESH
THE MEANNESS OF THE MOTIVE
THE ECLIPSE OF LIBERTY
THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIALISM
THE END OF THE HOUSEHOLD GODS
A SHORT CHAPTER
II. THE RELIGION OF THE STIPENDIARY MAGISTRATE
III. SOME OLD CURIOSITIES
IV. A DISCUSSION AT DAWN
V. THE PEACEMAKER
VI. THE OTHER PHILOSOPHER
VII. THE VILLAGE OF GRASSLEY-IN-THE-HOLE
VIII. AN INTERLUDE OF ARGUMENT
IX. THE STRANGE LADY
X. THE SWORDS REJOINED
XI. A SCANDAL IN THE VILLAGE
XII. THE DESERT ISLAND
XIII. THE GARDEN OF PEACE
XIV. A MUSEUM OF SOULS
XV. THE DREAM OF MACIAN
XVI. THE DREAM OF TURNBULL
XVII. THE IDIOT
XVIII. A RIDDLE OF FACES
XIX. THE LAST PARLEY
XX. DIES IRAE
A wind sprang high in the west, like a wave of unreasonable happiness, and tore eastward across England, trailing with it the frosty scent of forests and the cold intoxication of the sea. In a million holes and corners it refreshed a man like a flagon, and astonished him like a blow. In the inmost chambers of intricate and embowered houses it woke like a domestic explosion, littering the floor with some professor's papers till they seemed as precious as fugitive, or blowing out the candle by which a boy read "Treasure Island" and wrapping him in roaring dark. But everywhere it bore drama into undramatic lives, and carried the trump of crisis across the world. Many a harassed mother in a mean backyard had looked at five dwarfish shirts on the clothes-line as at some small, sick tragedy; it was as if she had hanged her five children. The wind came, and they were full and kicking as if five fat imps had sprung into them; and far down in her oppressed subconscious she half-remembered those coarse comedies of her fathers when the elves still dwelt in the homes of men. Many an unnoticed girl in a dank walled garden had tossed herself into the hammock with the same intolerant gesture with which she might have tossed herself into the Thames; and that wind rent the waving wall of woods and lifted the hammock like a balloon, and showed her shapes of quaint clouds far beyond, and pictures of bright villages far below, as if she rode heaven in a fairy boat. Many a dusty clerk or cleric, plodding a telescopic road of poplars, thought for the hundredth time that they were like the plumes of a hearse; when this invisible energy caught and swung and clashed them round his head like a wreath or salutation of seraphic wings. There was in it something more inspired and authoritative even than the old wind of the proverb; for this was the good wind that blows nobody harm.
After many years in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. In this fifth and final series of mysteries, the clerical mastermind confronts slander, passion, radical politics, superstition, high crimes and misdemeanours, outwitting some quite extraordinary and villainous adversaries on the way.
G. K. Chesterton was born in 1874. He attended the Slade School of Art, where he appears to have suffered a nervous breakdown, before turning his hand to journalism. A prolific writer throughout his life, his best- known books include The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1922), The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) and the Father Brown stories. Chesterton converted to Roman Catholicism in 1922 and died in 1938.
'Chesterton knew how to make the most of a detective story' Jorge Luis Borges
Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.
Handsome, young, Muslim, and married to two women living in one house along with his mother, Umma, and sister, Naja: can Midnight manage all that he has on his plate? He is surrounded by Americans who don’t share or understand his faith or culture, and adults who are offended by his maturity, intelligence, and his natural ability to make his hard work turn into real money. He is calm, confident, and cool, Ninja-trained and powerful, but one moment of rage throws this Brooklyn youth into a dark world of dirty police, gangs, guns, drugs, prisons, and dangerous inmates. Everything he ever believed, every dollar he ever earned, and all of the women he ever loved—including his mother—are at risk.
Will his manhood be taken, broken, or altered? Can he maintain his faith? Outnumbered, overruled, and deeply envied—how can he possibly survive? Will the streets convert him? What can he keep? What must he lose?
After the events in Gathering Prey, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation—no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA. His friend the governor is just cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he invites Lucas to come along as part of his campaign staff. “Should be fun!” he says, and it kind of is—until they find they have a shadow: an armed man intent on killing the governor...and anyone who gets in the way.
They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them.
Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do.
Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life.
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Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a isolated mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die…
Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?
The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.
He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was . . . something smelled bad—like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another.
By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to fifteen bodies and counting. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, when Lucas began to investigate, he made some disturbing discoveries of his own. The victims had been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork. How could this have happened without anybody noticing?
Because one thing was for sure: the killer had to live close by. He was probably even someone they saw every day. . . .
In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. “Issues” is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.
Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier—a team of dognappers supplying medical labs—when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found—and the victim is a local reporter. . . .
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Two children from Sierra Leone, Liberty and A’shai, are brought together by chance only to be forced apart by the most inevitable and tragic fate. Ashley and JaQuavis bring us this classic love story set against modern life’s most horrifying realities. Liberty is dying of a fatal heart condition, though she desperately wants to survive until her 25th birthday when her sister has promised to visit her. A’shai blames himself for not protecting Liberty, but all Liberty asks is for A’shai to tell her a story, to help her remember what brought them to this point. He knows that this is the last story he will ever tell and the last she will ever hear. As Liberty lies dying, A’shai walks her though their past, reliving their ill-fated journeys through the streets. Their story will take them from an arranged marriage, through Mexico’s drug cartel, child brothels, hustling in Detroit, to escaping the high-powered heads of L.A.’s underworld. But ultimately, this is a story of love and redemption that will leave you breathless from the unpredictable and mind-blowing ending.
The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they’ve been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others—as Virgil is about to find out.
Then there’s the homefront. Virgil’s relationship with his girlfriend Frankie has been getting kind of serious, but when Frankie’s sister Sparkle moves in for the summer, the situation gets a lot more complicated. For one thing, her research into migrant workers is about to bring her up against some very violent people who emphatically do not want to be researched. For another…she thinks Virgil’s kind of cute.
“You mess around with Sparkle,” Frankie told Virgil, “you could get yourself stabbed.”
“She carries a knife?”
“No, but I do.”
Forget a storm—this one’s a tornado.
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