No matter how many little kids you ask, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" not one of them will tell you, "When I grow up I'm going to be a slumlord". How does it happen? What's it like? Sit back and get comfortable and I'll explain. If you're curious or even if you're just bored, flip through the pages and you can come to work with me. I'm a slumlord in the ghetto. Everyday I put on my gun and drive less than ten miles. Those ten miles take me to another world. Sometimes it's frustrating. Sometimes it's scary. Often it's just downright funny. Keep an open mid. You're going to experience an entirely different culture. Come on...Let's go to work.
Barnett will take you to places you don’t want to go. He wants to be accepted on his own terms but hasn’t a clue as to what it takes. He travels the country performing services for hire that few people provide. Enter four West Coast detectives who combine efforts to stop an unknown assassin. Boil the mix down to two detectives against the assassin and an FBI agent. This page-turner will make you hate to stop reading.
A West Indian immigrant living in a New York ghetto was determined to break out of the bondage and work himself into mainstream America. Supported by his attractive wife, Zen, Bob Hansen was able to make good his dream but no sooner, tragedy struck. The healthy, vibrant Zen was suddenly cut down by a broken blood vessel in her head. Bob grieved himself into depression and decided to give up living. He thought of suicide but did not want to bring shame on the family. Instead he planned a way to get himself murdered and almost succeeded.
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES2011 Hand-picked by number one bestselling author Harlan Coben, this definitive anthology showcases the best of this year's crime-writing, from the masters of modern suspense and the stars of the future alike. Whether ingenious detective story or hardboiled noir, action-packed thriller or stylish historical mystery, these twenty stand-out stories should form the cornerstone of any crime reader's library. Edited by Harlan Coben Harlan Coben is the number-one bestselling author of eighteen novels, including Tell No One, Promise Me, and The Innocent. He is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards. He lives in New Jersey with his family. 'Excellent... 20 winning short stories, many by relative unknowns... Other contributors include such pros as Lawrence Block, Loren D. Estleman, and Mickey Spillane and Max Collins.' Publishers Weekly 'Offers a variety of tastes and textures... the best of Coben's Best really is first-rate.' Kirkus
The Best American Series® First, Best, and Best-Selling The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind. The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 includes Lawrence Block, Brendan DuBois, Loren D. Estleman, Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, Ed Gorman, Richard Lange, S. J. Rozan, Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, and others
Winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Fiction Montreal during the turbulent mid-1980s: Chernobyl has set Geiger counters thrumming across the globe, HIV/AIDS is cutting a deadly swath through the gay population worldwide, and locally, tempers are flaring over the recent codification of French as the official language of Quebec. Hiding out in a seedy apartment near campus, Alex Fratarcangeli (“Don’t worry. . . . I can’t even pronounce it myself”), an awkward, thirty-something grad student, is plagued by the sensation that his entire life is a fraud. Scarred by a distant father and a dangerous relationship with his ex Liz, and consumed by a floundering dissertation linking Darwin’s theory of evolution with the history of human narrative, Alex has come to view love and other human emotions as “evolutionary surplus, haphazard neural responses that nature had latched onto for its own insidious purposes.” When Alex receives a letter from Ingrid, the beautiful woman he knew years ago in Sweden, notifying him of the existence of his five-year-old son, he is gripped by a paralytic terror. Whenever Alex’s thoughts grow darkest, he recalls Desmond, the British professor with dubious credentials whom he met years ago in the Galapagos. Treacherous and despicable, wearing his ignominy like his rumpled jacket, Desmond nonetheless caught Alex in his thrall and led him to some life-altering truths during their weeks exploring Darwin’s islands together. It is only now that Alex can begin to comprehend these unlikely life lessons, and see a glimmer of hope shining through what he had thought was meaninglessness.
The iconoclastic fashion correspondent provides a behind-the-scenes journey behind the glamorous facade of the fashion world, describing his youthful fascination with fashion and his rise to success in a colorful world of style, fashion, celebrity, and gossip. Reprint.
Beautiful, blonde, American-born Miranda travels to New York City in search of her dream -- to become a successful fashion model. Hit with the realities of trying to make it in the big city, she is forced to rent an undesirable basement apartment to make ends meet. Miranda's dreams come true: her face adorns magazine covers everywhere and she lands the fashion job she had fantasized about for so long. But soon her seemingly perfect life turns into tragedy, when someone slashes Miranda's face, forever changing her world.