In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps. At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she's become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she'll see her mettle - and her metal - tested like never before. It started with two ... Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago's vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.
The astonishing novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a young boy with autism falsely accused of murder. When your son can’t look you in the eye...does that mean he’s guilty? Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject—forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he’s always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he’s usually right. But when Jacob’s small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?
Fifteen-year-old Lee has just been expelled from boarding school. Unwilling to go home to her abusive father, she escapes to the horse-show circuit and begins an affair with a beautiful but dangerous rider named Tory Markham. Through Tory, she becomes involved with a disreputable team of brother and sister trainers: Carl, notorious for his ruthless training methods, and Linda, who keeps the stable - both the horses and the riders - doped on narcotics. Lee's descent into a web of violent sex and heroln addiction is depicted with hellishly vivid precision. First published in 1995, House Rules established Heather Lewis' reputation as a gifted and uncompromising writer.
Seventh in the New York Times bestselling series about "wonderfully compelling reluctant vampire heroine"* Merit and the paranormal Chicago underworld. In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps. At age twenty-seven, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she's become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she'll see her mettle--and her metal--tested like never before. It starts when two Rogues vanish without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago's vampires, and anyone could be next. With their House in peril, Merit and her Master, Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.
In House Rules, two foiled terrorist attacks and a law targeting Muslim Americans send Joe DeMarco on a dangerous mission among mobsters, meth dealers, and the Washington political elite. First there was the bomb meant for the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, then a private plane headed straight for the White House is shot down. An atmosphere of fear and panic overruns the country, and when a senator proposes to run extensive background checks on all Muslims and deport any who aren’t citizens, his bill gains surprising traction. John Mahoney, the larger-than-life Speaker of the House, is not pleased. But Mahoney has a connection to one of the attackers, one he wants kept a secret. So he calls DeMarco, who attempts to get to the bottom of the attacks, and to pacify his difficult, yet charismatic boss in this riveting installment in the series.
In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps. At the tender age of twenty-seven, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal—tested like never before. It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.
A memoir of a father obsessed with control and the daughter who fights his suffocating grasp, House Rules explores the complexities of their compelling and destructive relationship as Rachel fights to escape, and, later, to make sense of what remains of her family.
Martin is a product of his genes. His father is a successful entrepreneur and a leading light in the business community, but when the crash comes they run into financial difficulties. His father makes a run for it, and his son has to pick up the pieces.
Tina is dedicating herself to making Dan a success at work at any cost. He doesn't understand office politics but she loves the games, especially when they involve hot and heavy sex. But this company is new territory, and the games have house rules that can make the play treacherous. She has no trouble getting laid, seducing the players, but will that take her where she thinks it will? ~~~~~ PG Excerpt ~~~~~ When she saw the frustration clouding his face, Tina almost laughed. "Dan, don't make going to a party into a chore. This will be a great opportunity to let the boss get to know you better. Getting ahead in business means networking. It's the game."Dan gave her an odd look. "He already knows me better than I'd like. We'll make an appearance because he's my boss and I don't intend to be rude, but it's just socializing and I don't see that I'll gain anything at all." She stood in her underwear looking at herself in the mirror, trying to picture whether she ought to wear the short red and black dress or the slinky black one. She'd brought both dresses over to Dan's place knowing they'd want to go to the party straight from his house. Now she just had to decide. She expected Carla, the boss's wife to be dressing sexy. Trying to compete with the wife of the boss would be a mistake. Her black dress was slinky sexy. The fresh look of the red and black would be more politic and still make her look sexy, just more elegantly. Besides, she loved the dress. After trying it on she'd saved for a month to get it. Behind her Dan fretted over his choice of tie. "I'll pick one for you," she said. After going with him for six months Dan's lack of understanding of office politics and the role clothes played in business still managed to surprise her. When he married her she intended to redo his entire wardrobe. She would just do it. There was no way to get him to believe that if he wanted to get taken more seriously at meetings (one of his frequent complaints) he needed to present the right image. In fact, his image and knowing how to take advantage of it was the only area in which he needed improvement. He was good at his work…just very inept at getting any credit for it. He was good in bed too, but often she had to work to get his attention. His mind tended to stay at the office long after he'd left. Seeing that his company didn't seem to know what a gold mine they had in him she was making it her job to see that he was rewarded appropriately for what he offered them. Tina went over to where Dan was melodramatically comparing ties. "What the f___ difference does it make which of these I wear? There isn't two cents worth of difference between them." She took them from his hand. "It doesn't matter…you're right." "I am?" She laughed. "Those are office ties." She tossed them on the bed. "Dull. We're going to a party."
The last thing I expected to find in my dossier was sexy stockings, a plane voucher to London and an invitation to dance at a gentleman's club. I'm a quiet museum curator for God's sake. No way, no how am I going to slide down a pole for a bunch of over privileged, narcissistic men—until I see Sean Fraser, my childhood crush, enter the establishment. Since I'm no longer that overweight teen with braces and mousey hair, there is no way he'll recognize me. Hmmm... Maybe I'll give him a fake name—and a private dance. That ought to make him finally notice me, right? What the hell is Kennedy Lane doing sliding down a pole in a private Gentlemen's club? I'm not sure, and while I know she's hands off, I want her. I've always wanted her. She might have been too young for me back in the day. Now, not so much. Hands off leads to hands on after a private dance, and while Kennedy spends the weekend pretending to be someone she isn't, I know full well who she is. And I'm not quite ready to let her hang up her stockings when the show is over. Each book in the Dossier series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series Order: Book #1 Private Reserve Book #2 House Rules
Drawing on examples of her own distinctive, humane modern design, celebrated architect Deborah Berke demonstrates how to create a serene haven for contemporary living. House Rules documents the beauty and relevance of Deborah Berke’s vision by articulating eight guiding principles to achieve an enriching domestic space. Her rules range from how to design a meaningful sequence from indoors to out, to the need for abundant storage to live an uncluttered life. House Rules delves deep into Berke’s working process and her thoughtful approach to design, showcasing more than fifty residences. An inspiring guide for home owners and those aspiring to build a house, House Rules also addresses such timely factors as environmental sustainability and innovative construction techniques. Drawing on these examples of her user-friendly contemporary designs, House Rules demonstrates how to craft a serene space for modern living. Photographs of compelling details richly illustrate her principles, underscoring both the poetry and practicality of her ideas.
In this steamy novel of bondage and abandon, Richard, an Englishman in Hamburg, discovers carnal riches beyond his imagination when Margaret Wagner introduces him to her beautiful niece, Helena, and into their rituals of kink—everything from cross-dressing to sexual slavery. Richard, while more alive than he has ever felt before, grows increasingly disturbed by the magnitude of Margaret's hold over the submissive young Helena. His attempts to rescue her are thwarted, perhaps even unwanted. So student Richard finds himself in the tutelage of another of Margaret's sexually adept associates—one who will teach him in full the meaning of obedience.
A compelling, at times horrifying work that is impossible to put down, House Rules will stand beside Running With Scissors and The Glass Castle as a memoir that cracks open the shell of a desperately dysfunctional family with impressive grace and humour. Rachel Sontag grew up the daughter of a well-liked doctor in an upper middle class suburb of Chicago. The view from outside couldn’t have been more perfect. But within the walls of the family home, Rachel’s life was controlled and indeed terrorized by her father’s serious depression. In prose that is both precise and rich, Rachel’s childhood experience unfolds in a chronological recounting that shows how her father became more and more disturbed as Rachel grew up. A visceral and wrenching exploration of the impact of a damaged psyche on those nearest to him, House Rules will keep you reading even when you most wish you could look away. In the middle of the night, Dad sent Mom to wake me. In my pajamas, I sat across from them in the living room. I was sure Grandma had died and I remember deciding to stay strong when Dad told me. “What did you say to her?” he asked. His elbows rested in his lap. “What do you mean?” “You spent a good half hour alone in that hospital room. What did you talk about?” “I don’t know, Dad” “What do you mean, you don’t know? You know. You know exactly what you talked to her about.” “You talked about me, Rachel.” “No. I didn’t.” “To my own mother?” . . . . I wondered how he’d been with Mom, how she’d missed the signs. He couldn’t have just turned crazy all of a sudden. I wondered if his own father had infected him with anger. But mostly, I wanted to know what he saw in me that caused him to break up inside. Was it in my being born or in my growing up? --from House Rules From the Hardcover edition.
Richard is an English visitor in Hamburg, at a loose end until he meets Helena, the beautiful niece of Margaret Wagner. Together they lead him down the road to bondage, slavery and transvestism. It's all so easy, so pleasurable - until he discovers Margaret's darker side, and the strength of her hold over Helena. His plans to rescue Helena are thwarted when Margaret gives him to another of her business acquaintances for further training. This time he'll learn the real meaning of submission and obedience.
"This utterly unexpected book dives straight into the chaos of an American adolescence, echoing the infernal laughter of William S. Burroughs as it probes the messier forms of sexual awakenings."-"Details" ""House Rules" . . . ventures off the map into an uncharted, quite terrifying strip of psychological badlands."-"The Village Voice" The narrator of Lewis' amazing first novel is 15-year-old Lee, whose story is both a fascinating and disturbing look at the dark side of show horse riding. With extraordinary insight, Heather Lewis describes a world she knew from the inside. Since its first publication 10 years ago, "House Rules" has established itself as a classic of lesbian literature. Heather Lewis is the author of two other novels, "Notice" and "The Second Suspect," In 2002, she took her own life at the age of 40.
“No action is bad in itself; I mean, even murder can be justified...” Set in the familiar setting of a pub, House Rules follows the story of three unlikely heroes who come together and show that it is possible to carry out an evil act, and get away with it. Martin is a computer expert. After his family run into financial difficulties, he believes that he can manipulate the money supply and rise from the ashes, but his psychotic tendencies and reliance on alcohol get in the way. Richard is a public schoolboy, creative soul and leading light in the advertising industry. When the two men become friends in a profound way, they team up to rule the pub with a rod of iron. Joanna and Sabrina, the respective spouse and girlfriend, inhabit the pub’s alcove with Jane, a lesbian who believes in sexual equality. Tensions rise as Joanna and Martin’s relationship is revealed to be cruel and abusive, and Joanna decides to leave Martin. As a painful divorce looms, Joanna and Jane attempt to get a more advantageous settlement and secretly record the men’s conversations. Deciding to record their shared experiences in a short story, Jane sends her manuscript over to Joanna, but Martin hacks into the computer and the die is cast. A murder is committed, and fact and fiction merge as the reader is taken through the events of the first half of the book and what happens thereafter... Inspired by Tom Sharpe, Robert Peston and Quentin Tarantino, House Rules deals with a number of issues, including mental health, domestic abuse and fascist behaviour. Chris Haxby’s debut novel will appeal to readers of black comedy, as well as those who enjoy crime novels.
A boxed set containing three beloved, New York Times bestselling novels by John Irving: The Cider House Rules, A Widow for One Year, and A Prayer for Owen Meany. The Cider House Rules Set in rural Maine in the first half of this century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch--saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted. A Widow for One Year Richly comic, as well as deeply disturbing, A Widow for One Year is a multilayered love story of astonishing emotional force. Both ribald and erotic, it is also a brilliant novel about the passage of time and the relentlessness of grief. A Prayer for Owen Meany In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys-best friends-are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen, after that 1953 foul ball, is extraordinary and terrifying.
The screenplay of the novel The Cider House Rules. Set in the rural town of Maine, this tale follows the bizarre story of Hormer Wells, from his apprenticeship in the orphanage surgery to his adult life running a cider-making factory and the relationship he has with his wife's best friend.
'The reason Homer Wells kept his name was that he came back to St Cloud's so many times, after so many failed foster homes, that the orphanage was forced to acknowledge Homer's intention to make St Cloud's his home.' Homer Wells' odyssey begins among the apple orchards of rural Maine. As the oldest unadopted child at St Cloud's orphanage, he strikes up a profound and unusual friendship with Wilbur Larch, the orphanage's founder - a man of rare compassion and an addiction to ether. What he learns from Wilbur takes him from his early apprenticeship in the orphanage surgery, to an adult life running a cider-making factory and a strange relationship with the wife of his closest friend...