On a stormy night in title story, "The Black Muldoon", a notorious outlaw shows up at the home of the storekeeper, Jefferson Peters. The Black Muldoon has a strange cargo, an infant boy that he wants to leave with Peters so that he can be raised by Peters and his wife as their son along with the two boys they already have. Young Jerry Peters, growing up, turns out to be exceptional at everything he tries, and as an adult manhunter it is Jerry who takes the trail to capture the Black Muldoon. This Western Trio includes Max Brand's sequel to Iron Dust, When Iron Turns to Gold, and The Two-Handed Man the tale of Jimmy Bristol, a man with the reputation for being able to fire a six-gun accurately with either hand.
Jack Hadley crossed the border to kill the renegade, Ranse Brennan. But Hadley picked a dangerous time to enter Mexico on such a chore. For one thing, the bandit leader, Megares, was stirring up a revolution and making it hot for gringos. For another, Ranse Brennan turned up as a colonel in Megares' cut-throat army! But one man or a regiment - it was all the same to a fighting bucko from Arizona!
A plane explodes mid-flight and plunges to disaster from the Scottish skies, the British and American Defence Secretaries among the victims. Now Edinburgh's Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner must lead the most high-profile investigation of his career. The means of destruction is apparent from the start, but the investigation quickly grows more puzzling. When Skinner himself is wrenched from the case, his colleagues struggle with the mass of clues while he fights for his life, trapped with the secret horrors of his past. As Skinner's ordeal reaches its crescendo, the police pursue their suspects in a dramatic race to hunt down those responsible. But will their much respected DCC be able to pull himself back from the brink in time?
During the Second World War, British artists produced over 6,000 works of war art, the result of a government scheme partly designed to prevent the artists being killed. This book tells the story of nine courageous war artists who ventured closer to the front line than any others in their profession. Edward Ardizzone, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman, Anthony Gross, Thomas Hennell, Eric Ravilious, Albert Richards, Richard Seddon and John Worsley all travelled abroad into the dangers of war to chronicle events by painting them. They formed a close bond, yet two were torpedoed, two were taken prisoner and three died, two in 1945 when peacetime was at hand. Men who had previously made a comfortable living painting in studios were transformed by military uniforms and experiences that were to shape the rest of their lives, and their work significantly influenced the way in which we view war today. Portraying how war and art came together in a moving and dramatic way, and incorporating vivid examples of their paintings, this is the true story behind the war artists who fought, lived and died for their art on the front line of the Second World War.
No one at Gad's Hall could admit what they knew about the room in the attic. The locked room that held the Thorley family's most shameful secret. The terrifying room that had once been the living tomb of a beautiful young woman possessed by the darkest evil. Years had passed but the relentless diabolic force abided - waiting until it could once again possess an innocent and inflict its horror upon the living. It was a force countless centuries old. It was simply a matter of time before it would strike again. And when the Spender family moved into Gad's Hall, that time had come...
After the death of her mother during childbirth, Beth is left to care for her father and two older brothers. When she discovers that she is pregnant, she leaves the family home in a Yorkshire mill town to live with her aunt. A tragic accident leaves her in the colourful world of the Romany Gypsies, where she gives birth to her son, Joshua. She keeps his birth secret, but when he is falsely accused of murder many years later, she is forced to reveal her secrets to save him from the hangman's noose. His accuser is an evil man, obsessed with Beth, who wishes revenge on her. But Beth is not the only one with secrets...
Bea Abbot is asked to find the man or woman who laid a booby trap for Sir Lucas Ossett, the powerful head of an international company. She finds Sir Lucas's wife in a state of fear, while gossipy elderly ladies cast doubt on their neighbours; these include a "therapist", an ex-employee of Sir Lucas's, and a cross-section of yuppies and oddballs. Call-girl cards have been left in tenants' letterboxes, a cat has met an untimely end, and snow is forecast. Sir Lucas's influence reaches out to touch and perhaps corrupt even those nearest to Bea, while trivial incidents escalate into violence and death. Bea ruins two beautiful pairs of high-heeled boots in her attempt to separate the foolish from the murderous...
Bea Abbot is asked to find the man or woman who laid a booby trap for Sir Lucas Ossett, the powerful head of an international company. She finds Sir Lucas's wife in a state of fear, while gossipy elderly ladies cast doubt on their neighbours; these include a "therapist", an ex-employee of Sir Lucas's, and a cross-section of yuppies and oddballs. Call-girl cards have been left in tenants' letterboxes, a cat has met an untimely end, and snow is forecast. Sir Lucas's influence reaches out to touch and perhaps corrupt even those nearest to Bea, while trivial incidents escalate into violence and death. Bea ruins two beautiful pairs of high-heeled boots in her attempt to separate the foolish from the murderous (web)
Married at 19, Katherine had four years of happiness with her beloved Gerald. When he dies, she is left on her own to bring up a stepson, Simon, and her own little twins. She has known what it is to be loved and cherished, and without Gerald, all she wants is independence, and the freedom to bring up his children as he would have liked. When an unexpected letter arrives for Simon, offering him a very different life, Katherine is concerned that he makes the right choice. She is worn out with worries and difficulties; but a restful holiday in the Scottish Highlands restores her zest for living. And it is only then that she begins to realise that independence is not as important as love.
Who was Inspector Frederick Abberline, the lead detective in the Jack the Ripper case? Why did he and his fellow policemen fail to catch the most notorious serial killer of Victorian England? What was he like as a man, as a professional policeman, one of the best detectives of his generation? And how did he investigate the sequence of squalid, bloody murders that repelled - and fascinated - contemporaries and has been the subject of keen controversy ever since? Here at last in M. J. Trow's compelling biography of this pre-eminent Victorian policeman are the answers to these intriguing questions.
It's the Fiesta de San Juan in Spain, the national celebration of the Summer Solstice, and there's much excitement about a huge firework display in the village of St Marti. But Primavera Blackstone is more inflamed by the appearance of a mysterious writer, Duncan Culshaw, who is determined to rake through the ashes of her past. And when extortion and blackmail are mentioned, Primavera realises the heat is on. Duncan has his fingers burned, playing fast and loose with the fiercely protective Prim, but when he marries a dying woman for her money, threatening the inheritance of Prim's son Tom, things are going to get explosive...
Following a personal tragedy, florist Persimmon "Simmy" Brown has moved to the Lake District to be nearer her parents. But her peace is shattered when, at a wedding, the bride's brother is found brutally murdered. As the florist of the wedding and one of the last people to talk to Mark Baxter alive, Simmy gradually becomes involved with the relatives. When events take another sinister turn, Simmy finds herself at the heart of a murder investigation. The chief suspects are the groom and his closely knit band of bachelor friends. They are all intimidating, volatile and secretive - but which one is a killer?
The body of an unknown woman is found in an Edinburgh close and the police are quick to label it as a random act of violence, until that is Detective Constable Faro finds a playing card, the nine of diamonds, planted on the corpse. His superiors scoff at his suspicions, but days later a man is attacked in the street, and left badly bruised and battered with the nine of diamonds in his pocket. Faro seizes on the connection and it is not the last calling card. But what is it that links the victims? Beset by hostile superiors and a policehating public, Faro feels he may never crack this confounding case.
His friend's dying words were: "Go to the hacienda. Somebody there will remember me. They'll show you the trail to the mine. It's called the Santa Barbara. The track up the mountain is easy to find, up a draw with a rock that looks like a horse's head at the mouth. The entrance is narrow, but about a mile up it widens into a little park. The cave is on the west side. You'll find the bones, underneath them about fifty thousand dollars worth of pure gold."
Gil Lorran remembered every word, for he was a man obsessed by vengeance. He planned to break out of jail, find the gold and then risk everything to get the man who had framed him...
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