Discovering a medieval book and a cache of letters, a motherless American girl becomes the latest in a series of historians, including her late father, who investigates the possible surviving legacy of Vlad the Impaler, a quest that takes her across Europe and into the pasts of her father and his mentor. A first novel. 300,000 first printing.
Beginning his witness-protection job at a doughnut restaurant in the week before the 1980 presidential election, small-time thief Vince Camden finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a local politician's troubles, involved in a credit-card scam, and torn between relationships with a beautiful law clerk and a neurotic prostitute. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Looking at how we treat violent young offenders, a study goes inside Texas's Giddings State School to detail their remarkably effective treatment program for young offenders, following a boy and girl through the group sessions in which they relive their crimes and the abuse they suffered and assesses the influence of the unconventional therapy on their recovery.
Traces the theft of Edvard Munch's The Scream from Oslo's National Gallery in 1994, recounting the efforts of art detective Charley Hill to recover the painting in an investigation that took him from the lavish estates of eccentric aristocrats to the art underworld. By the author of Down the Great Unknown. 50,000 first printing.
When a group of angry, laser-beaming whales who march upon stilts are set loose on the world by a vengeful madman, only Jasper Dash and Katie Mulligan have the experience and courage to put an end to the evil creatures who are certain to bring destruction and death wherever they roam.
Traces the unlikely friendship of Amir, a wealthy Afghanistani youth, and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of the nation's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
Elderly Gwendolyn Chawcer and her colorful group of friends become increasingly suspicious of her tenant, Michael "Mix" Cellini, an eccentric with an obsession for a model he has only seen once, who idolizes serial killer Reggie Christie, as his odd behavior and obsessions take an ever darker turn. 100,000 first printing.
Facing unprecedented financial troubles when his daughter requires a medical treatment, Easy Rawlins takes a job tracking down a missing attorney and legal assistant, but when the assignment proves more complicated than anticipated, Easy wonders about the integrity of his employer. By the author of Little Scarlett. 125,000 first printing.
A history of the mafia's infamous "Five Families" traces events within the Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Colombo, and Lucchese clans; identifying their role in damaging American industries and their fierce rivalries with one another.
Jackie Ishida, a young Japanese American woman living in Los Angeles, learns of the deaths of four young men in her grandfather's store during the 1965 Watts riot, and sets out to discover the truth about their deaths, along the way uncovering some long-buried family secrets as well.