Selected by the author as examples of his best early works, a collection of short mystery tales, originally written under his legal name or pseudonyms, pairs each story with introductions that offer insight into his literary development.
Presents the story of the slaying of a drug kingpin, his wife, and their grandson by Darrell Mease, an aspiring drug dealer who was sentenced to death for the crime, but who was saved from death row by the intervention of the pope.
The author describes growing up in a family that was part of the Mafia, discussing her relationship with John Gotti and other members of the underworld and her eventual escape to build a new life far from the world of organized crime.
Waking up in a hospital with much of his memory missing, Nick Petrov, a private investigator renowned for his ability to reclaim stolen children, pursues clues about his own life and discovers a link to a specific murder case that forces him to question factors about how it was handled and his own role in the investigation.
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.
In 1849 Baltimore, following the death of Edgar Allan Poe, Quentin Clark, a young city dweller fiercely loyal to his favorite author, discovers that Poe's final days had been marked by a series of bizarre, unanswered questions and, inspired by Poe's fictional detective C. Auguste Dupin, launches his own investigation to resolve the mystery of Poe's death. 70,000 first printing.
To earn some extra money, Deborah Cochrane and Joanna Meissner, two financially strapped graduate students, become involved with a Boston fertility clinic in search of egg donors, but when they become suspicious about the clinic and its head, Dr. Spencer Windgate, they risk their lives to uncover the truth. Reprint.
In Victorian London, after his life is saved by a young physician, a thief utilizes the knowledge he gains in prison and from the scientific lectures he attends as the physician's case study exhibit to create a new, highly successful, double life for himself.In Victorian London, after his life is saved by a young physician, a thief uses the knowledge he gains in prison and from the scientific lectures he attends as the physician's case study exhibit to create a new, highly successful, double life for himself.
Pursuing a cunning murderer who has escaped with his band deep into Indian Territory, U.S. Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn teams up with a bounty-hunting Texas Ranger and Mattie Ross, a cantankerous young lady who is bent on revenge. Reprint.
Struggling with frequent terrorist bombings in their near-future Washington, D.C., home, the Frayn family is shattered when one of its sons is shot, and the victim's sister, Claire, falls under the influence of a stranger who claims to know the killer.
Discovering a pair of crumbling skeletons in the Pyrenees mountains during an archaeological dig, volunteer Alice finds herself targeted by a ruthlessly ambitious woman and a dangerously powerful man, while eight hundred years in the past, Alais, the daughter of a crusader, is charged with safeguarding the location of the Holy Grail. 100,000 first printing.
Taking a position with the Ystad police force shortly after graduating, Linda Wallander, the daughter of veteran inspector Kurt Wallender, struggles with their contentious relationship before becoming embroiled in the case of a childhood friend, who has inexplicably disappeared. By the author of The Return of the Dancing Master. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.