Her grandfather's dying words lead thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny to a valuable, hidden painting she fears may be stolen, but it is her search for answers in her Greenwich Village neighborhood that brings a real treasure. Under the Egg is Laura Marx Fitzgerald's debut novel.
Describes how a Bangladeshi immigrant, shot in the Dallas mini mart where he worked in the days after September 11 in a revenge crime, forgives his assailant and petitions the State of Texas to spare his attacker the death penalty. 20,000 first printing.
A Private Venus centers on a disillusioned loner with good reason to be disillusioned. Once a doctor, he was imprisoned for murder after compassionately helping a dying woman kill herself. Now free, but forbidden to practice medicine, Duca gets hired by a Milanese plastics mogul who, like most rich men in noir, is a respectable creep. The assignment is to straighten out the mogul's 22-year-old son, who has gone from being a normal, spoiled heir to a guilty, taciturn young alcoholic. Translated by Howard Curtis.
John Lago, New York City's most successful hit man, doubles as an intern at a prestigious Manhattan law firm where he gathers intelligence to pull of a clean, untraceable hit. But before he can, he finds his plans complicated by a sexy FBI agent who's assigned to take down the same law partner he's been assigned to kill.
Burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon tries to discover who murdered her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon in 1876 San Francisco, amid a record-breaking heat wave and smallpox epidemic.