The Winter of Our Discontent pdf

The Winter of Our Discontent  pdf

Title: The Winter of Our Discontent pdf

Author: John Steinbeck,

Genre: ,Classics,Fiction,Literature,Literature,American,Novels,Literary Fiction,Classics,Classic Literature,Literature,20th Century,Nobel Prize,The United States Of America

Pages: 336 pages

The Winter of Our Discontent pdf

Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards.,Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty that today ranks it alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition. This edition features an introduction and notes by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw.

 

Shut Your Eyes Tight pdf

Shut Your Eyes Tight  pdf

Title: Shut Your Eyes Tight pdf

Author: John Verdon

Genre: ,Mystery,Thriller,Mystery,Crime,Fiction,Suspense,Thriller,Mystery Thriller,Mystery,Detective,Audiobook,Adult,The United States Of America

Pages: 509 pages

Shut Your Eyes Tight pdf

When he was the NYPD’s top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers – by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed. ,Except what if one day there wasn’t?,Dave Gurney, a few months past the Mellery case that pulled him out of retirement and then nearly killed him, is trying once again to adjust to his country house’s bucolic rhythms when he receives a call about a case so seductively bewildering that the thought of not looking into it seems unimaginable—even if his beloved wife, Madeleine, would rather he do anything but.,The facts of what has occurred are horrible: a blushing bride, newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist and just minutes from hearing her congratulatory toast, is found decapitated, her head apparently severed by a machete. Though police investigators believe that a Mexican gardener killed the young woman in a fit of jealous fury, the victim’s mother—a chilly high-society beauty—is having none of it. Reluctantly drawn in, Dave is quickly buffeted by a series of revelations that transform the bizarrely monstrous into the monstrously bizarre. ,Underneath it all may exist one of the darkest criminal schemes imaginable. And as Gurney begins deciphering its grotesque outlines, some of his most cherished assumptions about himself are challenged, causing him to stare into an abyss so deep that it threatens to swallow not just him but Madeleine, too. ,Desperate to protect Madeleine and bring an end to the madness, Gurney ultimately discovers that the killer has left a trace after all. Unfortunately, the revelation may come too late to save his own life.,With Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon delivers on the promise of his internationally bestselling debut, Think of a Number, creating a portrait of evil let loose across generations that is as rife with moments of touching humanity as it is with spellbinding images of perversity.

 

Bleeding Edge pdf

Bleeding Edge  pdf

Title: Bleeding Edge pdf

Author: Thomas Pynchon

Genre: ,Fiction,Mystery,Novels,Literature,Literature,American,Contemporary,Historical,Historical Fiction,Unfinished,Literary Fiction,The United States Of America

Pages: 477 pages

Bleeding Edge pdf

Thomas Pynchon brings us to New York in the early days of the internet,It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there’s no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what’s left.,Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics—carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people’s bank accounts—without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom—two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood—till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler’s aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course.,With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we’ve journeyed to since.,Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance?,Hey. Who wants to know?

 

Hanging Curve pdf

Hanging Curve  pdf

Title: Hanging Curve pdf

Author: Troy Soos

Genre: ,Mystery,Sports,Baseball,Sports,Sports,Fiction,Historical,Historical Fiction,Historical,The United States Of America

Pages: 263 pages

Hanging Curve pdf

In the bestselling tradition of Caleb Carr’s The Alienist and Barbara Hambly’s Fever Season, comes the latest installment in Tray Soos’s critically acclaimed Mickey Rawlings mystery series. Expertly blending real events with fascinating fiction, Soos delivers a suspenseful, atmospheric slice of little-known American sports history.Mickey Rawlings, utility infielder for the St. Louis Browns, regrets that he’s never had the chance to face some of the game’s best players: those restricted to the Negro Leagues. So he’s eager to accept an invitation to play against the East St. Louis Cubs, a black semi-pro team, even though he knows he’ll be taking the biggest risk of his career. Baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis doesn’t want white major leaguers on the same field with black ball players. The only solution is for Mickey to play under an assumed name.,But it’s April, 1922, and Mickey is about to discover there’s more at stake than winning a baseball game. East St. Louis is a city scarred by the events of 1917, when white residents massacred their black neighbors in the worst explosion of racial violence in American history. Five years later, lingering shadows of hate still hover over the community — and when pitcher Slip Crawford leads his black team to victory, the Ku Klux Klan make their presence known, and Crawford is found dead.,Now, everything Mickey has ever fought for and everything he has ever believed will be challenged. From a first hand view of segregation to meetings with stars of the new Negro National League — including Cool Papa Bell and Oscar Charleston — to a KKK rally in Indiana, Mickey sees a side of American life he’s never experienced before.

 

Spanking the Maid pdf

Spanking the Maid  pdf

Title: Spanking the Maid pdf

Author: Robert Coover

Genre: ,Fiction,Adult Fiction,Erotica,Literature,American,Literature,20th Century,The United States Of America,Literature,Novels,Sexuality,Novella,Literary Fiction

Pages: 112 pages

Spanking the Maid pdf

Written early in Coover’s illustrious career, Spanking the Maid is an impeccable and spellbinding novel about a master, his maid, and the irresistible ritual that binds them.,A bedroom and a bathroom are the only places where the two characters meet, and every day it is the same. The maid comes to the bedroom to clean. She inevitably forgets something — the soap, fresh sheets, a bucket — or does something wrong. The master has had a nightmare he can’t quite recall that had something to do with when he was in school: lectures, or was it lechers? No matter, the maid must be reprimanded for her neglect, and out comes the handy paraphernalia — a hairbrush, a cat-o’-nine-tails, a rod, a cane — and the spanking begins.,Included in Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon and named by Daphne Merkin in The New Yorker as one of her “favorite” S/M books, Spanking the Maid is a spare, tantalizing, and perfect book by an American master.