Jonathan Birch fled for his life from the sex-and-drugs party scene that left his lover dead and Jonathan framed for murder. When the real murderer finds him, Jonathan's only hope of survival is his reclusive neighbor, a man haunted by his own demons.
An empty, rundown house. An unlocked door. Two kids with a stolen lighter and a need to watch something burn.
Award-winning writer Annie Reed's deadly tale of what happens when best friends, out for a little fun, take their new game one step too far.
A lot of things in George Wannamaker's life didn't go according to plan. A simple little recon mission left him stranded in the desert north of Reno for decades. Who could blame him for wanting a family? Well, his bosses might. See, George isn't exactly from this time zone.
Long after the old gods left earth for the stars, Hera wanders the streets of the modern world as a haggard old homeless woman. When street thugs attack her, the once-powerful and haughty goddess must rely on the unexpected bravery and kindness of a crippled mortal, a man who reminds Hera far too much of the lame son she cast out of heaven.
Before Abby Maxon was a private investigator, she was a victim of crime. When campus security shows no interest in finding the man who stole her purse, college student Abby embarks on her first investigation. But tracking down the thief who's made the campus his hunting ground is dangerous business for an amateur sleuth who's on the trail of someone far more dangerous than she realizes.
Terri grew up watching spaghetti Westerns on TV. She never expected to meet a real cowboy, especially not one who parks his horse in front of the Starbucks where grad-student Terri works nights. She might like movie cowboys, but this guy's just plain weird. Plus, he's a little too interested in the poster of a girl who went missing from the college campus next door.
Madge didn't intend to uncork a plague. She just went dumpster diving like she did every night, lifting recycles from other people's trash to turn into a little extra cash. Sure, she cut her hand on a broken bottle and now she's got a fever, but it's just a cold. That's all.
Then why is she so hungry?
What comes after we're done with this life? For elderly cartoonist Belle Creedy, a news story about the scattering of Jerry Garcia's ashes near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco the day before leaves her with a keen sense of her own mortality. Belle's lived a full life, what some would call the life of a crazy, old hippy vagabond, but does that mean she's ready to let it all go?
I'll admit it. Math is not my strong point, but I love a good mystery. Gerald Weinberg delivers exactly that with "The Freshman Murders."
Professor Josh Rosemont not only teaches theoretical mathematics at a small college in upstate New York, he's the go-to man when his friend, the President of the United States, needs impossible encryptions cracked. To help him with his work, Rosemont's put together an international team of crackerjack graduate students who call themselves the "Residue Class."
What would distract a man like Rosemont from working on decrypting documents vital to the government's case against a corporation accused of funding terrorists? An equally important case that strikes closer to home -- a serial killer who's murdering freshman girls on the college campus where Rosemont teaches.
A killer who leaves mathematical clues behind.
A killer who has his sights set on the newest member of the Residue Class -- brilliant fifteen-year-old freshman Libby Myers.
"The Freshman Murders" skillfully weaves the threads of the two cases tighter and tighter together even as Rosemont feels himself pulled in two directions at once. The kids in the Residue Class are all stars in their own right, especially Libby, who's no one's easy victim. While mathematical riddles and clues play an important part to the mystery, Weinberg provides his readers with just the right amount of information to carry us theoretical math-challenged mystery lovers along for the ride. And what a ride it is!