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Silver Lake by Peter Gadol
From Publishers Weekly
The peaceful home life of two L.A. architects is brutally disrupted after they find their overnight guest, eccentric artist Tom Field, hanging from their neighbor's tree in Gadol's sad, chilling sixth novel. Is it suicide, murder or a prank gone seriously wrong? As LAPD's Detective Michaels investigates, the architects Rob Voight and his partner of 20 years, Carlo Stein, each nurse a secret. Carlo, who met Tom after a carjacking months earlier, had an affair with him that ended before Tom showed up at their office needing a phone. Rob retrieves Tom's address book without telling Carlo or Michaels, and begins calling Tom's contacts to inform them of his death and to learn more about him. Acts of vandalism aimed at Rob and Carlo contribute to the brooding sense of unease. While some readers may find the ending confusing, Gadol (Light at Dusk) scores points about the importance of truth in enduring relationships. (Aug.)
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Marsh Heirs by Rufus Miles
What happens when the owners of a crumbling British mansion turn to crime?
Freddie and Lady Anne Breech are resigned to sharing their remote, decaying ancestral home with about forty uninvited guests - residents of a seedy old people's home run by the vicious, greedy Pecrys and their malevolent 15-year old, Iain. While Freddie augments his income by robbing strangers on the road across the marshes, his wife indulges herself in her passion for exterminating the remaining wildlife.
But their lives are changed when an over-curious traveller stops on the highway one night and suffers an unfortunate accident. And when ex-gangster Bill Staggs comes down from London on a visit, they and their friends among the younger "Golden Guests" discover talents and appetites they never knew they had.
Add to that an over-enthusiastic male nurse with a penchant for giving therapeutic electric shocks, and a naïve young couple from Country Life with a misplaced reverence for the landed gentry, and the local Police are soon struggling to keep up with the hilarious chaos.
Soon East Anglia is suffering a sex-fuelled crime wave that culminates in an elderly lynch mob pursuing a black wykehamist con-man across the reed beds to the North Sea...
In this electronic re-issue of a British black comedy classic, first published in the 1980s, Rufus Miles demonstrates a mastery of the genre.
"Decadent aristocrats and crime, an explosive combination," Daily Express
"A desolate landscape, a gloomy mansion, an eccentric servant, mysterious visitors, hidden identities, secret passages and tunnels, death and other murky goings on - all the ingredients of a gothic novel, but with a modern twist," Eastern Daily Press
"A hilarious romp, about as politically incorrect as you can get," The Mail on Sunday
"Hugely entertaining," The Bookseller
"A high-octane mix of black humour, adult sex and crime," The Guardian
"At least thirty years ahead of its time... a prophetic vision," The New Statesman
"All those who want to believe the elderly are sweet old dears - stay away!" Huddersfield Examiner
The Fox by Arlene Radasky
The Romans’ path of destruction jeopardizes a Caledonian clan unless they are able to strike a bargain with the Gods, which ultimately means a human sacrifice. Jahna is a member of this first century tribe. She has the power to merge minds, which she chooses to do with a twenty-first century woman, Aine MacRae and her contemporary, a young man Lovern, to whom she was hand-fasted in her time and of whom she shared a child, in order to save her people. In the name of the gods, Lovern was killed. Druids place his body in the sacred Black Lake, but through a visit from his ghost, Jahna sends their child away thus securing their bloodline. In the midst of madness, Jahna lives just long enough to reveal to Aine, her grief. Two thousand years later, in the year 2005, Aine is hoping to reestablish her career as an archaeologist and assists in the excavation in the Highlands of Scotland of a first century Caledonian chieftain’s tomb with fellow archaeologist, Marc Hunt. As the fates align, Jahna, guides Aine to one bronze bowl, then another, and when she is led by a ghost, Aine uncovers a two thousand year old man encased in a bog. As the circle goes unbroken, a heart’s chains are loosened and it is understood that Aine and Marc are able to rediscover their past love.