An unidentified woman in a nightgown is the victim of a hit-and-run accident on Mulholland Drive that leaves her unconscious and seriously injured. The image of the young woman stumbling along a dark, winding road is one true-crime writer Molly Blume cannot shake. It draws her to a bedside in intensive care, where, before dying, the victim whispers three names: Robbie, Max, and Nina. It's not a smoking gun, but it is sufficient enough to reinforce Molly's gut instinct that there are sinister circumstances behind the assault on Lenore Saunders. With fearless conviction, Molly asks questions that nobody - including Lenore's mom, her ex-husband, her shrink, or even Molly's LAPD buddy, Detective Connors - wants to answer. Nevertheless, the astute Molly discovers Lenore lived a fractured life, so different from Molly's own secure and loving Orthodox Jewish background. And as a chilling picture of the unfortunate woman begins to take shape, the menace of murders past and present stirs and quickens. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deanna Hurst. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001284/bk_brll_001284_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Solitaire is the ambitious, seductive, and macabre story of the "unofficial" First Lady of the Third Reich, Magda Goebbels. On May 1, 1945, after Adolf Hitler commits suicide, Magda murders 6 of her 7 children and sits down to play solitaire in the Fuhrerbunker, as she waits for her husband, Josef, to return so they can execute themselves in the Reich Chancellery gardens.Magda goes on a retrospective quest for redemption, examining her loving relationship with her Jewish stepfather, Richard Friedlander and her first love, Chaim Arlosoroff, a Zionist leader. She is forced to confront her indefinable desire for "more"...which inevitably leads to the woman she had become - a banality of ambition and evil. Her obsession with her public image as the paragon of German womanhood has blinded her to the humanity of others, including her own. It was a life that ran a parallel course with the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Hildebrandt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/149355/bk_acx0_149355_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Beyond the shores of Hope's Peak, North Carolina, evil waits as his next victim approaches. He'll make her a princess like the others... Detective Jane Harper can't shake the image of the young woman discovered in a field - eyes closed, a crown of woven vines on her head. She expects macabre murders like this in her native San Francisco, not here. Jane and her partner, Stu, vow to catch the killer, but in this town, that's easier said than done. The police department is in the grips of a wide-reaching scandal that could topple the entire force, and Jane and Stu face a series of dead ends. Until they meet Ida Lane. Ida knows too well the evil that lurks in the cornfields. Tortured by her mother's murder years before, Ida is paralyzed by the fear that she could be next. As the killer grows bolder, Jane must persuade Ida to use her remarkable gifts to help in the investigation. It's a decision that brings them closer to the killer...maybe too close. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shannon McManus. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008680/bk_brll_008680_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Shroud of Turin is the most studied and controversial religious relic in human history. The ancient linen cloth bears the image of a man, alleged to be that of Jesus of Nazareth. What if it were real? What if it contained a secret powerful enough to alter the course of human history? And what if it fell into the wrong hands? Manny Lusum is convinced the Shroud is the genuine article and is obsessed with proving it scientifically. Grace Barden is not only Manny's best friend, but also secretly in love with the physics student and soon-to-be Catholic priest. Across the globe, three grisly murders and the theft of a secret manuscript thrust Grace and Manny into a generations-old conspiracy of biblical proportions. From New York to Rome to the inner sanctum of the Vatican, they struggle to untangle a bizarre mystery surrounding the controversial artifact. In a dramatic confrontation between faith and the ultimate evil on the world stage, Grace and Manny are pushed to the edge of an abyss, balanced on the brink between heaven and hell. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Danko. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/128232/bk_acx0_128232_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The New York of Lynne Tillman’s hilarious, audacious fourth novel is a boiling point of urban decay. The East Village streets are overrun with crooked cops, drug addicts, pimps and prostitutes. Garbage piles up along the sidewalks amid the blaring soundtrack of car stereos. Confrontations are supercharged by the summer heat wave. This merciless noise has left Elizabeth Hall an insomniac. Junkies roam her building and overturn trashcans, but the mean-spirited landlord refuses to help clean or repair the decrepit conditions. Live-in boyfriend Roy is good-natured but too avoidant to soothe the sores of city life. Though Elizabeth fights on for normalcy and sanity in this apathetic metropolis, violent fantasies threaten to push her over the edge. In vivid detail, she begins to imagine murders: those of the “morons” she despises, and, most obsessively, her own. Frightening, hilarious, and wholly addictive, No Lease on Life is an avant-garde sucker-punch, a plea for humanity propelled by dark wit and unflinching honesty. Tillman’s spare prose, frank, poignant and always illuminating, captures all the raving absurdity of a very bad day in America’s toughest, hottest melting pot.Cover image adapted from a photo by madabandon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Savage. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/iamb/000013/bk_iamb_000013_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell, a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction It is likely not terribly surprising that surfers like to party. The 1960-'70s image, bolstered by Tom Wolfe and Big Wednesday, was one of mild outlaws. Tanned boys who refused to grow up, spending their days drinking beer and smoking joints on the beach in between mindless hours in the water. As the surf brands accidentally morphed into a multimillion- then multibillion-dollar industry beginning in the 1980s, however, the derelict portrait began to harm business. In order to achieve wild year-on-year growth that came to be expected, surf trunks, T-shirts and sunglasses had to be sold en masse through Midwestern mall stores. Moms in Des Moines did not want corn-fed junior to be a delinquent. And so the external surf image of the 1980s and '90s and into the present became Kelly Slater and Laird Hamilton. Health, vitality, bravery, clean living, positive, and pure, with heavy doses of puritanism. Internally, though, surfing had moved on from booze and weed to its heart's true home, its soul's twin flame. Cocaine's rise in American popular culture as the choice of rich, white elites was matched, then quadrupled, within surf culture. The parties got wilder, the nights stretched longer, the stories became more ridiculously unbelievable. And there has been no stopping, no dip in passion. The surfer and his lover are entwined in gorgeously dysfunctional embrace. A forbidden love like Romeo and his Juliet, and few, if any, outside the insular surf world knew or know about this particular rhapsody. A byzantine ethic keeps interlopers far away. Bad behavior is also kept very well hidden, even from insiders, but evidence of psychosis rears its head from time to time. Overdoses, bar fights, surf contests, and murders and cover-ups. Cocaine + Surfing peels the curtains back on a hopped up, sometimes 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Pile. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030215/bk_adbl_030215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Coma Sins is a fictional story about a seriously ill man. Ben Bluman is middle-aged and suffers from untreated schizophrenia. The tale starts with two policemen who, while driving drunk on a particularly nasty night, run into a pedestrian trying to cross a street. Afraid that the man is dead, they try to conceal his body. But the man is not hurt seriously. Suddenly awake yet unable to control his actions, he murders both policemen. Later that same early morning, partly dazed by the accident, he falls against a fire hydrant and passes out. For the next ten days Ben Bluman is lying unconscious, in a coma, in St. Bernard's Hospital in Chicago. And during that time he relives various parts of his life. He recalls being offered the job of a lifetime in a small and rising company. He remembers being hired on the spot, as CFO and Vice President. He remembers the owner, Bob Janklaw, the employment manager, James Sims and Mary White, Bob's assistant, the brains of the operation. He also recalls the moments of his madness in a local hotel room, where he sees the monstrous image of himself in the hotel room mirror. Those are the moments when he decides to destroy the leadership of the company and the company itself. His plans work out and Janklaw's, Sims' and Mary White's violent deaths are the climax of his rampage. At that point, he seeks help at a hospital for the insane. This time, however, instead of being treated, he becomes a guinea pig in a government experiment with the seriously deranged, controllable killers. Sent to a special clinic and then fed experimental drugs, he eventually murders a politically inconvenient journalist at the New York Times. When Bluman finally wakes up from his coma and runs from the hospital, he tries to reenter the world of normalcy though only partly medicated. As a consequence, his insane dreams and sickness continue to hound him. For a few months he works as a private eye in his half-dream state but, 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Dupuy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014491/bk_acx0_014491_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A powerful polemic on the state of black America that savages the idea of a postracial society. America's great promise of equality has always rung hollow in the ears of African Americans. But today the situation has grown even more dire. From the murders of black youth by the police to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act to the disaster visited upon poor and middle-class black families by the Great Recession, it is clear that black America faces an emergency - at the very moment the election of the first black president has prompted many to believe we've solved America's race problem. Democracy in Black is Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.'s impassioned response. Part manifesto, part history, part memoir, it argues that we live in a country founded on a "value gap" - with white lives valued more than others - that still distorts our politics today. Whether discussing why all Americans have racial habits that reinforce inequality, why black politics based on the Civil Rights era have reached a dead end, or why only remaking democracy from the ground up can bring real change, Glaude crystallizes the untenable position of black America - and offers thoughts on a better way forward. Forceful in ideas and unsettling in its candor, Democracy in Black is a landmark book on race in America, one that promises to spark wide discussion as we move toward the end of our first black presidency. Cover image by William Moran/Gallery Stock 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Free. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026342/bk_adbl_026342_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Hollywood culture of the 1940s served as a symbol of fantasy for a country at war. The American population, steeped in a dark global reality, lived vicariously through the film industry's fantasy offerings on the big screen, and eagerly embraced the advent of television in the latter part of the decade. On the stage, images of idealized feminine beauty thrived in the Ziegfeld Follies tradition, Radio City Music Hall, Las Vegas, and the fantastical world created by Earl Carroll in his Hollywood theater. The marketing of American fantasy made for a spectacular outward show, but the interior of Hollywood's entertainment industry was at the same time experiencing its most corrupt decade. Mob bosses vied for power over the drug, alcohol, prostitution, and protection markets interconnected with the larger Hollywood image, and for women trying to get ahead in the movie or stage business, the environment was a dangerous one. Beauties came from all over the country to take their chance with fame, but for several, being abducted and gruesomely murdered was the best they could do to attain name recognition. Beginning with the mid-decade murder of actress Elizabeth Short, dubbed the Black Dahlia, a series of murders thought to be the serial work of one perpetrator became emblematic of Hollywood's hidden dangers. The mysterious case of actress and dancer Jean Spangler remains one of the most enduring such riddles in the annals of Hollywood crime. The nature of the case itself still evokes a public fascination many decades after her disappearance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084207/bk_acx0_084207_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.