Author: Sheree Fitch
Publisher: Penguin Group
"Murderer. It's one kick in the belly of a word isn't it? Has a taste, too. It tastes like barbed wire and has wild hyena eyes. Murderer. Murder-her. Did he? Did I? That's when I remember what I want to forget." Jake Upshore has loved Skye Derucci since before he can remember. Volatile, complex and frustrated (he's got a label disorder from all the labels he's been given) at the best of times, Jake's on a desperate quest to find Skye before she aborts the baby he believes is his. As he hurtles headlong toward certain tragedy, Jake relives the fatal choices he's made and the powerful forces that have led him to this to end. A gripping thriller and a heart-wrenching love story, Pluto's Ghost is a raw and powerful novel about anger, escape, and redemptive love. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Shereé Whitfield
“Whitfield, star of Bravo’s reality television show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, makes her fiction debut with this tale of a young woman overwhelmed in the big city.” —Library Journal Fresh out of college, Sasha Wellington’s got her career as a fashion designer and entrepreneur all planned out. When fate points her to Atlanta, she sets out to make her dreams come true . . . Before she knows it, Sasha’s befriended by two rival BFFs. First there’s Norman, savvy stylist to Atlanta’s stars, from the A-list on down. Then there’s Paris, an outrageous personality with a questionable nightlife. Between their antics, Sasha’s beyond grateful for her coworker, Casey. Married to an NBA player, Casey’s got class. But there’s more than meets the eye to being a baller’s wife. And the more time Sasha spends among the movers and shakers, the clearer it gets that just like on reality TV, the truth lies behind-the-scenes. Still, she’s not worried about getting caught up in the drama—until she’s romanced by a baller of her own…
Author: Jeanine Cummins
It was a headline story in the New York Times and USA Today. It was covered by Court TV and profiled on the Ricki Lake Show. Now, here is the intimate memoir of a shocking crime and its aftermath...one family's immediate and unforgettable story of what victims can suffer long after they should be safe.
Author: Sheree Le Mon
After years of walking an emotional tightrope and living a life of deception, attorney David O'Donnell and his lifelong friend and former CIA operative, Bill Corley, devised a complex and dangerous plot that would finally fracture the suffocating tentacles that encased and bound O'Donnell to the NJ underworld and the Colombian drug cartel once and for all. Between the dangerously secret goings-on of the operation and O'Donnell's lifeless marriage that crept with unremarkable predictability, a single delicate flower emerged amongst the wreckage. That flower was Neely Glover. The smart and accomplished beauty quietly moved to Summerville hoping to escape the whispers and eyes of her prying socialite circle in Madison after divorcing a husband who, unfortunately, never stopped dating. She found Summerville the perfect place to heal and rediscover herself, unnoticed. Never could she have fathomed that within a short year of arriving in the sleepy little town, her life would be transformed not only by love but also by the tangled, dangerous activities that would tie her to horrific acts. Money laundering, betrayal, extortion, sex, violence, murder, and love spin a web through the lives of many of the players in Summerville with an outcome that is unimagined and life altering.
Author: Michael Fleeman
He'd been shot in the head, decapitated, and set on fire. Who could have turned on the real-estate ace with such bloodthirsty fury? Even before the remains were found, circumstantial evidence was building against Rudin's 52-year-old wife, Margaret, who stood to inherit a handsome share of her husband's fortune. Rudin's friends also suspected Margaret, and the victim has thought that his wife was trying to poison him when he was alive. Then a chilling caveat was discovered in Rudin's living trust: should he die under violent circumstances, an investigation should be conducted. By the time authorities closed in on Margaret Rudin she'd disappeared. It would take two and a half years to hunt the Black Widow down, and to discover the secrets at the heart of poisonous marriage... Now, reporter Michael Fleeman delivers a startling glimpse into the mind of a woman who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted. Fleeman also details the relentless pursuit of justice that would lead authorities from the glamorous facade of Las Vegas to a squalid apartment on the outskirts of Boston, to hold the remorseless wife accountable for her shocking crimes.
Author: Debi Marshall
Publisher: Random House Australia
An initiative of the Whitlam Government, the so called 'helping court' opened its doors in January 1976. But despite the high idealism of the court's creators, they failed to factor in one universal truth: that in a marital tug of war, one side would always feel more embittered than the other. Despite the brazen enormity of the shootings and bombings in Sydney from 1980 attacks that hit at the very heart of the judicial system and a prime suspect publicly named by the Coroner, the police investigation failed to culminate in an arrest and after three decades stalled to a benign 'review' status. Following a tip off from a possible witness, the Channel 7 Sunday Night program determined to investigate this cold case. Award winning true crime writer and investigative journalist Debi Marshall was part of the team who worked this story.
Author: Mark Morri
Publisher: Random House Australia
"John Cobby finally tells his story, 30 years after the murder of his wife, Anita. On 4 February 1986, John Cobby's life imploded. He was driving up the coast looking for his missing wife, Anita, when over the radio he heard: 'The body of a naked woman has been found in a paddock in western Sydney.' . . . As details emerged of the rape and murder of the gentle nurse and former beauty queen, outrage engulfed Australia. Five men were caught and, amid unprecedented security, jailed for life. For young reporter Mark Morri, the case was a baptism of fire. Told to 'find the husband', he despaired: Cobby had changed his name and disappeared. But the Daily Mirror found him, and Morri's interviews sold like hotcakes. For nearly 30 years, Morri and Cobby kept in touch. In this book John finally opens up, recounting how he and Anita fell in love, suffered the pain of miscarriage and then went travelling. He also explains why they were apart at the time of the murder. Weaving in chilling material from the autopsy and police files, and interviews with detectives who hunted down the killers, Mark Morri explores the ripple effects of the murder that still shocks a nation."
Author: Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Fatal attraction, primal fear, survival in the forest: From the author of the Printz Honor Book STOLEN, the highly anticipated thriller about deadly games played in the dark. Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd's dad is accused of the crime. A former soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl's broken body. "Gone," he says, then retreats into silence. What really happened that wild night? Emily knows in her bones that her father is innocent -- isn't he? Before he's convicted, she's got to find out the truth. Does Damon Hilary, Ashlee's charismatic boyfriend, have the answers? Or is he only playing games with her -- the kinds of games that can kill?
Author: David Murray
Publisher: Random House Australia
How did a father with no criminal history come to be on trial for the brutal murder of his wife? It began with a phone call to Brisbane police on 20 April 2012. Allison, wife of real estate agent Gerard Baden-Clay, was missing. When investigating officers arrived at the family home, in one of the city's wealthiest suburbs, a neatly dressed Gerard was about to send the couple's three daughters off to school. Scratches on his face were shaving cuts, he told them. Police weren't so sure and opened one of Australia's most high-profile investigations. Ten days after Gerard reported Allison's disappearance, the body of the former beauty queen was discovered on a creek bank 14 kilometres from home. The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay is written by the investigative journalist who covered the case from the start. It weaves together exclusive interviews and police and court records to explain how an upstanding family man with no criminal history received a life sentence for murder. It's a story of love, lust, image, ambition and marriage. It's also a story about everyday choices and their consequences.
Author: Sherra Robinson
Falling in love with the same "man of her dreams" over and over again was not a difficult task for Sharon Roberson. She had cherished Mr. Tell Me Anything so long that her fragile heart didn't even know how not to love him. After six years the couple settles into a troubled marriage. Despite the inherited challenges of parenting, and relating to their obvious differences, they continue on. With the constant chaos surrounding women, new acquaintances, family, and greed, their efforts would soon appear to be ultimately in vain. Combined with the newfound lies and deception she finds herself questioning his commitment. Her belief in true loves propels her to fight for what she had envisioned from the start. But despite her nurturing efforts, corruption and deceit took their stable places in his life. A breaking point is reached. She makes a life-altering decision. Does it work out for her good? Did all his lies finally catch up to him? Would he or she pay the ultimate price?
Author: Mark Haddon
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions. Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour’s dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher’s mind. And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
Author: James Morton, Morton and Lobez, Susanna Lobez
Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing
From the bestselling authors of Gangland Australia comes Dangerous to Know, an A to Z of Australasian crimes, criminals and their victims. James Morton and Susanna Lobez have trawled through written records to compile this snappy yet comprehensive account of the bad, mad and plain notorious. All the names are here, from Ronald Ryan (the last man hanged in Australia), to the Carlton Crew. An unmissable book, in one handy volume, for anyone who wants to know all there is to know about Australia's dark underbelly.