Der trübe Schein der Gaslaternen wabert hinter dicken Nebelschwaden, und auf dem feuchten Kopfsteinpflaster klappern Pferdehufe... Willkommen im viktorianischen London! Wir schreiben das Jahr 1855, der Krimkrieg ist in vollem Gange und das britische Empire erlebt unruhige Zeiten, als ein kaltblütiger Mörder direkt aufs Herz der verunsicherten Nation zielt: Mitten während des Gottesdienstes in der noblen St. Jamesʼ Church kippt Lady Cosgrove mit durchgeschnittener Kehle aus ihrer Kirchenbank. In der Hand hält sie einen Zettel, der Detective Inspector Sean Ryan und seinen Freund - den als "Opiumesser" verschrienen Thomas De Quincey - in höchste Alarmbereitschaft versetzt.
1854, London: Ein grausamer Ritualmörder versetzt die ganze Stadt in Angst und Schrecken. Detective Shawn Ryan verdächtigt den opiumsüchtigen Schriftsteller Thomas de Quincey. Mit seiner Abhandlung "Der Mord als eine schöne Kunst betrachtet" hatte dieser kurz zuvor einen Skandal ausgelöst und seinen Ruf als Enfant terrible gefestigt. Als sich Ryans Verdacht als falsche Fährte erweist, schließen sich die beiden zu einem kongenialen Ermittlerpaar zusammen. Schon bald führen ihre Nachforschungen in höchste politische Kreise und in die Schattenwelt des Opiumschmuggels.
Eine Reise mit der Eisenbahn beschert Thomas De Quincey 1855 seinen dritten Fall: Als der Zug in einem Bahnhof hält, hört der »Opiumesser« Kampfgeräusche aus dem Nachbarabteil, doch als man das Abteil endlich geöffnet hat, ist es leer. De Quinceys Neugierde ist geweckt, und tatsächlich findet er in einem Tunnel auf der Bahnstrecke die Leiche eines Mannes, der offensichtlich aus dem Zug geworfen wurde. Bei dem Toten handelt es sich um einen angesehen Anwalt aus London, der nach Sedwick Hill unterwegs war.
The audiobook edition of a rare story David Morrell wrote to give to his friends at Christmas is finally available. Featuring a foreword by the author, this is a novella that has different meanings, depending if you're a child or an adult. It's about the poignant friendship between Father Christmas, who lives a hundred years before being replaced, and Father Time, who lives only a single year before being replaced. Each year, Santa sees a version of his friend grow old and die.
On a cold October night, five people gather in a run-down motel on the Jersey shore and begin preparations to break into the Paragon Hotel. Built in the glory days of Asbury Park by a reclusive millionaire, the magnificent structure - which foreshadowed the beauties of art deco architecture - is now boarded up and marked for demolition.
First came the man: a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair. Then came the legend, as John Rambo sprang from the pages of FIRST BLOOD to take his place in the American cultural landscape. This remarkable novel pits a young Vietnam veteran against a small-town cop who doesn't know whom he's dealing with - or how far Rambo will take him into a life-and-death struggle through the woods, hills, and caves of rural Kentucky.
David Morrell's First Blood introduced Rambo, who joined the ranks of Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, James Bond, and Harry Potter as an international thriller icon. In this sequel, Rambo is in prison for his one-man war against a small-town police chief. His former commanding officer, Colonel Trautman, arrives with a promise to release him, with two conditions. First, Rambo must return to the Vietnamese prison camp from which he escaped and find the missing Americans rumored to be prisoners there.
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Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are 32 of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous, to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.
David Morrell's First Blood introduced Rambo, who joined the ranks of Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, James Bond, and Harry Potter as an international thriller icon. In this further adventure, Rambo is in exile far from home in Thailand, vowing to renounce violence and war. When his country calls him once again, he refuses to accept. But then he learns that his former commanding officer, Colonel Trautman, the only man he trusts, has been captured by the Soviets on the Afghan border during a mission that Rambo rejected.
Filled with nonstop suspense and stunning psychological insight, this is the story of Brendan Buchanan, undercover intelligence operative and master of over 200 false identities: a man forced to assume the most elusive and treacherous identity of all - his own. Tracking the most devastating conspiracy he has ever encountered, trapped by his love for two enigmatic, beautiful women, he will race through a sinister labyrinth of intrigue to a shattering rendezvous with fate….
When police chief Nathan Slaughter settles in the tiny mountain community of Potter’s Field, Wyoming, his most fervent prayer is that he has left behind him forever the nightmare he barely survived on a blizzardy night in Detroit. But nothing prepares him for the greater sanity-threatening nightmare he is about to confront. Beginning with the discovery of mutilated cattle on outlying ranches, Slaughter is drawn deeper and deeper into a vortex of terror as animals become savage and children go insane, trapping the entire town in a frenzy of violence. As Slaughter races against time to expose the horrifying secret behind the increasingly savage attacks, he also struggles to overcome his deepest fears.
From the Vatican to the Swiss Alps, from Australia to the heartland of America, the two masterful operatives known as Saul and Drew are being drawn together to solve a violent riddle: Why have 10 old men been abducted from around the world?
David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels,
Reporter Reuben Bourne has broken a promise - to cast a paramilitary white supremacy group in a favorable light. Now, one basically peaceful man, one with a paradoxical attraction for violence, must confront a force of unrelenting hate. Somehow, he must survive - as he leads his family on a desperate flight into a wilderness as unforgiving as the fanatical humans who pursue him.
David Morrell is best known for his acclaimed thrillers, including The Brotherhood of the Rose, Creepers, Murder as a Fine Art, and his debut novel, First Blood, in which Rambo first appeared. But Morrell is also a master of nonfiction. Twenty of his essays about iconic writers, actors, and singers are collected in Stars in My Eyes: My Love Affair with Books, Movies, and Music.
He has walked through the valley of death and man’s depravity. Now war photographer Mitch Coltrane is trying to escape his memories. A haunting decades-old photograph of a woman pulls him into the mystery of a beautiful starlet during Hollywood’s golden age. But past and present collide. A living woman, eerily like the woman in the photograph, comes into his life. So does a killer - straight from the war hell that Coltrane survived. Deception, double identities, and murderous revenge will shatter his new life, and force Coltrane to perform the ultimate act of courage - not with a camera, but with a gun.
Peter Houston wanted to find the grave of the war-hero father he never knew - a yearning that drew him thousands of miles from home to a military cemetery in France. He never dreamed that his private pilgrimage would unearth a decades-long secret and plunge him into a deadly labyrinth of intrigue and murder. As ruthless assassins hunt him through the cities of Europe, he struggles to stay alive, but when they murder the woman he loves, he turns from hunter to hunted - and swears a blood oath of vengeance.
In 1916, Mexican bandit Pancho Villa raided the southwestern border town of Columbus, New Mexico. Three hundred American soldiers fought four hundred attackers in a battle that ended with one of the last cavalry charges in U.S. history. Outraged, Congress ordered the U.S. Army to invade Mexico in pursuit of Villa. For the first time, trucks and airplanes accompanied U. S. cavalry into combat, practicing for America’s entry into World War I. Influenced by Sam Peckinpah, Rambo-creator David Morrell dramatizes this epic era in American history through the eyes of a civilian scout old enough to have been in the Civil War, the Indian wars, Cuba, and the Philippines. Knowing that his ways are finished, he teaches a young recruit about the past, at a cost he never expected to pay.
Once Chase Malone waged war. Now he creates beauty, living as a reclusive painter in Mexico. Until a rich man hires Chase to do his wife’s portrait. And Chase finds out what beauty is really all about… Derek Bellasar is an international arms merchant who lives in a fortresslike mansion on the Riviera. Sienna is his wife and the woman whose incredible beauty Chase Malone must somehow capture on canvas. There’s only one problem: Every time Bellesar has one of his wives painted, she dies.