Hardback with dust jacket in very good condition

//Hardback with dust jacket in very good condition
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  • The body of an elderly woman is discovered in Gramercy Park. She was killed in broad daylight, but there is not a single witness. Inspector Louis Markowitz, Special Crime Section, dies defending another Gramercy Park victim and Sergeant Kathy Mallory takes up the case. She's a crime analyst who prefers computers to people. Now for the first time she must do field work. Her motives are personal - Markowitz rescued her as a child from a life of petty crime on the New York streets and adopted her as his daughter. The investigation into a possible serial killer becomes an investigation into Mallory's damaged psyche - and into a disturbed and dangerous urban universe.

  • Beneath the Opera House in Paris, somewhere in the dark labyrinths hidden from public view, the Phantom lurks, watching and waiting.  In his crazed obsession to further the career of a beautiful young singer, he will stop at nothing - not even murder. This 75th anniversary edition contains a foreword by Peter Haining, which introduces the larger-than-life character of author Gaston Leroux and traces the history of the Phantom - its basis in fact, the novel's poor reception yet its astonishing success in the cinema and theatre.  There is also a special appendix in which a speculation links the Phantom to Sherlock Holmes.   Cover art by Mark Teague.

  • There's been any number of films and fictional representations - but who was the man in the iron mask?  The mystery has intrigued people for over two hundred and fifty years.  Here are all the theories, counter-theories and fantasies - from the claim that he was the twin brother of Louis XIV to him being Eustache Dauger, going by way of such candidates as the Duke of Monmouth, Richard Cromwell, Molière, Nicholas Fouquet, an Armenian archbishop, an Italian astrologer and many more. Here are all the facts of the prisoner's existence presented chronologically together with the myths that have flourished, from the preposterous stories of the gaoler in 1669 to the alleged discovery of his skeleton in an old tower in Cannes in 1977. Illustrated.

  • Book IV of Earth's Children. Ayla the orphan and Jondalar the traveller leave the safety of the lands of the mammoth hunters and embark on a seemingly impossible journey across the whole of a continent to the Cro-Magnon settlement from which Jondalar set out years before as a young man. Accompanied by the half-tame Wolf, the stallion Racer and the mare Whinney, they brave enemies, the elements and the unforgiving terrain in their search for the place they call home.
  • The Norwegian freighter Gangerolf leaves Subic Bay in the Philippines with a motley assortment of passengers. In the hold, under armed guard, is the entire crew of a sunken U-boat. In the first class cabins are Bill Derby, a British submarine commander on his way back to England for a medical board; Lt-Commander Witheringham - 'Withers' - a useless little man whose existence the Admiralty has forgotten over the years; and Captain Spatter, the American commander of the prisoners' guard. He's always broke becuase he plays craps with the enlisted men and never wins. But the most important passenger is Wren (Womens' Royal Navy Service) Mary Lou Smith - an unconventional young woman. Every character, from Wren Smith to Captain 'Happy' Christiansen, the Gangerolf 's huge, whiskey-guzzling Master, is real and alive, from the moment they board the freighter to the day they are marooned on a deserted island.
  • On a cruise in the South Seas, a group of ordinary tourists from the liner make an expedition to an island famous for its extraordinary fire-walking ceremony.  One, more foolhardy than  courageous, decides to try it for himself.  He survives, but something happens to the world he knew and he returns to a ship that is strangely altered. Together with his beautiful companion Margrethe, Graham discovers he's at the mercy of a higher intelligence.  Pursued from alternate world to alternate world, Graham barely has time to learn a new set of mores and currency before he's uprooted again.  His problems are not helped by the fact he's a religious bigot, and that his only marketable skill is a propensity for washing mountains of cutlery. There is no doubt the couple are being tested - but by whom?
  • Charles Dickens shuddered at his memory, calling him a 'deified beast'. Tacitus and Seutonius portrayed him as a monster, steeped in vice and guilty of atrocious cruelty.  Yet Pliny called him the saddest of all men, and the German historian Mommsen thought him the most capable of emperors.  Tiberius is an enigma - a great general and a prudent ruler who abruptly withdrew from the seat of power to live his last years on Capri - years which Tacitus depicted as a reign of horror. Yet to the end, Tiberius remained a conscientious and capable administrator.  Now Tiberius speaks for himself, through the author: recounting the story of his life, brooding on the relationship with his mother Livia and his stepfather Augustus, his two wives, his protégé Sejanus and younger members of the Imperial family. The result is a portrait of a withdrawn, secretive man driven by duty rather than love of power.