David Roberts

  • Parlée par 23% de la population du Togo, la conjugaison du kabiyè représente l'un des principaux défis dans l'apprentissage de la langue. l'ouvrage présente 27 tableaux types, dont la plupart sont composés de 97 conjugaisons. Cette classification est suivie de deux index (kabiyè-français et français-kabiyè) qui répertorient quelques 810 verbes, permettant de connaître la prononciation, l'orthographe et le sens de n'importe quelle conjugaison verbale.

  • Le kabiyè est parlé par plus d'un million de personnes dans les monts des environs de la ville de Kara, dans le nord du Togo. Cet ouvrage fait partager la langue kabiyè et la culture qu'elle véhicule.

  • An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection ClubWhen an odd-job boy is killed at one of Britain's top schools, Sergeant Cribb and Inspector Thackeray are on the case. Called in to investigate what is a clear case of murder, Sergeant Cribb finds himself up against the establishment in trying to get justice for poor boy Tom Sayers. Can the rich really get away with murder? Not if Cribb can help it.

  • Bombay, années 70.
    "Il m'a fallu du temps et presque le tour du monde pour apprendre ce que je sais de l'amour et du destin, et des choix que nous faisons, mais le coeur de tout cela m'a été révélé en un instant, alors que j'étais enchaîné à un mur et torturé."
    Tels sont les premiers mots de Lin, le narrateur, homme en cavale qui, un faux passeport en poche, s'est évadé d'une prison australienne de haute sécurité pour atterrir dans les rues fourmillantes de la capitale économique indienne où il espère disparaître. En compagnie de son guide et fidèle ami, Prabaker, il pénètre le monde secret de la «ville dorée», où se côtoient prostituées et religieux, soldats et acteurs, mendiants et gangsters. Fugitif sans foyer, famille, ou identité, Lin cherche inlassablement à donner un sens à sa vie, d'abord en improvisant une clinique dans un bidonville, puis à l'échec de celle-ci en faisant ses premières armes dans la mafia de Bombay. Cette quête le conduira jusqu'à la guerre, à la prison et ses tortures, au meurtre, et à une série de trahisons sanglantes. Puis à la rédemption, enfin. Les clés du mystère et des intrigues qui entravent Lin se trouvent entre les mains de deux personnes : son mentor, Khader Khan, parrain de la mafia, à la fois criminel, saint et philosophe, mais aussi et surtout Karla, femme mystérieuse, belle et dangereuse dont Lin tombe follement amoureux. De l'incendie du bidonville aux hôtels cinq étoiles, de la guerre des gangs aux films de Bollywood, des gourous spirituels aux guérillas des moudjahiddin, ce roman épique et foisonnant nous plonge dans une Inde fascinante et marque l'entrée en littérature d'une voix extraordinaire.

  • Deux fois par jour, des millions de tonnes d'eau de mer montent et descendent sur les côtes. Il s'agit du plus grand mouvement synchronisé de matière sur notre planète : sous l'effet de la force gravitationnelle de la Lune et du Soleil, les marées peuvent se déplacer plus vite qu'une personne qui court ou s'élever aussi haut qu'un immeuble de trois étages.

    À partir des travaux récents sur la dynamique des grands fonds marins, les auteurs analysent en quoi la marée est un élément clé du système de contrôle du climat et constitue une source d'énergie renouvelable. Ils explorent aussi les marées inhabituelles et les effets des marées au-delà de notre propre planète.

  • Au sein du gouvernement britannique, seules deux personnes - le Premier ministre et le ministre des services secrets - connaissent l'existence de CHERUB. Cette agence de renseignement gouvernementale ultra-secrète a pour particularité de ne recruter et utiliser que de jeunes orphelins, de huit à dix-sept ans. C'est le cas de l'adolescent James Adams, un déshérité de la société britannique, que son intégration à CHERUB a probablement sauvé d'une dérive violente.

  • Il est au pied de la paroi, une paire de chaussons à la main et un sac à pof dans le dos, un océan de granit au-dessus de lui. L'histoire est sur pause. 3h56 plus tard, il se tient debout, sans corde, au sommet d'El Capitan au Yosemite. Il vient tout simplement de réaliser le solo du siècle. le grimpeur américain Alex Honnold vient d'ajouter un chapitre majeur à son destin.
    A l'occasion de cet exploit et de la sortie internationale du film événement Free solo, sélectionné cette année aux Oscars, Guérin réouvre les pages de Solo intégral, biographie publiée en 2016. Jamais une édition n'a autant mérité d'être revue et augmentée : revue par le rêve, augmentée de l'inimaginable.
    /> Acte I : Solo intégral d'Alex Honnold est la fascinante confession d'un adepte de forme la plus spectaculaire de l'escalade : le solo intégral consiste à grimper sans corde et sans matériel. La chute est inévitablement sanctionnée par la mort. Alex est le plus doué de ces soloïstes. Vous allez dire " fou ", " suicidaire " ? Dans ce livre autobiographique, Alex raconte le chemin qui l'a conduit à cette pratique et prouve que c'est l'exact contraire : il est un modèle de sang-froid, de lucidité, de raison.
    Lorsque nous avons traduit et publié la première édition du livre, en 2016, Alex était déjà une star aux États-Unis. Sur la scène du Grand Rex, il a tenu 2000 personnes en haleine par son charisme. Les lecteurs ont suivi. Solo intégral s'est vendu à ce jour à plusieurs milliers d'exemplaires.
    À la fin du livre, il passe en revue les défis susceptibles de l'inspirer et reconnaît penser au solo intégral d'El Capitan, joyau du Yosemite, en Californie, la plus grande paroi verticale du monde : 900 mètres de granit lisse, compact, minces fissures et écailles minuscules. Ceux qui en ont fait la première ascension dans les années 1960 y ont passé des semaines et ont planté des centaines de pitons. Un objet chutant de n'importe quel point de la paroi s'écrasera à son pied sans l'avoir touchée. Idem pour un corps.
    Acte II : Le 3 juin 2017, Alex Honnold a réalisé son rêve. En 3h56, sans corde, il a gravi la voie Freerider. " Le solo du siècle " ont dit beaucoup de connaisseurs. " Le plus dangereux jamais réalisé " a ajouté le National Geographic. Son ami Jimmy Chin l'a filmé, et a réalisé un film haletant, Free solo, en compétition pour l'Oscar du meilleur film documentaire le 25 février prochain.
    Après l'ascension, Alex a repris la plume. Il a écrit deux longs chapitres pour raconter cette ascension d'anthologie, et le tournage. Deux chapitres qui justifient à eux seuls de replonger dans le destin hors norme d'Alex Honnold.

  • Avec Shantaram, des millions de lecteurs découvraient l'incroyable épopée de Lin, fugitif australien devenu faussaire de passeports pour la mafia de Bombay. Deux années ont passé et Lin a perdu l'être le plus cher à son coeur : Karla, l'amour de sa vie, désormais mariée à un magnat de la presse. Dans L'Ombre de la montagne, Lin est plus que jamais impliqué dans le monde noir et survolté de la pègre qui vacille alors qu'une nouvelle guerre des gangs fait rage. Bombay, ville aux mille visages, devient alors le miroir de son âme tourmentée.
    Cow-boy philosophe au grand coeur, Lin nous entraîne sur sa bécane dans une virée endiablée, aux côtés de tous les petits et grands malfrats qui peuplent l'univers de Gregory D. Roberts.

  • Les régimes de citoyenneté sont traversés par une tension constitutive entre, d'une part, les promesses de liberté et d'égalité et, de l'autre, l'expérience des multiples formes de dépendances et d'inégalités sociales. Cette tension, à l'origine de la dynamique particulière des relations de pouvoir dans les démocraties libérales, engendre la production incessante de régulations sociales afin d'assurer la relative coordination de l'agir individuel et collectif.

    Les auteurs et autrices de Question sociale et citoyenneté se sont inspirés de cette problématique afin de proposer des analyses historiques sur la régulation d'une variété de problèmes sociaux au Québec et en France. Ils et elles invitent plus largement à découvrir un territoire fertile pour la recherche, soit celui d'une histoire politique des conflits ayant pour objet le gouvernement du monde social au sein des régimes de citoyenneté.

    Offrant de nouvelles perspectives de recherche, cet ouvrage intéressera tout autant la communauté universitaire que le grand public désirant mieux comprendre l'histoire des politiques sociales et des institutions de prise en charge des inégalités, des marginalités et des déviances.



    Martin Petitclerc est professeur au département d'histoire de l'Université du Québec à Montréal. Il est directeur du Centre d'histoire des régulations sociales (CHRS) et chercheur au Centre interuniversitaire d'études québécoises (CIEQ).

    Louise Bienvenue est professeure titulaire au département d'histoire de l'Université de Sherbrooke et membre du Centre d'histoire des régulations sociales (CHRS).

    David Niget est maître de conférences en histoire à l'Université d'Angers et chercheur au Laboratoire Temps, Mondes, Sociétés (TEMOS), une Unité mixte de recherche du Centre national de la recherche scientifique (UMR CNRS). Il est chercheur affilié au Centre d'histoire des régulations sociales (CHRS).

    Martin Robert est postdoctorant en histoire de la médecine à l'Université d'Oxford et chercheur affilié au Centre d'histoire des régulations sociales (CHRS).

    Cory Verbauwhede est avocat, doctorant en histoire à l'Université du Québec à Montréal et membre étudiant du Centre d'histoire des régulations sociales (CHRS). Il enseigne le droit de la santé et des services sociaux à l'École nationale d'administration publique.

    Avec la collaboration de Louise Bienvenue, Yves Denéchère, Clara Deville, Caroline Durand, Janice Harvey, Isabelle Lespinet-Moret, Benoit Marsan, David Niget, Martin Petitclerc, Martin Robert, Jarrett Rudy, Marie-Claude Thifault, Patricia Toucas-Truyen, Cory Verbauwhede.

  • Armstrong est un aventurier immortel qui a traversé les 6000
    dernières années à boire et faire la java avec les plus grands
    fêtards que le monde ait jamais connus. Archer est un adolescent
    expert en arts martiaux et tireur d'élite qui a été élevé dans un
    unique but : abattre le mal incarné. Petit bémol, ce démon éternel
    n'est autre qu'Armstrong (qui s'avère être plutôt sympa... quand on
    apprend à le connaître). Nos deux héros ont depuis pris la route
    ensemble, et sont même devenus amis et partenaires. Aujourd'hui,
    Archer s'apprête à partir pour une mission périlleuse. Une quête à
    l'intérieur de la besace sans fond d'Armstrong pour libérer son ami
    des griffes du dieu fou Bacchus ! Armstrong s'est retrouvé bloqué
    dans la besace tout seul en voulant récupérer une bouteille de whisky
    qu'il avait perdue. Il faut le comprendre, là-dedans c'est un peu
    comme l'entrepôt Amazon des trésors magiques... et il n'a pas vraiment
    de plan des lieux. Emprisonné depuis des siècles dans le sac, Bacchus
    est maintenant à la tête d'une légion de monstres, de gobelins et de
    golems qui ne rêvent que de s'échapper dans le monde réel et se
    venger de leur ravisseur... Archer parviendra-t-il à vaincre la
    représentation divine de l'ivresse et à secourir son meilleur ami ?
    MAIS AUSSI : Davey le maquereau ! Un cirque de savants fous
    bolchéviques ! Le premier rendez-vous de Faith et Archer ! Le plan
    des Un Pour Cent pour dominer le monde ! Gub Gub, votre nouveau
    personnage favori ! Archer et Armstrong reviennent dans ce récit
    complet écrit par Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegades) et illustré par
    David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider- Man) et Mike Norton (Revival),
    lauréat d'un Eisner Award. L'occasion de découvrir ou replonger dans
    leurs incroyables aventures !

  • Une quête inouïe pour retrouver le journal du maître à penser d'Hitler
    Document historique d'une valeur inestimable, Le journal du diable constitue une plongée fascinante dans la pensée d'Alfred Rosenberg, l'ami intime d'Hitler et l'idéologue du nazisme, considéré comme l'initiateur de la solution finale qui consigna ce dont il fut le témoin et l'acteur de 1936 à 1944.
    Ces 400 précieuses pages d'archives inédites, pièces capitales du procès de Nuremberg, ont disparu mystérieusement avant même la fin des audiences : le procureur américain Robert Kempner, pourfendeur acharné des crimes du IIIe Reich était également un collectionneur d'archives nazies... À sa mort, le funeste journal passe de main en main : il traverse l'Atlantique et devient l'objet de toutes les convoitises. Un professeur le vole à une vieille dame en maison de retraite ; il est égaré dans une benne à ordure ; un archiviste rêve pendant dix-sept ans de se l'approprier... Jusqu'à ce que Robert K. Wittman, un ancien agent du FBI, le retrouve au printemps 2013, mettant ainsi fin à près de soixante-dix ans d'une quête acharnée.
    Sa redécouverte permet aujourd'hui de révéler les coulisses du nazisme, de la création du parti national-socialiste au suicide du Führer. Il relate entre autres les rencontres privées d'Alfred Rosenberg avec Hitler, Hermann Gring et Heinrich Himmler. Il décrit également les conséquences de l'invasion de l'Union Soviétique, les arcanes de la solution finale ainsi que la vaste entreprise de pillage des livres et oeuvres d'arts à travers l'Europe occupée.

  • Le syndicalisme sort grandi de la première guerre mondiale. En ce sens il est un marqueur décisif de l'évolution des sociétés en guerre, mais aussi des perspectives de reconstruction à court et à long terme. Il est porteur d'une modernité dont les traces se retrouvent dans l'organisation internationale du travail, dans les programmes économiques et sociaux qui se développent dans tous les pays du monde au XXe siècle.

  • A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld.
    'In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan . . . Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower . . . At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision.' Time Out

  • Finding Everett Ruess by David Roberts, with a foreword by Jon Krakauer, is the definitive biography of the artist, writer, and eloquent celebrator of the wilderness whose bold solo explorations of the American West and mysterious disappearance in the Utah desert at age 20 have earned him a large and devoted cult following. More than 75 years after his vanishing, Ruess stirs the kinds of passion and speculation accorded such legendary doomed American adventurers as Into the Wild’s Chris McCandless and Amelia Earhart.
    “I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time. I prefer the saddle to the street car and the star sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities.” So Everett Ruess wrote in his last letter to his brother. And earlier, in a valedictory poem, ”Say that I starved; that I was lost and weary; That I was burned and blinded by the desert sun; Footsore, thirsty, sick with strange diseases; Lonely and wet and cold . . . but that I kept my dream!"
    Wandering alone with burros and pack horses through California and the Southwest for five years in the early 1930s, on voyages lasting as long as ten months, Ruess also became friends with photographers Edward Wston and Dorothea Lange, swapped prints with Ansel Adams, took part in a Hopi ceremony, learned to speak Navajo, and was among the first "outsiders" to venture deeply into what was then (and to some extent still is) largely a little-known wilderness.
    When he vanished without a trace in November 1934, Ruess left behind thousands of pages of journals, letters, and poems, as well as more than a hundred watercolor paintings and blockprint engravings. A Ruess mystique, initiated by his parents but soon enlarged by readers and critics who, struck by his remarkable connection to the wild, likened him to a fledgling John Muir. Today, the Ruess cult has more adherents--and more passionate ones--than at any time in the seven-plus decades since his disappearance. By now, Everett Ruess is hailed as a paragon of solo exploration, while the mystery of his death remains one of the greatest riddles in the annals of American adventure. David Roberts began probing the life and death of Everett Ruess for National Geographic Adventure magazine in 1998. Finding Everett Ruess is the result of his personal journeys into the remote areas explored by Ruess, his interviews with oldtimers who encountered the young vagabond and with Ruess’s closest living relatives, and his deep immersion in Ruess’s writings and artwork. It is an epic narrative of a driven and acutely perceptive young adventurer’s expeditions into the wildernesses of landscape and self-discovery, as well as an absorbing investigation of the continuing mystery of his disappearance.
    In this definitive account of Ruess's extraordinary life and the enigma of his vanishing, David Roberts eloquently captures Ruess's tragic genius and ongoing fascination.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Fourth in the Corinth/Browne Murder Mystery Series.Lord Benyon is on the Queen Mary, bound for New York. It is 1937, and his mission is to persuade President Roosevelt to supply Britain with arms and money if it comes to war with Germany. Those who want him to fail will not stop at murder to achieve their aim. But, when Benyon refuses police protection, Special Branch asks Lord Edward Corinth to keep an unofficial eye on him.However, it is not Benyon who is murdered but a racist senator from South Carolina, who has enraged many of his fellow passengers - not least Warren Fairley, the black singer. But if Fairley is too obvious a candidate, there are other suspects. How about union organiser Sam Forrest, with whom Verity Browne - going to America at the Party's behest to liaise with Communist sympathisers - is so taken? The thrilling denouement is yet another triumph for classic murder-mystery writer David Roberts.

  • Winston Churchill is dismayed to receive unauthorised information on the perilous state of Britain's rearmament programme in the year 1937. The Foreign Office brings in Lord Edward Corinth to investigate the leaks. Falling rapidly under Churchill's spell, he is sidetracked from the investigation to concentrate instead on finding the murderer of a Foreign Office official, who could have been one of Churchill's sources. He soon finds himself trying to untangle a web of deception that threatens the security of the state.Following a second murder within the FO, Edward sets out for Spain to find the murdered mans son. Once there, his real objective though is the need to satisfy his gnawing fear that his friend Verity Browne is in extreme danger. Reporting on the Civil War for the New Gazette, Verity scents a scoop when she is given secret information that the enemy is planning an attack on the undefended town of Guernica. With Edward in tow, she arrives just in time to witness a barbarous aerial bombardment on a civilian population with no means of defending itself.

  • The bestselling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2 chronicles his three attempts to climb the world's tenth-highest and statistically deadliest peak, Annapurna in the Himalaya, while exploring the dramatic and tragic history of others who have made -- or attempted – the ascent, and what these exploits teach us about facing life's greatest challenges.
    As a high school student in the flatlands of Rockford, Illinois, where the highest objects on the horizon were water towers, Ed Viesturs read and was captivated by the French climber Maurice Herzog's famous and grisly account of the first ascent of Annapurna in 1950. When he began his own campaign to climb the world's 14 highest peaks in the late 1980s, Viesturs looked forward with trepidation to undertaking Annapurna himself. Two failures to summit in 2000 and 2002 made Annapurna his nemesis. His successful 2005 ascent was the triumphant capstone of his climbing quest. In The Will To Climb Viesturs brings the extraordinary challenges of Annapurna to vivid life through edge-of-your-seat accounts of the greatest climbs in the mountain’s history, and of his own failed attempts and eventual success. In the process he ponders what Annapurna reveals about some of our most fundamental moral and spiritual questions--questions, he believe, that we need to answer to lead our lives well.
    "Of all fourteen of the world's highest mountains, which I climbed between 1989 and 2005, writes Viesturs, "the one that came the closest to defeating my best efforts was Annapurna.” Although it was the first 8,000-meter peak to be climbed, Annapurna is not as well known as the world's highest mountain, Everest, or second highest, K2. But as Viesturs argues, Annapurna, while not technically the most difficult of the 8,000ers, is the most daunting because it has no route--no ridge or face on any side of the mountain--that is relatively free of what climbers call "objective danger"--the threat of avalanches, above all, but also of collapsing seracs (huge ice blocks), falling rocks, and crevasses. Since its first ascent in 1950, Annapurna has been climbed by more than 130 people, but 53 have died trying. This high fatality rate makes Annapurna the most dangerous of the 8,000-meter peaks.
    Viesturs and co-author David Roberts chronicle Ed's three attempts to climb Annapurna, as well as the attempts of others, from the two French climbers who made the landmark first ascent of Annapurna on June 3, 1950, through the daring and tragic campaigns of such world-class mountaineers as Reinhold Messner and Anatoli Boukreev. Viesturs's accounts and analyses of these extraordinary adventures serve as a point of departure for his exploration of themes vividly illustrated by Annapurna expeditions, including obsession and commitment, fear and fulfillment, failure and triumph--issues that have been neglected in the otherwise very rich literature of mountaineering, and that can inform the lives and actions of everyone.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • This gripping and triumphant memoir follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time.
    For eighteen years Ed Viesturs pursued climbing';s holy grail: to stand atop the world';s fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go.
    A preternaturally cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs lives by an unyielding motto, "Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory." It is with this philosophy that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues. And, for the first time, he details his own pivotal and heroic role in the 1996 Everest disaster made famous in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air.
    In addition to the raw excitement of Viesturs';s odyssey, No Shortcuts to the Top is leavened with many funny moments revealing the camaraderie between climbers. It is more thanthe first full account of one of the staggering accomplishments of our time; it is a portrait of a brave and devoted family man and his beliefs that shaped this most perilous and magnificent pursuit.

  • Anglais K2

    Roberts David

    A thrilling chronicle of the tragedy-ridden history of climbing K2, the world's most difficult and unpredictable mountain, by the bestselling authors of No Shortcuts to the Top
    At 28,251 feet, the world's second-tallest mountain, K2 thrusts skyward out of the Karakoram Range of northern Pakistan. Climbers regard it as the ultimate achievement in mountaineering, with good reason. Four times as deadly as Everest, K2 has claimed the lives of seventy-seven climbers since 1954. In August 2008 eleven climbers died in a single thirty-six-hour period on K2–the worst single-event tragedy in the mountain's history and the second-worst in the long chronicle of mountaineering in the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges. Yet summiting K2 remains a cherished goal for climbers from all over the globe. Before he faced the challenge of K2 himself, Ed Viesturs, one of the world's premier high-altitude mountaineers, thought of it as "the holy grail of mountaineering."
    In K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain, Viesturs explores the remarkable history of the mountain and of those who have attempted to conquer it. At the same time he probes K2's most memorable sagas in an attempt to illustrate the lessons learned by confronting the fundamental questions raised by mountaineering–questions of risk, ambition, loyalty to one's teammates, self-sacrifice, and the price of glory. Viesturs knows the mountain firsthand. He and renowned alpinist Scott Fischer climbed it in 1992 and were nearly killed in an avalanche that sent them sliding to almost certain death. Fortunately, Ed managed to get into a self-arrest position with his ice ax and stop both his fall and Scott' s.
    Focusing on seven of the mountain's most dramatic campaigns, from his own troubled ascent to the 2008 tragedy, Viesturs and Roberts crafts an edge-of-your-seat narrative that climbers and armchair travelers alike will find unforgettably compelling. With photographs from Viesturs's personal collection and from historical sources, this is the definitive account of the world's ultimate mountain, and of the lessons that can be gleaned from struggling toward its elusive summit.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • A murder mystery featuring Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne.When the Nazis seize Austria in March 1938, Verity Browne - the New Gazette's correspondent in Vienna - is one of the first to be deported as a well-known anti-Fascist. Before she leaves she is able to arrange for a young Jew, George Dreiser, to escape to England, but where he expects to find safety, he finds danger and sudden death. Lord Edward Corinth also finds death where it is least expected, in the grounds of Lord Mountbatten's country house, Broadlands. There to meet his friend the Maharaja of Batiala, Edward's nephew Frank stumbles on a corpse. The police are satisfied that the man, identified as Peter Gray, a painter of some repute, died of natural causes but his niece, Vera, persuades Edward that all is not as it seems. Between them, Edward and Verity investigate two murders and Verity's eyes are opened to what has been obvious to all their friends, that Edward is the man she loves and that her destiny is to be his partner in life as well as in crime.

  • A murder mystery featuring Lord Edward Corinth and Verity BrowneVerity Browne and Lord Edward Corinth are attending the memorial service in Westminster Abbey for Lord Benyon, killed a few months before when the Hindenburg airship burst into flames as it docked in New Jersey. As the congregation begins to disperse after the service, Edward hears Miss Pitt-Messanger cry for help. Her father is slumped in his seat, stabbed to death with an ancient Assyrian dagger.Edward has no wish to investigate the murder but Verity gets herself invited to Swifts Hill, the ultra-modern house in Kent belonging to the millionaire Sir Simon Castlewood. His wife, Virginia, is one of Verity's school friends and she is looking after Maud Pitt-Messanger who is still grieving for her father. Verity quickly discovers that the old man was a selfish bully who had made his daughter's life a misery and prevented her from marrying the man she loved.By coincidence, Mr Churchill then asks Edward to investigate the Castlewood Foundation which Sir Simon has set up to fund medical research among other worthy projects. Churchill has received information that Sir Simon's protege, the eminent surgeon Dominic Montillo, is using the Foundation to fund his own research into racial types - the so-called science of eugenics. Then Maud Pitt-Messanger is herself stabbed to death with a dagger from Sir Simon's archaeological museum, and Edward and Verity join forces to find her killer -- but Verity's distrust of Winston Churchill, and her growing attraction to the young German aristocrat, Adam von Trott, drives a wedge between them which brings them both unhappiness and endangers the outcome of the investigation.

  • Second in the popular Lord Edward Corinth murder-mystery series; This exciting 1930s murder-mystery is the second in the Lord Edward Corinth/Verity Browne series, following the success of David Roberts' first book Sweet Poison. Corinth returns to London after six months in New York to find his sleuthing partner, journalist Verity Browne, Insisting he investigate a murder in Madrid. It is 1936 and Spain is about to erupt into civil war. Verity is now correspondent for a national newspaper and passionately committed to defending the Spanish republic against the Fascist threat. Her lover, David Griffiths-Jones, a senior figure in the Communist Party, has been convicted of murder and Verity appeals to Edward to help save him from the firing squad, even though she knows he sees him as his rival in love

  • It is October 1936. Lord Edward Corinth is invited by his friend Joe Weaver, the press lord and close friend of the British royal family, to recover certain letters stolen from the king's intimate friend Wallis Simpson. There is no mystery about who has taken these letters -- a woman called Mrs Raymond Harkness, a former mistress of the king and a close friend of Edward's.
    When Edward goes down to Haling, the country house of conservative MP Leo Scannon where Mrs Harkness is also a house guest, he is far from easy in his mind at the task before him, but he cannot guess that retrieving stolen goods is to be complicated by murder...

  • In February 1939 it is clear that Britain will soon be at war and will depend on Winston Churchill's leadership. But MI5 learns that an enemy agent has been dispatched to assassinate Churchill. Lord Edward Corinth must identify the killer and his first port of call is Cliveden, the Astors' country house, the focus for those who are prepared to go to any lengths to avert war.
    Verity Browne is also with the Astors, though she despises the so-called Cliveden Set. Communist Party bosses have told her to get close to another guest, Joseph Kennedy, the American Ambassador, who believes Britain could never win against Germany.
    Then the Ambassador's sons, Joe and Jack Kennedy, discover a man's body in Cliveden's grounds and Verity recognizes him to be a fellow journalist. As war looms, Edward and Verity enter a tense race against time to identify the assassin.
    Praise for David Roberts' Previous Novels
    'A gripping, richly satisfying whodunit with finely observed characters, sparkling with insouciance and stinging menace.' Peter James
    'Roberts pays meticulous attention to period detail and the result is a really well-crafted and charming mystery story.' Daily Mail
    'A classic murder mystery with as complex a plot as one could hope for and a most engaging pair of amateur sleuths.' Charles Osborne, author of The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie
    'This is a witty and meticulous recreation of the class- ridden middle England of the 1930s... a perfect example of golden-age mystery traditions with the cobwebs swept away.' Guardian
    'The plot is both intricate and enthralling, like Poirot on the high seas, and lovingly recorded by an author with a meticulous eye and a huge sense of fun.' Michael Dobbs

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