Lorsque Leslie Hampton meurt de manière inattendue, sa fille Elizabeth est brisée par le chagrin. Quand l'autopsie conclut à un décès par strangulation, la police soupçonne qu'elle a succombé à l'une des crises de colère de Ronnie, le frère d'Elizabeth, handicapé mental, qui vivait avec elle. Elizabeth le croit incapable de meurtre, mais qui d'autre aurait pu vouloir s'en prendre à une vieille dame sans histoire ? Tandis qu'elle se plonge dans le passé familial, Elizabeth va découvrir l'envers dangereux de vies dont elle ignorait tout.
Comme à chaque anniversaire de la disparition de son frère depuis vingt-cinq ans, Janet Manning a les nerfs à vif. Cette année, en plus, un inspecteur et un journaliste viennent tour à tour lui poser des questions et rouvrir les anciennes blessures. Bientôt, des années de mensonge seront balayées par la révélation de ce qui est réellement arrivé. Une vérité plus proche d'elle que ce qu'elle n'aurait jamais pu imaginer. Dans un thriller troublant, David Bell poursuit sa réflexion sur l'absence.
Lorsque Tom et Abby finissent par se résigner à organiser des funérailles, leur fille Caitlin a disparu depuis quatre ans déjà. Elle aurait eu seize ans. Le lendemain de la cérémonie, Caitlin est retrouvée par la police. Elle rentre chez elle mais refuse de dire quoi que ce soit de l'homme qui l'a séquestrée pendant toutes ces années... Un thriller radical en forme de huis clos familial étouffant.
Un jour, le passé frappe à l'improviste à la porte de Jason Danvers. Sa petite soeur Hayden, qu'il n'a pas vue depuis des années, prétend avoir arrêté la drogue et l'alcool qui l'avaient marginalisée et éloignée des siens. Elle lui demande une faveur : s'occuper de sa fille Sierra pendant quarante-huit heures, le temps de régler une affaire. Mais Hayden ne revient jamais. Pire, cette disparition réveille une autre affaire non résolue : la disparition de Logan, le meilleur ami de Jason, vingt-sept ans plus tôt, le soir de leur remise de diplômes, après une violente dispute entre les deux jeunes garçons. Bientôt, on retrouve un cadavre dans les bois voisins. S'agit-il de sa soeur ? De Logan ? Captivante enquête psychologique, David Bell procède à une passionnante généalogie du trauma familial.
La Première Guerre totale propose une nouvelle interprétation des changements considérables qui se sont produits en Europe dans l'art de la guerre à l'époque des Lumières, de la Révolution française et de Napoléon. En quelques années, le régime de retenue et de normes aristocratiques de comportement caractérisant jusqu'alors les conflits européens et permettant de modérer les ravages causés par les conflits européens disparaît totalement. Stigmatisée pour ses horreurs, ou au contraire présentée comme un phénomène régénérateur, voire rédempteur et sacré, la guerre devient la lutte du bien contre le mal, de la lumière contre l'obscurité, de la liberté contre le despotisme. Elle pousse les sociétés à la mobilisation générale et à la recherche de la destruction systématique de l'ennemi : il faut vaincre ou mourir. Cette dynamique ou guerre totale fait émerger un chef de type nouveau, à la fois politique et militaire - Napoléon Bonaparte -, créature, maître et victime de cette nouvelle forme de guerre. Ce livre a été publié aux Etats-Unis et en Grande-Bretagne, avant d'être traduit en portugais. Largement salué par la presse anglaise et américaine, il a aussi fait l'objet de conférences en France, aux Etats-Unis et en Grande-Bretagne. L'ouvrage a remporté le prix Gottschalk de l'Américain Society for Eighteen Century Studies, et a été finaliste du livre d'histoire du Los Angeles Times. Le style très alerte de l'auteur et l'excellente traduction font de ce texte un récit extrêmement vivant, qui pourra être lu par un public large.
Jusqu'à sa mort, le père de Don Kurtwood avait la réputation d'être un homme sans histoire : époux fidèle, père aimant et lecteur compulsif. Le jour de ses funérailles, un vendeur de livres rares, Lou Caledonia, se présente à Don. Il en sait beaucoup sur M. Kurtwood, et il doit en parler. Rendez-vous est pris pour le lendemain. Mais à son arrivée à la boutique, c'est un cadavre que Don découvre. Quelles révélations s'apprêtait à faire Lou Caledonia ? Comment expliquer que Don en sache si peu sur son père ? Avec ce roman à l'écriture limpide et envoûtante, David Bell s'interroge sur ce lien unique et ténu qui tisse les relations père-fils.
Elizabeth Hampton has not spoken to her mother in weeks when she gets the phone call. Her mother has been found dead under suspicious circumstances.But who would want to kill a kind old woman who stayed at home to care for her son Ronnie's special needs? And why did her mother recently change her Will?The police tell Elizabeth that this is not only a murder investigation - her brother Ronnie is the prime suspect.Desperate to prove her brother's innocence, Elizabeth begins to unravel dark family secrets, double lives and the shocking truth behind her own identity.
David Bell's The Hiding Place is a powerful psychological thriller delving into the secrets of a damaged family in small-town America.
Sometimes it's easier to believe a lie . . .
Twenty-five-years ago, four-year-old Justin Manning disappeared. Two months later his body was found in a shallow grave in the woods, shocking the small town of Dove Point, Ohio.
Janet Manning has been haunted by her brother's death since the day she lost sight of him in the park. Now, a detective and a reporter are asking questions, raising new suspicions and opening old wounds. But if the man jailed for the murder is innocent, who did kill Justin?
At the same time a stranger appears at Janet's door claiming to know the truth and a high school friend returns, with his own confused memories of what happened. Janet thought she'd put the past and guilt behind her. But now the truth about her brother is heartbreakingly close - has she the courage to find it?
Immerse yourself in David Bell's wonderfully gripping UK debut The Hiding Place and unravel the truth which lies buried in Janet's past. A wonderful treat for all fans of Kate Atkinson and Dennis Lehane.
Praise for David Bell's Cemetery Girl:
'David Bell writes spellbinding and gripping thrillers that get under your skin and refuse to let go' Linwood Barclay
'Reads like a collaboration between Michael Connelly and the gothic fiction of Joyce Carol Oates . . . A winner on every level' Will Lavender
'A haunting meditation on the ties that bind parent to child, husband to wife, brother to brother. An absolutely riveting, absorbing read not to be missed' Lisa Unger
David Bell is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University. He received an M.A. in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American Literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. Cemetery Girl was David Bell's first novel - The Hiding Place is his second.
In Cemetery Girl, David Bell's gripping psychological thriller, a father tries to uncover the secrets of his daughter's inexplicable disappearance.
Tom and Abby Stuart had everything: a perfect marriage, successful careers, and a beautiful twelve-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Then one day Caitlin vanished. The tragedy changed their lives and shattered their marriage.
Four years later, Caitlin is found alive - dirty and dishevelled yet preternaturally calm. The police arrest a suspect, but Caitlin refuses to testify, leaving the Stuarts with a choice: let the man who may be responsible for destroying their lives walk away, or take matters into their own hands.
When Tom decides to try to uncover the truth for himself, nothing can prepare him for what he discovers . . .
David Bell's Cemetery Girl will have readers biting their nails, and will accompany his new novel The Hiding Place. A real treat for all fans of Kate Atkinson, Dennis Lehane and Heather Gudenkauf.
Praise for David Bell:
'David Bell writes spellbinding and gripping thrillers that get under your skin and refuse to let go.' Linwood Barclay
'Reads like a collaboration between Michael Connelly and the gothic fiction of Joyce Carol Oates . . . A winner on every level.' Will Lavender
'A haunting meditation on the ties that bind parent to child, husband to wife, brother to brother. An absolutely riveting, absorbing read not to be missed.' Lisa Unger
David Bell is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University. He received an M.A. in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American Literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. Cemetery Girl was David Bell's first novel.
The bestselling author of Since She Went Away and Cemetery Girl, “one of the brightest and best crime fiction writers of our time” (Suspense Magazine) delivers a pulse-pounding thriller about a man who is haunted by a face from his past...
When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire twenty years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off.
The next morning the police arrive at Nick’s house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She’s been found dead, murdered in a local motel, with Nick’s name and address on a piece of paper in her pocket.
Convinced there's a connection between the two women, Nick enlists the help of his college friend Laurel Davidson to investigate the events leading up to the night of Marissa’s death. But the young woman’s murder is only the beginning...and the truths Nick uncovers may make him wish he never doubted the lies.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From David Bell--bestselling author of Somebody I Used to Know and Cemetery Girl--comes a chilling novel of guilt, regret, and a past which refuses to die...
Three months earlier, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared--and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.
The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers--or easing her guilt.
But when her son’s new girlfriend--who suddenly arrived in town without a past--disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
“Bell imagines a suburban world where no one really knows what’s happening behind all those drawn blinds. In Bell’s take, though, even the people inside don’t really know what’s happening. That’s where his brilliance, and the brilliance of Bring Her Home, rests.”--Providence Journal
In the breathtaking new thriller from David Bell, bestselling author of Since She Went Away and Somebody I Used to Know, the fate of two missing teenage girls becomes a father’s worst nightmare....
Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.
As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.
When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family...
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Part of the Wiley-Royal Microscopical Society Series, this book discusses the rapidly developing cutting-edge field of low-voltage microscopy, a field that has only recently emerged due to the rapid developments in the electron optics design and image processing. It serves as a guide for current and new microscopists and materials scientists who are active in the field of nanotechnology, and presents applications in nanotechnology and research of surface-related phenomena, allowing researches to observe materials as never before.
In the posthumously published Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, the Enlightenment philosopher David Hume attacked many of the traditional arguments for the existence of God, expressing the belief that religion is founded on ignorance and irrational fears. Though calm and courteous in tone - at times even tactfully ambiguous - the conversations between Hume's vividly realized fictional figures form perhaps the most searching case ever mounted against orthodox Christian theological thinking and the 'deism' of the time, which pointed to the wonders of creation as conclusive evidence of God's Design. Hume's characters debate these issues with extraordinary passion, lucidity and humour, in one of the most compelling philosophical works ever written.
Elizabeth Hampton is consumed by grief when her mother dies unexpectedly. Leslie Hampton cared for Elizabeth's troubled brother Ronnie's special needs, assuming Elizabeth would take him in when the time came. But Leslie's sudden death propels Elizabeth into a world of danger and double lives that undoes everything she thought she knew....
When police discover that Leslie was strangled, they immediately suspect that one of Ronnie's outbursts took a tragic turn. Elizabeth can't believe that her brother is capable of murder, but who else could have had a motive to kill their quiet, retired mother?
More questions arise when a stranger is named in Leslie's will: a woman also named Elizabeth. As the family's secrets unravel, a man from Leslie's past who claims to have all the answers shows up, but those answers might put Elizabeth and those she loves the most in mortal danger.
Sometimes it’s easier to believe a lie.
Twenty-five-years ago, the disappearance of four-year-old Justin Manning rocked the small town of Dove Point, Ohio. After his body was found in a shallow grave in the woods two months later, the repercussions were felt for years.…
Janet Manning has been haunted by the murder since the day she lost sight of her brother in the park. Now, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Justin’s death looming, a detective and a newspaper reporter have started to ask questions, opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Could the man convicted of the murder--who spent more than two decades in prison--really be innocent? Janet’s childhood friend and high school crush, who was in the park with her that day, has returned to Dove Point, where he is wrestling with his own conflicted memories of the events. And a strange man appears at Janet’s door in the middle of the night, claiming to know the truth.
Soon, years of deceit will be swept away, and the truth about what happened to Janet’s brother will be revealed. And the answers that Janet has sought may be found much closer to home than she ever could have imagined.
Four years after Tom and Abby's 12-year-old daughter vanishes, she is found alive but strangely calm. When the teen refuses to testify against the man connected to her disappearance, Tom decides to investigate the traumatizing case on his own. Nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover.
The twentieth century is usually seen as "the century of total war," but as the historian David Bell argues in this landmark work, the phenomenon actually began much earlier, in the age of Napoleon. Bell takes us from campaigns of "extermination" in the blood-soaked fields of western France to savage street fighting in ruined Spanish cities to central European battlefields where tens of thousands died in a single day. Between 1792 and 1815, Europe plunged into an abyss of destruction, and our modern attitudes toward war were born. Ever since, the dream of perpetual peace and the nightmare of total war have been bound tightly together in the Western world--where "wars of liberation," such as the one in Iraq, can degenerate into gruesome guerrilla conflict.With a historian's keen insight and a journalist's flair for detail, Bell exposes the surprising parallels between Napoleon's day and our own in a book that is as timely and important as it is unforgettable.
The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers's door...
...and it's his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she's clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor-'she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town.
But Hayden never returns.
And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason's past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister's life-'and possible death-'deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them and the secrets that should be taken to the grave.
The Hundred Years War was a struggle for control over the French throne, fought as a series of conflicts between England, France, and their respective allies. The Soldier in Later Medieval England is the outcome of a project which collects the names of every soldier known to have served the English Crown from 1369 to the loss of Gascony in 1453, the event which is traditionally accepted as the end-date of the Hundred Years War. Thedata gathered throughout the project has allowed the authors of this volume to compare different forms of war, such as the chevauchées of the late fourteenth century and the occupation of French territories in the fifteenth century, and thus to identify longer-term trends. It also highlights the significance of the change ofdynasty in England in the early 1400s.The scope of the volume begins in 1369 because of the survival from that point of the muster roll, a type of documentary record in which soldiers names are systematically recorded. The muster roll is a rich resource for the historian, as it allows closer study to be made of the peerage, the knights, the men-at-arms (the esquires), and especially the lower ranks of the army, such as the archers, who contributed the largest proportion of troops to English royal service. TheSoldier in Later Medieval England seeks to investigate the different types of soldier, their regional and national origins, and movement between ranks. This is a wide-ranging volume, which offers invaluable insights into a much-neglected subject, and presents many opportunities for future research.
This book provides a concise, accurate, and lively portrait of Napoleon Bonapartes character and career, situating him firmly in historical context. Throughout, David Bell emphasizes the astonishing sense of human possibility - for both good and ill - that Napoleon represents.