Other books byMark Deakins
South of Broad
The publishing event of the season: The one and only Pat Conroy returns, with a big, sprawling novel that is at once a love letter to Charleston and to lifelong friendship. Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him. Eventually, he finds his answer when he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The ties among them endure for years, surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, and Charleston's dark legacy of racism and class divisions. But the final test of friendship that brings them to San Francisco is something no one is prepared for. South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest; a long-awaited work from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds. From the Hardcover edition.
The Suicide Run
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Before writing his memoir of madness, Darkness Visible, William Styron was best known for his ambitious works of fictionâincludingThe Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophieâs Choice. Styron also created personal but no less powerful tales based on his real-life experiences as a U.S. Marine.The Suicide Run collects five of these meticulously rendered narratives. One of themââElobey, AnnobÃ³n, and Coriscoââis published here for the first time. In âBlankenship,â written in 1953, Styron draws on his stint as a guard at a stateside military prison at the end of World War II.âMarriott, the Marineâ and âThe Suicide Runââwhich Styron composed in the early 1970s as part of an intended novel that he set aside to writeSophieâs Choiceâdepict the surreal experience of being conscripted a second time, after World War II, to serve in the Korean War.âMy Fatherâs Houseâ captures the isolation and frustration of a soldier trying to become a civilian again. InâElobey, AnnobÃ³n, and Corisco,â written late in Styronâs life, a soldier attempts to exorcise the dread of an approaching battle by daydreaming about far-off islands, visited vicariously through his childhood stamp collection. Perhaps the last volume from one of literatureâs greatest voices, The Suicide Runbrings to life the drama, inhumanity, absurdity, and heroism that forever changed the men who served in the Marine Corps. From the Hardcover edition.
A lightning-fast police procedural from an up-and-coming talent, The Hunted introduces a homicide detective who gets the shock of his life while tracking a most ingenious serial killer.From a writer whose previous works Robert B. Parker declared compelling... swiftly told, and James W. Hall called top-notch, comes this first electrifying thriller featuring New York City homicide detective Frank Russo.The Hunted begins with a little girl witnessing a horrible crime. Due to the child's testimony, the murderer is convicted. Eighteen years later the killer is released on parole, and his mission is to track down the now-grown woman he feels betrayed him. A deranged dance of masked identities ensues, and it is up to newly single homicide detective Frank Russo to unravel the case.From the Compact Disc edition.
One Saturday night in Las Vegas, twelve-year-old Newell Ewing goes out with a friend and doesnât come home. In the aftermath of his disappearance, his mother, Lorraine, makes daily pilgrimages to her sonâs room and tortures herself with memories. Equally distraught, the boyâs father, Lincoln, finds himself wanting to comfort his wife even as he yearns for solace, a loving touch, any kind of intimacy. As the Ewings navigate the mystery of whatâs become of their son, the circumstances surrounding Newellâs vanishing and other events on that same night reverberate through the lives of seemingly disconnected strangers: a comic book illustrator in town for a weekend of debauchery; a painfully shy and possibly disturbed young artist; a stripper who imagines moments from her life as if they were movie scenes; a bubbly teenage wiccan anarchist; a dangerous and scheming gutter punk; a band of misfit runaways. These âurban nomads,â each with a past to hide and a pain to nurture, weave their way through a neon underworld of sex, drugs, and the spinning wheels of chance. In this masterly debut novel, Charles Bock captures Las Vegas with unprecedented scope and nuanceâheralding the arrival of a major new writer. From the Compact Disc edition.