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.
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.
The Genius in All of Us
Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics,...
With irresistibly persuasive vigor, David Shenk debunks the long-standing notion of genetic âgiftedness,â and presents dazzling new scientific research showing how greatness is in the reach of every individual. DNA does not make us who we are. âForget everything you think you know about genes, talent, and intelligence,â he writes. âIn recent years, a mountain of scientific evidence has emerged suggesting a completely new paradigm: not talent scarcity, but latent talent abundance.â Integrating cutting-edge research from a wide swath of disciplinesâcognitive science, genetics, biology, child developmentâShenk offers a highly optimistic new view of human potential. The problem isn't our inadequate genetic assets, but our inability, so far, to tap into what we already have. IQ testing and widespread acceptance of âinnateâ abilities have created an unnecessarily pessimistic view of humanityâand fostered much misdirected public policy, especially in education. The truth is much more exciting. Genes are not a âblueprintâ that bless some with greatness and doom most of us to mediocrity or worse. Rather our individual destinies are a product of the complex interplay between genes and outside stimuli-a dynamic that we, as people and as parents, can influence. This is a revolutionary and optimistic message. We are not prisoners of our DNA. We all have the potential for greatness. From the Hardcover edition.