Four lives shaped by the same incident. Four people confronted by destiny. One man determined to redress the balance.
Editor's Comment: "The most innovative serial killer since Hannibal Lector. Frightening and shocking, it does for reptiles what Jaws did for sharks. Brilliant." 1995: A schoolboy is horribly disfigured in a freak accident, but fate has not finished with Leo Starling. Years later his parents are killed in a motorway pile-up. During the house clearance, he stumbles across a letter and an old newspaper article. Following the clues furnished by the clipping, he is guided to a remote cottage where he makes a discovery that alters his life forever. 2013: DCI Lucas Jericho is a man with a troubled past. After the death of his partner in a botched shoot out, he finds himself teamed up with Ryder Winters, a female officer determined to prove she is the equal of any man. Sifting through the ashes of their first case, Lucas is hit by the unsettling feeling that this is not a one-off-kill. Instead, all the evidence suggests that he is looking at the handiwork of a serial killer, one with a unique calling card. His suspicions are confirmed when each victim, the target of uncontrolled rage, is dispatched in ever more imaginative ways. As the bodies pile up, Lucas is confronted with a series of baffling questions. Why is it that the killer appears to be making it personal? Why is he stage-managing the crime scenes for his benefit? And why has the gift of second sight suddenly deserted him? In an explosive conclusion, Lucas discovers the answers; answers that drive him almost to the brink of madness.
A perfect, feel-good summer read about love, life and family. One long hot summer. Secrets never stay buried for long… Portia is determined to restore Buttersley Manor, her family’s crumbling ancestral home, to its former glory. Yet she has a feeling that there are a few forgotten skeletons in the dust-covered cupboards. Jenny has put her life on hold for far too long. It’s time to finally start living and to dig up those hopes and dreams she’s kept hidden all these years – but is she brave enough? Rich is happily married with a beautiful wife and lovely daughter. In fact, his world is perfect until a very unexpected consequence of his past walks through the door… Joe would like nothing more than to travel back in time to when he and Gina were happy.
But is it too late to rescue what they once had? One thing’s for sure, nothing’s ever quite what it seems when it comes to life in the country!
من الكتاب: " "لأنه كان قد بلغ 70 عاما، ولأن قدميه ما عادتا تستطيعان حمله، ولأنه لم يكن يقدر أن يعيش دون أن يلعب بالألوان، فإن هنري ماتيس ثبّت قلم فحم في عصا طويلة، وراح وهو نائم في سريره يرسم، بكل تهور الأطفال، على حيطان الغرفة. ولأنه لم يعد له أب أو أم أو أخ كبير، فلم يقل له أحد: "ولد يا هنري، سنقص لك أصابعك كفاية، أنت وسخت الحيطان." أبي، هو الآخر، فنان كبير أكره قوس قزح. أخاف منه. أخبئ عيني في المرات النادرة التي يلون فيها وجه السماء. أحمر. أزرق. أخضر. أصفر. برتقالي.
بنفسجي. كنت الطفل الوحيد في العالم الذي يكره قوس قزح. أبي كان يمسك دائما خيزرانة. لم أره أبدا من دون خيزرانة. كأنها إصبع طويل نابت في يده. وسيلة التفاهم مع الكلاب، والبهائم، و.... أمي. تفك ملابسها لتستحم. تقف، بجسمها السمين، في الطشت، وتريني آثار الضربات. أحمر. أزرق. أخضر.
أصفر. برتقالي. بنفسجي.
أقواس قزح صغيرة تملأ ظهرها وكتفها أبي هو الآخر، فنان كبير. يرسم، بعصاه، رسوما ملونة على لحم أمي. أكره قوس قزح. أكره الأحمر.
An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here The title refers to how we spend our retirement years, often called "golden," though in Kingsley Amis' hands anything but. At Tuppenny-Hapenny Cottage a clutch of oldsters, brought together more by ill fortune than blood or love, struggles with problems that range from penury to prostate. That's the good news. The rest is Amis as usual, providing fun for himself and his readers at the expense of his characters.