Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best-until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead-but her life was shattered forever. Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel between her lips and pulling the trigger one last time. Because for a woman who´s lost everything, what is there left to lose? She´s about to find out. In all her years at the Bureau, Smoky has never encountered anyone like him-a new and fascinating kind of monster, a twisted genius who defies profilers´ attempts to understand him. And he´s issued Smoky a direct challenge, coaxing her back from the brink with the only thing that could convince her to live. The killer videotaped his latest crime-an act of horror that left a child motherless-then sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett. The message is enough to shock Smoky back to work, back to her FBI team. And that child awakens something in Smoky she thought was gone forever. Suddenly the stakes are raised. The game has changed. For as this deranged monster embarks on an unspeakable spree of perversion and murder, Smoky is coming alive again-and she´s about to face her greatest fears as a cop, a woman, a mother . . . and a merciless killer´s next victim.
Stone Cold is a Carnegie Medal-winning thriller by Robert Swindells. It is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first. A tense thriller plot is combined with a perceptive and harrowing portrait of life on the streets as a serial killer preys on the young and vulnerable homeless. Link, aged 17, is distrustful of people until he pairs up with Deb, another homeless youngster. But what Deb doesn´t tell him is that she´s an ambitious young journalist on a self-imposed assignment to track down the killer and she´s prepared to use herself as bait ... The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths. The collection includes: The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton, I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith, Postcards from No Man´s Land - Aidan Chambers, After the First Death - Robert Cormier, Dear Nobody - Berlie Doherty, The Endless Steppe - Esther Hautzig, Buddy - Nigel Hinton, Across the Barricades - Joan Lingard, The Twelfth Day of July - Joan Lingard, No Turning Back - Beverley Naidoo, Z for Zachariah - Richard C. O´Brien, The Wave - Morton Rhue, The Red Pony - John Steinbeck, The Pearl - John Steinbeck, Stone Cold - Robert Swindells.
From the master of spy thrillers, John le Carré´s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a gripping story of love and betrayal at the height of the Cold War. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an afterword by the author and an introduction by William Boyd, author of Any Human Heart. Alex Leamas is tired. It´s the 1960s, he´s been out in the cold for years, spying in the shadow of the Berlin Wall for his British masters. He has seen too many good agents murdered for their troubles. Now Control wants to bring him in at last - but only after one final assignment. He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a job that he will do with his usual cynical professionalism. But when George Smiley tries to help a young woman Leamas has befriended, Leamas´s mission may prove to be the worst thing he could ever have done. In le Carré´s breakthrough work of 1963, the spy story is reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining. ´A portrait of a man who has lived by lies and subterfuge for so long, he´s forgotten how to tell the truth´ Time ´He can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction. Above all, he can tell a tale´ Sunday Times
Some secrets are too hard to bear . . . Following the human vs. Prador war, Ian Cormac signs up with Earth Central Security. He´s sent out to restore order on worlds devastated by alien bombardment. But he learns humanity can be far more dangerous - even those closest to him. Amidst the tragic ruins left by wartime atrocities, Cormac discovers in himself the cold capacity for violence. It´s a quality that´ll make him one of Earth´s top agents. Haunted by childhood memories of a sinister scorpion-shaped war drone, and the burden of losses he doesn´t remember, he´ll discover some hard truths. These will set him on a course of vengeance, where he´ll have to use all his hard-won skills just to stay alive. A prequel to Neal Asher´s Agent Cormac series ´Skilfully combines graphic action and sensitive characterization´ Guardian ´Plenty of full-tilt adventure and widescreen action, this is top-notch stuff´ SFX ´Thoroughly enjoyable´ SciFiNow [add JPEGs of GRIDLINKED, THE LINE OF POLITY, BRASS MAN, POLITY AGENT and LINE WAR. Place them in a block as per GRIDLINKED back cover as all in the same series]
The Cold War is one of the furthest-reaching and longest-lasting conflicts in modern history. It spanned the globe - from Greece to China, Hungary to Cuba - and lasted for almost half a century. It has shaped political relations to this day, drawing new physical and ideological boundaries between East and West. In this meticulously researched account, Bridget Kendall explores the Cold War through the eyes of those who experienced it first-hand. Alongside in-depth analysis that explains the historical and political context, the book draws on exclusive interviews with individuals who lived through the conflict´s key events, offering a variety of perspectives that reveal how the Cold War was experienced by ordinary people. From pilots making food drops during the Berlin Blockade and Japanese fishermen affected by H-bomb testing to families fleeing the Korean War and children whose parents were victims of McCarthy´s Red Scare, The Cold War covers the full geographical and historical reach of the conflict. The Cold War is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how the tensions of the last century have shaped the modern world, and what it was like to live through them.
In 1945 war came to an end. But a whole new terror was only just beginning... In this book, the truth behind every spy thriller you´ve read: why America and the Soviet Union became locked in a deadly stalemate. It tells the story of crisis talks and subterfuge, tyrants and power struggles - and of ordinary people changing the course of history.