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Reader's Digest Select Editions: Kill the Messenger / The Queen of the Big Time / Murder at the B-School / A Northern Light (Vol. 3, 2005)
Reader's Digest Select Editions Kill the Messenger / The Queen of the Big Time / Murder at the B-School / A Northern Light - Vol. 3, 2005 Author:Adriana Trigiani, Jennifer Donnelly, Jeffrey Cruikshank, Tami Hoag This volume includes four stories by four different authors: Kill the Messenger by Tami Hoag; The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigaiani; Murder at the B-School by Jeffrey Cruikshank; and A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. — Kill The Messenger — At the end of long, hard day battling LA street traffic and a threatening storm, bike messenger... more » Jace Damon is called on to make one last pick up at a sleazy defense attorney's office -- Leonard Lowell. Jace is tired, stressed and needs to get home to check up on his little brother whom he's single-handedly bringing up. Jace makes the pick up and sets out for the delivery address, which turns out to be a vacant lot. As if his day hadn't been tough enough, out of nowhere a car appears and tries to run him down. Jace is forced to flee down back alleys trying to escape the unknown assailant giving chase. Making his way back to Lowell's office he arrives to find it trashed, Lowell dead, and himself the prime suspect. Jace is forced to elude both the police and the men who want him dead whilst he attempts to find evidence with which to clear his name. He also has to try to keep Ty, his brother, safe from someone prepared to kill and out of foster care. Who killed Lennie and what did he know?
The Queen of the Big Time
Known and loved around the world for her sweeping Big Stone Gap trilogy and the instant New York Times bestseller Lucia, Lucia, Adriana Trigiani returns to the charm and drama of small-town life with Queens of the Big Time. This heartfelt story of the limits and power of love chronicles the remarkable lives of the Castellucas, an Italian-American family, over the course of three generations.
Murder at the B-School
This riveting debut novel probes murder, pretension, and conspiracy in the halls of Harvard Universitys famed graduate program.
When the dean of the department summons him to a hastily called and unscheduled meeting, young assistant professor Wim Vermeer fears that his career has come to an abrupt end. But instead of terminating his contract, the dean hands him a sensitive assignment. The previous night, Eric McInnes, the second son of a fantastically wealthy family, drowned. While the death appears to be an accident, his family has some questions about the safety and lack of supervision on campus -- and so do the police. The dean asks Vermeer to assist the family and work closely with the police, keeping a close eye on the school's interests all the while. But it isn't long before Vermeer realizes he's been set up as the fall guy for a very nasty coverup. Not only does the university want a heinous financial scheme hidden, but there's a faculty member who's been keeping some career-ending secrets as well. Embroiled in the middle of conspiracy and deception, Vermeer turns to Boston PD Captain Barbara Brouillard for help, and together the pair must discover a way to find the truth about McInnes' death -- without destroying Vermeer's career.
A Northern Light
Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters. But when Grace's drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.
Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, Jennifer Donnelly's astonishing debut novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.« less