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Reader's Digest Select Editions, Vol 4 2009: Silks / Very Valentine / Chasing Darkness / Water, Stone Heart
Reader's Digest Select Editions Vol 4 2009 Silks / Very Valentine / Chasing Darkness / Water Stone Heart Author:Dick Francis, Felix Francis, Adriana Trigiani, Robert Crais, Will North SILKS by Dick Francis and Felix Frances — Geoffrey Mason did it for the money. It is obvious that his client Julian Trent is guilty, and it's about time rich boy Trent is taught a lesson for his violent ways. The only thing still bothering Geoff is that he is going to miss participating in the Foxhunter Steeplechase -- the &q... more »uot;Gold Cup" for amateur riders -- because the trial has taken a lot longer than expected. Although still an amateur, Geoff is well known (as "Perry" Mason) among the pro riders, including Steve Mitchell and Scot Barlow -- arguably the two top pros. So when Scot Barlow is murdered -- with Mitchell's pitchfork nonetheless -- Geoff finds himself pulled into the case as a junior barrister. The problem is: which side is he on? Mitchell claims he has been framed, but Geoff knows there was tension between Mitchell and Barlow; in fact, Geoff stumbled across Barlow beaten and bloody not too long ago, and Barlow claimed it was Mitchell who had done the dirty work. To make matters worse, Julian Trent has somehow finagled is way out of prison and has sworn to hunt down Geoff unless he's a "good little lawyer" and does what he's told in the Mitchell case. Geoff is left facing adversaries from all sides, tearing him between doing what is right and what will keep him alive.
VERY VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani
In this luscious, contemporary family saga, the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. The company is on the verge of financial collapse. It falls to thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli, the talented and determined apprentice to her grandmother, the master artisan Teodora Angelini, to bring the family's old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century and save the company from ruin.
CHASING DARKNESS by Robert Crais
It's fire season in the Los Angeles hills, and as an inferno closes in on the homes of Laurel Canyon, the LAFD makes a gruesome discovery -- the days-old corpse of an apparent suicide, the reclusive Lionel Byrd, along with a grisly photo album of young female murder victims. Three years earlier, Elvis Cole uncovered evidence that freed Byrd from murder charges; now, all signs indicate Cole helped a killer walk. Shut out by a police task force, Cole, along with his taciturn partner, Joe Pike, must blast through the lies, politics, and corruption obscuring the truth about Lionel Byrd -- or get himself burned...
WATER, STONE, HEART by Will North
Newly divorced, Andrew Stratton lives in his head and not with his heart. He teaches architectural theory but has never built a building. He writes about "The Anatomy of Livable Places" -- communities where form and material are in harmony -- but has no sense of where he belongs. He is capable of deep, tender emotions but is unable to express them. When his wife leaves him for another man and excoriates his cautious nature in the process, Andrew is like a house shaken off a faulty foundation. Sifting through the rubble, he must figure out what should be salvaged and what should be scrapped.« less