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Beach Road

Authors: James Patterson, Peter De Jonge

Publisher: BCA (2006)

Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in East Hampton, summer home to billionaires and Hollywood celebrities. But his clients are the people he grew up with, the people who make a living serving the rich. When an old friend, Dante Halleyville, is arrested for a triple murder near a movie star's mansion, Tom agrees to represent him, and recruits super lawyer, and ex-girlfriend, Kate Costello to help fight the case. As Tom wonders if he can ever get Kate to forgive him for his past sins, the case takes on astonishing dimensions, revealing a world of illegal pleasures, revenge, and fear amongst the super-rich...

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Beatrice

Author: H Rider Haggard

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1700)

It tells the story of the ill-fated love affair between Beatrice Granger, an unmarried Welsh school teacher, and Geoffrey Bingham, an unhappily married barrister who lives in London. This all starts after Beatrice saves Geoffrey's life in a canoeing accident during a tremendous storm, and the two become interested in one another. Trouble awaits, in the form of Bingham's wife Honoria (who's only interested in money and social climbing), Owen Davies (one of the richest men in Wales, who is morbidly obsessed with marrying Beatrice), and Elizabeth (Beatrice's older sister, who will do just about anything to marry Davies herself

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Before Adam

Author: Jack London

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Written in 1906, "Before Adam" is a bit of a departure from London's other novels. Still an adventure novel, this one revolves around the dreams of a young boy, dreams that involve racial memories and the knowledge of his prior existence as a man-like creature named Big Tooth living in prehistoric times.

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Before I Fall

Author: Noah Hawley

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2016)

A private jet plunges into the sea with only two survivors, the young son of the family who chartered the plane – now heir to a TV mogul’s fortune – and a man who only chanced to be on board at all, down-on-his-luck- artist Scott Burroughs, the hero who saved the boy’s life. But nothing is simple when big money and even bigger reputations are at stake. In the media storm that follows, questions start to be asked. Is Scott Burroughs as innocent as he seems?

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Behind Closed Doors

Author: B A Paris

Publisher: Mira (2016)

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows

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Benita

Author: H Rider Haggard

Publisher:

An adventurous trader, it is said, hearing the legend of a great treasure buried a party of Portuguese hundreds of years before, as a last resource attempted its discovery by the help of a mesmerist. A child was put into a trance, and gave his mesmerist details of the adventures and death of the unhappy Portuguese men and women.

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Billy Bathgate

Author: E L Doctorow

Publisher: Penguin (1998)

It's 1930's New York and fifteen-year-old streetkid Billy, who can juggle, somersault and run like the wind, has been taken under the wing of notorious gangster Dutch Schultz. As Billy learns the ways of the mob, he becomes like a son to Schultz - his 'good-luck kid' - and is initiated into a world of glamour, death and danger that will consume him, in this vivid, soaring epic of crime and betrayal.

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Birds Of Prey

Author: Wilbur Smith

Publisher: Pan (1998)

It is 1667 and the mighty naval war between the Dutch and the English still rages. Sir Francis Courtney and his son Hal, in their fighting caravel, are on patrol off southern Africa, lying in wait for a galleon of the Dutch East India Company returning from the Orient laden with spices, timber and gold...

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Black Day At The Bosphorus Cafe

Author: M H Baylis

Part of a series: Rex Tracey

Publisher: Old Street Publishing (2015)

When Mina, a Kurdish student activist, plunges in flames from the top floor of Wood Green Shopping City, it's widely assumed to be a political protest. But local reporter Rex Tracey, who knew the dead girl, doesn't buy it. His suspicions mount when a council whistleblower meets a similarly ugly end. As he investigates, the sleuthing journalist with the chequered past and the penchant for Polish lager is sucked into a world of honour killings, corrupt officials, and clashing traditions.

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Black Fish

Author: Sam Llewellyn

Publisher: Sheridan House (2011)

Gavin Chance has been a policeman and an Olympic sailor. Now he is a yacht broker, and things are not going smoothly. His crooked partner has disappeared, someone has left a corpse on a stolen trawler, and he needs to identify the perpetrator before he becomes a corpse himself. All his old policing skills are suddenly relevant once more as he finds himself in a struggle for survival. Sam Llewellyn skillfully combines maritime skullduggery with the elements of a modern thriller and ties it altogether with a ribbon of black humor. He breathes life into the his coastal settings with details that come from a lifetime of sailing experience.

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