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Great expectations

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

After harsh early years, Pip, an orphan growing up in Victorian England, is given the means to become a gentleman by an unknown benefactor and learns that outward appearances can be deceiving.

Editions:2645  Date:1468 - 2021  Genre(s):Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans

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Les miseĢrables

by:Hugo, Victor

The novel traces the life of Jean-Valjean, a 19th century Parisian peasant who steals a loaf of bread to feed his starving children, and thereby becomes criminalized as a convict. This story of how he struggles to escape his past and reaffirm his humanity, in a world brutalized by poverty and ignorance, has become a powerful social document and the gospel of the poor and the oppressed

Editions:3262  Date:1051 - 2021  Genre(s):Epic fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Epic fiction, Epic fiction

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Atonement : a novel

by:McEwan, Ian

On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

Editions:299  Date:1968 - 2019  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Fictional Work

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The broker

by:Grisham, John

John Grisham delivers another legal thriller of unparalled suspense. With fourteen years left on a twenty-year sentence, notorious Washington power broker, Joel Blackman, receives a surprise pardon from a lame-duck president. He is smuggled out of the country on a military cargo plane, given a new identity, and tucked away in a small town in Italy. But Blackman has serious enemies from his past. As the CIA watches him closely, the question is not whether he will be killed, but rather who will kill him first.

Editions:282  Date:2004 - 2021  Genre(s):Legal stories, Thrillers (Fiction), Thrillers (Fiction), Suspense fiction, Legal stories

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The last juror

by:Grisham, John

In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details and the paper began to prosper. The murderer, Danny Padgitt was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when he was found guilty. He was sentenced to life in prison, but in Mississippi, in 1970, "life" didn't necessarily mean "life" and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County and the retribution began.

Editions:226  Date:2001 - 2018  Genre(s):Thrillers (Fiction), Thrillers (Fiction), Legal stories, Legal stories, Legal fiction (Literature)

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Great expectations

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

The orphan, Pip, and the convict, Magwitch, the beautiful Estella, and her guardian, the embittered and vengeful Miss Havisham, the ambitious lawyer, Mr. Jaggers -- all have a part to play in the mystery. Dickens supplied two endings to his great novel, both are recorded leaving the listener to judge.

Editions:385  Date:1861 - 2021  Genre(s):Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans

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"R" is for ricochet

by:Grafton, Sue

Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty was already in his fifties when Reba was born, and he could deny her nothing. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institute for Women. Now, at thirty-two, she is about to be paroled, having served twenty-two months of a four-year sentence. Nord Lafferty wants to make sure she stays straight, stays at home and away from the drugs, the booze, the gamblers. It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey Milhone: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the rules of her parole. But life is never that simple, and Reba is out of prison less than twenty-four hours when one of her old crowd comes circling around.

Editions:94  Date:2002 - 2021  Genre(s):Mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction

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American gods : a novel

by:Gaiman, Neil

Days before his release from prison, Shadow's wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Editions:224  Date:2001 - 2021  Genre(s):Fantasy fiction, Fantasy fiction, Fantasy fiction

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Daddy's little girl

by:Clark, Mary Higgins

Ellie Cavanaugh was only seven years old when her fifteen-year-old sister, Andrea, was murdered near their home in Oldham-on-the-Hudson, a rural village in New York's Westchester County. There were three suspects: Rob Westerfield, nineteen-year-old scion of a wealthy, prominent family, whom Andrea has been secretly dating Paul Stroebel, a sixteen-year-old schoolmate, who had a crush on Andrea and Will Nebels, a local handyman in his forties. It was Ellie who had led her parents to a hideout in which Andrea's body was found -- a secret hideaway in which she met her friends. And it was Ellie who was blamed by her parents for her sister's death for not telling them about this place the night Andrea was missing. It was also Ellie's testimony that led to the conviction of the man she was firmly convinced was the killer. Steadfastly denying his guilt, he spent the next twenty-two years in prison. When he comes up for parole, Ellie, now an investigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, protests his release. Nonetheless, the convicted killer is set free and returns to Oldham. Determined to thwart his attempts to whitewash his reputation, Ellie also returns to Oldham, intent on creating a Website and writing a book that will conclusively prove his guilt. As she delves deeper into her research, however, she uncovers horrifying and heretofore unknown facts that shed new light on her sister's murder. With each discovery, she comes closer to a confrontation with a desperate killer. Gripping and relentlessly compelling, Daddy's Little Girl, a portrayal of a family shattered by crime, reflects Mary Higgins Clark's uncanny insight into the twisted mind of a killer and is further evidence of why she is America's favorite author of suspense.

Editions:129  Date:2002 - 2017  Genre(s):Thrillers (Fiction), Thrillers (Fiction), Detective and mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Suspense fiction

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The innocent

by:Coben, Harlan, 1962-

Some mistakes can change your life forever. The horror of one night is forever etched in Matt Hunter's memory: the night he innocently tried to break up a fight, and ended up a killer. Now, nine years after his release from prison, his innocence long forgotten, he's an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. With his wife, Olivia, pregnant and the two of them closing on a house in his home town, things are looking up. Until the day Matt gets a shocking, inexplicable video call from Olivia's phone. And in an instant, the unraveling begins. A mysterious man who begins tailing Matt turns up dead. A beloved nun is murdered. And local and federal authorities, including homicide investigator, Loren Muse, a childhood schoolmate of Matt's with a troubled past of her own, see all signs pointing to a former criminal with one murder already under his belt: Matt Hunter. Unwilling to lose everything for a second time, Matt and Olivia are forced outside the law in a desperate attempt to save their future together.

Editions:146  Date:1984 - 2021  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction

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