And in an age when Hollywood is reticent to make wholly original movies see: the four dozen superhero movies released in the last decade , great books are as good as gold. The number of literary adaptations we see on the big screen seems to get bigger every year. For studios, they're a safer bet, with built-in audiences and plots ready to go. But perhaps more importantly, there's the fact that literary writers are some of the most imaginative storytellers there are — they're talented at fusing rich characters, intricate plots, and resonant themes into masterful page-turners.
And with the right people behind and in front of the camera, a great novel can be become a fantastic film.
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Cult leader Charles Manson will forever be known as one of America's most notorious serial killers. For better or worse, the murderer is also somewhat of. It's easy to escape into a movie for two hours at a time. A bestselling author with a soaring ego and wandering hands has come to town, but he won't be leaving. Jude is the prime suspect; she was, after all, the last person to slap Burton St Clair alive. If she is to prove her innocence she will have to dust off her detective skills, recruit her prim and proper friend and partner-in-sleuthing Carole, and together they must find the real culprit.
Although she hadn't known Leonard Mallett very well, nor liked him particularly, Carole Seddon feels duty bound to attend her fellow committee member's funeral. As she suspected, the hymns, readings and sermon are all very predictable - not unlike Leonard himself. What she couldn't have predicted was that the deceased's daughter would use the occasion to publicly accuse her stepmother of murder. Did Heather Mallett really kill her husband, as many Fethering residents believe? Deciding to get to the heart of the matter, Carole's neighbour Jude joins the new community choir - and discovers that amidst the clashing egos and petty resentments lurk some decidedly false notes.
At least one chorister would appear to be hiding a deadly secret - and it's up to Carole and Jude to unearth the truth. Former cop Jack Taylor is up against a vigilante assassin who goes by the name 'Silence' - and the consequences quickly become personal. The latest Jack Taylor novel from the Godfather of Irish noir. After too much tragedy and violence , Jack Taylor might have at long last found contentment.
Of course, he still knocks back too much Jameson and dabbles in uppers, but he has a new woman in his life, a freshly bought apartment, and little sign of trouble on the horizon, unless you count looking after his girlfriend's spoilt nine-year-old. But once again, trouble comes to him , this time in the form of wealthy Frenchman Pierre Renaud, who wants Jack to investigate the double murder of his twin sons. Entitled, drug-addled, les enfants terribles were bound to a wheelchair, mouths glued shut and pushed off the pier.
He shouldn't, but Jack reluctantly agrees to investigate and it opens the door to the past again Beautiful homes. Friendly neighbours. Kids playing out in the street. But Darren and Jodie don't follow the rules and soon disputes over loud music and parking rights escalate to threats of violence. Then, early one Sunday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house-to-house, the residents close ranks and everyone's story is the same: They did it. But there's a problem. The police don't agree. And the door they're knocking on next is yours.
I loved it' Harriet Tyce 'Candlish is a master at peeling away the veneer of middle-class respectability, and utterly nails the trials of living cheek-by-jowl with awful neighbours. You'll be asking yourself, How far would I go? Loved it' Laura Kemp 'Utterly gripping' RED 'Lowland Way is a sought-after place to live, with friendly neighbours and real community spirit, that is until the Booths move in.
The other residents are up in arms, but how far will they take things to restore their peace? A read that will make you rejoice for nice neighbours! A young teenager has gone missing. Spring is in the air in Bruncliffe. But not everyone is filled with the joys of the season. Implicated in the murder of a man in Leeds, the Dales Detective Agency's Samson O'Brien is facing tough questions from the police, while his business partner Delilah Metcalfe is facing criticism from her family and friends for her loyalty to the town's black sheep.
Then the truth about Samson's policing past is brutally exposed and Bruncliffe turns its back on him, placing Delilah in an impossible position. Especially when her nephew, Nathan Metcalfe, accused of having been under the influence of the corrupt O'Brien, runs away from home. With everyone searching frantically for the missing boy and a toxic atmosphere tainting the town, only the local vet is paying attention to a worrying spate of deaths amongst his canine clientele. Suspecting foul play, he arrives at Samson's door. But when Samson turns to Delilah for assistance, will she be able to overlook his transgressions in order to help him uncover the source of the poison that is threatening her community?
A poison that has the potential to tear her life apart. Control the Internet, Control the World Darknets are everywhere - and those who know where to look can find anything. Drugs, guns, porn, ideologies, lives and deaths are all up for sale. Elite hacker, loner, charmer, idealist and connoisseur of other people's mistakes, Azi Bello exists in a world where the dark side of technology is abolishing the old order - and he has a front row seat. When the secretive but intriguing Munira reaches out to Azi for help, her story sparks his interest. Munira's cousin has been recruited to work for a terrorist state and in her attempts to find out more, she has attracted the attention of some very dangerous people.
As they work together, Azi and Munira are drawn into an unimaginable conspiracy, at the heart of which is Gomorrah: an exclusive online marketplace where anything can be acquired and the world's worst individuals lurk. As he throws himself into uncovering Gomorrah's dangerous secrets, it isn't long before Azi's carefully constructed world begins to fall apart - and he is forced to become much more than just a spectator. But when identities can be changed with just a few clicks. A strange sensation runs through me, a feeling that I don't know this person in front of me, even though he matters more to me than anyone ever has, than anyone ever will.
You go into your son's bedroom. It's the usual mess. You tidy up some dirty plates, pick up some clothes, open the wardrobe to put them away. That's when you find it. Something so shocking it doesn't seem real. And you realize a horrifying truth Your own son might be dangerous. Keep You Close is the chilling, relentless new thriller from the bestselling author of Need to Know. Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller at his bank, steps out of work on her way to lunch, Joe Pike is on hand when two men abduct her.
Joe chases them down, saves her, and the two men are arrested. But the men soon make bail The police suspect Pike and Isabel had a hand in it, especially when Izzy disappears again. Are the murders connected to her disappearance, or is Isabel herself in jeopardy? Convinced that Isabel has been abducted again, Pike calls on Elvis Cole to discover the truth.
The bad guys are closing in fast and it's up to Joe and Elvis to save Izzy at all costs. The Wanted is a relentless thriller D'Andrea piles on the action and the atmosphere with the panache of a seasoned writer Marcel Berlins, The Times. Marlene Wegener is on the run. She has stolen something from her husband, something priceless, irreplaceable. But she doesn't get very far. When her car veers off a bleak midwinter road she takes refuge in the remote home of Simon Keller, a tough mountain man who lives alone with his demons.
Here in her high mountain sanctuary, she begins to rekindle a sense of herself: tough, capable, no longer the trophy on a gangster's arm. But Herr Wegener does not know how to forgive, and in his rage he makes a pact with the devil. The Trusted Man. He cannot be called off, he cannot be reasoned with and one way or another he will get the job done.
Unless, of course, he's beaten to it. Four strangers are missing. The police aren't worried - it's just a game. But the families are frantic, and psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom is persuaded to investigate. As she delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.
And that something makes them very dangerous indeed. As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people. But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear? That wasn't a dream.
It was an upload. Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he's her husband. He's a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley's most innovative startups. He tells Abbie she's a gifted artist, a doting mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. Five years ago, she suffered a terrible accident. Her return from the abyss is a miracle of science, a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that has taken him half a decade to achieve.
But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband's motives - and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together for ever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago? A must read! The Skeleton Key was the first detective novel published by Collins, ushering in the Golden Age, the Crime Club, and years of remarkable crime fiction that would follow. A body is discovered after a shooting party in the grounds of a country house in Hampshire.
The police are called in, and a clever young detective, Sergeant Ridgway, begins to unravel a much more complicated and brutal case of murder than was first suspected. But has he met his match with Le Sage, a chess-playing Baron, who is convinced that the answers lie not in Hampshire but in Paris?
After 20 years of writing in various genres, The Skeleton Key was Bernard Capes' crowning achievement, as he died shortly after completing the book. Introduced by Hugh Lamb, whose anthology The Black Reaper resurrected Capes' reputation as one of the best horror writers of his generation, the book also includes its original tribute to Capes by G. Chesterton, author of the Father Brown mysteries.
A twisty, page-turning debut thriller from Kelsey Rae Dimberg, Girl in the Rearview Mirror is a story about privilege and power, family and obligation, ambition and complicity, and the pull of the past on the present; perfect for fans of Jane Harper, Megan Abbott, Attica Locke and Laura Lippman. Desperate to put her past in the rearview mirror, Finn Hunt leaves the Midwest for Phoenix, Arizona, where no one knows her story. While she's working a dead-end job, a chance meeting with Philip Martin, son of a prominent US Senator, leads Finn to a position as nanny for Amabel, his precocious four-year-old daughter.
Quickly seduced into the Martins' privileged world, Finn can almost believe she belongs there, almost forget the dark past that haunts her. Then, in the stifling heat of a desert summer as the Senator's re-election looms, a strange woman begins to follow Finn, claiming a connection to Philip and threatening to expose the family to scandal. As Finn tries to protect Amabel, and shield the Martins, she's inadvertently drawn deeper and deeper into their buried secrets.
The family trusts Finn, for now, but it will only take one mistake for everything she holds dear - the Martins' world, her new life - to fall apart. A Nearly Normal Family is the stunning psychological thriller from M. Edvardsson and asks what would you do if your child was suspected of murder, how far would you go to protect them? Do you want to know the truth?
If you loved A. Finn's The Woman in the Window or J. Delaney's The Girl Before, you will love this. Every murder case starts with a suspect. What if the suspect is your daughter? Would you believe her, or the evidence against her?
The Father Believes his daughter has been framed. The Mother Believes she is hiding something. The Daughter Believes they have no idea what she's truly capable of. There are three sides to the story. And the truth will shatter this family to pieces. They are acting on the orders of a renegade cell within Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, whose objective is to transform their country into a nuclear-armed nation, and so seal its domination of the Middle East.
Britain's intelligence agencies know something is up. Someone on the inside is ready to hand over information - but then the rendezvous with SIS officer Luke Carlton goes bloodily wrong. Luke needs to be extracted. Forced on to the back foot after that fiasco, MI6 sees an opportunity to recruit an individual with unique access to the IRGC hardliners. Luke is chosen to reel them in. Going into Iran undercover is dangerous enough, but then there's a killing and a kidnapping and the British government is presented with a shocking ultimatum.
With time running out, it seems only Luke can stop a cataclysmic new war in the Gulf. Peter Goldsworthy's new novel features a blind detective determined to deliver justice to the man who shot him, even though his failed assassin has broken out of jail and is equally determined to finish the job. Cleverly structured around the five senses, and with the action confined to one week, it's pacey and taut, with the cat-and-mouse tension leavened by lighter interludes. Goldsworthy is interested in all that his protagonist cannot see, as he is forced to meet evil, acting on a trust in his senses, and the ineluctable mystery that is memory.
All Stella Hardy wants is a romantic country getaway with her artist boyfriend, Brophy. Instead, she must head to the Athol Goldwater Agricultural Prison aka Arsehole Bogwater to visit her jailbird brother, Ben, and sort out some 'urgent' family paperwork. But Stella has barely set foot in the prison when a prisoner, Joe Phelan, is found dead. Before she knows it, Stella finds herself tasked, against her will, with investigating Joe's suspicious death away from the eyes of police, including her best friend, Detective Phuong Nguyen.
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Her old nemesis Minister for Justice Marcus Pugh is pressuring her from above to save his election-year bacon, and Joe's old friend and former gang member, Percy Brash, is providing a much more chilling form of pressure from below, promising to reduce her to mush and bone fragments if she doesn't give him the name of Joe's killer, and soon.
As the clock counts down, Stella becomes embroiled in a story of corruption, conspiracy, and high-tech cattle-wrangling, all while trying to manage her brother's pregnant girlfriend, Loretta, get to the bottom of Brophy's increasingly strange behaviour, and evade the murderous intentions of a shadowy mercenary. And then things get really crazy. It's Stella's last hurrah, and she's going out with a bang. Then one cool October morning in , he rose early, drove into town, walked into the Church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell.
As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'. What turned Pete from a pillar of the community into cold-hearted killer? And why won't he confide in anyone? All his closest family knows is that it must have been something devastating - and that the fallout will haunt them, and the town, for decades to come. The next instalment of the Wars Within series.
With Churchill refusing to negotiate and intelligence agencies at each other's throats, Rudolf Hess becomes the unexpected catalyst that changes the fortunes of the war. From a critically acclaimed author comes the next instalment of the Wars Within series. Spring, The war in the West is as good as won. Nation after nation has fallen before the Reich's armies. Only Britain endures, her cities under nightly bombardment from the Luftwaffe. Berlin would happily call off the bombers in exchange for a peace treaty.
Hitler would like to persuade Britain to turn her back on Europe, to attend to her precious Empire instead, to allow Germany a free hand to deal with the real enemy in the East. Peace, perhaps, but at what cost? For Churchill the price is too high; but for others within the British establishment, it is a price worth paying. On both sides of the channel, advocates of total war or peace-at-all-costs are at each others' throats - all unaware that Rudolf Hess , Hitler's quiet, contemplative deputy, has already taken radical steps to change the fortunes of the war Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn't answer the phone call that would change his life - and possibly the world - for ever.
My name is Dr Harry F. I know this is going to sound strange, but I've recently been given absolute proof of God's existence - and I've been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously. And what would be the consequences?
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This question and its answer lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from bestselling author Peter James. The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life's work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world's major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence The First Mistake is the stunning second novel from The Other Woman author Sandie Jones, who delivers twist after heart-stopping twist, in this addictively readable domestic suspense about a wife, her husband, and her best friend.
For Alice, life has never been better. After the death of her first husband, she has remarried, with a successful business, two children and a beautiful house. In Beth, she also has the best friend she has always wanted. A friend without judgement, she is the most trustworthy and loyal person Alice knows. So when Alice begins to suspect her husband Nathan is having an affair, Alice turns to Beth to help her find the truth. She can trust Beth, can't she? This standalone novel is a completely different beast. Where DO writers get their ideas from? Set in modern day America, this is a taut, diabolical thriller that plays on your mind.
Fleetwood Mac? With publishing rights to The Chain now having been sold in more than 30 countries and Paramount Pictures having acquired the film rights, hopefully he can relax a bit and keep writing. Miranda delivers a clever, stylish mystery that will seize readers like a riptide. When she didn't show. When she didn't answer her phone. When she didn't reply to my text. Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbour community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of - but that's just what happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.
Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable - until Sadie is found dead. When the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can't help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie's brother Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they're saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before she's branded a killer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal's Kerry Washington.
We all want different things. Francie wants to be the perfect mother. Nell wants to escape the past. Collette wants to spend more time with her family. All Winnie wants is to have her baby back. When Nell suggests a night out in Brooklyn to her new mums' club, the others jump at the chance. But the evening takes a tragic turn when Winnie learns that her six-week-old son Midas has been kidnapped.
As the investigation hits a dead end, Nell, Collette and Francie make it their mission to succeed where the police are failing. But as Winnie and those around her come under scrutiny from the media, damaging secrets come to light and friendships are pushed to the limit. Because people will do almost anything to protect the ones they love. No one will ever see them again. But when they receive an invitation to their school's reunion, they know they must go back one final time.
Because there is a body buried in that school. And they're the ones who put it there. Harry is in a bad place- Rakel has left him, he's working cold cases and notorious rapist and murderer Svein Finne is back on the streets. Harry is responsible for the many years Finne spent in prison but now he's free and ready to pick up where he left off.
When Harry wakes up with blood on his hands, and no memory of what he did the night before, he knows everything is only going to get worse. Wealthy dead American. Beautiful young widow. This case has PI Philip Marlowe's name written all over it. Is it enough to bring him back for one last adventure? The year is The place, Baja California. Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is living out his retirement sipping margaritas and playing cards when in saunter two men dressed like undertakers with a case that has his name written all over it.
His mission is to investigate Donald Zinn - supposedly drowned off his yacht, leaving a much younger and now very rich wife. Marlowe's speciality. But is Zinn actually alive? And are the pair living off the spoils? The ninth book in the Sunday Times-bestselling phenomenon that is the Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland's most celebrated crime writers.
Her lifeless body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave. The newly promoted McLean is distracted, inexplicably drawn to a dead-end mews street But how long has she been there, in her sleep of death? The answers are far from what McLean or anyone else could expect. The truth far more chilling than a simple cold case On a routine anti-poaching patrol, Sean and his tracker dog Benny watch in horror as over-eager rookie Tumi Mabasa is almost killed, and her dog gravely injured, in the explosion.
Sean is determined to hunt down the elusive bomb maker who has introduced this destructive weapon to the war on poaching. But Sean is his own worst enemy. Haunted by nightmares of the war and racked with guilt from driving away his ex-wife, Christine, he soon discovers she and his best mate, Craig, are in the midst of an intense affair. As bombs target Sean's unit, can he get himself back on track and win the fight for Africa's wildlife - and Christine - before it's too late? From the author of Sunday Times no. But what follows will plunge the country into chaos, and draw Cross into the most important case of his life.
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The bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects the woman must have been delusional - until a body is found. But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into the events that led to his suspension delves deeper, and he takes increasingly desperate measures to rectify previous actions. As he does, Gamache begins to see his own blind spots - and the terrible things hiding there.
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A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body. For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home - the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago. Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island.
But she quickly finds that the community she left isn't as welcoming as she remembers - and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets. One thing rings true You can't bury the truth forever. Early readers love Heidi's latest five-star thriller- 'Family secrets, mystery and intrigue. This is the perfect book that won't disappoint' 'A surprising plot and lots of twists with interesting characters. I loved the writing style and the setting of the story' 'Lots of twists and turns, guaranteed page-turner that keeps you guessing until the end' 'Come Back For Me was a really engaging and addictive read, about family secrets, a tight-knit community and family ties' 'Fascinating family drama with more than a hint of psychological thriller' 'A fantastic thriller that grabbed me from the start' 'Full of twists and turns, this book will have you riveted to every surprise event' 'If you're looking for a thriller with plenty of mystery and intrigue, you've got the perfect book here' 'This book had me gripped from the start, will be looking at more from this author.
The characters and situations will stay with you long after you have finished the last page. She slows down to greet two African migrants she recognises. Too late she realises they are not her friends. This is an ambush. She manages a desperate phone call to Hisami before her Mafia kidnappers silence her with a powerful drug.