Brian retired after 40 years in the energy business and then turned around to start a new career as a bookshop owner. He is a Nebraska native who graduated from Hastings College with a business degree. One of his beloved environments is the Platte River of central Nebraska. He has been married to co-owner, Amy, for 30 years and is the father of twins, Olivia and Charlie.
It was a clear night in Glacier National Park. Fourteen-year-old Ted Systead and his father were camping beneath the rugged peaks and starlit skies when something unimaginable happened: a grizzly bear attacked Ted’s father and dragged him to his death.
Now, twenty years later, as Special Agent for the Department of the Interior, Ted gets called back to investigate a crime that mirrors the horror of that night. Except this time, the victim was tied to a tree before the mauling. Ted teams up with one of the park officers—a man named Monty, whose pleasant exterior masks an all-too-vivid knowledge of the hazardous terrain surrounding them. Residents of the area turn out to be suspicious of outsiders and less than forthcoming. Their intimate connection to the wild forces them to confront nature, and their fellow man, with equal measures of reverence and ruthlessness.
As the case progresses with no clear answers, more than human life is at stake—including that of the majestic creature responsible for the attack. Ted’s search for the truth ends up leading him deeper into the wilderness than he ever imagined, on the trail of a killer, until he reaches a shocking and unexpected personal conclusion.
1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three women answer the call to mysterious Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart. 1947. Three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter.
Cork O’Connor has lost his wife and his job as sheriff and falls into an emotional isolation. As a blizzard buries his lakeside town, a despised though influential resident is found dead, and an Ojibwe Indian boy seems to have left home in a hurry. Cork has never taken Indian legends to heart, but when a sage warns him that a cruel spirit is near, all that changes
The American West of the 1930s and 1940s was still a place of prospectors, cowboys, ranchers, and mountaineers. And as the nation exhausted its gold and silver, as law reached the boomtowns, and as the era of the cattle ranches and drives came to an end, Lavender documented his experiences in Colorado to preserve this disappearing way of life.
National Book Award Finalist! One August afternoon, two sisters—Sophia, eight, and Alyona, eleven—go missing from a beach on the far-flung Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia.
Nora Seed is faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one: undoing old breakups, and realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist. She must search within as she travels through the Midnight Library.
Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage.
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to a fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house. And then one evening, Alicia shoots her husband five times in the face and never speaks another word. Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber is working to get her to talk. But his determination to unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations.
When 70-year-old Charlotte Perkins enters the Become a Jetsetter contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged chil- dren. When she wins the con- test, the family spends ten days traveling from Athens through glorious Rome to tapas-laden Barcelona on an over-the-top cruise ship, the Splendido
Marveloso. Can four lost adults find the peace they’ve been seeking by reconciling their childhood aches and coming back together?
Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler (Paperback)
In 1941 a young Frenchwoman became the leader of a vast intelligence organization known as Alliance. No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence. Now, in this dramatic account of the war that split France in two and forced its people to live with their German occupiers, Lynne Olson tells the story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself.
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts (Paperback)
To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is... part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part outand-out thriller.”
In a high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from murdering thousands. “Mr. Mercedes is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment….”