Fading charmer, Tommy Wilhelm has reached his day of reckoning and is scared. In his forties, he still retains a boyish impetuousness that has brought him to the brink of chaos: he is separated from his wife and children, at odds with his vain, successful father, failed in his acting career, and in a financial mess.
A collection of short stories, set in the idyllic Salinas Valley in California, where simple people farm the land and struggle to find a place for themselves in the world. This book includes the tales: The Murderer and The Chrysanthemums.
Captain Cleve Connell arrives in Korea with a single goal: to become an ace, one of that elite fraternity of jet pilots who have downed five MIGs. But as his fellow airmen rack up kill after kill, Cleve's luck runs bad. Other pilots question his guts. And then in one icy instant 40,000 feet above the Yalu River, his luck changes forever.
No marriage of a major twentieth-century writer lasted longer than Vladimir Nabokov's. From their meeting in 1921, Vladimir's letters to his beloved Vera form a narrative arc that tells a forty-six year-long love story. This book features these letters that tell us much about the man and the writer.
Includes comic "A Literary Dinner", the enchanting, "Eve", the wryly humorous "An Evening of Russian Poetry" and a meditation on the act of creation, 'Tolstoy', as well as verse written on America, lepidoptery, sport, love and author's Russian homeland.
In the darkness, the main room is as vast as a cathedral. Some warmth is still seeps from the radiators. Delfosse strikes a match. They stop a moment to catch their breath, and work out how far they have still to go. And suddenly the match falls to the ground, as Delfosse gives a sharp cry and rushes back towards the washroom door.
The deadly hand of Professor Moriarty once more reaches out to commit a vile and ingenious crime, but a mole in Moriarty's criminal organization alerts Sherlock Holmes of the evil deed by means of a cipher... When Holmes and Watson arrive at a Sussex manor house they appear to be too late.