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Lies and Weddings

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.”

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Clive Cussler's The Heist

When Woodrow Wilson entered the lavish dining room aboard the presidential yacht . . .

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Think Twice

Myron Bolitar was on the phone with his eighty-year-old father when the two FBI agents arrived to question him about the murder.

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At The Grand Glacier Hotel

I understood that furtive expression. After twenty-five years of marriage I could tell when Curtis had misplaced something, and from the way he kept feeling his pockets and glancing around, I knew that whatever was lost was important.

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The Sweet Blue Distance

Carrie had just dropped off to sleep when the tuba woke her.

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My Favourite Mistake

There’s more to this story than the clickbait headlines, but yes, in simple terms, I had a dream life – then I took a flamethrower to it.

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Earth

I dreamed that I dreamed about the musty grey soil of the island and the sweet perfume it emits after rainfall, a double remove from a place I will never visit again

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Funny Story

SOME PEOPLE ARE natural storytellers. They know how to set the scene, find the right angle, when to pause for dramatic effect or breeze past inconvenient details.

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The Familiar

If the bread hadn’t burned, this would be a very different story.

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The Space Between

‘Go,’ the other soldier said. ‘Move.’

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Bird Child and Other Stories

She did not groan or gasp, or even sigh for me. Could only cry for me, silent rivers in the inert forest light.

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Nine Girls

I WAS SIX WHEN MY goat left home to go work for Santa.

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Feel-Good Productivity

‘Merry Christmas Ali. Try not to kill anyone.’

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Foul Play

Jack hadn't wanted to go but Kate had pleaded with him over the phone.

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Beach Read

I HAVE A FATAL flaw. I like to think we all do.

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Water

The first thing I do when I arrive on the island is change my name.

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The Bee Sting

In the next town over, a man had killed his family.

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Unruly

There was a moment in 1940, the bleakest year of the Second World War with the Wehrmacht carrying all before it, when Winston Churchill made the French government a curious offer.

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