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Robert Crais (pronounced to rhyme with 'chase') (born June 20, 1953) is an American author of detective fiction. Crais began his career writing scripts for television shows such as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Quincy, Miami Vice and L.A. Law. His writing is influenced by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B. Parker and John Steinbeck. Crais has won numerous awards for his crime novels. [1] Lee Child has cited him in interviews as one of his favourite American crime writers. The novels of Robert Crais have been published in 62 countries and are bestsellers around the world. Robert Crais received the Ross Macdonald Literary Award in 2006 and was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2014.


The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.

Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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In the late 1960's Harlan Ellison launched a weekly column for the Los Angeles Free Press where he uncompromisingly discussed the effects of television on modern society. He assaulted everything from television sitcoms to corrupt politicians, talk-shows to military massacres. Today, more than four decades later, almost all of his criticism still holds true. E-Reads and Ellison's company, Edgeworks Abbey, are proud to make this first collection of 52 outspoken columns widely available for the first time in some 40 years. Don't miss the second volume: THE OTHER GLASS TEAT.

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A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.

With a contract out on his life, he heads for the Maine woods, determined to give a puny 15 year old a crash course in survival and to beat his dangerous opponents at their own brutal game.

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Having failed in a number of occupations as a young man, Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875–1950) found his niche as a writer with Tarzan of the Apes, first published in 1914. Highly imaginative, exotic and suspenseful, the story tells of an infant — the son of an aristocratic English couple — abandoned when his parents die in the jungles of Africa. Rescued and reared by apes, he learns to speak their language and imitate their ability to travel swiftly through the treetops. Eventually, his courage, immense strength and exceptional intelligence earn him the respect and admiration not only of the apes, but of all the creatures of the jungle. The ape-man's story is told here in this classic, fast-paced novel, packed with riveting adventures as Tarzan avenges the killing of Kala, his ape-mother, subdues man-eating beasts of the jungle, meets and falls in love with the beautiful Jane Porter, vanquishes greedy pirate-adventurers, and deals with assorted other threats. Although Burroughs followed this story with many Tarzan sequels, it is doubtful if any ever equaled this novel for its originality, readability and sheer storytelling power. In this inexpensive edition, complete and unabridged, it will thrill a new generation with the legendary exploits of the "Lord of the Apes."

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A movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los Angeles.

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Anthologies seldom make history, but Dangerous Visions is a grand exception. Harlan Ellison's 1967 collection of science fiction stories set an almost impossibly high standard, as more than a half dozen of its stories won major awards - not surprising with a contributors list that reads like a who's who of 20th-century SF:

Evensong by Lester del Rey * Flies by Robert Silverberg * The Day After the Day the Martians Came by Frederik Pohl * Riders of the Purple Wage by Philip José Farmer * The Malley System by Miriam Allen deFord * A Toy for Juliette by Robert Bloch * The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World by Harlan Ellison * The Night That All Time Broke Out by Brian W. Aldiss * The Man Who Went to the Moon - Twice by Howard Rodman * Faith of Our Fathers by Philip K. Dick * The Jigsaw Man by Larry Niven * Gonna Roll the Bones by Fritz Leiber * Lord Randy, My Son by Joe L. Hensley * Eutopia by Poul Anderson * Incident in Moderan and The Escaping by David R. Bunch * The Doll-House by James Cross * Sex and/or Mr. Morrison by Carol Emshwiller * Shall the Dust Praise Thee? by Damon Knight * If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister? by Theodore Sturgeon * What Happened to Auguste Clarot? by Larry Eisenberg * Ersatz by Henry Slesar * Go, Go, Go, Said the Bird by Sonya Dorman * The Happy Breed by John Sladek * Encounter with a Hick by Jonathan Brand * From the Government Printing Office by Kris Neville * Land of the Great Horses by R. A. Lafferty * The Recognition by J. G. Ballard * Judas by John Brunner * Test to Destruction by Keith Laumer * Carcinoma Angels by Norman Spinrad * Auto-da-Fé by Roger Zelazny * Aye, and Gomorrah by Samuel R. Delany

Unavailable for 15 years, this huge anthology now returns to print, as relevant now as when it was first published.

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 The Martian Chronicles, a seminal work in Ray Bradbury's career, whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage, is available from Simon & Schuster for the first time.

In The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury, America’s preeminent storyteller, imagines a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor— of crystal pillars and fossil seas—where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a vanished, devastated civilization. Earthmen conquer Mars and then are conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race. In this classic work of fiction, Bradbury exposes our ambitions, weaknesses, and ignorance in a strange and breathtaking world where man does not belong.

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