The Bitter Pill
By A. Bertram Chandler
To Paul Clayton, obscure shipping clerk, his forty-fifth birthday was not an occasion for celebration. It meant the achievement of status of Senior Citizen, and with it several dubious privileges - not least of which was voluntary euthanasia, facilitated by the government issue suicide pill. Those who changed their minds, once they had broken the capsule containing the lethal pill, faced the prospect of forced labor camps in the Australian desert of the penal colony on Mars, where convicts toiled to make more space fit for Earth's over-spilling populations.Under the supervision of the corrupt and brutal Mars Corps, Clayton crosses paths again with others he once knew on distant Earth. They find themselves caught up on a maelstrom of terror and political intrigue.
Beyond the Galactic Rim
By A. Bertram Chandler
A journey to the Rim Worlds takes you straight to the edge of the unknown or right to the gaping void of the abyss. Out there you're beyond the borders, hovering between the warped contours of troubled space and time...Captain Clavering bought his ship on a lottery win. Now he's holed up on the dismal planet of Lorn filling in the time on a chemical-blasted airstrip waiting for a contract. Somewhere there must be a newly colonized planet needing charters or some threatened world that needs evacuating. He'd risk anything for money in the bank - even a dodgy landing on the gas-blasted plains of Eblis, if the Rim Runners fancy paying hard cash for an expedition to hell...
The Blood of Roses
By Tanith Lee
Love, history or blood...which is the strongest?In childhood something black settled on Mechail Korhlen and drank from his throat. And later somebody pitied him enough to kill his poor deformed body when he became an adult. But then Mechail chose to return from beyond the veil to enact revenge - and to follow Anjelen, ruler of the sinister monastery sited deep in the forest. The fulfilment of his destiny had begun.
The Boats of the Glen Carrig
By William Hope Hodgson
Being an account of their Adventures in the Strange places of the Earth, after the foundering of the good ship Glen Carrig through striking upon a hidden rock in the unknown seas to the Southward. As told by John Winterstraw, Gent., to his Son James Winterstraw, in the year 1757, and by him committed very properly and legibly to manuscript.
Beyond the Farthest Star
By Edgar Rice Burroughs
On Poloda, a world far beyond the reach of any telescope on Earth, there appeared a mysterious being. The inhabitants called him Tangor - 'from nothing' - and enlisted him in their savage warfare. And Tangor, the Earthman so strangely transported to a remote planet, took part in one thrilling adventure after another in the battles which were so like, yet unlike, those of his own twentieth century.
The Blind Spot
By Homer Eon Flint, Austin Hall
What was "The Blind Spot?" A room in San Francisco where strange things happened - or a doorway into another cosmos, a different world, or perhaps the key to the past or future? What would happen if two things occupied the same place at the same time - even such a small space as a single room in a modest house? And if those two things happened to be two worlds - this one and...another?
The Big Kill
By Mickey Spillane
Before Jack Reacher . . . there was Mike HammerOne rainy night, Hammer sits brooding, alone, in a bar. But when he sees a desperate guy abandon his kid only to step outside and get blown away, Hammer's mood switches from bad to worse. By the time he reaches the man with the gun, the getaway driver has run him over to stop him talking. Hammer vows revenge on whoever's behind the crime.The trail of vengeance pits Hammer against his police friend Pat Chambers, the DA and his stooges and lands him in a world of trouble from gangsters, where he gives as good as he gets . . .. . . And leads back to Marsha, a beautiful former Hollywood actress, who has more to offer Hammer than meets the eye.
Bid Time Return
By Lilian Harry
Previously published in paperback under the name Donna Baker.Cumbria, 1901: aged twenty-one, Joanna has never seen England before. Now her father's death has sent her home from India, back to a country and family she has never known. As she prepares to meet relations of her father for the first time, she must also ready herself to claim her inheritance - and house and working mines in this new land.But Joanna has brought with her another inheritnace - a knowledge and affinity with the customs and traditions of India, the nation which raised her. And the dreams she has now are not just visions of her past...but they might just become guidance for her future.As she grows to understand the stories behind the tragic loves and marriages in her family's past she wonders if she will be the one to break the pattern. But answering this question will test her to the limit.
Bother at the Barbican
By Guy Cullingford
When Bertha Harris's husband dies she draws comfort from routine and expects the rest of her life to drift by in the same quiet, uneventful way. But she hasn't reckoned on her nephews and niece, who are quick on the uptake that Bertha is that most desirable of relatives: a wealthy and childless widow.It does not escape Bertha that the common thread in her young relatives' lives is a lack of money, but she hadn't bargained on one of them becoming impatient and orchestrating a string of accidents to claim their inheritance early. And Bertha, suspicious of everyone, is painfully aware that the familiar walls of her flat are becoming as much a prison as a refuge.
Bread and Butter Miss
By Guy Cullingford
A Victorian family is left high and dry when its lord and master sails off to China to bring back the first tea of the season. Absent for six months at a time, he never ceases to dominate the lives of his wife and children.The yearly race to be the first home with the tea is underway, with every ship vying for both kudos and the prize money. The year is 1866, and as both Ariel and Taeping are surging up the channel, Caroline, the second daughter of the oppressed family, begins her own voyage of discovery.
Brink of Disaster
By Guy Cullingford
Joyce Cave had her husband, Robert, exactly where she wanted him - in a private gaol with herself, her aunt and her uncle as warders. He had been charged with killing the local good-time girl, who had tried the oldest trick in the world on the panicky Robert and ended up in the canal for her pains.But Joyce hadn't bargained on John Trewen Forbes, a slick operator with schemes to rid himself of his young cousin Lucy, who was following the dangrous course of not parting with any of the proceeds of her inheritance.
Brigands of the Moon
By Ray Cummings
Gregg Haljan was aware that there was a certain danger in having the giant spaceship Planetara stop off at the moon to pick up Grantline's special cargo of moon ore. For that rare metal - invaluable in keeping Earth's technology running - was the target of many greedy eyes. But nevertheless he hadn't figured on the special twist the clever Martian brigands would use. So when he found both the ship and himself suddenly in their hands, he knew that there was only one way in which he could hope to save that cargo and his own secret - that would be by turning space-pirate himself and paying the Brigands of the Moon back in their own interplanetary coin.
The Bell at Sealey Head
By Patricia A. McKillip
Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean, a sleepy place where everyone hears the ringing of a bell no one can see. On the outskirts of town is an impressive estate, Aislinn House, where the aged Lady Eglantyne lies dying, and where the doors sometimes open not to its own dusty rooms, but to the wild majesty of a castle full of knights and princesses ...
The Best of Matt 2015
By Matt Pritchett
No matter how bad the news, the weather, your daily commute or the state of the economy, Matt always manages to put a smile on the world...From sporting triumphs and disasters to hapless public figures; from scientific achievements to the state of the nation - what is life without a bit of Matt to put everything into perspective? A Christmas must - this year, and every year.Matt is without doubt 'that rare thing - a daily cartoonist who never fails' The Times
Breach of Privilege
By Graham Ison
When MP Hugh Blakemore is shot dead in the Fulham Road, DCI Harry Brock and DS Dave Poole are assigned to the case. Months previously, Blakemore killed an inmate when visiting a prison, and although Blakemore was exonerated, Brock is convinced this is a revenge killing.In an investigation with more ups and downs than fairground ride - and more lies than a villain's alibi - the MP's widow, her ex-husband and their daughter all play starring roles, along with a motley crew of actresses, American gangsters and criminals. And, along with murder, blackmail and corruption are in the air . . .
The Burning Room
By Michael Connelly
Los Angeles Detective Harry Bosch tackles a cold case unlike any he's ever worked, in the new legal thriller from the bestselling author of THE LINCOLN LAWYER and THE BLACK ECHO, Michael Connelly.In the LA Police's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually non-existent.Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random in this gripping police procedural.
The Boy Who Wept Blood
By Den Patrick
With his rich evocation of the Italian Renaissance-like realm of Landfall, his uniquely appealing way with flawed yet empathic characters and his ability to write gripping scenes of both action and subterfuge, Den Patrick has already established himself as a new favourite for fans of Scott Lynch and Robin Hobb alike.Ten years have passed since the disappearence of Lucien and his protege, the young swordsman Dino, is struggling to live up to Lucien's legacy. Sworn to protect the silent queen Anea as she struggles to bring a new democracy to Demesne, Dino finds himself drawn into a deadly game of political intrigue as the aristocratic families of Landfall conspire to protect their privilege. Always ready to prove himself as a swordsman Dino is anguished to discover that in order to fulfil his vow he must become both spy and assassion.And all the while the dark secret at the heart of Demesne is growing towards fulfilment.
Born of Luna
By John Russell Fearn, Vargo Statten
A deadly meteor swarm approaching the Earth activates ancient Lunar technology buried beneath Earth's surface that results in the birth of Raquilo, the last Selenite, who will save some humans from the meteor storm that millions of years ago destroyed the Moon's atmosphere, oceans and inhabitants. Meanwhile, the balance of power on Earth has shifted to Vilgarth, an arms merchant who, with stolen v-ray technology and an alliance with governments in favor of his plan, wages a world war to take over the planet.
The Bull Chief
By Robert Holdstock
In the Celtic tribal lands of Connacht, he came of age among the Druids and headhunters and the ghosts of the great Bronze Age people of Danann.He fought his savage, bloodthirsty way to the west, as a naked warrior who had rejected the tribal laws. And there Arthur, Warlord of the Britons, came to find him, to exploit his skill and invulnerability in the war against the Saxons.Yet Swiftaxe, the Berserker, wanted one thing only; to break the curse that condemned him to his life of frenzied violence and bloodlust.But until the might of the Saxons was destroyed, he would never be free . . .
Border Town Girl
By John D. MacDonald
Contains the two novellas Border Town Girl and Linda.Border Town GirlOnce, Lane Sanson had been a Somebody - war correspondent and a bestselling author. Now he was a Nobody, bumming around Mexico. Lost, lonely, hungry for hope, he was a pushover for a border town B-girl - the perfect fall guy for a lethal frame up . . .LindaShe was born with the morality gene missing. As beautiful, as inviting, as treacherous as the sea around her, Linda is one of the most compelling women ever created by John D. MacDonald.