Maestra

The shocking international number one bestseller

Author: LS Hilton

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.

ISBN: 1785760025

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 2698

READ THE CONTROVERSIAL THRILLER THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER GLAMOUR'S WRITER OF THE YEAR By day Judith Rashleigh is a put-upon assistant at a London auction house. By night she's a hostess in one of the capital's unsavoury bars. Desperate to make something of herself, Judith knows she has to play the game. She's learned to dress, speak and act in the interests of men. She's learned to be a good girl. But after uncovering a dark secret at the heart of the art world, Judith is fired and her dreams of a better life are torn apart. So she turns to a long-neglected friend. A friend that kept her chin up and back straight through every past slight. A friend that a good girl like her shouldn't have: Rage. Fatal attraction meets The Talented Mr Ripley in this darkly decadent thriller, soon to be a major Hollywood film, that asks: Where do you go when you've gone too far?
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Maestra

Author: L.S. Hilton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399184287

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 8606

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE BEST OF SKIMM READS 2016 “One of this year’s most talked about novels.” —The Washington Post “A twenty-first-century femme fatale as lethal as Tom Ripley and as seductive as Bacall.” —Vogue A put-upon assistant at a prestigious London art house, Judith Rashleigh is well-educated, well-groomed, and impeccably behaved—keeping the darker desires she indulges on nights off as her own little secret. But when Judith uncovers a dangerous heist, her life is shattered and she’s forced to run. Armed with just her wits and a talent for self-invention, she makes her way from the French Riviera to Geneva, Rome, and the nightclubs of Paris, determined to take back what is rightfully hers. The beginning of a darkly irresistible trilogy, Maestra follows the rise of Judith, a woman whose vulnerability and ruthlessness have left readers worldwide begging to know: where do you go when you've gone too far?
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Maestra

Author: L. S. Hilton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785760839

Category: FICTION

Page: 343

View: 4153

Sex. Murder. Shoes. A shockingly original and darkly decadent thriller - Gone Girlmeets The Talented Mr Ripley.
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Domina

Author: L. S. Hilton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399184821

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 8623

In this riveting sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Maestra, femme fatale Judith Rashleigh once again leads readers into the mesmerizing and dangerous underworld of Europe's glamorous elite. Since opening her own art gallery in Venice, Judith Rashleigh--now Elisabeth Teerlinc--can finally stop running. She's got the paycheck, lifestyle, and wardrobe she always dreamed of, not to mention the interest of a Russian billionaire. But when a chance encounter in Ibiza leads to a corpse that is, for once, not her own doing, she finds her life is back on the line--and she's more alone than ever. It seems Judith's become involved with more than just one stolen painting, and there is someone else willing to kill for what's theirs. From St. Moritz to Serbia, Judith again finds herself maneuvering the strange landscapes of wealth, but this time there's far more than her reputation at stake. How far will Rage take Judith? Far enough to escape death? The second installment in an unforgettable trilogy, Domina is the next sexy, ruthless, and decadent thriller from mastermind L. S. Hilton, and an adventure that will push Judith further than even she imagined she could go.
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Ultima

From the bestselling author of the No.1 global phenomenon MAESTRA. Love it. Hate it. READ IT!

Author: LS Hilton

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.

ISBN: 1785760904

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 5556

The shockingly audacious conclusion to the international bestselling phenomenon that began with Maestra. If you can't beat them - kill them First there was Maestra. Then there was Domina. Now - there is Ultima. Glamorous international art-dealer Elizabeth Teerlinc knows a thing or two about fakes. After all, she is one herself. Her real identity, Judith Rashleigh, is buried under a layer of lies. Not to mention the corpses of the men foolish enough to get in her way. But now, caught in the murderous crossfire between a Russian Mafia boss and a corrupt Italian police detective, Judith is forced to create an even more daring work of art - a fake masterpiece she must take to the world-famous auction house where she used to be a lowly assistant and sell for $150 million. For Judith the prospect of putting one over her loathsome former employer and the world's art establishment is almost as thrilling as the extreme sex she's addicted to - especially when the price of failure is a bullet in the back of the head. But exposing her new identity to the glare of the spotlight puts her at risk of an even greater danger. Like a beautiful painting stripped of its layers of varnish, something altogether different could be revealed. A truth about her past even Judith might find shocking. Praise for the Maestra series 'Like a ritzy 50 Shades meets The Da Vinci Code . . . ' INDEPENDENT 'Funny and clever, entertaining and well written' THE TIMES 'A rip-roaring read' DAILY MAIL 'Fantastically good fun . . . L.S. Hilton can write' THE SUNDAY TIMES 'Brimming with scandal, intrigue and mystery' HEAT 'Deliciously decadent . . . a glamorous and racy adventure' SUNDAY MIRROR 'Patricia Highsmith crossed with Gone Girl' HARPERS BAZAAR 'Smart, pacy and very rude' GLAMOUR 'A gloriously dark thriller' GRAZIA 'A whirlwind thriller' COSMOPOLITAN 'At least two jaw-on-the-floor moments and sex scenes that would make Christian Grey blush' RED MAGAZINE
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The Spanish Maestra

Author: Elena Moya

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 9781910903018

Category: Fiction

Page: 354

View: 4718

Vallivana Querol, octogenarian extraordinaire, former teacher and freedom fighter, from the small medieval Spanish town of Morella hasn't exactly slowed down her pace in the autumn of her life. Whilst trying to raise millions of euros for the refurbishment of her beloved school, she is also attending Town Hall meetings to vocally oppose the frivolous spending of taxpayer's money by the town's mayor. Charles Wrigglesworth - fifty-four-year old bachelor and head of languages at Eton, one of the most prestigious colleges in the world - is in Morella on the lookout for a suitable location for his planned residential Spanish courses for his students. A series of events brings the two of them together and changes their lives in ways they never thought possible.
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The Digested Read

Author: John Crace

Publisher: RDR Books

ISBN: 9781571431592

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 6134

Literary ombudsman John Crace never met an important book he didnt like to deconstruct.From Salman Rushdie to John Grisham, Crace retells the big books in just 500 bitingly satirical words, pointing his pen at the clunky plots, stylistic tics and pretensions to Big Ideas, as he turns publishers golden dream books into dross. In the grand tradition of Tom Lehrer and Stan Freberg, Crace takes the books that produce the most media hype and retells each story in its authors inimitable style. Philip Roth, Don Delillo, Margaret Drabble, Paul Auster, Alice Sebold, John Updike, Tom Wolfe, Ruth Rendell, A.S. Byatt, John LeCarre, Michael Crichton and Ian McEwan all emerge delightfully scathed in this book that makes it easy to talk knowingly about books youve never bothered to read or, for that matter, should have.
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Maestra

Author: L. S. Hilton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399184279

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 4652

"With the cunning of Gone Girl's Amy Dunne, and as dangerous as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander, the femme fatale of this Talented Mr. Ripley-esque psychological thriller is sexy, smart, and very, very bad in all the best ways"--
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Domina

More dangerous. More shocking. The thrilling new bestseller from the author of MAESTRA

Author: LS Hilton

Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage

ISBN: 1785760866

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 3448

THE GLOBAL THRILLER PHENOMENON Judith Rashleigh has made it. Living in luxury amidst the splendours of Venice, she's finally enjoying the life she killed for. But someone knows what Judith's done. Judith can only save herself by finding a priceless painting - unfortunately, one that she's convinced doesn't even exist. And she's not the only one seeking it. This time, Judith isn't in control. Outflanked and out-thought, outrun and outgunned, she faces an enemy more ruthless and more powerful than she ever imagined. And if she doesn't win, she dies. PRAISE FOR MAESTRA 'Funny and clever, entertaining and well written . . . Destined for the bestseller charts' The Times 'A first-class thriller . . . Read it now before the entire world does.' Glamour 'A rip-roaring read . . . Sharp and extremely well written' Daily Mail 'Brimming with scandal, intrigue and mystery, this is a book that everyone is talking about' Heat 'Deliciously decadent . . . a glamorous and racy adventure' Sunday Mirror 'Set in a world of oligarchs, Mafiosi and dodgy art dealers, it also has in Judith Rashleigh a heroine you'll either love or loathe, at least two jaw-on-the-floor moments and sex scenes that would make Christian Grey blush' Red magazine 'A psychological thriller set on the French Riviera, rather like Patricia Highsmith crossed with Gone Girl, unsurprisingly, there's a film deal in the works' Harpers Bazaar - '10 Best Books for 2016'
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Sofia Maestra Madre Mujer

Author: Ana Valentina

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1426974132

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 420

View: 7517

Resumen: La vida de Sofa del Carmen representa la problemtica y desarrollo de la mujer y los pases del tercer mundo donde las grandes potencias los dejaron para lograr su egoistica superacin y a la vez sacaron fruto de todos ellos. Sofa del Carmen es un ser especialmente humano, simple, que ama profundamente, sufre profundamente pero posee la gracia ms preciosa que cualquier Ser puede poseer: Fe en Dios y a travs de Dios en ella misma, ella cae, se levanta y sigue hacia delante con la esperanza puesta en El que todo lo puede pero colaborando da a da en la forma ms sencilla con la obra ms maravillosa del Creador: El Ser humano. Educando el ser humano, siendo una humilde maestra de educacin elemental y por su espritu de generosidad, Sofa fue cause de transformacin no solo de todos los que pasaron por sus aulas, sino tambin de todos los que los rodeaban, sus padres, sus familias, sus pueblos. Desde su niez enfrentando y viviendo en sociedades machistas, restringidas, conservativas, fue capaz de avanzar y aunque con dificultad algunas veces, -debido a las presiones de las instituciones que guan nuestras sociedades-, logra abrir su mente y aceptar los cambios que por su intrnseca naturaleza se abren al paso del desarrollo humano. Sin embargo, Sofa experimenta la frustracin de todos nuestros pueblos cuando despus de haber logrado realizar un arduo trabajo, en minutos todo puede ser destruido por la violencia que muchas veces crece con nuestra misma naturaleza humana, como crecen la cizaa y la buena yerba. A la misma vez Sofa, como nuestros pueblos es una persona alegre, llena de vida que nos describe las caractersticas y los costumbrismos de estas vastas regiones en las montaas de los Andes ricas en belleza natural y calor humano, sus historias de la vida cotidiana nos muestra la idiosincrasia de sus gentes casi nos deja saborear sus alimentos y sus bebidas as como de la msica, las pasiones y los amores que la envolvieron.
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Maestra

The Legacy of Fiora Corradetti Contino

Author: Joan Whittemore,Joan Whittemore Csj

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781499326741

Category: Conductors (Music)

Page: 480

View: 3423

This is a book that tells the story of a woman, Fiora Contino, who came out of an illustrious operatic family to achieve musical and theatrical wonders on the stages of Central U.S.A.
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Incarceron

Author: Catherine Fisher

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101537140

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 464

View: 623

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside. His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden's daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage. They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive . . .
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Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

A Novel

Author: Tom Robbins

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553897906

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 2348

Switters is a contradiction for all seasons: an anarchist who works for the government; a pacifist who carries a gun; a vegetarian who sops up ham gravy; a cyberwhiz who hates computers; a man who, though obsessed with the preservation of innocence, is aching to deflower his high-school-age stepsister (only to become equally enamored of a nun ten years his senior). Yet there is nothing remotely wishy-washy about Switters. He doesn’t merely pack a pistol. He is a pistol. And as we dog Switters’s strangely elevated heels across four continents, in and out of love and danger, discovering in the process the “true” Third Secret of Fatima, we experience Tom Robbins—that fearless storyteller, spiritual renegade, and verbal break dancer—at the top of his game. On one level this is a fast-paced CIA adventure story with comic overtones; on another it’s a serious novel of ideas that brings the Big Picture into unexpected focus; but perhaps more than anything else, Fierce Invalids is a sexy celebration of language and life. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Keep Calm

A Thriller

Author: Mike Binder

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1627793488

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 1560

"Starts with a bang and never slows down--a very superior high-stakes thriller." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child When a bombing at 10 Downing Street wounds the Prime Minister and tests Great Britain's resolve, American ex-cop Adam Tatum must confront a conspiracy in the highest halls of power Former Michigan detective Adam Tatum receives an unexpected offer, a golden opportunity that seems almost too good to be true. He travels to 10 Downing Street to participate in a high-stakes conference. Immediately after his visit, a bomb detonates, wounding the prime minister and placing Adam Tatum squarely in the crosshairs of suspicion. Sensing a setup, Tatum flees with his family, desperately fighting for survival in an unfamiliar country. The lives of his children, the future of his marriage, and the fate of a nation depend on Tatum exposing the conspirators who pegged him for a fall. Georgia Turnbull, the chancellor of the exchequer, and Davina Steel, the lead investigator, both stand to gain from the successful manhunt of Adam Tatum. But, as motives emerge and desires ignite, each must decide what they're really after. Layered plots, crackling dialogue, and propulsive action mark Keep Calm, the riveting debut thriller from award-winning actor, director, and screenwriter Mike Binder.
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Weirdo

Author: Cathi Unsworth

Publisher: House of Anansi

ISBN: 1770893881

Category: Fiction

Page: 408

View: 1449

Named one of the Best Crime Books of the Year by the Guardian , Weirdo is an atmospheric thriller about a teenage girl convicted of murder in a 1980s seaside town and the private investigator who reopens the case to discover that she may not have acted alone . . . Corinne Woodrow was fifteen when she was convicted of the ritualistic murder of her classmate in a quaint seaside town. It was 1984, a year when teenagers ran wild, dressed in black, stayed out all night, and listened to music that terrified their parents. Rumours of Satanism surrounded Corinne and she was locked up indefinitely, a chilling reminder to the parents of Ernemouth to keep a watchful eye on their children. Twenty years later, private investigator Sean Ward — whose promising career as a detective with the Metropolitan Police was cut short by a teenager with a gun — reopens the case after new forensic evidence suggests that Corinne didn’t act alone. His investigation uncovers a town full of secrets, and a community that has always looked after its own.
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Maestro

Author: Peter Goldsworthy

Publisher: Angus & Robertson

ISBN: 9780732297350

Category: Australian fiction

Page: 156

View: 4348

Against the backdrop of Darwin, that small, tropical hothouse of a port, half-outback, half-oriental, lying at the tip of northern Australia, a young and newly arrived southerner encounters the 'maestro', a Viennese refugee with a shadowed past. The occasion is a piano lesson, the first of many. 'I enjoyed Maestro enormously. Besides its thoughtfulness and bright sensuality, it has a playful quality, a love of jest, which appealed to me very much.' Helen Garner, SYDNEY REVIEW On release, MAEStRO was hailed 'a splendid achievement, a wise, deeply felt novel that continues to haunt well after one has finished it. It is distinguished by subtlety, by economy and by a quality often lacking in even the best of recent novels - an unerring quality of tone' by Andrew Riemer in the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. It has sold over 200,000 copies in Australia and was voted by members of the Australian Society of Authors as one of the top 40 Australian Books of All time. 'the necessary elusiveness of perfection, the unplumbed ocean beneath articulateness, the ambivalence of beauty - these are the revolving concerns of Peter Goldsworthy, and handled not just with irony, but with an effervescent, compassionate wit. He can't help being funny, but he's wise too.' - AUStRALIAN BOOK REVIEW
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Athenais

The Life of Louis XIV's Mistress, the Real Queen of France

Author: Lisa Hilton

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316030457

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 1308

In her superb new biography, Hilton chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman, known as "the real Queen of France," who reigned as official mistress to Louis XIV during the most glorious period of "the splendid century."
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All at Sea

A Memoir

Author: Decca Aitkenhead

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385540663

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 5107

All at Sea is a remarkable story of love and loss, of how one couple changed each other’s life, and of what a sudden death can do to the people who survive. On a hot, still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aitkenhead’s life changed forever. Her four-year-old son was paddling peacefully at the water’s edge when a wave pulled him out to sea. Her partner, Tony, swam out and saved their son’s life—then drowned before her eyes. When Decca and Tony first met, a decade earlier, she was a renowned Guardian journalist profiling leading politicians of the day; he was a dreadlocked criminal with a history of drug dealing and violence. No one thought the romance would last, but it did—until the tide swept Tony away, plunging Decca into the dark chasm of random tragedy. Exploring race and redemption, privilege and prejudice, All at Sea is a breathtakingly honest, profound, and utterly unforgettable memoir. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Lightning Queen

Author: Laura Resau

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545800862

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 336

View: 3230

A stunningly rendered mystical novel, set in the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s, illuminates the power of an unlikely friendship that blends cultures, magic, and possibilities. Nothing exciting happens on the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s. There's no electricity, no plumbing, no cars, just day after day of pasturing goats. And now, without his sister and mother, eleven-year-old Teo's life feels even more barren. And then one day, the mysterious young Esma, who calls herself the Gypsy Queen of Lightning, rolls into town like a fresh burst of color. Against all odds, her caravan's Mistress of Destiny predicts that Teo and Esma will be longtime friends. Suddenly, life brims with possibility. With the help of a rescued duck, a three-legged skunk, a blind goat, and other allies, Teo and Esma must overcome obstacles-even death-to fulfill their impossible destiny. Inspired by true stories derived from rural Mexico, The Lightning Queen offers a glimpse of the encounter between two fascinating but marginalized cultures--the Rom and the Mixtec Indians--while telling the heart-warming story of an unlikely friendship that spans generations.
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