Maud is an irascible 88-year-old Swedish woman with no family, no friends, and... no qualms about a little murder. This funny, irreverent story collection by Helene Tursten, author of the Irene Huss investigations, features two-never-before translated stories that will keep you laughing all the way to the retirement home. Ever since her darling father's untimely death when she was only eighteen, Maud has lived in the family's spacious apartment in downtown Gothenburg rent-free, thanks to a minor clause in a hastily negotiated contract. That was how Maud learned that good things can come from tragedy. Now in her late eighties, Maud contents herself with traveling the world and surfing the net from the comfort of her father's ancient armchair. It's a solitary existence, and she likes it that way. Over the course of her adventures—or misadventures—this little bold lady will handle a crisis with a local celebrity who has her eyes on Maud's apartment, foil the engagement of her long-ago lover, and dispose of some pesky neighbors. But when the local authorities are called to investigate a dead body found in Maud's apartment, will Maud finally become a suspect?
Don't let her age fool you. Maud may be nearly ninety, but if you cross her, this elderly lady is more sinister than sweet. Just when things have finally cooled down for 88-year-old Maud after the disturbing discovery of a dead body in her apartment in Gothenburg, a couple of detectives return to her doorstep, ruining a perfectly good afternoon. Though Maud deftly dodges their questions with the skill of an Olympic gymnast a fifth of her age, she wonders if suspicion has fallen on her, little old lady that she is. The truth is, ever since Maud was a little girl, death has seemed to follow her. In these six interlocking stories, memories of unfortunate incidents from Maud's past keep bubbling to the surface, each triggered by something around her: an image, a word--even a taste. Meanwhile, certain Problems in the present require immediate attention. Luckily, Maud is no stranger to taking matters into her own hands . . . even if it means she has to get a little blood on them in the process. *Includes cookie recipes*
Living by the stream of thought, memory, feeling emotion, fear, hope and pain, The Unknown will help the readers examine the meaning of these destinies. There is a dialogue, a lot of it but much of it is an exchange with a person entirely named "Angel", Jemila exchanges views and perspectives on life, love and the universe with this Angel. The dialogue lasts throughout the book. Angel speaks from the very first page and the very last and everywhere in between. Whoever this Angel ends up being, the is very important in the scheme of the novel. The story, the events of the novel are not related in the straightforward manner. Events, what little there are, are explained through the consciousness of the protagonist and almost never described physically as the mental and emotional world of Jemila's own mind. It is very much an interior narrative of Jemila's own mind and soul, a logbook, diary of the conscious mind of the protagonist. With a flair for poetry and inspirational stories, this novel is laced with poetic interludes and epigraphs. It flows like a river, in fact a river of consciousness. Through the novel, there is a lot of interior strength of character. I paint portraits of strong people who have a sense of interior, self worth and self esteem who seek to make the world over into images of themselves. Jemila may not be a strong person in the usual sense, but she tends to make the world over in her image. The world is the contents of her mind, and vice versa. Her mind is the outside world, in a sense. It is mostly about Jemila remembering events in the lives of a family, that lead to the central flaw or strength of character(s) and understanding how a character will act in the story. Through the dialogue with Angel, Jemila finds true strength from Angel's words and from that she decides that we are most alike in our feelings and least alike in our thinking. Angel's visit to Jemila through dream, brings about a new beginning to Jemila's stream of thought, memory, feelings, emotions, fears and pains and replaces it all with a new chance to live.
What do women want? Well, if Pat Murphy is to be trusted (and we’re not saying she is), women are looking for trouble. And in this collection of powerful stories, they find it — at an archeological dig in the Southwest, in the urban alleys, in California suburbs, in the old West, in ironic fantasy settings. Over the past 25 years, Pat Murphy has been writing stories that garner critical attention and win awards. Her work is difficult to categorize, living on the boundaries between genres. But her characters are easy to recognize. They are troublemakers, every last one of them.
Viet Nam, 1966: A dead body in a combat zone barely merits a second glance. The perfect place to commit a murder. Army cop Erik Rider is content to fight his war in the sophisticated streets of Saigon, so he’s less than thrilled at being sent to a tiny American outpost in the remote wilderness of the Central Highlands. Sitting perilously close to a North Vietnamese infiltration route, Cheo Reo is rife with intrigue and betrayal: American supplies are being siphoned off by South Vietnamese corruption, the Montagnards are ready to start a bloody rebellion to regain their ancestral homeland, and Communists are harvesting opium to finance their war effort. Rider’s been sent to take down the opium operation, but soon finds himself entangled with a local CIA man and an alluring doctor serving the indigenous tribes. As he closes in on the opium fields, he learns that not all enemies are beyond the perimeter. Someone in Cheo Reo wants him dead.