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The Case of the Missing Links
A Golf Mystery
Lee Tyler
192 pages, paperback $10.95
ISBN 1-56474-302-0

Who stole the new golf course design from the world-famous and universally despised architect Sheldon R. Moore III? Was it the same person who used a sand wedge on his head and sent him to the Nineteenth Hole in the sky? Golfing sleuths Harry "Win" Winslow and June Jacobs are called upon to solve a mystery in Pebble Beach, California, the Mecca of golf fanatics worldwide. Here's a whodunnit for anyone who loves golf. This is a book for everyone who loves a good yarn, full of humor, suspense, romance, danger—and golf!
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Chalk Dust
Five Tales out of School
Larry Cohen
illustrated by Francine Rudesill
72 pages, illustrated, paperback, $7.95
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A Child's Map of the World

A Novella
Joyce Frazeur
96 pages, paperback, $10.00
ISBN 1-56474-214-8
Set in the Arizona desert, a stark and beautiful landscape of javelinas and Joshua trees, this is a story about a story, told and retold, blending myth, religion, history, and world views old and young.
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Circe, Goodnight
A Novel
Suzanne Gray
ISBN 1-56474-357-8
192 pages, cloth, $24.95
Circe, a tiny Mediterranean island troubled by earthquakes and volcanoes, is being converted into a retreat for weary U.N. medical workers. In a style reminiscent of Tom Robbins and Nathanael West, Suzanne Gray has woven a plot worthy of Lawrence Durrell or even Jonathan Swift. Part social satire, part romp through the absurd, Circe Goodnight brings the modern world of commerce and development crashing into a land stubbornly stuck in simpler, earlier times.
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The Circus at the End of the World
A Novel
Rosalind Brackenbury
160 pages, paperback, $10.95
ISBN 1-56474-249-0
Young Markie grows up in the Australian bush until he takes charge of his destiny and sets out to find the circus where his missing mother may be. He falls in love, grows to manhood, and becomes a visionary juggler and poet.
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City of Slaughter
A Novel
by Cynthia Drew
ISBN 978-1-56474-514-9
310 pages, paperback, $15.95
“This richly textured, meticulously researched novel is as expansive as it is exhilarating.… With elegant language and immense energy, Drew creates a world in which hope is never entirely lost.” —Judy Goldman, author of Early Leaving

Left with nothing after the death of their parents in a small Russian town at the turn of the twentieth century, Carsie and the younger Lilia make the journey to America despite dangerous obstacles. Finding relatives on New York's teeming, dangerous Lower East Side, they hope that they will be cared for in this new life. What they find instead are the shock and mayhem of scratching out a living in the most crowded square mile on earth. Like many Jewish immigrants of that time, the girls go to work in sweatshops, Lilia eventually taking a job at the ill-fated Triangle Waist Company, scene of the infamous 1911 industrial fire that claimed the lives of 146 garment workers. Set against Tammany Hall politics and gangland crime, City of Slaughter is a tale of a woman torn by family, faith, and her drive to rise from poverty, succeed in business, and claim her place in New York's world of fashion and society.
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Closer To My Home
A Novel
Francis Hertzog

ISBN 1-56474-416-7
192 pages, paperback, $14.95

Wyatt Horstmann inherits a house on a remote northern California beach. His son Matt discovers an old coin within the bowels of a fish he's cleaning. Adventures begin, and through a series of mysterious and mystical visions and dreams, the family meets Dr. Horstmann's dark ancestor, the ruthless pirate, Francis McCabe. A three-hundred-year curse captures the modern family, and it takes superhuman effort—and a lot of love—to escape the curse of the past. This is a wild ride, a suspenseful fantasy full of action, family secrets, courage, love, and death.
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Concha--My Dancing Saint
A Novel
Rebecca Lawrence Lee
240 pages, paperback, photos, $12.95
ISBN 1-56474-215-6

Based on historical fact, this is the doomed love story of María de la Concepción Arguello, who was betrothed to Nicolai Petrovich Rezanov in 1806. When Rezanov never returned from Russia, Concha became a nun in California's first convent.
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Confessions of Inés
A Nove
by Stewart Buettner
ISBN 1-56474-367-5
168 pages, paperback, $12.95

This is the fictionalized story of Inés María de la Encarnación Verdugo Villalba, born during the last years of the rancho period of Alta California. Inés matures from a romantic and devout Catholic teenager to a wise and strong-minded middle-aged woman of eclectic philosophy. By the end of the book she is living in the desert, surrounded by a community of shamanic Indians and Buddhist Chinese. She faces danger often, usually in the form of male bullies who want to control her as they intend to control the future of California. She stands up to these opponents fearlessly, until she is martyred.
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Cool Hand in a Hot Fire
Dave Diamond

ISBN 1-56474-438-8
112 pages, paperback, $14.95
A chronicle of life on the nickel, this novel is full of danger and misadventures, skullduggery and romance. It’s packed with talk—clever, rough, and real—quite real, considering the slippery reality of Sidney’s mind. Meanwhile there are laughs and tears, and a strong, compassionate awareness of the humanity to be found on Southern California city streets.
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The Crickhowell School for the Muses
Rachel Waxman

ISBN 978-1-56474-541-5
208 pages, paperback, $14.95
When Awen is kidnapped from her rural village and confined at Crickhowell, her misery eventually fades into relief. She finds a kind music teacher, discovers a new friend, and her only requirement as a student is to study the art of singing—her favorite thing in the world. However, Awen soon realizes that Miss Nina’s goal is not simply to train voices. She is trying to take them away. Determined to escape this fate, Awen becomes swept up into the intrigues of a scheming subordinate teacher, a salacious workman, a quirky artist-patron, and a handsome blond horseman. When both her own voice and the music around her mysteriously fade into silence, Awen's only hope is to turn against the very artist she was commanded to inspire.
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