A classic masterwork newly updated The electrifying true story of the rise and fall of New York's notorious Bonanno crime family On New York's Park Avenue on a rainy Tuesday night in October 1964, the famous Mafia chieftain Joseph Bonanno was kidnapped by two mobsters and reported by the police as dead on the following morning. More than a year later, Bonanno mysteriously reappeared, setting off a bloody mob feud that came to be known as the “Banana War.” In this monumental work—packed with intimate details and brilliant reporting—bestselling author Gay Talese first brought to the American consciousness a world and a life previously known to only a few. No other book has done more to acquaint readers with the secrets, structure, wars, power plays, family lives, and fascinating, frightening personalities of the Mafia.
Honor Thy Father and Mother is an unflinching portrayal of family cruelties. Eighteen year old Nora, a child of Holocause survivors, struggles to negotiate life with parents who are both victims and perpetrators. The story opens as she runs from an abusive home into the arms of a violent boyfriend. During the course of a year, she marries, gives birth to a stillborn child, divorces and is twice raped by her father. Dissociated from childhood memories of sexual abuse, and uncannily split off from her father's current attacks, she is a woman divided from herself. Thus we can see in Nora a psychological study of a fragmented personality. Consoled by her studies, and empowered by her books, she is able, finally, to rise up against her father and thus put an end to his assaults. While she remains, at the end, disconnected from truths too painful to acknowledge, we see in her fierce will and intellect a road map towards recovery.
Will the sins of the father be visited upon the son? When Cassandra Warren, the wife of one of the wealthiest business tycoons in Kentucky, is brutally murdered at her lake home, criminal attorney Hunter Cameron’s own nightmare is just beginning. Cassandra’s death is the precise echo of a murder that occurred over forty years before—a case that nearly destroyed Hunter’s own attorney father. Only this time, it is Hunter’s best friend Kirk who is the prime suspect in the vicious slaying. Caught up in a tangled web of small town intrigue and politics, Hunter fights to prove his friend’s innocence. What no one knows is that Hunter is hiding a deadly secret of his own and that catching the real killer and saving Kirk’s life may very well cost him his own… “HONOR THY FATHER has it all! It's an edge-of-your-seat suspense novel, a touching coming of age story, and a gripping legal thriller with a climax you'll remember long after you turn the last page. It truly is a haunting thrill ride of a novel!"—Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author
The life of 10-year-old Sylvia is limited to living on the beach of Santa Cruz, California, sleeping under cardboard boxes at night and surviving each day by begging and stealing from unsuspecting tourists and selling miniature sand dollars to vendors on the boardwalk that she finds on the beach. When she is traumatized after witnessing her drunken father strangle her prostitute mother on the beach one night, a young couple from Oregon take pity on the little girl and take her home with them to raise her as their own. Fifteen years later they receive a disturbing telephone call form a stranger, demanding an unreasonable ransom with the threat of taking Sylvia's life if they don't give in to his demands. This is the beginning of a series of events that will alter her life forever.
When Chet Johnson arrives at Crane Creek for a day of fly-fishing to escape a failing business and marriage, he never dreams that he will become immersed in a situation involving a corrupt, small town police department and the sale of black market assault weapons. Deciding that he knows too much, Chet is arrested and taken to a basement cell at Jesse Colt's farm compound. While he is being detained at the compound, Chet's wife, Lee Anne, contacts Chuck Haney, an acquaintance of Chet's. Haney, along with Lee Anne and the family, try to uncover the truth surrounding Chet's mysterious disappearance. FBI Agent, Carla Ulbrich, working undercover in the local diner, in an effort to gather information on Jesse's operation, has her hands full. Chet's disappearance and Haney's involvement have complicated and accelerated Carla's efforts. Now she must try to save Chet, Chet's family, and Haney while at the same time, destroying Jesse Colt.
Author Diane Stelling tells her story of her spiritual journey and miraculous healing after almost fifty years of repressing her past and refusing to admit that she came from an abusive background. She successfully went through therapy and was healed so that the ghosts of her childhood no longer haunt or hurt her. Her desire and prayer is that by sharing her struggles with her faith and her perceptions regarding the Bible from an abuse survivor's perspective, professional caregivers will become better equipped to minister to those who have been abused.
Honor Thy Father continues the story of a deeply religious man, his son, and seven daughters. In the beginning, Josef Kusak dedicates his firstborn to the Lord; other sons will follow to love the land as he does. But as the years go by and daughters arrive to fill his house, he is torn between honoring his promise to God and holding on to the son who would inherit the land and carry on the Kusak name. The conflict comes to a head in his eightieth year when his son becomes impatient for the land he was promised. After a lifetime of building a family legacy, Josef Kusak faces betrayal from the son who was to inherit not only the land but also a spiritual legacy of faith. In an effort to make things right with God and give his son the freedom to choose his own path, he turns to his daughters. The middle daughter returns to the land as a peacemaker and finds herself embroiled in a battle that is bigger than the land takeover her brother has in mind. The battle takes her to New York, Toronto, and Vancouver in search of the lost genes of the blue iris. Instead of locating mink, Corrine Jorrell finds a Canadian troubadour and more adventure than the novels she aspires to write. She begins a game that will bring her father peace of mind and change her brother's heart. The game that will bring Jean-Pierre Robillard to Oregon is filled with false impressions and ironic humor as a small-town teacher pits herself against a man of the world. As the game continues, a parable comes to life, a story that will change Andrew Kusak into the man he was meant to be, a man who honors his father and his God.