“With this stunning debut novel, Rebecca Bruff establishes herself as an exciting new voice in historical fiction.” —Cassandra King Conroy, author of Moonrise , and Founding Honorary Chair of the Pat Conroy Literary Center ´´Before this decisive night, I’d not fully appreciated the subtle line between inspiration and insanity. But now, with all our lives at risk, I found myself navigating that most perilous edge . . . ´´ Inspired by the life of an unsung American hero and slave, Trouble the Water navigates the rich tributaries of courage, betrayal, and redemption. In his inspiring journey, Robert Smalls witnesses great privilege and suffering alongside his owner’s daughter and the dangerous son of a firebrand secessionist. At the age of twelve, he’s sent to work in Charleston, where he loads ships and learns to pilot a cotton steamer. When the Civil War erupts and his cotton steamer becomes a confederate warship, Robert seizes the opportunity to pursue freedom for himself and the people he loves.
The plane, which belonged to a Canadian gold mining company, flew over Yakutia when an emergency occurred. From the rift formed in the luggage compartment, the load fell out. Several hundred gold bars weighing 20 kg each turned out to be scattered around the impassable Yakut taiga. The gold rush began. Two young couples decided to join the gold miners during the summer holidays. They saw it as a summer adventure, as an exciting game. And they did not suspect that a game, the purpose of which is profit, may cost some lives. Inside the matrix of virtual reality, the writer Lyuba Raevskaya is trying to help return to life and find love for a beautiful girl with a disability. From the morgue, the corpse of a suddenly deceased young businessman disappeared. Earlier, his mother insisted on the version that her son was killed, but the investigator did not find grounds for a criminal case. Shortly before these events, the mother of a businessman, a breeder of English bulldogs, was attacked while walking with puppies that were kidnapped by the attackers. She is assisted in finding dogs by a famous dog breeder and writer Lyubov Raevskaya, with whom they unravel the family secrets that led to the tragedy.
Victor Bayne has survived demons, ghosts and repeaters. But can he survive a murder house? Few people would willingly spend the night in a murder house, but Victor Bayne is up for the challenge. He´ll do whatever it takes to get a look at his permanent record, including going undercover in a townhouse where a recent death took place. Why not? There was no foul play involved, and as a psychic medium, he´d know if a ghost was creeping up on him. The whole ´´murder house´´ claim is just a product of a kid´s overactive imagination, and he´s confident he has the situation under control. Until he gets a load of the smell. Turns out, undercover work is a lot tougher than it looks. Vic misses Jacob something fierce. The subject of his assignment is a real piece of work. His partner has definitely got something to hide…and then the investigation takes a truly bizarre turn. What happens if the murder house reveals itself to be more than just a schoolyard rumor? PsyCop is an ongoing series filled with supernatural action and delightfully awkward humor—with a steady undercurrent of gay romance. It´s best read in order, so if you´re new to the series, start with PsyCop #1, Among the Living…and prepare for a hauntingly good read.