Fire from Heaven  Fire from Heaven
By Mary Renault
Just 20-years-old when his reign began, Alexander the Great was once a boy struggling against the years that would shape him—the dark furies of his mother, his father's talent for war and his sexual grossness. Resolute and fearless with a striking beauty, Fire from Heaven shares how Alexander eventually came to terms with his heritage.

A Guilty Thing Surprised  A Guilty Thing Surprised
By Ruth Rendell
The Nightingales are the perfect couple—wealthy, attractive and without an enemy in the world. However, the discovery of their daughter's broken body in the woods prompts Chief Inspector Wexford to probe beneath the placid surface of the to uncover secrets no one ever suspected.

The Driver's Seat  The Driver's Seat
By Muriel Spark
Lise is an unmarried woman working in an accounting firm in Northern Europe. Suffering from years of illness, erratic and often confrontational behaviors and a garish and off-putting style of dress, she travels to Naples and begins to contemplate her ideal death. (The book was filmed in 1974 as Identikit, starring Elizabeth Taylor and featuring Andy Warhol.)

The Vivisector??The Vivisector
By Patrick White
The men and women who court Hurtle Duffield during his long life are, above all, the victims of his art. He dissects their weaknesses with cruel precision: his sister's deformity, a grocer's moonlight indiscretion and the passionate illusions of his mistress. Until he meets an egocentric adolescent who elicits a deeper, more treacherous emotion.

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