• Le retour en ville d´un meurtrier présumé, un amour impossible et les terribles secrets d´un clan soudé par un passé tragique. Dans la chaleur accablante du Kansas, une superbe saga littéraire, portée par une grande tension dramatique, une construction habile et une plume évocatrice.




    État du Kansas, États-Unis, entre 1986 et 2009.


    Septembre 1986. La petite ville de Rose se réveille douloureusement après une nuit de tempête. Mais une autre terrible nouvelle attend ses habitants : Hugh Jay Linder, fils aîné de la toute puissante famille d´éleveurs, a été retrouvé assassiné. Sa femme, la belle et vénéneuse Laurie, est introuvable.
    Rapidement, les soupçons se portent sur Billy Crosby, mauvais garçon violent et alcoolique. Le procès est expéditif : le jeune homme est accusé de double homicide et emprisonné. La justice est faite. Le calme peut enfin revenir sur la ville...


    Jusqu´à ce jour de juin 2009. Lorsque ses oncles débarquent chez elle, Jody Linder, la fille de Hugh Jay et Laurie, ne se doute pas que son quotidien va de nouveau être bouleversé : Billy Crosby vient d´être libéré. Son fils Collin, avocat, est finalement parvenu à remettre la culpabilité de son père en question.
    Mais, la vie de Jody est en danger. Et pour le très soudé clan Linder, la guerre est déclarée : coupable ou non, il faut débarrasser Rose de l´immonde Crosby. Et alors que la violence se déchaîne et que chacun prend parti, Jody va trouver en Collin un allié inattendu. Ensemble, ils tentent de lever le voile sur cette troublante affaire.
    Mais la vérité, elle, pourrait bien être beaucoup plus difficile à entendre que prévu...

  • Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteenyearold Rex Shellenberger scours his father’s pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery: the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl, her skin as white as the snow around her. Even dead, she is the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen. It is a moment that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone around him. The mysterious dead girl–the “Virgin of Small Plains”–inspires local reverence. In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave; some even believe that her spirit can cure deadly illnesses. Slowly, word of the legend spreads.But what really happened in that snowcovered field? Why did young Mitch Newquist disappear the day after the Virgin’s body was found, leaving behind his distraught girlfriend, Abby Reynolds? Why do the town’s three most powerful men–Dr. Quentin Reynolds, former sheriff Nathan Shellenberger, and Judge, Tom Newquist–all seem to be hiding the details of that night? Seventeen years later, when Mitch suddenly returns to Small Plains, simmering tensions come to a head, ghosts that had long slumbered whisper anew, and the secrets that some wish would stay buried rise again from the grave of the Virgin. Abby–never having resolved her feelings for Mitch–is now determined to uncover exactly wat happened so many years ago to tear their lives apart. Three families and three friends, their worlds inexorably altered in the course of one night, must confront the everunfolding consequences in awardwinning author Nancy Pickard’s remarkable novel of suspense. Wonderfully written and utterly absorbing, The Virgin of Small Plains is about the loss of faith, trust, and innocence ... and the possibility of redemption.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Convinced of his father's innocence in the killing of Jody Linder's father, Collin Crosby returns to Kansas with his ex-con father and provokes Jody to face the stunning mystery behind her tragic past.

  • BONUS: This edition contains a The Scent of Rain and Lightning discussion guide.
    One beautiful summer afternoon, Jody Linder receives shocking news: The man convicted of murdering her father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-three years since that stormy night when her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jodys three uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.
    Now Billy Crosby is free, thanks to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his fathers innocence. Despite their long history of carefully avoiding each other in such an insular community, Jody and Collin find that they share an exclusive sense of loss.
    As Jody revisits old wounds, startling truths emerge about her familys tragic past. But even through struggle and hardship, she still dares to hope for a better future--and maybe even love.
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  • Kernels of Truth....
    When Eugenia Potter stumbles upon some ancient pottery shards on her ranch, she feels a profound connection with the past. And a deep desire to learn more about the relics. Now, she's heeding the call of her soul--by visiting an archaeological camp amid the magnificent cliff dwellings of Colorado's Mesa Verde.
    But strange things are happening at Mesa Verde, from the director's increasing mental confusion to a visitor's grisly death. Even a Talking Circle--a traditional ritual facilitated by the passing around of an ear of blue corn--doesn't reveal the source of the trouble. And when a busload of teenagers on a hiking trip disappears without a trace, Mrs. Potter begins some digging... to unearth a cruel scheme, a long-buried secret, and the deadly fruits of a killer's dark hungers.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his father's pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery: the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl, her skin as white as the snow around her. Even dead, she is the most beautiful girl he's ever seen. It is a moment that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone around him. The mysterious dead girl-the "Virgin of Small Plains"-inspires local reverence. In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave; some even believe that her spirit can cure deadly illnesses. Slowly, word of the legend spreads.
    But what really happened in that snow-covered field? Why did young Mitch Newquist disappear the day after the Virgin's body was found, leaving behind his distraught girlfriend, Abby Reynolds? Why do the town's three most powerful men-Dr. Quentin Reynolds, former sheriff Nathan Shellenberger, and Judge, Tom Newquist-all seem to be hiding the details of that night?
    Seventeen years later, when Mitch suddenly returns to Small Plains, simmering tensions come to a head, ghosts that had long slumbered whisper anew, and the secrets that some wish would stay buried rise again from the grave of the Virgin. Abby-never having resolved her feelings for Mitch-is now determined to uncover exactly what happened so many years ago to tear their lives apart.
    Three families and three friends, their worlds inexorably altered in the course of one night, must confront the ever-unfolding consequences in award-winning author Nancy Pickard's remarkable novel of suspense. Wonderfully written and utterly absorbing, The Virgin of Small Plains is about the loss of faith, trust, and innocence . . . and the possibility of redemption.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • A DINNER TO DIE FOR Summoned from her Arizona ranch to take charge of her teenage great-nephew and his twin sister, Genia Potter takes a rental on the Rhode Island coast. Old acquaintance Stanley Parker is only too happy to welcome her. And soon Genia is busily preparing for the tasting party that she and Stanley are hosting that evening at her cottage.
    An avid cook and recipe collector, Stanley has already roped Genia into collaborating on The Secret Ingredient Cookbook, chock-full of Rhode Island culinary mysteries. Now is their chance to test some recipes and solicit others from each of the invited. Stanley has carefully selected six guests. And each has been asked to contribute a recipe with one secret ingredient. Genia asks no questions-until the lobster bisque is cold and all but one are present. Where is Stanley? Dead. And unlamented. Has one of the guests concocted a secret recipe for murder? Everyone has a motive. And everyone has a secret-including Genia's troubled great-nephew, the prime suspect. . .
    From the Paperback edition.

  • Près d'un siècle après la grande vague migratoire qui les a menés de la Méditerranée orientale à Buenos Aires et aux vallées de la Cordillère andine, les Arabes d'Argentine constituent un objet de recherche inépuisable pour les sciences sociales. La dialectique entre des politiques publiques d'intégration et les dynamiques internes d'un groupe hétérogène tant par ses appartenances confessionnelles chrétiennes ou musulmanes que par sa forte stratification sociale, a généré des formes spécifiques d'expérience, modelé les discours, voire les identités, du groupe immigré. Toute la richesse de cette expérience des Turcos originaires du Liban et de la Syrie actuels dans la société argentine se retrouve aujourd'hui dans l'exacerbation des ambiguïtés de la situation de la deuxième et de la troisième génération. Sur le mode de l'interdisciplinarité, une équipe de chercheurs argentins et français s'efforce de cerner ces ambiguïtés à partir de différentes perspectives et différentes sources, d'entretiens et d'enquêtes, de la presse "ethnique" et des archives publiques. Les stratégies identitaires des Turcos, qui vont de l'assimilation totale à la réislamisation, en disent long sur le multiculturalisme argentin, mais également sur les sociétés politiques de l'Orient arabe aujourd'hui, dont ils sont originaires.

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