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Dark Gray DemonsDark Gray Demons by Gray, Marvin

Life after rescuing a Hispanic girl from serial killer Stephen Bracken's basement dungeon should be heavenly. Marvin Gray rekindles his relationship with his girlfriend. He lands a new job investigating missing children. He is solving cases. And he has money for the first time in his life. But Gray is still tormented by his failure to save two other girls from that dungeon. When his own niece Trish goes missing, Gray returns to his home town and his dysfunctional family for the first time in years. The new investigation leads him to child trafficking rings in the underworld of San Antonio, Texas and forces Gray to confront his darkest demons.

Gray MatterGray Matter by Gray, Marvin

American security officer Clark Miller is playing a dangerous game. In order to track terrorist Anwar Khan from Indonesia to the tribal areas of Pakistan, Clark is embroiled in political volatility and religious fanaticism. Now working in Pakistan, he has learned the language, history, and culture of the conservative Muslim country. He has also made the mistake of sleeping with the wrong local women, frequenting the wrong brothels, and trusting the wrong advisors. When a young prostitute offers to sell information on Khan's whereabouts, Clark must act quickly. It is now a race against time, money, and loyalties. "Gray Matter" is fast-paced thriller sequel to "Gray Areas."

Gray AreasGray Areas by Gray, Marvin

Marvin Gray wakes up in a psychiatric ward, struggling to come to grips with the traumatic event that put him there. Under therapy, he combs through past events in search of the present-day realities that elude him. Tragedies in Baghdad, botched love affairs and failed attempts at protecting children - none of which Marvin is willing to confront. "Gray Areas" is the sequel to "They Only Come Out at Night".

They Only Come Out At NightThey Only Come Out At Night by Gray, Marvin

Marvin Gray, on the verge of a nervous breakdown, is hiding in an abandoned motel in Lexington, Kentucky when he encounters three complex young women who change his life. Nasreen is a twenty-three-year-old Persian goddess who reawakens both his sexuality and his will to survive, while at the same time implicating him in attempted murder. "They Only Come Out at Night" is the sequel to "Maggie May". In it, guilt-ridden private detective Marvin Gray once again finds himself out of his league among a daunting array of criminal adversaries.

Maggie MayMaggie May by Gray, Marvin

Marvin Gray's past has returned to haunt him. Fifteen years ago, he had a love affair with a beautiful Playboy centerfold, Maggie May Esquivel. Now, his only true love needs Marvin to rescue her from the notorious Salvadoran criminal gang MS-13, which has threatened the lives of Maggie May and their teenage son, Josh. The case throws inexperienced private eye Gray onto a convoluted course he cannot understand. The investigation also forces him to confront demons dating back to the Salvadoran Civil War, and long since buried in a soiled life of alcoholism and failed relationships.

Onna RisingOnna Rising by Kimura, Rei

With money and freedom, a growing pool of young, well-educated and ambitious Japanese professional women are no longer submissive, demure extensions of their menfolk. They are ready to enjoy life, and with power and position four women (onna) have formed a strong supportive bond. Their friendship has withstood romantic conflicts, the fast-paced, glitzy life of Tokyo, trials of the workplace and the insulting 'ainoko' label given to one of the four. Now sordid secrets from the past have emboldened a blackmailer, threatening the very foundation of the friends' bond.

Play Things: Michael Chiang, The Complete Works: 1984-2014Play Things: Michael Chiang, The Complete Works: 1984-2014 by Chiang, Michael

This anthology of Michael Chiang, widely recognised as Singapore's most successful playwright, contains all his plays, shorts and full-lengths, and includes updates and additional scenes previously unpublished.

This Is My Family: New Singapore Plays Volume 2This Is My Family: New Singapore Plays Volume 2 by Ho, Lucas (Ed.)

Features six vital and original Singaporean plays that address themes of family in all its complexity and diversity.

Memoirs Of A Community Cat! (Rojineko Nikki)Memoirs Of A Community Cat! (Rojineko Nikki) by Rei Kimura

This is a heartwarming story told by Abby, a veteran stray cat who insists "We are not strays, we are community cats!" It brings to life the many stray cats who live in almost every community giving each cat featured in this book a face, a heart, feelings, thoughts and the same fears and happiness of the humans who can make their lives a blessing or a curse. Abby, the macho yellow male cat walks us through his very colorful adventures and experiences as he and his siblings and friends live each day to the fullest of their nine lives, never knowing whether they will be alive at the end of the day! There is never a dull moment and some harrowing matching of wits with those who hate their very existence and believe that community cats should neither be seen nor heard!

Devil You Know, TheDevil You Know, The by Gregoire, Peter

A pressing need for income tempts Scott Lee to take on media tycoon Rufus Lam's case. It seems like a straightforward enough missing person's search. Find out what happened to Rufus Lam's friend and close business partner, Terence Auyeung. Take the money and move on. A nice distraction too, from the growing malaise into which Hong Kong is slowly sinking. Sure, it's 2017 and the city is about to elect its new Chief Executive. But not with the election system Hong Kong people want, Beijing has seen to that. The dream of democracy -- true democracy -- ended in 2014 when the initial exhilaration of the Umbrella Protests petered into nothing. But as Scott digs deeper in his search for Auyeung, he soon discovers that the Umbrella Generation never dissipated. It just went into hibernation, waiting for the right leader and the right time, to take up the cause once more. That leader is none other than Scott's client, Rufus Lam. That time is now. And Scott's caught right in the middle of it.

Absence - PresenceAbsence - Presence by Song, Geraldine

By merging physical theatre with a realist narrative, Absense-Presence presents the complexities of human relationships, and the dynamics that cement or destroy these relationships. These plays intend to elicit sympathetic and compassionate responses from the readers, and to re-direct these responses back to their hearts and minds. It is hoped that readers who read Absence-Presence will remember to re-explore their own innate human values as they close the book or leave the theatre; and that they will dip into these deep resources and seek paths to nourish their own lives and their relationships.

Three Comedies:Rohini - Beg'um, Begum - MisprisionThree Comedies:Rohini - Beg'um, Begum - Misprision by Song, Geraldine

The three comedies are all about Rohinilatha Seethalakshmidevi, daughter of Balasubramaniam Shivaramakrishnan. Why are the three comedies all about Rohini? Who is Rohini and what is she? She is the star, the catalyst of misprision, the epitome of the map of mislaughing, and the prophylaxis for the anxiety of comedy.

Home: 50 50-Word Stories To Celebrate Singapore's 50Th BirthdayHome: 50 50-Word Stories To Celebrate Singapore's 50Th Birthday by Yeo, Andre

There are numerous books on life in Singapore. But none like this. Veteran journalist, Andre Yeo, captures everyday life here in 50 stories, each 50 words long. To celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday in 2015, it is a book Singaporeans can relate to.

EclipseEclipse by Sharma, Haresh

A young Singaporean man is making a journey to his father's birthplace in Hyderabad, Pakistan. With him are his father's ashes. As he makes the arduous trip, he retraces the original journey made by millions of people - including his parents and grandparents - in 1947, during the partition of India and Pakistan. A play that looks at three generations of men struggling with their dreams and their journeys, Eclipse is an intimate look at personal stories affected by historical events. First staged to critical acclaim as a short play by Scotland's 7:84 Theatre at Traverse Theatre, Eclipse was developed into a full-length production and presented in Singapore as a Fringe Highlight of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2008.

Written In BlackWritten In Black by Lim, Kh

A darkly humorous coming-of-age novel set in Brunei on the island of Borneo, Written in Black offers a snapshot of a few days in the life of ten-year-old Jonathan Lee, attending the funeral of his Ah Kong, or grandfather, and still reeling from the drama of his mother leaving for Australia and his brother getting kicked out of the house and joining a rock band. Annoyed at being the brunt of his father's pent-up anger, Jonathan escapes his grandfather's wake in an empty coffin and embarks on a journey through the backwaters of Brunei to bring his disowned brother back for the funeral and to learn the truth about his absent mother. On a quest that takes him across the little-known Sultanate, past gangs of glue-sniffing poklans (Brunei's teenage delinquents), cursed houses and weird shopkeepers, Jonathan discovers adventure, courage, friendship and, finally, himself.

Life Of A Banana, TheLife Of A Banana, The by Wong, Pp

Xing Li is what some Chinese people call a banana - yellow on the outside and white on the inside. Although born and raised in London, she never feels like she fits in. When her mother dies, she moves with her older brother to live with venomous Grandma, strange Uncle Ho and Hollywood actress Auntie Mei. Her only friend is Jay - a mixed raced Jamaican boy with a passion for classical music. Then Xing Li's life takes an even harsher turn: the school bullying escalates and her uncle requests she assist him in an unthinkable favour. Her happy childhood becomes a distant memory as her new life is infiltrated with the harsh reality of being an ethnic minority. Consumed by secrets, violence and confusing family relations, Xing Li tries to find hope wherever she can. In order to find her own identity, she must first discover what it means to be both Chinese and British.

Lontar #2: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative FictionLontar #2: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction by Lundberg, Jason Erik (Ed.)

This issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Singpowrimo: The AnthologySingpowrimo: The Anthology by Ann Ang, Joshua Ip & Pooja Nansi (Eds.)

Singapore Poetry Writing Month, or as we affectionately call it,SingPoWriMo. Write one poem a day for thirty days in the cruel month of April: that was the challenge thrown open to the wilderness of the interwebz. This anthology brings together the best of the hundreds of poems that were submitted, from verses written in response to fiendish "include-all-these-six-words-in-your-poem" challenges, to impromptu poems written on whim. In the spirit of the democratic process of poetry, we feature first-time poets beside established ones, and blackout poems besides long-forgotten forms such as the liwuli.

Perilous Passage Of Princess Petunia Peasant, ThePerilous Passage Of Princess Petunia Peasant, The by Victor Edward Apps

Teen activist Pet Peasant has no time for administrative red tape. All she wants is an audience with the high regent. Without changes in the law, her village will suffer. With her best friends, Pet sets off on a journey to the centre of power. But events spiral out of control quickly. Pet's quest takes her across the realm, through a murky swamp tyrannized by an outlandish master and eerie woods twisted by dark magic. As the stakes rise, her friends fall, and the drums of war sound louder, an incredible and inescapable truth dawns on Pet.

University DaysUniversity Days by Solomon, Laura

This is one of a series of young adult novellas, set in London. Twins, Olivia and Melanie, are now aged eighteen. Studious Olivia and her boyfriend Bevin are studying at Imperial College; rebellious Melanie at the Royal Academy of Music. Each responds differently to a new environment, new friends and new studies. Their home lives also are full of changes.