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Friday October 11, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by leong siok hui AND christine cheah
Millionaires real and fictional tell their tales while murderers and terrorists are hunted everywhere from Singapore to Europe.
Aunty Lee’s Delights
Author: Ovidia Yu
Publisher: HarperCollins, 260 pages, fiction
INSTEAD of becoming a typical Singaporean tai tai after her rich husband’s death, Rosie Lee opens Aunty Lee’s Delights, a restaurant that soon gains a reputation for serving delectable Singaporean cuisine to locals and tourists.
When a body is found in one of Singapore’s tourist spots and one of her guests fails to show at a dinner party, Aunty Lee just knows that the two events are likely connected. The murder and disappearance throw together Aunty Lee’s henpecked stepson, Mark, his social-climbing wife, Selina, a gay couple whose love is still illegal in Singapore, and an elderly Australian tourist couple whose visit may mask a deeper purpose. Leave it to Aunty Lee’s sharp nose for intrigue to sniff out clues that elude law enforcers in the murder investigation.
By the way, her Amazing Achar recipe is included in the book!
Author: Paul Harding
Publisher: Random House, 238 pages
WE are all probably guilty of some of these things: sneaking a text message in before bed, tweeting while stopped at a red light, or answering the phone during arguments. The Distraction Addiction tells us how we can stay connected without diminishing our intelligence, attention spans, and ability to really live.
The author offers some surprising tips, including breathing, simplifying, refocusing and the “Eight Steps to Contemplative Computing”.
The Longest Ride
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing,
398 pages, fiction
BESTSELLING author Nicholas Sparks presents the tales of two intertwined lives, taking the reader along for the ride as the couples meet, fall in love and live life.
It begins with 91-year-old Ira Levinson, who finds himself struggling to retain consciousness after a car crash until a blurry image of his wife Ruth, his dead wife Ruth, comes into focus. To keep him alert, Ruth recounts the stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who is nothing at all like the spoilt rich boys she is accustomed to; in fact, they seem to have nothing in common. And yet, Sophia imagines a future with Luke – if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.
The Kill List
Author: Frederick Forsyth
Publisher: Bantam Press, 349 pages,
DUBBED “the world’s reigning master of suspense” by the Los Angeles Times, Frederick Forsyth is back with his latest thriller about the hunt for a terrorist topping the “Kill List” – a top secret list of names of men and women who threaten the world’s security.
As bodies start piling up in America, Britain and across Europe, the search is on for the Preacher, who radicalises his followers to carry out assassinations worldwide. The search is led by the Tracker, an ex-US Marine who has risen through the ranks to become one of America’s most effective terrorist hunters. Nobody knows the Preacher’s name, face or location and the Tracker is forced to turn to a brilliant teenage hacker for help as he lays the bait and waits to see if his target can be drawn from his lair.
The Hope Factory
Author: Lavanya Sankaran
Publisher: Tinder Press, 371 pages,
ANAND comes from a wealthy Indian family in Bangalore. He’s ambitiously trying to expand a small factory and supposedly has the perfect marriage. At the other end of the scale, there’s Anand’s maid Kamala, who has a smart teenage son who, she’s hoping, will help lift the family out of poverty.
But life, especially in chaotic, frenetically developing India, seldom follows our dictates.
Anand finds it’s harder than he thought to find the land and money he needs to expand his business; and Kamala discovers that her smart son on whose shoulders so much rests is hanging out with the wrong company.
A Fine Day For A Hanging
Author: Carol Ann Lee
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing,
386 pages, non-fiction
RUTH Ellis was the last woman to be executed in Britain. She shot dead her lover, David Blakely, in 1955 and, after a trial that lasted just two days, was found guilty and sentenced to be hanged.
Despite her notoriety, though, her true life story has never been told before, with the news stories of the day being based on rumours and hearsay. Now, with much research into new and unpublished sources, Carol Ann Lee examines the facts of this infamous woman’s life.
Author: Philipp Meyer
Publisher: Harper Collins, 561 pages,
SPANNING 200 years and six generations of one family, the McCulloughs, The Son begins with the recollections of old Eli McCullough who travelled with his pioneer parents to tame Texas. Eli is captured by the Comanches and is adopted into the tribe but leaves when he is an adult. Discarding the wisdom he learnt from the Native American Indians about living with the land, Eli proceeds to build a vast cattle and oil empire.
Eli’s son Peter is now running the McCullough businesses and is desperate to break out of the vicious and morally ambiguous mould set by Eli – but “nice guys finish last” is nowhere truer than in the big state of Texas.
Author: Ben Mezrich
Publisher: William Morrow, 288 pages, non-fiction
THEY started out running a weekly poker game in a local bar and ended up building a billion-dollar online poker empire. Looking to embrace the opulent life of parties and girls, a group of University of Montana fraternity brothers built their modest games into AbsolutePoker.com which, at its height, earned a million dollars a day. But then the US Department of Justice began looking into the company’s grey areas and in just three years, the billion-dollar dream came crashing down.
Ben Mezrich is the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, on which the films The Social Network and 21 were respectively based.
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