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Daredevil DEA agent Jack Walker cruised down Hollywood Boulevard into the best unscheduled party of his career: a car-jacking featuring a .38 semiautomatic and his own movieland heroics. In any other city, the pretty woman he saved would be a star. Here she was Charlotte Rae, a former B-movie bombshell waving a lottery ticket straight from hell - a chance to get inside her husband's drug-smuggling empire. Charlotte Rae and Buddy Wingate were one of California's self-made platinum couples: the high-rolling discount furniture king and his bottle-blond trophy. It was Jack's job to penetrate Buddy's drug operation - and his marriage - and suddenly Jack's doing a better job than he ever dreamed.
Based on the lives of two adolescent girls in the late 19th century who became infatuated with the Western outlaw heroes they had read about in Ned Buntline's stories and left their homes to join them.The outlaws the girls find are the demoralised remnants of the Doolin-Dalton gang, led by the aging Bill Doolin. Annie shames, and inspires the men, to become what she had imagined them to be. The younger sister Jenny finds a father figure in Doolin, who calls her Little Britches. Doolin's efforts to live up to the girls' vision of him lead him to be carted off in a cage to an Oklahoma jail where he waits to be hanged.
Broke, recently divorced, and a total deadbeat, Bob Wells has spent his life as a psychiatrist only doing good in the world. When one of his patients with clear paranoid delusions starts to lose a grip, Bob has no choice but to intervene. Emile Bardan is haunted by demons, and he believes that someone is trying to steal his most prized possesion, the legendeary Mask of Utu. Bob thinks it's all part of Emile's imagination until he discovers that Emile is telling the truth and that the mask is worth millions. It's Bob who may actually be the one losing his grip. He's tired of helping people for nothing, tired of being treated like dirt-and while he may have met the girl of his dreams, he doesn't want to lose her because he can't take care of her. There is only one thing to do: Bob is going to steal the mask himself: But doing so may mean making the biggest mistake of all-as he proceeds down a path into a dark abyss from which there is no return.
When his parents' bitter arguments threaten to tear the family apart, young Robert Ward seeks sanctuary with his compassionate grandmother, Grace. But Robert soon learns that his grandmother, a social activist, intellectual, and church woman, harbors deep troubles of her own. Terrifying "spells" in the middle of the night threaten her sanity, and she seems to be abandoning the causes of social justice that have long made her a pillar of the community. Worried that his family is starting to disintegrate, Robert sets out to find the source of his grandmother's pain. Little by little he uncovers the secret that forever changed Grace's life - her friendship with, and betrayal of, a black man named Wingate Washington. And Robert also comes to understand Grace's undying love for his grandfather, Robert "Cap" Ward, a freighter captain, a union activist, an alcoholic - and a surprisingly complex man.
Told with candor and a poignant sense of lost innocence, The King of Cards is the story of Thomas Fallon, a successful novelist, who is treated to a homecoming that presents him with the pungent memories of his youth. The award winning author of Red Baker delivers up a touching and comic romp.
When Red Baker, a Larmel steel worker in Baltimore, Maryland, gets laid off from his job he goes crazy: boozing, attempted philandering, running away from his future. Filled with unforgettable characters from Red's angry but loyal wife, Wanda; his basketball-star son, Ace; his lifelong friend Dog, a casualty of the layoff; and Crystal, the go-go dancer at Lily's bar who embodies Red's fantasies of escape. Red Baker is a classic American novel about a man with no identity who tries to replace the one he's lost.
After spending time as a professor in upstate New York, Robert Ward decided to give journalism a try. What followed were two decades of assignments forNew Times,GQ,SPORT,Rolling Stone, and other publications, covering the biggest stars of the sporting, music, art, and film worlds. This collection includes Ward's celebrated story on Reggie Jackson that nearly tore the New York Yankees apart (and was later brought to life in an ESPN miniseries "The Bronx Is Burning"); a profile of the "outlaw" country music movement of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, and David Allan Coe; and an insightful feature onHustlerpublisher Larry Flynt as a young pornographer that almost cost Ward his life. Also included are essays about the former premier of Vietnam Nguyen Cao Ky trying to adjust to life in California; an aging Lee Marvin dealing with the survivor's guilt from his time in World War II; and profiles of LeRoy Neiman, Robert Mitchum, and a variety of fringe characters on the American scene.
Anesthesiologist Dr. Cross' job is to alleviate pain but someone is now accusing him of murder.
A tour of the 1950s and 1960s recounts the author's coming-of-age experiences in a period torn between idealism and despair, chronicling his journey between Baltimore and Haight-Ashbury and his witness to the historical events of the time.This classic novel, the 1972 winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Award, turns, providing an essential companion piece to The King of Cards. Illuminated by the author's personal experiences, this authentic coming-of-age novel presents a cavalcade of memorable characters and adventures.
Smart, tough Los Angeles FBI agents Jack Harper and Oscar Hidalgo meet their match in a diamond smuggler, Steinbach, who seems to have almost superhuman powers. Arrested during a clever sting operation, Steinbach tells the team of agents he will kill them, and sure enough, one by one, they start to die. Worse, Jack can't begin to pin it on Steinbach, who is, after all, in prison. Soon, however, Steinbach makes a deal with Homeland Security and is freed with total immunity. Jack is pretty sure that he and Oscar could be next. But, as it turns out, Steinbach is not the only menace. Two of the agents who were killed turn out to be dirty. Jack and Oscar tour the seamy side of L.A. in hopes of finding clues, but they get way more than they bargained for.
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