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"A dark existential thriller of unexpected twists, featuring a drowning man determined to pull the rest of the world under with him, Disintegration is a stunning and vital piece of work."--Irvine Welsh, author of TrainspottingIn a brilliantly stylish breakthrough thriller for fans of Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho and Will Christopher Baer's Kiss Me, Judas, here is the compelling tale of a man who has lost it all--and is now navigating a crooked, harrowing path to redemption. Once a suburban husband and father, now the man has lost all sense of time. He retains only a few keepsakes of his former life: a handmade dining room table, an armoire and dresser from the bedroom, and a tape of the last message his wife ever left on their answering machine. These are memories of a man who no longer exists. Booze and an affair with a beautiful woman provide little relief, with the only meaning left in his life comes from his assignments. An envelope slipped under the door of his apartment with the name and address of an unpunished evildoer. The unspoken directive to kill. And every time he does, he marks the occasion with a memento: a tattoo. He has a lot of tattoos. But into this unchanging existence seep unsettling questions. How much of what he feels and sees can he trust? How much is a lie designed to control him? He will risk his own life--and the lives of everyone around him--to find out.Advance praise for Disintegration "Sweet hot hell, Richard Thomas writes like a man possessed, a man on fire, a guy with a gun to his head. And you'll read Disintegration like there's a gun to yours, too. It's a twisted masterpiece."--Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Double Dead "This novel is so hard-hitting it should come with its own ice pack. Richard Thomas is the wild child of Raymond Chandler and Chuck Palahniuk, a neo-noirist who brings to life a gritty, shadow-soaked, bullet-pocked Chicago as the stage for this compulsively readable crime drama."--Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding "Richard Thomas builds his universe and its population with terse prose and dynamic, often horrifyingly visceral imagery that unspools with grand weirdness and intensity. Then he rips that universe apart, brick by bloody brick. Disintegration is provocative. It's also damned fine noir."--Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and The Croning "Disintegration is gritty neo-noir, a psycho-sexual descent into an unhinged psyche and an underworld Chicago that could very well stand in for one of the rings of Dante's Hell. Richard Thomas's depraved, doomed philosopher-hitman is your guide. I suggest you do as he says and follow him, if you know what's good for you."--Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Little Sleep"Gritty, obsessive, and compulsively readable."--Brian Evenson, author of Immobility"In sharp, icy prose that cuts like a glacial wind, Richard Thomas's dark Chicago tale keeps us absolutely riveted to the very end."--Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time
Gorgeous scenery, hip cities, and a growing wine and brewing scene make Oregon one of the top destinations for adventure and culture lovers alike. With Fodor's Oregon, travelers can successfully navigate the Pacific Coast's beautiful beaches and Portland's unique neighborhoods, while also enjoying Willamette's wineries and the hiking opportunities of the Cascade Mountain range. COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: Fodor's Oregon is the best-selling guide to the state; it's in full color, too. EXPANDED COVERAGE: New hotel and restaurant reviews cover recently opened properties throughout the state, and there's a special focus on the popular brewery and winery scenes. A revamped chapter on Eastern Oregon helps travelers experience an untouched, off-the-beaten-path part of the state. ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Colorful, magazine-like features present the whales of the Pacific Northwest, with whale-watching tips, and wine-tasting itineraries in the Willamette Valley. Full-color photos throughout inspire travelers by bringing Oregon to life. INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Each chapter opens with an orientation spread and planner that includes a map, short descriptions of each region, "Top Reasons to Go," and information on getting here and around. "Top Experiences", ample tour options, and sample itineraries make it easy for travelers to plan a vacation to Oregon. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Oregon offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. INCLUDES: Portland, Willamette Valley, Eugene, Ashford, Mt. Hood, Bend, Crater Lake National Park, and more. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's travel guide is researched and written by local experts.
With cutting-edge architecture, chic restaurants, and hip hotels alongside ancient temples, outdoor markets, and hole-in-the-wall dim sum joints, Hong Kong is an intoxicating destination. Whether travelers are stopping over on the way to another destination or spending a week in the city, this full-color guide will inspire them to experience all that Hong Kong has to offer. EXPANDED COVERAGE: New hotel and restaurant recommendations have been added throughout this new edition to keep up with Hong Kong's constantly evolving offerings. Coverage of nearby Macau is even more user-friendly and accessible than ever. ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Full-color photographs throughout, as well as illustrated cuisine and shopping spotlights, bring Hong Kong to life. INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Features on the most colorful festivals. things to do for free, and what to do with kids make it easy to plan a trip. "Best Bets" lists for restaurants and hotels; easy-to-read color regional maps; and tips on how to make the most of your time make it easy to enjoy the best Hong Kong has to offer. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Hong Kong offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along Hong Kong map gives travelers essential lay-of-the-land information about top attractions and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's travel guide is researched and written by local experts.
An African safari is considered the trip of a lifetime for many, and recent continent-wide expansion of low-cost airfares has made many African destinations more affordable to reach. Fodor's The Complete Guide to African Safaris provides the most comprehensive and engaging information on the most popular game-viewing regions in Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Namibia, and Zambia. COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: Other guides cover part of the process, but only Fodor's deals with all aspects of the planning, picking, and preparing for safaris around Africa. EXPANDED COVERAGE: Travelers will be able to determine which African safari destination is best for them and plan their trip step by step from months before departure to the day of arrival. We cover the best local and international safari tour operators with information on how to create a dream safari, whether it's a luxury, bespoke experience, or a rustic in-the-bush excursion. Plus, Fodor's reveals the best beaches for must-needed post-safari relaxation. More in-depth planning information is given for popular gorilla treks in Rwanda and Uganda. ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Special full-color "Fodor's Features" throughout the guide provide rich information on the Great Migration, how to dress, types of lodging and vehicles, different African tribes, and African culture. Gorgeous photos throughout, many by Fodor's travelers, provide endless inspiration. INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Travelers can discover details about animals and birds, including the Big Five, with checklists for each country. Fodor's offers a hierarchy of safari parks in each country, with detailed lodging options, and compare tour operators with an easy-to-read chart broken down by experience, expertise, and clientele. Internet resources, a planning timeline, packing lists, must-ask questions, and information on what to expect after arrival are provided in easy-to-use, compact features. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's The Complete Guide to African Safaris offers savvy advice and recommendations from expert and local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. INCLUDES: South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, Victoria Falls, the Seychelles, and more. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's travel guide is researched and written by local experts.
Squeezed between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Chile offers something for everyone. Whether travelers are interested in first-rate vineyards, glittery beach resorts, desert adventures, sprawling glaciers, or the urban pleasures and inventive cuisine of Santiago, Fodor's Chile helps them craft the perfect itinerary for this diverse country. EXPANDED COVERAGE: A new "Need to Know" feature offers travelers key planning information and cultural tidbits, and the expanded "Experience Chile" chapter includes a new overview on Chilean wine and an itinerary for the country's wine regions, the top Patagonian adventures, and informed beach recommendations. A new "Cruising in Patagonia" section provides the best cruise lines and operators for the Patagonia and Antarctic regions. New restaurant and hotel listings have been added throughout to keep pace with the latest developments in this rapidly evolving country. COLOR SECTION: A NEW 8-page color insert at the start of the guide contains a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions throughout Chile. SPECIAL FEATURES: Chile is one of the most geographically diverse destinations on earth, and Fodor's Chile helps travelers explore the varied regions with special sections on Patagonian and Antarctic cruises, fly fishing, top beaches, and regional itineraries. INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Each chapter opens with an orientation spread and planner that includes a map, short descriptions of each region, "Top Reasons to Go," and information on getting here and around. Top Experiences, ample tour options, and sample itineraries make it easy for travelers to plan a vacation to Chile. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Chile offers savvy advice and recommendations from expert and local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. INCLUDES: Santiago, Valparaiso, Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, San Pedro de Atacama, Easter Island, Viña del Mar, the Chilean wine valleys, and more. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's travel guide is researched and written by local experts.
A new angle on Lincoln and his legacy, exploring the rich and suggestive dialogue between art, image, and politics at the time of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was one of the most photographed figures of his century. Richard Lowry explores Lincoln's association with Alexander Gardner, the man who would create the most memorable and ultimately iconic images of the president, both in his studio and on the battlefields of the Civil War. Lowry's book is an accessible and lively narrative of this symbiotic relationship and an examination of the emerging role of the media at a moment of national transformation. Lincoln was an early adopter of photographic technology and visionary in how he used it--as FDR was with radio, JFK with television, and Obama with the internet. By highlighting this very modern aspect of such a storied presidency, Lowry opens a new door on Lincoln's relationship to politics and celebrity just as the mass culture of the image was taking root in America.
In this second edition of Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand, editor Dianne Wepa presents a range of theoretical and practice-based perspectives adopted by experienced educators who are active in cultural safety education. Thoroughly revised to incorporate the latest methods and research, this edition reflects updates in government policies and nursing practices, and features new chapters on ethical considerations when working cross-culturally, as well as the legislative requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Each chapter includes key terms and concepts, practice examples providing content from healthcare workers' everyday experiences, reflective questions to encourage the assimilation of ideas into practice, and references to allow further exploration of the issues discussed. Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand will equip students, tutors, managers, policy analysts and others involved in the delivery of healthcare with the tools to acknowledge the importance of cultural difference in achieving health and well-being in diverse communities.
The past two decades have seen transformative advances in cosmology and string theory. Observations of the cosmic microwave background have revealed strong evidence for inflationary expansion in the very early universe, while new insights about compactifications of string theory have led to a deeper understanding of inflation in a framework that unifies quantum mechanics and general relativity. Written by two of the leading researchers in the field, this complete and accessible volume provides a modern treatment of inflationary cosmology and its connections to string theory and elementary particle theory. After an up-to-date experimental summary, the authors present the foundations of effective field theory, string theory, and string compactifications, setting the stage for a detailed examination of models of inflation in string theory. Three appendices contain background material in geometry and cosmological perturbation theory, making this a self-contained resource for graduate students and researchers in string theory, cosmology, and related fields.
Why are poor countries poor and rich countries rich? How are wealth and poverty related to changes in health, life expectancy, education, population growth and politics? This non-technical introduction to development studies explores the dynamics of socio-economic development and stagnation in developing countries. Thoroughly updated and revised, this second edition includes new material on the effects of the 2008 financial crisis, the emergence of the BRICS economies, the role of institutions in development and the accelerated growth of economies in Africa and Asia. Taking a comparative approach, Szirmai places contemporary debates within their broader contexts and combines insights and theories from economics, economic history, political science, anthropology and sociology. Each chapter includes comparative statistics and time series for thirty-one developing countries. Assuming no prior knowledge of economics, this book is well-suited for students in interdisciplinary development studies and development economics, for policy-makers and for practitioners pursuing careers in developing countries. Visit www. dynamicsofdevelopment. com for additional resources.
Chromatic graph theory is a thriving area that uses various ideas of 'colouring' (of vertices, edges, and so on) to explore aspects of graph theory. It has links with other areas of mathematics, including topology, algebra and geometry, and is increasingly used in such areas as computer networks, where colouring algorithms form an important feature. While other books cover portions of the material, no other title has such a wide scope as this one, in which acknowledged international experts in the field provide a broad survey of the subject. All fifteen chapters have been carefully edited, with uniform notation and terminology applied throughout. Bjarne Toft (Odense, Denmark), widely recognized for his substantial contributions to the area, acted as academic consultant. The book serves as a valuable reference for researchers and graduate students in graph theory and combinatorics and as a useful introduction to the topic for mathematicians in related fields.
Reversibility is a thread woven through many branches of mathematics. It arises in dynamics, in systems that admit a time-reversal symmetry, and in group theory where the reversible group elements are those that are conjugate to their inverses. However, the lack of a lingua franca for discussing reversibility means that researchers who encounter the concept may be unaware of related work in other fields. This text is the first to make reversibility the focus of attention. The authors fix standard notation and terminology, establish the basic common principles, and illustrate the impact of reversibility in such diverse areas as group theory, differential and analytic geometry, number theory, complex analysis and approximation theory. As well as showing connections between different fields, the authors' viewpoint reveals many open questions, making this book ideal for graduate students and researchers. The exposition is accessible to readers at the advanced undergraduate level and above.
Games and elections are fundamental activities in society with applications in economics, political science, and sociology. These topics offer familiar, current, and lively subjects for a course in mathematics. This classroom-tested textbook, primarily intended for a general education course in game theory at the freshman or sophomore level, provides an elementary treatment of games and elections. Starting with basics such as gambling, zero-sum and combinatorial games, Nash equilibria, social dilemmas, and fairness and impossibility theorems for elections, the text then goes further into the theory with accessible proofs of advanced topics such as the Sprague-Grundy theorem and Arrow's impossibility theorem. * Uses an integrative approach to probability, game, and social choice theory * Provides a gentle introduction to the logic of mathematical proof, thus equipping readers with the necessary tools for further mathematical studies * Contains numerous exercises and examples of varying levels of difficulty * Requires only a high school mathematical background.
At the heart of this monograph is the Brunn-Minkowski theory, which can be used to great effect in studying such ideas as volume and surface area and their generalizations. In particular, the notions of mixed volume and mixed area measure arise naturally and the fundamental inequalities that are satisfied by mixed volumes are considered here in detail. The author presents a comprehensive introduction to convex bodies, including full proofs for some deeper theorems. The book provides hints and pointers to connections with other fields and an exhaustive reference list. This second edition has been considerably expanded to reflect the rapid developments of the past two decades. It includes new chapters on valuations on convex bodies, on extensions like the Lp Brunn-Minkowski theory, and on affine constructions and inequalities. There are also many supplements and updates to the original chapters, and a substantial expansion of chapter notes and references.
The search for a missing baby drives this heart-pounding page turner, from Edgar Award Winner Susan Shreve (LUCY FOREVER AND MISS ROSETREE, SHRINKS). It was just a few minutes. Stuck in a hotel room babysitting while the rest of her family celebrated downstairs in the hotel, Jess thought she'd try on her sister's wedding dress in the large bathroom while the baby slept. But when Jess opens the door again the baby is gone. Fighting guilt and terror, Jess and her kleptomaniac sister Teddy evade the swirl of police and hotel staff in their own desperate effort to get Baby Ruby back before it's too late.
Beautifully translated for a new generation of devotees of delicious and healthy eating: a groundbreaking, mouthwatering vegetarian cookbook originally published in Yiddish in pre-World War II Vilna and miraculously rediscovered more than half a century later. In 1938, Fania Lewando, the proprietor of a popular vegetarian restaurant in Vilna, Lithuania, published a Yiddish vegetarian cookbook unlike any that had come before. Its 400 recipes ranged from traditional Jewish dishes (kugel, blintzes, fruit compote, borscht) to vegetarian versions of Jewish holiday staples (cholent, kishke, schnitzel) to appetizers, soups, main courses, and desserts that introduced vegetables and fruits that had not traditionally been part of the repertoire of the Jewish homemaker (Chickpea Cutlets, Jerusalem Artichoke Soup; Leek Frittata; Apple Charlotte with Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs). Also included were impassioned essays by Lewando and by a physician about the benefits of vegetarianism. Accompanying the recipes were lush full-color drawings of vegetables and fruit that had originally appeared on bilingual (Yiddish and English) seed packets. Lewando's cookbook was sold throughout Europe. Lewando and her husband died during World War II, and it was assumed that all but a few family-owned and archival copies of her cookbook vanished along with most of European Jewry. But in 1995 a couple attending an antiquarian book fair in England came upon a copy of Lewando's cookbook. Recognizing its historical value, they purchased it and donated it to the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City, the premier repository for books and artifacts relating to prewar European Jewry. Enchanted by the book's contents and by its backstory, YIVO commissioned a translation of the book that will make Lewando's charming, delicious, and practical recipes available to an audience beyond the wildest dreams of the visionary woman who created them.With a foreword by Joan Nathan. Full-color illustrations throughout.Translated from the Yiddish by Eve Jochnowitz.From the Hardcover edition.
Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, The Virgin's Daughter is the first book in a captivating new saga about the next generation of Tudor royals, which poses the thrilling question: What if Elizabeth I, the celebrated Virgin Queen, gave birth to a legitimate heir? Since the death of her brother, William, Elizabeth I has ruled England. She's made the necessary alliances, married Philip of Spain, and produced a successor: her only daughter, Anne Isabella, Princess of Wales. Elizabeth knows that her beloved Anabel will be a political pawn across Europe unless she can convince Philip to grant her a divorce, freeing him to remarry and give Spain its own heir. But the enemies of England have even greater plans for the princess, a plot that will put Anabel's very life and the security of the nation in peril. Only those closest to Elizabeth--her longtime confidante Minuette, her advisor and friend Dominic, and the couple's grown children--can be trusted to carry forth a most delicate and dangerous mission. Yet, all of the queen's maneuverings may ultimately prove her undoing. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The epic saga of the heroic pioneers who struggled and fought, lived and died, to stake their claim on the untamed American frontier...Western Missouri. Former army scout Jack Gregory returns from battle to a homestead in ruins. A wanted man with no place to go, he chooses an even deadlier career--as a scout for General George Armstrong Custer. Under a new name, Jack serves bravely in the Seventh Cavalry. But when Custer's disastrous leadership ends in devastating slaughter, Jack sets off to forge his own destiny. Winning a small ranch in a card game, he hopes to settle down and live a peaceful life. But with the Cheyenne nation rising up to defend their land--with nightly raids on innocent settlers--there can be no peace for a scout like Jack. Only a man of his experience is skilled enough to infiltrate Cheyenne territory. Only an outcast with nothing to lose is crazy enough to face their war chief--man to man, one on one.Warrior or peacemaker, friend or enemy, Jack Gregory is among the breed of courageous men and women who risked their lives for freedom, justice, and a dream. This is the story of America.
Pursued by the Union army, Morgan's Raiders blazed a trail of destruction unparalleled in Civil War history. Only a handful of Morgan's men lived to tell the tale...For seventeen years, Ty Mattson never knew if his father survived the Mexican War. But when he receives news that his father is alive--and he's joined the Confederate forces of General John Morgan--Ty leaves home to enlist with the Raiders...Owen Mattson turns out to be everything Ty imagined he would be: a good man, a true mentor, a great soldier. But a Confederate assassin's bullets nearly divide father and son yet again. From the blood-soaked chaos of Morgan's devastating defeat at Buffington Island to the harsh brutality of a Union prison, Ty Mattson will do whatever it takes to fight and survive. For his father. For the love of a beautiful woman. For the life and the land he treasures.
THE GREATEST WESTERN WRITERS OF THE 21ST CENTURYFrom the greatest western storytellers of our time comes a new twist on the legend of notorious outlaw Jesse James--who just might not have died on that fateful April 3, 1882.1942--Granbury, Texas. A ninety-five-year-old man walks into a recruiting office with the crazy idea to enlist--and an even crazier story. He claims to be the one and only Jesse James, the infamous bank robber allegedly shot by Robert Ford sixty years earlier. Using another man's corpse to collect the reward, Ford allowed James to slip away and start a new life. Changing his name to Dalton, Jesse worked as a cattle broker in Fort Worth and fathered a pair of twins named Bill and Frank. But when one of the boys turns out to be a chip off the old block--a young outlaw in the making--Jesse has no choice but to school the lad in the fine art of bank robbing so he doesn't get his fool head blown off. Problem is, once Jesse's son gets a taste of the outlaw life, he decides it isn't for him after all. Father Jesse, on the other hand, misses it...So begins the wildest story the West has never known, proving that some legends are bigger than life--and a lot harder to kill...
From the acclaimed author of Below comes a new breed of terror that rises from the depths of the ocean. To hunt. To devour. To kill.The first attack occurrs in the underwater caverns of the Bahamas. Two professional divers exploring the unknown. A monstrous flesh-ripping predator they never see coming.Now the attacks are coming closer and closer to shore. A sun-soaked playground for sea-loving tourists. A human feasting ground for whatever lurks beneath.Now, in a desperate race against time, Eric Watson, an expert on remote control underwater vehicles, and marine biologist Valerie Martell, must identify a savage new species of killer--and piece together one of nature's most horrific mysteries. But the most terrifying discovery of all waits for Val and her team at the bottom of the sea. A discovery too shocking, to comprehend.Because up till now, this creature existed only in mankind's darkest nightmares. Not anymore.
A HEAVY CROWNThree daughters were born to High King Uorsin, in place of the son he wanted. The youngest, lovely and sweet. The middle, pretty and subtle, with an air of magic. And the eldest, the Heir. A girl grudgingly honed to leadership, not beauty, to bear the sword and honor of the king.Ursula's loyalty is as ingrained as her straight warrior's spine. She protects the peace of the Twelve Kingdoms with sweat and blood, her sisters from threats far and near. And she protects her father to prove her worth. But she never imagined her loyalty would become an open question on palace grounds. That her father would receive her with a foreign witch at one side and a hireling captain at the other--that soldiers would look on her as a woman, not as a warrior. She also never expected to decide the destiny of her sisters, of her people, of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Thirteenth. Not with her father still on the throne and war in the air. But the choice is before her. And the Heir must lead...
The failure of economists to anticipate the global financial crisis and mitigate the impact of the ensuing recession has spurred a public outcry. Economists are under fire, but questions concerning exactly how to redeem the discipline remain unanswered. In this provocative book, renowned economist Meghnad Desai investigates the evolution of economics and maps its trajectory against the occurrence of major political events to provide a definitive answer. Desai underscores the contribution of hubris to economists' calamitous lack of foresight, and he makes a persuasive case for the profession to re-engage with the history of economic thought. He dismisses the notion that one over-arching paradigm can resolve all economic eventualities while urging that an array of already-available theories and approaches be considered anew for the insights they may provide toward preventing future economic catastrophes. With an accessible style and keen common sense, Desai offers a fresh perspective on some of the most important economic issues of our time. "
This trilogy of e-shorts shines a light on one of the most compelling--and dangerous--villains of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series. Now and then, to accomplish something great, you have to do something bad. Shane intends to end the conflict that's devastating Erdas... and to achieve that, he's just done something very bad. While returning home from a fateful victory, the young Conqueror discovers he's being pursued, and must seek cover in a war-torn jungle. But the forest holds dangers of its own, and before long Shane is fighting for his life. If he's going to win this war, Shane will need to outmaneuver a deadly pursuer -- and his own guilty conscience. Author Bio Nick Eliopulos is the author of Spirit Animals: The Book of Shane, a series of e-novellas set in the world of the bestselling multi-platform series. His short stories have appeared in Spirit Animals: Tales of the Great Beasts and Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an Unpleasant Age. An avid fan of comics, games, and monster movies, he lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan as an editor of books for kids and teens.
Discovering a baby boy on her porch when she returns from school one day, Abby and the other members of the Baby-sitters Club must find out where the baby came from and to whom he belongs.
When the Hatts, a family that disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances from the old Stoneybrook lighthouse, suddenly return and move in with the Kishis, Claudia wonders what secret they are keeping.