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Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole."<P> While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There's power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.<P> Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it the land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.
As eighteen-year-old Charlie West continues to elude the law and the group of terrorists looking for him, he tries to remember what happened a year ago and find out who has framed him so he can clear his name.
In 1936, seven-year-old Flora Wong, her parents, and her seven siblings left their home in Boston and set out across the Pacific Ocean on a twenty-one-day voyage to return to her parents' home village in rural southern China. Flora's father and mother sought a new, quiet life for their young family in their native land.
It started as a daydream. Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregor - actor and self-confessed bike nut - noticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. It was a revelation he couldn't get out of his head. So he picked up the phone and called Charley Boorman, his best friend, fellow actor and bike enthusiast. 'Charley,' he said. 'I think you ought to come over for dinner...' From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. But as the miles slipped beneath the tyres of their big BMWs, their troubles started. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads. And yet despite all these obstacles they managed to ride over 20,000 miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process. As they travelled they documented their trip, taking photographs, and writing diaries by the campfire. Long Way Round is the result of their adventures - a fascinating, frank and highly entertaining travel book about two friends riding round the world together and, against all the odds, realising their dream.
"We will go to America!" It is 1868, and Carl Erik's family faces starvation in Sweden. As their hopes fade, they must endure a journey over land and sea to reach a better life in a new country thousands of miles away.
Who is affected by the events of history? Not only the famous and powerful. Individuals from every part of society contribute a story--and so weave together history. Some of the finest storytellers bring their talents to this series of historical fiction, based on careful research and designed specifically for readers ages 7-11. These are tales of young people growing up in a young, dynamic country. Each Once Upon America volume shapes the reader's understanding of the people who built America and of his or her own role in our unfolding history. For history is a story that we continue to write, with a chapter for each of us beginning, "Once upon America."
The winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Long White is predominantly set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a place where the land and weather frequently dictate one's life. In Dilworth's hands, place and character merge to create wonderfully interesting worlds and scenarios often finding individuals forced to cope with a situation they'd tried avoiding just as long as possible.
Picking up where Trick Baby left off we dive into the world of Johnny O'Brien, better known as White Folks. After learning to use his fair skin to his advantage to rise to the top of the Chicago con game, Folks is back for the big money and the big stakes of the long con. Following the death of his partner and mentor, Blue, Folks takes off for Canada. Having honed his skills and polished his acting, Johnny is done cheating marks out of small money. With a gang of grifters working with him, High Pockets Kate, High Ass Marvel and the Vicksburg Kid among them, Folks is after the biggest score of his life.
The first terrible storm comes to the barren prairie in October, and then it snows until April.
Dave Longaberger was one of the most remarkable entrepreneurs of his generation. His vision, his unorthodox business methods, and his belief in people resulted in the creation of one of the largest and most successful private companies in America. Longaberger: An American Success Story is Dave's fascinating firsthand account of how he created and grew his company into the largest basket manufacturer in the United States, employing thousands of people, revitalizing his community, and inspiring everyone involved with a commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and a unique management philosophy. As Dave himself admits in this moving and compelling memoir, he was an unlikely success story. In addition to having epilepsy and a stutter, Dave suffered from a learning disorder, finally graduating high school at the age of twenty-one. Yet, he ran two profitable businesses, a restaurant and a grocery store -- which, to the horror of bankers and friends, he then sold in order to finance his struggling basket company. Dave was a business maverick who only let adversities make him stronger and more versatile. He became renowned for his managerial skills -- and his sense of humor. More than once he started a food fight at a company event or launched a wild idea -- like the basket-shaped headquarters building -- that just happened to work perfectly. This engaging story shows how Dave Longaberger shared his life and unconventional business sense to create what is now the $1 billion-in-sales Longaberger Company. Join him on his journey as he takes his own unique route to success. Learn about the many original and highly unusual management practices that not only contributed to the strength of the Longaberger enterprise but can make any business run more profitably.
Longarm faces a town with a deadly dilemma. Needing a safe place to keep a murderous fugitive for the night, Longarm stops at the prosperous settlement of Val Verde. But it turns out that the town has a bone to pick with Longarm's captive- and is set on exacting their own brand of justice.
It's Longarm against the clock... Like every man condemned to die, Bird claims he's innocent, but something in Longarm believes him. So he's set out to pin the real killer, although finding the suspected cowhand could prove a challenge- and time's a-ticking.
When his boss's beautiful sister disappears right after her wedding, Longarm's the best man to get her back. If the groom hurts one hair on her head, Longarm will take his own vow-of vengeance. .
A judge and his wife have disappeared while boating on the Colorado River. Three river guides have had their throats slit. And Longarm will have to keep his head above water as he battles the ruthless river rats-or he may find himself up the creek without a paddle. .
MISSING LINK Deputy Marshal Link St. Clair is missing in action. Last seen hot on the trail of train robbers outside of Cheyenne, the lost lawman hasn't been heard from since--and now it's the job of Deputy Marshal Custis Long to find the fed. But Longarm is disturbed by an odd coincidence--a beautiful young widow he saved on the streets of Denver has also disappeared without a trace. Her last name? St. Clair. Once Longarm arrives in Cheyenne to unravel the mystery, he encounters a twisted trail of bloody murder, opium addiction, deadly deceit, and hidden gold. It turns out neither Lilly or Link St. Clair are what they appear. Only one thing is certain--both of them are far from saints...
DADDY'S LITTLE DOUBLE CROSSERLongarm has tangled with some dirty double-crossers in his day, but the luscious Lacy Sackett may be the dirtiest of them all. She's used her feminine wiles to hoodwink a long list of men--her banker father, the outlaws who've robbed her father's bank, clueless cavalry Captain Dickie Shafter, and even Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long. The lawman is determined to bring in the curvaceous catamount--no matter how many scratches he gets--and recover the loot she's hidden from her partners in crime. But until he's turned her in, he'd better not turn his back on her...
WHO'S BAYING AT THE MOON? The town of Crazy Kate, once known as Little Bucharest, was renamed after Katarina Barkova not only went mad after a wolf killed her beau but--legend has it--turned into a werewolf. When Longarm rides in with a prisoner in tow, the townspeople have a haunted look in their eyes. His arrival coincides with the next full moon--and the outlaw with him bears the marks of a wolf attack. The local law may be armed to the teeth with silver bullets, but Longarm aims to get to the bottom of the werewolf legend. Accompanied by a frisky general's daughter and his Winchester '73, he's ready for anything. But as the full moon rises, the lawman expects he's in for a long night...and a whole pack of trouble.
SOME SOILED DOVES ARE DIRTIER THAN OTHERS... When Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long's boss, Billy Vail, sends him to the town of Salt Springs in New Mexico Territory to investigate a possibly crooked lawman, he needs a good cover. Whiskey salesman, wandering gambler, and doctor specializing in female complaints are all ruled out. Land speculator should be safe, Billy decides. But Longarm still manages to get himself into some trouble when he books a room in the town's only hotel, which also happens to be a brothel. Longarm quickly learns there's more going on behind closed doors than good times. Some of the ladies of the world's oldest profession may be moonlighting...as stagecoach robbers.
WHAT A PAIR! The Olsen sisters are as beautiful as they are deadly. Hilda and Pearl were twin mistresses to Senator Taft Baker of Sacramento, California, but now the polygamous politician has been shot to death in his bed--and the sisters are nowhere to be found. Word is, they've fled to Denver, where it's up to Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long to bring the diabolical duo to justice--on the double! While the sisters may be identical in appearance, they turn out to be as different as night and day when it comes to temperament. Evil twin Pearl aims to blast Longarm with both barrels, while Hilda is more interested in doubling his pleasure. This time the lawman will have to think twice before making his move--or the Olsen twins may just be the death of him...
His prisoner had help--but Longarm never saw who it was. The backshooter's bullet creased the nape of his neck, knocking him from his horse and rendering him unconscious. Eager to make his getaway, Alton Gray made a fatal error--he didn't take a moment to confirm that the lawman was dead. Now Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long is back on the trail of the runaway prisoner--and his ambushing accomplice. A corrupt town marshal and a wily woman of ill repute may lead him to the elusive escapee, but to finish the job he started, Longarm will have to stick his neck out one more time...
WHITE LIGHTNING One good lawman has already been murdered in pursuit of Missouri moonshiners who could care less if their rotgut leaves a person blind--or even dead. Now it's Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long's turn to search out their stills and make sure these moonshiners don't see the light of day.But as Longarm explores the back country, he learns there's far more at stake than selling bad hooch to the locals. Intoxicated by greed, one man is behind an ambitious whiskey-running operation to sell firewater--and firearms--to the Indians. It's up to Longarm to give this liquor-lugging lunatic a shot and a chaser of a little something called justice...
MAKIN' BACONAfter Bethlehem Bacon's husband goes missing while out surveying on the Wind River Indian Reservation, Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long heads out to Wyoming Territory to lead the search. And when the beautiful Beth insists on accompanying him, Longarm finds himself distracted by desire for the sizzling Mrs. Bacon.But bushwhackers' bullets quickly bring Longarm's senses back into sharp focus. Someone is trying to stop them from learning her husband's fate. Once they reach the reservation, Longarm realizes he may have jumped from the frying pan into the fire. With shooters on every bluff, the lawman will have to rely on steely nerves, a quick draw and a steady aim to smoke out the fatback bastards and save their bacon...
IN THE LAWLESS WEST, ONE MAN STAMPS OUT CRIMEMild-mannered postal thief Brian Henry is not about to give Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long any trouble on the ride back to Denver for trial. After being double-crossed by a tantalizing temptress who took his money, Brian is good and licked.In fact, when Longarm is pistol-whipped by highwaymen, it's his polite prisoner who comes to his aid and makes no attempt to escape as the lawman rides off to rescue a beautiful woman kidnapped by the desperadoes.But when the gun smoke clears, will this be Longarm's last showdown?
When two local politicos turn up dead, one self-righteous Arizona town pins it on the local madame. Longarm, on the other hand, would like to find out how "Big Lips" Lilly earned her name.
Ivan Kane, the Marshal of Bodie, Nevada, is pulling guns on anyone who eyes him wrong. Though he's always been quick on the trigger, these days he seems to be losing his mind as fast as his bullets. And what's worse, he's taking protection funds from local merchants. But Kane better start protecting himself, because Longarm's guns are loaded and ready to blow the marshal away.