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If you or a family member has been diagnosed with diabetes, you may feel overwhelmed by the challenges associated with this disease. The Everything® Healthy Living Series is here to help. These concise, thoughtful guides offer the expert advice and the latest medical information you need to improve your health. A pre-diabetes diagnosis is a wake-up call. And with a pre-diabetes action plan, you can make the lifestyle changes you need to ensure your good health. Pre-diabetes can be reversed with a healthy diet and proper exercise. Here you'll find the tools to manage your condition, prevent any further complications, and potentially reverse pre-diabetes--one step at a time."
Puts ordinary muffins over the top! Indulge in the rich flavors of pumpkin and caramel. Savor the satisfying taste of maple and bacon. Experience the extraordinary combination of goat cheese and leeks. In this cookbook, you'll find enough gourmet muffins to entertain your every tastebud. Whether you're looking for the perfect side for a special dinner or a delightful dessert to end your soiree, the scrumptious ingredients in these recipes are sure to leave you wanting more. You and your guests won't be able to resist nibbling on sweet and savory muffins like: Mascarpone Pound Cake Pepper Jack Chorizo Double Shot Espresso Pistachio Rose Water Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmesan Dulce de Leche Spinach, Artichoke, and Jalapeno No longer just a complement to coffee, these flavorful muffins are sure to be the star of any meal.
Now who would kill a used-car salesman? In a city like L.A., Brock Callahan figures there's about a million suspects--each with a motive.Nevertheless, the former gridiron star turned private eye is hired by the widow to find out just who killed the one and only Loony Leo Dunbar. It seems someone offed the king of the dubious deal as he was sitting in the front seat of his Lincoln. And now Brock "the Rock" is looking for Loony Leo's killer. It's not easy work; Brock's got to go through a bevy of Leo's girlfriends and seedy associates on a trail that leads into the sleaziest side of the used-car business he's ever seen ...
She was slim and she was stacked and the gold of her hair matched the gold of her bank account.In a word, she had everything. The trouble was she was too eager to give it away. The money too.I'm Joe Puma. I was hired to investigate some crackpot cult she was playing around with. The crackpots were mixed up with thugs, the blonde got mixed up in murder and I got mixed up with the blonde. And somewhere a mixed-up killer was waiting to strike again.
She was sitting at the bar, and I could tell she was the kind of woman a married man shouldn't look at--even once.But I thought I was safe enough--until the third martini. Then all of a sudden my wife and kids seemed very far away. When I woke up the next morning, I had a large hangover, the scent of the girl's perfume in my nose, and a murder rap around my neck. And I couldn't remember anything that had happened ... except the girl.
The Death Ship moved slowly toward the land bringing a cargo of terror and a threat more deadly than a bomb. Only a handful of men and one woman could stop the annihilation of mankind.
The newspapers called it the Crime of the Century. The extravagance was understandable. The crime would have made headlines had it happened to an ordinary citizen, but this blow had been struck at Andy Paxton. His golden voice had made him an American institution. Lissa, his actress wife, was almost as successful. It was unbelievable that murder and an evil even worse than murder could have touched them. Suspecting that Andy's enemy might be someone who knew him well, the police dug into the past lives of the members of his entourage. Even the most trustworthy employees had unsavory secrets. Afraid to enlist an ally who might be an adversary, Andy sets out alone to find his opponent. There was no one he trusted, not even the police. And, ironically, he learned that police did not trust him.Here is a taut, compelling mystery, set against the fascinating background of show business.
So you're a divorce detective--it's a dirty business, but you operate as clean as you can. A rich man hires you to tail his wife, because he thinks she's cheating on him. She turns out to be the woman who cheated on you, once.Then she gets killed . . . and you know you were picked to take the rap . . .
A revisit of the 1950s classic that inspired Orson Welles's film Touch of Evil Assistant District Attorney Mitch Holt suspects the wrong people have been arrested in the murder of Rudy Linneker. But if it wasn't Linneker's daughter and her fiance, who was it? And why do two of the city's most decorated and beloved cops look like they're not shooting straight? If they've planted evidence in this case, what else are they guilty of in the past?
At last - they had found their quarry. Gib put his field glasses to his eyes and the pilot held the copter motionless above the mountainside. Gib lowered the glasses, his expression stony. "Let's go down.""What is it?" Restibo asked anxiously, reaching for the binoculars."It looks like a body." Gib hesitated and, though he knew the answer already, put it like a question. "What color jacket was Janie wearing?""Red," Restibo said unwillingly."Yeah," Gib muttered. "I guess we lost the race . . . "
He was called the Werewolf. He was nameless, faceless, a man who gave no reasons and left no clues. But he had a hammer and hate and lust ... and he'd left eight women ravaged and screaming. The ninth victim would never scream again. The rapist had turned killer, and the shadow of his hammer hung over the city. That's why Clover French, so lovely, so delicate to be a policewoman, had traded her uniform for clothes that flaunted her sex ... The cops needed bait for the killer!
12:10 a.m. When he pulled the girl out of the darkened car his intentions were simple and terrible2:30 a.m. The tough police lieutenant found that the stolen girl was his daughter3:57 a.m. A Shore Patrolman spotted the girl's purse in a trash can outside the window of a Skid Row hotel 4:20 a.m.There was nothing in the bare hotel room but a torn up bed, a shattered window, a packet of needles, an icepick, and a pair of pliersIt was 5.20 a.m. before the police picked up the trail again
When a phony count, a weird artist, and a dazzling blond beauty relentlessly dog his footsteps, hard-hitting private investigator Max Thursday knows his charming personality isn't the attraction. And as soon as he opens the box he is guarding and finds a hundred grand in cold cash, Thursday has the first clue to a mystery that leads the rugged sleuth headlong into a bloody fight-to-the-finish with a ruthless gang of international smugglers.
San Diego's Chief of Homicide warns Max Thursday to keep out of the investigation of the murder of a beautiful redheaded divorcée. But Merle, the reporter girlfriend of the hard-fisted private investigator, begs Max to tackle the case, confessing a secret love affair with Bliss Weaver, the victim's estranged ex-husband, whom the police are accusing of the killing. Then Weaver escapes from jail, and a second and a third strangling occur. Torn between a jealous desire to see his rival out of the way and his conviction that Weaver is innocent, Max begins a desperate chase after the murderer. From swank La Jolla to an isolated lighthouse, the trail finally leads to the ashes of a city dump, where Max must solve his own dilemma and the brutal crimes in a spine-tingling showdown.
When vice merchant Henry Blue rolls into town, there's a warm reception waiting--hot bullets from some overzealous competitors. While the punctured gangster is indisposed, private investigator Max Thursday steps into his identity. Counting on the fact that Blue is a stranger to San Diego, Thursday takes a gambler's chance on pulling off the deception. Blue's daily, deadly rounds include contact with a gentle-voiced spiritualist, a gray-gloved thug, and a one-armed bandit. The odds are against Max when two women arrive on the scene--one or both are setting him up as a target for some trigger-happy hotheads. Max must slug his way out of trouble to smash the backbone of the sinister national crime syndicate that threatens to corrupt the town.
A kidnapped boy!A terrified blonde!A fortune in stolen pearls!Hardboiled Max Thursday, on-time private eye, had given up being a detective. But when the kidnapped boy turned out to be his own son and the frightened blonde his beautiful ex-wife, Max went into action with blazing fury in his heart. In four of the most hectic and hazardous days of his career Max got himself shot at, beaten up, and accused of murder before he caught a kidnapper, solved a puzzle in pearls and dealt out justice to a guilty bystander!
Dave Lee was shot dead as he rode the Joyland ferris wheel. As hard-boiled private investigator Max Thursday stalked Dave's killer, he encountered ... a high-powered sob sister, the sadistic king of a gambling syndicate, and a delicate, sphinx-like girl who packed a .38 revolver. The best Wade Miller mystery yet! A tough private eye relentlessly pursues a wily, cold-blooded gunman through an amusement park.
Her name was Shasta Lynn--a names as phony as the color of her golden hair. She was big and beautiful, and she knew how to tease when she stripped. She was so sensational no one noticed that an admirer in the last row wore a knife sticking in his heart.Curtains go up on a drama of murder, racketeering, dope-peddling, and double-dealing romance. And a smart San Diego cop calls the finale for one of the toughest killers ever to clear the stage for death.
When private investigator Max Thursday is asked to recover some gambling IOUs for a mysterious woman, he stumbles into a vicious blackmail ring. The Frame-up involves compromising photographs used as weapons against prominent men and women who are willing to pay high prices. The business is so lucrative that one of the local gangsters sets out to cut himself into the racket and ends up dead. Before he wraps up the case, Max has to outwit a pompous district attorney who wants to put him in jail and a seductive and dangerous lady boss of a crime syndicate who can't decide if she wants him as a suitor or a corpse.
Barry Lunsford was down on his luck. He had no money, no girl and a lousy job. Then he found $300,000 in stolen cash. But his brief fling in paradise was shattered by the two vicious hoods who wanted the money back. They gave him a choice: return the cash or they'd carve Iris up into little pieces and feed her to the fish. It was his move.
Betty Case opened her eyes, fear gripping her. She lay very still for a moment, listening. Then she heard the sound again, like someone walking on the roof.Instantly she thought of the cat burglar, who'd been terrorizing his victims with an axe. She sat up and reached for the gun under her pillow.A rasping sound came from the hall window; the she heard footsteps outside the bedroom door. She held her breath, her eyes straining in the darkness, her hand gripping the gun tighter.Suddenly the door opened. A shadowy figure stood there, a glittering blade in his hand. Betty screamed and pulled the trigger--setting off a chain of events that enmeshed her deeper and deeper in a vicious game of murder and violence.
A tough and lusty novel that moves with the white-heat of a lighting bolt!Johnny Reagan quickly learned the slum's depraved rules for survival.At six, he was a petty thief. At twelve, he was a procurer. At twenty-one, he was a respectable, loveable, 18-carat heel who never missed a trick--especially if she promised an evening's cheap thrills.Then rich Mr. Connors befriended Johnny, and Johnny knew there was big money to be made--if he pulled the right strings, told the right lies, and played around with the right women.But Johnny played with Julie ... Julie who had been brought up in the same slum that had spawned Johnny--and who knew all the cute gutter tricks Johnny thought were his exclusive property ... plus a few female tricks all her own.
Big, brash, good-looking Hondo Kenyon is one of the Los Angeles Dodgers' best pitchers, a southpaw screwballer with the necessary skills and fastball to keep the opposition from tearing his head off, and the team is counting on the ex-small town Pennsylvania boy for help in their pennant run. On the other hand, Kenyon rates as a screwball in more ways than one. He has a long track record as a scoring jock with the ladies and his antics on or off the field are flamboyant and daffy, executed with lunatic fervor, sometimes funny of bordering on the ludicrous, always certain of coverage by the media.With a reputation like that, it's no big surprise to a lot of people when Hondo turns up dead in the electrically charged water of a condominium swimming pool. Slip Masters, the team's public relations man, calls on his private investigator friend Max Roper to look into the case and find out for sure whether it was a legit accident or perhaps a crafty and ingenious murder. The Los Angeles cops have crossed off Hondo's death as a weird accident, but Slip isn't so sure. Neither is Max Roper, especially when he gets in closer and starts kicking things around and his investigations turn up some odd circumstances and a string of other murders. As Detective Lieutenant Camino of Homicide says, "On a Roper case they die on the hour, like flies. Death follows Max like a plague."Roper has plenty of leads to follow: disgruntled ballplayers, jealous boyfriends, discarded lovers, the dead man's new-breed agent, a psychiatrist, a pool-maintenance person, a hippie plastic surgeon, condominium neighbors, some gangland types, a rock musician and a pineapple heiress ex-wife, among others. His travels take him from the baseball locker room to the seedy areas of Venice, a factory turned nightclub, exclusive watering holes, a chic tennis club, a new high-rise office complex--in short, a cross section of Los Angeles. Along the way to solving the case, Roper get shot at, arrested, beaten up, held at gunpoint and hit over the head, not necessarily in that order.
Max Roper is one of the new-fangled breed who includes murder in his arsenal of security activities. In The Pushbutton Butterfly, he has to track a missing girl through a myriad of fascinating, violent, and potentially evil people, including an idealistic student rebel at Berkeley; the most fashionable of gurus; young coeds who augment their income by pushing heroin; a motorcycle gang leader who is flying high all the time; and a staid, liberal pillar of the Establishment who secretly collects pornographic pictures.Roper is a compelling man who carries his own standards of behavior into every society he encounters. He fits best with the local police who are his friends, with an aspiring Mr. America, whom he can throw with karate, indeed with all types of evildoers and guardians against evildoers. He's an adaptable fellow, though, and manages to get on well--when he has to--with millionaires and murderers of all classes.The Pushbutton Butterfly begins when Max Roper's boss, head of an organization called EPT, sends him out to investigate the report of a missing girl, a security project. EPT, an offshoot of a wartime operation, occasionally does top, top secret jobs for the CIA and other legal espionage groups. In this case, the girl's father is manufacturing some highly important electronic gadgets, and there's some danger that pressure could be exerted o him through his daughter to release secret formulas. The father, who is understandably inimical to Roper's presence in the case, gives grudging cooperation. The girl is a student at Berkeley, and there Max goes to learn what he can from her friends. He finds one of them almost immediately, an attractive girl whose charms are not improved the condition in which Max finds her, which is very dead.From this opening, there is no letdown to the pace and excitement of The Pushbutton Butterfly, Max Roper's first case, a provocative introduction.