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Mobbed Up

by James Neff

The spellbinding saga of Teamster boss Jackie Presser's rise and fall In his rise from car thief to president of America's largest labor union, Jackie Presser used every ounce of his street smarts and rough-edged charisma to get ahead. He also had a lot of help along the way--not just from his father, Bill Presser, a Teamster power broker and thrice-convicted labor racketeer, but also from the Mob and the FBI. At the same time that he was taking orders from the Cleveland Mafia and New York crime boss Fat Tony Salerno, Presser was serving as the FBI's top informant on organized crime. Meticulously researched and dramatically told, Mobbed Up is the story of Presser's precarious balancing act with the Teamsters, the Mafia, and the Justice Department. Drawing on thousands of pages of classified files, James Neff follows the trail of greed, corruption, and hubris all the way to the Nixon and Reagan White Houses, where Bill and Jackie Presser were treated as valued friends. Winner of an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award for best reporting on organized crime, it is a tale too astonishing to be made up--and too troubling to be ignored.

Unfinished Murder

by James Neff

Finalist for the Edgar Award: The gripping account of a sexual predator's reign of terror and the manhunt that sought to bring him to justice From 1983 to 1988, a serial rapist preyed on the women of Cleveland's West Side. His victims were spied on, stalked, and brutally assaulted, their most intimate moments invaded by a vicious stranger. Arrested more than a dozen times for other crimes, Ronnie Shelton slipped through the cracks of an overburdened police department so often it seemed he would never be caught. Based on extensive interviews with the survivors, the police, psychiatrists, and Shelton himself, Unfinished Murder is the riveting, all-encompassing story of this five-year nightmare. In clear-eyed and compelling prose, investigative journalist James Neff documents the long-term devastation caused by rape--a crime too often hidden in shadow--and celebrates the courage of the women who helped to put a ruthless criminal behind bars. Thanks to their brave testimony and the perseverance of the detectives who made the case their personal crusade, Shelton was convicted of raping twenty-nine women. Chillingly, the total number of his victims may be closer to one hundred.

Arabesque

by Geoffrey Household

In war-torn Lebanon, a beautiful French woman fights a war of spy versus spy There is no privacy in Beirut. In the hotel lobbies and high-class bars of this beautiful Eastern capital, intelligencers of every stripe hide in plain sight: British spies and Nazi moles, Free French operatives and the lackeys of Vichy France. Stalin has his men here, as do the Zionists who would turn British Palestine into a haven for the Jewish people. There are agents of every race, gender, and nationality--and they are all at one another's throats. Armande Herne is not one of them--but she will be soon enough. A French woman raised in England, Armande came to Beirut after her husband joined the navy. When the French army hands the city over to the British, an arms deal draws Armande into the shadowy side of this city of intrigue, taking her on a desert adventure that will change the war--or leave her dead in the sand.

Always Kill a Stranger

by Robert L. Fish

At an international summit, Da Silva searches for an assassin Off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, a freighter battles the waves. The steward has been stricken with appendicitis, but the sea is too rough for the ship to dock. A coast guard helicopter brings him to shore, where he is put in an ambulance and rushed the hospital. But when the ambulance arrives, the patient has disappeared. He was never sick, and he is not a sailor. He is an assassin, and he's vanished into thin air. The Organization of American States is holding a summit in Rio, and Argentinian representative Juan Dorcas is planning an incendiary speech. When Interpol liaison José Da Silva hears whispers that Dorcas will be assassinated before he has a chance to speak, his thoughts turn to the sailor who jumped ship, to commit a murder that will rock a hemisphere.

Tightrope

by Teri White

Spaceman and Blue track a trio of Vietnam veterans with murder on their minds As Saigon erupts into chaos, General Tran walks with the easy calm of a man with a plan. After years of working with the Americans, he has no intention of being left behind in Vietnam, and so he has arranged for an escape route. He is nearly home free when he hears footsteps behind him in the darkened alley. He knows then that he will never leave Saigon alive. Tran had planned to escape Vietnam with a cache of smuggled diamonds. Years later, the three Americans who helped him steal the stones want their piece of the haul--and will do anything to get ahold of it. As their search turns violent, they attract the attention of Blue Maguire and Spaceman Kowalski, a pair of LA cops whose oddball exteriors mask a toughness rarely seen outside the LAPD. To stop this trio of killers, they will have to be tougher than ever before.

The Incredible Schlock Homes

by Robert L. Fish

Twelve loving parodies of the great detective--each a masterpiece in its own right The world-famous amateur detective Schlock Homes is making his way through breakfast when a telegram arrives. It takes but a moment's deduction for the brilliant sleuth to determine that it was sent by a woman named Miss Wimpole, and that she is terribly upset. Homes knows this because the telegram reads, "I am terribly upset," and is signed, "Miss Wimpole." Miss Wimpole brings a case that stretches from the tombs of Egypt to the deserts of Mexico, with a stop at the racetrack in between, and it is but the first misadventure in this riotous collection of tales. Whether chasing a counterfeit sovereign or an "Adam Bomb," Schlock Homes and Dr. Watney never fail to have a marvelous time--even if they don't quite catch their man.

A Handy Death

by Robert L. Fish Henry Rothbatt

A lawyer agrees to defend an ex-baseball prospect accused of murder In 1964, nineteen-year-old Billy Dupaul was on his way to stardom. A modest farm boy with a lightning fastball, he had just signed a record contract with the New York Mets when a single gunshot changed his life forever. Dupaul went down on an attempted murder rap, and the Mets washed their hands of him. Eight years later, the man he was said to have shot drops dead when a shard of bullet works its way into his brain. After eight summers in Attica, Billy is about to be tried for murder. After throwing him to the wolves in 1964, the vice president of the Mets shows surprising interest in the case and hires Hank Ross, one of the toughest defense attorneys in Manhattan, to save the boy from the chair. It's an impossible assignment, and Ross will find the case has more bite than any big-league curve.

The High Place

by Geoffrey Household

In love with a radical leader, an expatriate must decide whether to put the world before his heart Thirty miles from the Mediterranean coast, in the lush Syrian heartland, there is a compound known as Kasr-el-Sittat--the Fortress of Holy Women. Built by a deranged cult leader to house his many wives, it was abandoned when the Second World War brought the cult to its knees. Now it has been purchased by a group of European exiles: displaced people whose revenge on the world will come in the shape of a mushroom cloud. When life in postwar Britain proves unbearable, Eric Amberson returns to Syria, where he spent the war shuffling papers for the British army. There he meets one of the women of Kasr-el-Sittat and falls quickly in love. Elisa Cantemir is a rare beauty, but Eric will find that beneath her elegant exterior is an anarchist who wants nothing more than to plunge the world back into the hell of war.

Brazilian Sleigh Ride

by Robert L. Fish

A fraud case leads Da Silva on a wild search across Brazil It's snowing in New York, and Jimmy Martin is pleading for his life. He owes a loan shark $100,000, but he knows he will make his fortune if he can just hop a plane to Brazil. The lender gives him a thirty-day extension, and Jimmy is on his way. But he will find Brazil a better place in which to end a life than to save one. Interpol detective José Da Silva has seen many schemers undone by Brazil. Jimmy Martin leaves the United States clutching a fistful of bearer bonds--some of which belong to the Brazilian government--and Da Silva is waiting with handcuffs when his plane arrives. But there's no sign of Martin. He slipped off in Recife, disappearing into the country's vast interior. If he is lucky, Da Silva will find him before the jungle takes its toll.

An Ordinary Story

by Ivan Goncharov Marjorie Hoover

An Ordinary Story describes the coming of age of a romantic young man from the provinces who moves to Petersburg in search of love and a career. Psychologically acute in its delineation of his relationship with his mentor uncle, this work has a great deal of charm as well as interest. <P><P> Since Goncharov himself had worked as a bureaucrat in the civil service, his depiction of this world and the compromises it exacted from his heroes is genuinely compelling. A work that retains its relevance for Russians even today (it has been staged several times as a play in the Soviet Union), An Ordinary Story marked the debut of a major Russian novelist.

Discount: A Novel

by Casey Grey

Immigration, suburban poverty, and big-box retail converge in this audacious debut novel of a nation coming apart at the seams<P><P> Set in the American Southwest, forty miles north of Juárez, Casey Gray's ambitious, tragicomic, and ultimately redemptive novel follows a group of customers and employees through the twenty-four hour work cycle as they seek comfort and sustenance inside of the cinderblock walls of a classic American institution--The Superstore. <P> On the eve of the company president's visit to the store, a manager's drunk text to a coworker leads to a series of consequences as brutal as they are wide-ranging: Everyone around him will be affected. <P> With a cast of characters featuring Ernesto, a local gang member struggling to choose a job pushing carts over a desultory life as a drug dealer; Wilma, a grandmother working double shifts to support her family; and Keith, a high school student with a penchant for filmmaking, Gray offers a startlingly humane, utterly contemporary portrait of life on the suburban fringe. <P> A vision of an America barely getting by and assaulted by crime, corruption, and exploitation in all of its manifestations, Discount is nevertheless a triumphant and big-hearted novel that marks the arrival of a new voice we won't soon forget.

Hot Pursuit

by Stuart Woods

Stone Barrington is back in the exciting new adventure from perennial fan favorite Stuart Woods. It's not often that Stone Barrington finds a woman as accustomed to the jet-set lifestyle as he, so he's pleasantly surprised when he meets a gorgeous pilot who's soon moving to New York, and available for closer acquaintance. Their travels together lead them from Wichita to Europe, but trailing them is some unwanted baggage: his new lady love's unstable, criminal ex-boyfriend. And while Stone is fending off his newest adversary, trouble is brewing on the international stage. Several enemy operatives are at large, and only a coordinated intelligence effort will have any chance of stopping their deadly plot. But the clock is ticking . . . and time has nearly run out.From the Hardcover edition.

Dark Heir

by Faith Hunter

Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade...For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it's definitely personal.Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she'll have to put everything on the line, and hope it's enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

Mate Bond

by Jennifer Ashley

Together but unbound, they must learn what it means to love completely, in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wild Wolf.To cement the leadership of his North Carolina Shiftertown, Bowman O'Donnell agreed to a "mating of convenience." Two powerful wolf shifters, he and Kenzie keep the pack in order and are adored by all. Bowman would do anything to protect Kenzie, for in each other's arms they've found far more than friendship. But as strong as their attachment is, they still haven't formed the elusive mate bond--the almost magical joining of true mates.Now with a monster ravaging the countryside and threatening the Shiftertown community, some in the pack fear that a pair without a true mate bond isn't strong enough to lead. Bowman and Kenzie will have to rely on their instinctive trust in one another to save their Shifters--and the ensuing battle will either destroy them or give them the chance to seize the love they've always craved.

Best Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Baking Recipes

by Grace Cheetham

Melt-in-the-mouth Red Velvet Cake; delicate Fondant Fancies; delicious Fig and Rosemary Pizza. . . For many coeliacs or people allergic or intolerant to gluten and/or dairy, making any of these seems far too difficult. But best-selling author and leading expert in the thriving free-from community, Grace Cheetham shows how easy it is to work with gluten-free flours and grains, and dairy-free products, to transform their culinary lives. Intolerant to both gluten and dairy, Grace has spent years developing delicious recipes from alternative ingredients to inspire those who follow her popular blog. And now with every large supermarket stocking a wide range of these gluten and dairy-free ingredients, it's never been easier to cook up a feast! From breads and biscuits to cakes and desserts, and even baked main meals, Grace's new book offers so much variety you'll never feel like you're missing out again. Soft bread studded with sun-dried tomatoes and fragrant thyme leaves, Carrot and Cardamom Cake with a fluffy lime frosting, or Flatbreads with Spicy Chermoula-glazed Lamb, these are just a few of the dishes you can create. What's more, all the irresistible recipes in The Best Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Baking Recipes take the stress out of baking free-from food - whether you are an experienced cook or just starting out in the kitchen. With stunning photography and design, this book is the ultimate guide to gluten- and dairy-free baking.

The 'War on Terror' and the Framework of International Law

by Helen Duffy

The acts of lawlessness committed on September 11, 2001 have been followed by a 'war on terror'. This book considers the law relevant to assessing how such terrorist' acts should be understood in legal terms, which responses to them are permissible and how those responses are to be pursued. It considers some of the actions that have unfolded since 9/11 (military intervention, law enforcement initiatives, human rights restrictions and abuse) prompting questions as to the 'war on terror's lawfulness. The volume clearly designates areas of international law where interest has escalated beyond traditional academic legal circles.

Bleeding Hearts

by Teri White

Two mismatched cops search Los Angeles for a pair of bloodthirsty killers On the night he escapes the asylum, Tom does not take his medication. He slips out of bed soon after lights out, pockets a knife, and goes looking for a guard. At knifepoint, he takes the man's clothes, cuts his throat, and walks out of the institution a free man. His brother is waiting outside the gate. They have work to do. As Tom and his brother cut a bloody swath across Los Angeles County, it falls to Blue Maguire and Spaceman Kowalski to find them. Even in the strangest precincts of the LAPD, there are no two cops quite like Spaceman, a hard-boiled detective of the old school, and Blue, his margarita-sipping, always-fashionable partner. Stopping the Hitchcock brothers will take them closer to the brink than ever before--but Spaceman and Blue are happiest on the edge.

The Gold of Troy

by Robert L. Fish

To recover a lost treasure, an American and a Russian face off against a killer Berlin is lost, but the Nazis have not given up hope. As their soldiers battle the Red Army for every inch of the capital, a detachment of Russians search the bunker underneath the Berlin Zoo, where Hitler's army stored the finest art treasures of the Reich. The bunker is empty by the time Sergeant Kolenko enters it--save for a rusted old trunk that holds nothing but gold knickknacks. Kolenko's men don't know it yet, but they have unearthed the treasures of the lost city of Troy. Decades later, the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art receives a letter saying that the treasure will be auctioned off. To get her hands on it, she will have to face off against the CIA, the KGB, and a killer who will do anything for gold.

Thursday's Child

by Teri White

When an orphan runs away from home, his grandfather hires an ex-cop to find him Four months ago, Beau Epstein watched his parents die. For fourteen years, he lived with his family in the jungle village of Santa María, ignoring the outside world. It was paradise until the civil war came to find them. His parents were gunned down in the streets, and Beau found himself suddenly alone in the world. His grandfather, an old-school Hollywood mogul, sends for the child. After struggling to adjust to life in Los Angeles, Beau runs away from home, and his grandfather hires Gar Sinclair to find him. Ever since a gunshot wound ended his career with the LAPD, Gar has made a living tracking down the displaced children of Hollywood big shots. But Beau is no ordinary runaway. In a city where hired killers stalk the streets, one lost boy will find himself right back in the jungle.

Fault Lines

by Teri White

To help an ex-con, a retired NYPD cop takes on a missing-person case Bryan Murphy is chasing a rapist down the sidewalk when he feels the pain in his chest. Before he knows it, he's in the hospital and his days in the NYPD are finished. Quitting the force isn't enough; he needs to get out of the city. He needs to move to Los Angeles. It doesn't take long for Murphy to tire of clean living and California sunshine. He's on the beach one afternoon when he sees a fellow lost soul--a recently released inmate with nothing to do but stare into the ocean and pray for his luck to turn around. When ex-cop and ex-con strike up an unlikely friendship, it puts them on a collision course with two stick-up artists who are desperate for one big score--and who aren't afraid to kill to make it happen. "A heart stopper." --The New York Times on "Role Model" "Breathtakingly fast-paced, snappily written." --Publishers Weekly on Tightrope "Old-fashioned . . . Fast and lively." --Kirkus Reviews on Bleeding Hearts

The Green Hell Treasure

by Robert L. Fish

In search of a missing treasure, Da Silva returns to an old case Off the island of Barbados, the crew of a Brazilian ocean liner strains to hear the sounds of Carnival coming from shore. A small boat pulls alongside, and a band of steel drummers offer to play for them. As they make their rounds on the ship, the bandleader slips away. He pistol whips one of the crew, forcing him to open the ship's safe, and escapes before the song has ended, taking half a million dollars in gems with him. The Brazilian police send young detective José Da Silva to investigate the robbery. He captures the thieves but never recovers the jewels. Fifteen years later, three of the gang's members have died in prison, and the fourth is due for release. Da Silva follows him back to Barbados, hoping the thief will lead him to the long-forgotten treasure--and a final solution to the case that started his career.

Mystery, Inc.

by Joyce Carol Oates

Have you ever wanted something so badly you would kill for it? Identified only by the hastily--and clumsily--chosen alias Charles Brockden, the narrator of this story finds a bookstore that instantly piques his desire. He must call it his own; he must add it to his already-extensive collection of bookstores. But surely the owner of such a fine shop wouldn't easily part with it. Brockden forms a plan to acquire the store in such a way that no one would ever suspect foul play: untraceable murder. And he knows he will be successful--because he has done it before.

Trouble in Paradise

by Robert L. Fish

A gang of assassins draw Da Silva into Brazil's rugged interior George Chaney may have been raised in the roughest neighborhoods of the United States, but he's never been anywhere quite as dangerous as Paraíso. Although booming with petrodollars, this rugged city in the Brazilian wastelands is still a frontier town at heart. On the run from the mob, Chaney comes here in search of sanctuary. He will find that though the city's name means paradise, its reality is much closer to hell. Chaney is found gunned down execution style, with a tag around his neck that reads Esquadrão de Morte--death squad. He's the fourth victim of this gang of killers, and his death attracts the attention of Captain José Da Silva, an Interpol detective who knows that life is cheap on the Brazilian frontier, and death comes in many forms.

The Wrong Man

by James Neff

Finalist for the Edgar Award and one of Ann Rule's top five true-crime titles: The definitive account of the Dr. Sam Sheppard murder mystery"My God . . . I think they've killed Marilyn!" At 5:40 a.m. on July 4, 1954, the mayor of Bay Village, a small suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, received a frantic phone call from his neighbor Dr. Sam Sheppard. The news was too terrible to comprehend: Marilyn, Sam's lovely wife, was dead, her face and torso beaten beyond recognition by an unknown assailant who had knocked Sam unconscious and escaped just before dawn. In the adjacent bedroom, Chip, the Sheppards' seven-year-old son, had slept through the entire ordeal. Almost immediately, the police began to suspect Sam Sheppard. The local press rushed to cast judgment on the handsome, prosperous doctor. After a misguided investigation, Sheppard was arrested and charged with murder. Sentenced to life in prison, he served for nearly a decade before he was acquitted in a retrial. Until his death, he maintained his innocence. Culled from DNA evidence, testimony that was never heard in court, prison diaries, and interviews with the Sheppard family and other key players, The Wrong Man makes a convincing case for Sheppard's innocence and reveals the identity of the real killer. This ebook contains ten photographs not included in previous editions.

The Long Good Boy

by Carol Lea Benjamin

In Shamus Award-winning author Carol Lea Benjamin's riveting mystery, dog trainer-turned-PI Rachel Alexander and her pit bull, Dash, take a walk on the wild side--with a little help from a courageous dachshund--to solve a series of murders Rachel and Dash have a new client. Well, three new clients. A trio of transvestite working girls want Rachel to investigate the death of one of their own. Rosalinda's throat was slashed on Halloween right after the Greenwich Village parade. Finding her killer isn't exactly the NYPD's top priority--and LaDonna, Chi Chi, and Jasmine are terrified that they'll be next. With her cash retainer in hand--and very few leads--Rachel starts digging. What is the connection between Rosalinda and a dead butcher? Soon, with the help of Chi Chi's mini-dachshund, Clint, Rachel is breaking into a plant in the Meatpacking District. But her future is suddenly on the line when she sets herself up as bait to catch the killer. As Rachel follows a twisting trail with only Dash for protection, she discovers that her foray into "the life" could end with her own untimely death.

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