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New to the art recovery world, agent Gwen Davies takes on her very first "repo" assignment: restoring a solid gold, bejeweled Venetian mask to its rightful owner. But she's mortified to find that she's stolen back a fake and worse yet, the client is her ex, Quinn Lawson. Both are forced to team up in order to find the real mask, leading them to the twisting canals of old Venice--and also in harm's way because of a centuries-old curse. Someone seems to want this mask even more than they do, and the growing danger forces them closer together than they ever expected to be--again.
Ben Hudson had a thing for shy, sexy Reese Monroe from the moment he first saw her three years ago. Back then, she was married and living in Boston--two very good reasons for the Miami detective with a bad-boy reputation to stay away. <P><P> But that was then... <P> Now Reese is divorced and moving to Florida, where her mother has rented her a small beach house--one that happens to be owned by Ben. Living right next door, he can't get Reese's soft curves out of his mind. He has waited three long years to touch her in all the ways he's been dreaming about, and this time he won't let anything get in his way. <P> For Reese, Ben's sudden advances are thrilling but leave her stunned. With her limited experience in the bedroom, she never expected a man with such a wicked reputation to go after her. She knows she should be on guard, but he's a temptation she can't resist. And when trouble follows her down from Boston, threatening her life, Ben may be the only one who can help her.
The founder of one of the most influential political blogs in the nation establishes the fundamental laws that govern today's new era of digital activism.<P><P> The laws of power have changed-and will continue to do so in our ever-evolving, digital culture. Societal shifts require mastering new skills for effecting positive change. Now it's out with the old rules, in with the new... Founder of one of the nation's most influential political blogs, DailyKos.com, Zúniga has drawn up his revolutionary strategies such as: ? Don't mourn the street protest-reinvent it ? Feed the backlash ? Demolish your opponents with ridicule ? Identify heroes and villains Written for both the general public and the grassroots activist, this is a new great awakening- as the crowds learn the laws of power that will lead to effective transformation.
Although Ruby is an easy language to learn, in the heat of action you may find that you can't remember the correct syntax for a conditional or the name of a method. This handy pocket reference offers brief yet clear explanations of Ruby's core components, from operators to reserved words to data structures to method syntax, highlighting those key features that you'll likely use every day when coding Ruby. Whether you've come to Ruby because of the Rails web development framework --Ruby's killer app -- or simply because it's a relatively clean, powerful and expressive language that's useful for a lot of applications, the Ruby Pocket Reference is organized to help you find what you need quickly. This book not only will get you up to speed on how Ruby works, it provides you with a handy reference you can use anywhere, anytime. In this book, you find essential information on: Reserved words, operators, comments, numbers, variables, ranges, and symbols Predefined variables andglobal constants Conditional statements, method use, classes, and modules (mixins) Lists of methods from the Object, String, Array, and Hash classes and the Kernel module sprintf andtime formatting directories Interactive Ruby (irb) and the Ruby debugger Ruby documentation You also get information on the RubyGems package utility and Rake, a build tool similar to make.. If you're using Ruby daily and just want the facts-fast-Ruby Pocket Reference is your book.
If you're a developer with core Java SE skills, this hands-on book takes you through the language changes in Java 8 triggered by the addition of lambda expressions. You'll learn through code examples, exercises, and fluid explanations how these anonymous functions will help you write simple, clean, library-level code that solves business problems.Lambda expressions are a fairly simple change to Java, and the first part of the book shows you how to use them properly. Later chapters show you how lambda functions help you improve performance with parallelism, write simpler concurrent code, and model your domain more accurately, including building better DSLs.Use exercises in each chapter to help you master lambda expressions in Java 8 quicklyExplore streams, advanced collections, and other Java 8 library improvementsLeverage multicore CPUs and improve performance with data parallelismUse techniques to "lambdify" your existing codebase or library codeLearn practical solutions for lambda expression unit testing and debuggingImplement SOLID principles of object-oriented programming with lambdasWrite concurrent applications that efficiently perform message passing and non-blocking I/O
If you've mastered Python's fundamentals, you're ready to start using it to get real work done. Programming Python will show you how, with in-depth tutorials on the language's primary application domains: system administration, GUIs, and the Web. You'll also explore how Python is used in databases, networking, front-end scripting layers, text processing, and more. This book focuses on commonly used tools and libraries to give you a comprehensive understanding of Python's many roles in practical, real-world programming. You'll learn language syntax and programming techniques in a clear and concise manner, with lots of examples that illustrate both correct usage and common idioms. Completely updated for version 3.x, Programming Python also delves into the language as a software development tool, with many code examples scaled specifically for that purpose. Topics include: Quick Python tour: Build a simple demo that includes data representation, object-oriented programming, object persistence, GUIs, and website basics System programming: Explore system interface tools and techniques for command-line scripting, processing files and folders, running programs in parallel, and more GUI programming: Learn to use Python's tkinter widget library Internet programming: Access client-side network protocols and email tools, use CGI scripts, and learn website implementation techniques More ways to apply Python: Implement data structures, parse text-based information, interface with databases, and extend and embed Python
New York Times-bestselling author and former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland teaches all dog owners how to have the close relationship and exceptional training of combat dogs. <P><P>In TEAM DOG, Mike taps into fifteen years' worth of experience and shares, explaining in accessible and direct language, the science behind the importance of gaining a dog's trust and then offering invaluable steps for how to achieve any level of obedience. His unique approach uses entertaining examples and anecdotes from his work with dogs on and off the battlefield and direct tips from the Navy SEAL guidebook to teach dog owners how to: choose the perfect dog for their household, establish themselves as the "team leader," master "command and control," employ "situational awareness," and to solidify their dog's position as the family's ultimate best friend.<P>TEAM DOG introduces pet owners everywhere to the new and distinctive authority on how to train your dog. . . the SEAL way.
As the owner of a popular vintage clothing store, Lily Ivory can enjoy a day of antique jewelry shopping and still call it work. <P><P>But as one of San Francisco's resident witches, searching for hidden treasures can sometimes lead to dangerous discoveries... When Lily arrives at an antique jewelry fair, her bargain sensors go off left and right--but she also picks up a faint vibration of magic. Could the hard-bargaining merchant Griselda be a fellow practitioner? It certainly seems that way when a sudden fire sends panic through the crowd, and Lily discovers Griselda murdered in a way that nods to an old-fashioned witch hunt... A crime that hits close to home turns into an unwelcome flash from the past when the police bring in their lead suspect--Lily's estranged father. Though he may not deserve her help, Lily is determined to clear her father's name and solve a murder that's anything but crystal clear.
Things have always fallen into place for Richard Moore, Earl of Raleigh. His good looks, abundance of charm, and the small matter of being heir to a marquisate make him quite the catch. <P><P>So when a delectable young woman wants nothing to do with him, he can't help but seize the irresistible challenge. AN UNLIKELY COURTSHIP Jane Bunting knows all about responsibility--she has managed to support herself and her brother with their bakery--but she knows nothing of excitement or passion. When dashing Lord Raleigh crosses the threshold of her shop, she has no idea of the potential danger to her reputation...or to her heart. AN IMPOSSIBLE MATCH Neither imagined things would go so far--until the night their worlds collide, irrevocably changing both their lives. But when duty calls for Richard, and with everything Jane's worked for suddenly at stake, will their taste for scandal be their downfall?
What if you could combine the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a giant organization? THE OLD RULES NO LONGER APPLY . . . <P><P>When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in 2004, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing. Al Qaeda in Iraq was a decentralized network that could move quickly, strike ruthlessly, then seemingly vanish into the local population. The allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment, and training--but none of that seemed to matter.TEACHING A LEVIATHAN TO IMPROVISE It's no secret that in any field, small teams have many advantages--they can respond quickly, communicate freely, and make decisions without layers of bureaucracy. But organizations taking on really big challenges can't fit in a garage. They need management practices that can scale to thousands of people. General McChrystal led a hierarchical, highly disciplined machine of thousands of men and women. But to defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq, his Task Force would have to acquire the enemy's speed and flexibility. Was there a way to combine the power of the world's mightiest military with the agility of the world's most fearsome terrorist network? If so, could the same principles apply in civilian organizations?<P>A NEW APPROACH FOR A NEW WORLD McChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom and remade the Task Force, in the midst of a grueling war, into something new: a network that combined extremely transparent communication with decentralized decision-making authority. The walls between silos were torn down. Leaders looked at the best practices of the smallest units and found ways to extend them to thousands of people on three continents, using technology to establish a oneness that would have been impossible even a decade earlier. The Task Force became a "team of teams"--faster, flatter, more flexible--and beat back Al Qaeda. BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD In this powerful book, McChrystal and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to countless businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations. The world is changing faster than ever, and the smartest response for those in charge is to give small groups the freedom to experiment while driving everyone to share what they learn across the entire organization. As the authors argue through compelling examples, the team of teams strategy has worked everywhere from hospital emergency rooms to NASA. It has the potential to transform organizations large and small.From the Hardcover edition.
Teach Me invites readers inside an experience that fascinates everyone-an affair between a teacher and student-and gives an up-close-and-personal answer to the question: How does this happen?
The Trailsman falls into a nest of vipers On the trail of missing pioneers, Skye Fargo comes across a vile encampment ruled with a blood-soaked fist by the imperious Philly Denton and his crew of killers. If they're the snakes that did the travelers in, the Trailsman will have to take them out...
Inspiring stories and practical advice from America's most respected journalists The country's most prominent journalists and nonfiction authors gather each year at Harvard's Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. <P><P>Telling True Stories presents their best advice--covering everything from finding a good topic, to structuring narrative stories, to writing and selling your first book. More than fifty well-known writers offer their most powerful tips, including: * Tom Wolfe on the emotional core of the story * Gay Talese on writing about private lives * Malcolm Gladwell on the limits of profiles * Nora Ephron on narrative writing and screenwriters * Alma Guillermoprieto on telling the story and telling the truth * Dozens of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists from the Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and more . . . The essays contain important counsel for new and career journalists, as well as for freelance writers, radio producers, and memoirists. Packed with refreshingly candid and insightful recommendations, Telling True Stories will show anyone fascinated by the art of writing nonfiction how to bring people, scenes, and ideas to life on the page.
Prospero, sorcerer and rightful Duke of Milan, along with his daughter Miranda, has lived on an island for many years since his position was usurped by his brother Antonio. <P><P>Then, as Antonio's ship passes near the island one day, Prospero conjures up a terrible storm...This play, combining elements of both tragedy and comedy, is believed by some to be the last Shakespeare wrote on his own, as well as one of his most fascinating works. The Signet edition also features an overview of Shakespeare's life and times, commentary by William Strachey, Montaigne, and others, and a stage and screen history, among other special content.
Tempted At Midnight, is the new Regency historical featuring the Ladies Literary Society of London. To stir public interest in her vampire romance novel, Lady Emily Stapleford stages nighttime vampire appearances. <P><P>Overnight, London is abuzz with the sightings. Now she'd be guaranteed success, if it wasn't for mysterious Logan Jennsen, who's onto Emily's duplicity.
Do what you have to do, Principal. I deserve it...High school guidance counselor by day, sex therapist by night, Charlotte Moore's passion is people--whether helping students with the realities of life or helping their parents with the fantasies. <P><P>Enter Principal Lance Hutton, the perfect subject for Charlotte's method in recharging the sex drive--and it's going to take some discipline. Considering this hot older man is her boss, it makes sense that he dole out the punishment. Besides, Charlotte's begging for it.But when Charlotte's after-school extracurricular activities are made public, it threatens her job, her reputation, and the career of the man she's falling head over heels in love with. Now, if this town wants a scandal, Charlotte and Lance are ready to give them one--and a lesson in bad behavior they'll never forget.
Book Two of the Gallaghers of Ardmore TrilogyHigh above the tidy village of Ardmore on a windy cliff, there is magic and music in the air, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts will help you find it...A talented songwriter, Shawn Gallagher spends his days lost in reverie and wonder, oblivious to the wiles of women and the ways of the world. He claims that he's content with his life, but his music tells a different story--one of loneliness and desperate longing...No one understands why Shawn doesn't put his musical gift to profitable use--least of all Brenna O'Toole, a fiercely independent tomboy who has been secretly in love with him for years. But it is only when Shawn gives in to the mysteries of magic that he gets the chance to fulfill his destiny as a man and a musician.Also in the Gallaghers of Ardmore trilogy:Jewels of the SunandHeart of the Seato fulfill his destiny as a man and a musician.
In the latest Sandy Cove romance from the author of The Red Bikini, ten good reasons aren't enough to keep Lia and Evan apart... <P><P>With a crazy eighty-hour-a-week job, an almost-boyfriend who's left her for Bora Bora, and way too many terrible bridesmaid dresses in her future, Lia McCabe needs a change of pace before the imminent crush of the big 3-0. First up, Lia is determined to help make sure her friend Drew's whale-watching business takes off. <P>But when an accident leaves him unable to man the boat, Lia's only option is to convince Drew's brooding, sexy brother to captain the ship (and save her butt). For the last two years, Evan Betancourt has been sailing around the world to avoid the ghosts of his past. But when he pulls into Sandy Cove for a brief stop, Lia makes him an offer she won't let him refuse. And as these two opposites figure out how to work together, the murky waters between denial and attraction are creeping up fast...
The National Book Award-winning novel by the writer whom Fran Lebowitz called "the real F. Scott Fitzgerald"Joe Chapin led a storybook life. <P><P>A successful small-town lawyer with a beautiful wife, two over-achieving children, and aspirations to be president, he seemed to have it all. But as his daughter looks back on his life, a different man emerges: one in conflict with his ambitious and shrewish wife, terrified that the misdeeds of his children will dash his political dreams, and in love with a model half his age. With black wit and penetrating insight, Ten North Frederick stands with Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, Evan S. Connell's Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge, the stories of John Cheever, and Mad Men as a brilliant portrait of the personal and political hypocrisy of mid-century America.
With her newest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City--its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness.Linda Fairstein is well-known for illuminating the dark histories in many of New York's forgotten corners--and sometimes in the city's most popular landmarks. In Terminal City, Fairstein turns her attention to one of New York's most iconic structures--Grand Central Terminal.From the world's largest Tiffany clock decorating the 42nd Street entrance to its spectacular main concourse, Grand Central has been a symbol of beauty and innovation in New York City for more than one hundred years. But "the world's loveliest station" is hiding more than just an underground train system. When the body of a young woman is found in the tower suite of the Waldorf Astoria--one of the most prestigious hotels in Manhattan--Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace find themselves hunting for an elusive killer whose only signature is carving a carefully drawn symbol into his victims' bodies, a symbol that bears a striking resemblance to train tracks. When a second body bearing the same bloody symbol is discovered in a deserted alleyway right next to the terminal building, all attention shifts to the iconic transportation hub, where the potential for a bigger attack weighs heavily on everyone's minds. With the President of the United States set to arrive for a United Nations meeting at the week's end, Alex and Mike must contend with Grand Central's expansive underground tunnels and century-old dark secrets--as well as their own changing relationship--to find a killer who appears to be cutting a deadly path straight to the heart of the city.
The gripping finale to Kathy and Brendan Reichs' New York Times bestselling VIRALS seriesThe Virals are back--but they're not the only pack in town anymore. <P><P>Terminal finds Tory Brennan and the rest of the Morris Island gang tracking a pack of rogue Virals who call themselves the Trinity. The new pack was infected by a strain of supervirus created by Tory's nemesis and sometimes-crush, Chance Clayborne, who accidentally infected himself, too.These red-eyed Virals have openly challenged Tory's pack for domination of Charleston, and they'll stop at nothing to bring their rivals down--even if that means giving them up to a shadowy government agency intent on learning the secret to the Virals' powers. Surviving it all is going to test the limits of the gang's abilities.In the riveting conclusion to the Virals series, Tory and the others are nearing an impossible choice--and the ultimate showdown.
Terminal Run: The final stage in the flight of a submarine torpedo as it increases speed to reach attack velocity. Terminal Run: The new techno-thriller featuring the dramatic, final undersea showdown between Admiral Michael Pacino and his most hated nemesis, Alexi Novskoyy.
Captured by Confederate spies to heal their comrade, Yankee doctor Adam McClain realized the man in gray named "Nick" was actually a beautiful and brave woman! Nick never forgot him. And months later, she was sent to the Texas frontier to ask for his help once again. But could she also hope for love from this Texan?
With her newest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City--its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness.<P><P>Linda Fairstein is well-known for illuminating the dark histories in many of New York's forgotten corners--and sometimes in the city's most popular landmarks. In Terminal City, Fairstein turns her attention to one of New York's most iconic structures--Grand Central Terminal.From the world's largest Tiffany clock decorating the 42nd Street entrance to its spectacular main concourse, Grand Central has been a symbol of beauty and innovation in New York City for more than one hundred years. But "the world's loveliest station" is hiding more than just an underground train system. <P>When the body of a young woman is found in the tower suite of the Waldorf Astoria--one of the most prestigious hotels in Manhattan--Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace find themselves hunting for an elusive killer whose only signature is carving a carefully drawn symbol into his victims' bodies, a symbol that bears a striking resemblance to train tracks. When a second body bearing the same bloody symbol is discovered in a deserted alleyway right next to the terminal building, all attention shifts to the iconic transportation hub, where the potential for a bigger attack weighs heavily on everyone's minds. <P>With the President of the United States set to arrive for a United Nations meeting at the week's end, Alex and Mike must contend with Grand Central's expansive underground tunnels and century-old dark secrets--as well as their own changing relationship--to find a killer who appears to be cutting a deadly path straight to the heart of the city.