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The Bunco Babes are not your average retires . . . When not rolling the bones, they like to throw themselves into a juicy mystery. But murder can be a dicey business . . . . The sixty-ish set at Serenity Cove Estates in South Carolina certainly knows how to keep active. When not playing Bunco or putting the greens, they are gossiping-and partying. So it's no surprise that when Kate McCall and her fellow Bunco Babes come across a dismembered arm during a golf game, rumors-and excitement-follow. The Bunco Babes decide to roll out their own investigation. But some of the suspects are right in their very own manicured backyards. And there's no forfeiting the game if the wrong roll of the dice sends the killer their way. . . .
Lawrence Shaw is well-known as the fastest gun alive-and for other reasons he'd just as soon forget. But when he kills two bushwhacking banditos, he becomes quarry for ruthless bounty hunters led by a cunning Mexican agent-and finds a chance for redemption. . . .
The first erotic novel from an author who's already turned up the heat with her acclaimed novels of romantic suspense. After fifteen years together, Alexander and Olivia Quinn have become strangers, both in and out of the bedroom-until Olivia suggests a provocative plan to save their marriage. When their handsome neighbor joins the game, all three players will become embroiled in a dangerous and unexpected world of secrets, betrayal, and murder. .
The story of Elizabeth I, as it's never been told before-through the eyes of two ladies-in-waiting closest to her. . . In a court filled with repressed sexual longing, scandal, and intrigue, Lady Katherine Grey is Elizabeth's most faithful servant. When the young queen is smitten by the dashing Robert Dudley, Katherine must choose between duty and desire-as her secret passion for a handsome earl threatens to turn Elizabeth against her. Once the queen becomes a bitter and capricious monarch, another lady-in-waiting, Mistress Mary Rogers, offers the queen comfort. But even Mary cannot remain impervious to the court's sexual tension-and as Elizabeth gives her doomed heart to the mercurial Earl of Essex, Mary is drawn to the queen's rakish godson. . . .
Stuntwoman-turned-vampire hunter Dawn Madison is in London to find the local vampire Underground and wipe it out. But her own encounter with the bloodsuckers is beginning to affect her in some very sinister ways.
For Seattle investigator Harper Blaine, her own case may prove the most difficult to solve. Why did she - as opposed to others with near-death experiences - become a Greywalker? When Harper begins digging into her own past, she unearths some unpleasant truths about her father's early death as well as a mysterious puzzle. She sets out to find his ghost but encounters only a void where he should be, leaving her with more unanswered questions. Before she can continue her search, Harper gets an offer she can't refuse to go to London and pursue an investigation on behalf of some very demanding vampires. But there are unpleasant surprises waiting for her, and Harper soon discovers her present trouble in England is entangled with her dark past back in Seattle - and her ultimate destiny as a Greywalker.
As a lovely weekend approaches on the Yale campus it appears that a number of students--including the sons of both the secretary of the army and newest Supreme Court justice--may have gone missing. Kidnapping? Terrorism? The authorities aren't sure. But the high-profile disappearances draw the attention of the CIA and the FBI's vaunted Hostage Rescue Team. Attention quickly focuses on the fortresslike tomb of one of Yale's oldest secret societies. Suspended Boulder police detective Sam Purdy soon finds himself in New Haven, where he is suddenly snared by an unlikely pair of Feds: FBI agent Christopher Poe and CIA analyst Deirdre Drake. When an unknown enemy starts releasing hostages, one by one, out of the building's front door to die, Sam, Poe, and Dee join together, desperately trying to solve the riddle of what is going on inside the windowless stone tomb on the edge of campus. In The Siege, New York Times bestselling author Stephen White delivers a pulse-pounding thriller that begs the questions: What if the next terrorist threat has a different set of rules that exploits weaknesses we never knew we had? How should we respond? And what happens when one of us is asked to make an unimaginable sacrifice to protect our neighbors?
Fourth in the "darkly rich"(TwoLips Reviews) Vampire Queen series. Escaping the depraved servitude of a vampire master she killed, Jessica has found her way, with three nomadic guides, to the sun-baked desolation of the Sahara-only to slowly perish. Then she hears the tale of Farida, an enigmatic beauty lost as well to the Sahara three centuries ago, whose ancient desire for the legendary vampire Lord Mason is stirring the same desires in Jessica. But the more Jessica's fatal curiosity reveals of Farida, the closer she gets to Lord Mason's irresistible and forbidden secret.
A unique and enlightening look at Europe's so-called Dark Ages Defying the conventional Dark Ages view of European history between A. D. 400 and 1000, award-winning historian Chris Wickham presents The Inheritance of Rome, a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship. Drawing on a wealth of new material and featuring a thoughtful synthesis of historical and archaeological approaches, Wickham agues that these centuries were critical in the formulation of European identity. From Ireland to Constantinople, the Baltic to the Mediterranean, the narrative constructs a vivid portrait of the vast and varied world of Goths, Franks, Vandals, Arabs, Saxons, and Vikings. Groundbreaking and full of fascinating revelations, The Inheritance of Rome offers a fresh understanding of the crucible in which Europe would ultimately be created. .
The ancient capital of Cahokia and a series of lesser population centers developed in the Mississippi valley in North America between the eighth and fifteenth centuries AD, leaving behind an extraordinarily rich archaeological record. Cahokia's gigantic pyramids, finely crafted artifacts, and dense population mark it as the founding city of the Mississippian civilization, formerly known as the 'mound' builders. As Cahokian ideas and objects were widely sought, a cultural and religious ripple effect spread across the mid-continent and into the South. In its wake, population migrations and social upheavals transformed social life along the ancient Mississippi River. In this important new survey, Timothy Pauketat outlines the development of Mississippian civilization, presenting a wealth of archaeological evidence and advancing our understanding of the American Indians whose influence extended into the founding moments of the United States and lives on today in American archaeology.
From the author of Europe Central, a journalistic tour de force along the Mexican-American border. For generations of migrant workers, Imperial Country has held the promise of paradise and the reality of hell. It sprawls across a stirring accidental sea, across the deserts, date groves and labor camps of Southeastern California, right across the border into Mexico. In this eye-opening book, William T. Vollmann takes us deep into the heart of this haunted region, exploring polluted rivers and guarded factories and talking with everyone from Mexican migrant workers to border patrolmen. Teeming with patterns, facts, stories, people and hope, this is an epic study of an emblematic region.
A THRILLING NEW URBAN FANTASY SERIES FROM THE AUTHOR OF UNFALLEN DEAD AND UNQUIET DREAMS.She'll need to keep up appearances-if she wants to stay alive...Being an undercover agent has its occupational hazards, but Laura Blackstone makes it look easy. As a spy for a fey intelligence agency, she uses her magical abilities to create disguises that are skin deepglamours that must never be compromised. But when Laura's worlds collide she'll have more to worry about than retiring an identity; she may just lose her life.
"There she lay, her neck placed at a devilish angle on the Death Stone which acted like a pillow. " Set amongst the hallowed grounds of Deane University, the most expensive college in the country, America's privileged youth must allow nothing to jeopardise their chances to succeed. Nineteen-year-old Jessica Nagoshi, in her third year of economics at Deane, is the beautiful and intelligent heiress to her father's multi-million dollar empire and is being groomed, along with her brother Peter, to take control of Nagoshi Inc. That is, until she is brutally murdered in the greenhouse of her father's extensive Wellesley estate. David Cavanaugh, Boston's most sought-after defence attorney, is unwittingly forced into this high-society murder case when he must defend his young protégé James Matheson, final year law student at Deane. For in James he sees traces of his younger self - Matheson is dedicated, ambitious and unsullied by the nuances of a system more often driven by politics than justice. From the outset David realises the odds are against him. Unspoken alliances, corporate secrets, love, lust and a disastrous misplace of trust lead David down a road where nothing is as it seems.
From Junot Díaz, Lynda Barry, Gary Shteyngart, and Kate Christensen to popular up-and-comers like Dan Kennedy, Wendy McClure, and Brock Clarke, Love Is a Four-Letter Word is a dead-on contemporary collection of true stories of seduction, heartbreak, and regret. Fearlessly revealing their shattered hearts and crushed egos; their indiscretions and indignities; their delusions, desperation, and disappointments, these talented writers capture the dark side of love in prose ranging from comic to poetic, poignant to cringe-inducing. Also featuring three cartoon/ graphic essays as a sixteen-page color insert, this anthology is perfect for anyone who's ever loved and lost.
Casting Off: 1. Ending a knitted work. 2. Releasing lines holding a boat to its mooring. 3. Letting go. . . On a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland, the fishermen's handmade sweaters tell a story. Each is unique-feelings stitched into rows, memories into patterns. It is here that Rebecca Moray comes to research a book on Irish knitting. With her daughter, Rowan, accompanying her, she hopes to lose herself in the history of the island and forget her own painful past. Soon, the townsfolk's warm embrace wraps Rebecca and Rowan in a world of friendship, laughter, and love. And it is here that young Rowan befriends Sean Morahan, a cantankerous old fisherman, despite his attempts to scare her off. As Rebecca watches her daughter interact with Morahan, she recognizes in his eyes a look that speaks of a dark knowledge not unlike her own. And when current storms threaten to resurrect old ones, Morahan and Rebecca find themselves on a collision course-with Rowan caught between them-each buffeted by waves of regret and recrimination. Only by walking headfirst into the winds will they find the faith to forgive without forgetting. . . and reach the shore.
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"Witty, sophisticated, suspenseful and endless fun...the best first novel I've read this year." -Washington Post "A hypnotically readable novel, with...dialog worthy of Elmore Leonard."--Douglas Preston The man who calls himself David Loogan is hoping to escape a violent past by living a quiet, anonymous life in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But when he's hired as an editor at a mystery magazine, he is drawn into an affair with the sleek blond wife of the publisher, Tom Kristoll-a man who soon turns up dead. Elizabeth Waishkey is the most talented detective in the Ann Arbor Police Department, but even she doesn't know if Loogan is a killer or an ally who might help her find the truth. As more deaths start mounting up-some of them echoing stories published in the magazine-it's up to Elizabeth to solve both the murders and the mystery of Loogan himself. "Fans of Peter Abrahams and Scott Turow will find a lot to like."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Baby boomer pastors are maturing and are looking for honesty and depth in pastoral helps. "The Power of Loving Your Church" meets that need by helping pastors unleash a love that lasts--in bonding, compassion, sacrifice, and heartfelt affection. This series aids pastors to be faithful and effective with all-new emphasis on topics such as integrity, passion, and perseverance.
During a blackout on the streets of London on a freezing evening in late 1944, a young Polish land girl, Rosa Nowak, is suddenly and brutally killed. For the police, their resources already stretched by war regulations and the thriving black market, this is a shocking and seemingly random crime. No one can find any reason why someone would want to murder an innocent refugee. For the former police inspector John Madden, the crime hits close to home. Rosa was working on his farm and he feels personally responsible for not protecting her. His old colleagues Angus Sinclair and Billy Styles are still at the Yard, but struggle to make sense of their few clues. Their only lead points towards war-torn Europe - but as the fighting sweeps across the continent, will they find the killer before he strikes again? 'An excellent and convincing evocation of wartime London' C. J. Sansom 'A superlative detective novel . . . Airth's John Madden novels are must-reads' Daily Express 'Compelling . . . Airth's atmosphere of London at war is superb' The Times
A comprehensive, current survey of investment products and instruments Thorough, accessible, and up to date, Financial Instruments is a guide to all of the financial products currently being traded in the world's markets. Through plain language and in a user-friendly format, David M. Weiss, author of After the Trade Is Made, outlines the many tools available and their unique functions, features, and structures. Weiss breaks financial instruments into four broad groups: equities, debt, derivatives, and mutual funds. Under each heading, he explores the many types of related products, including exotic investments such as: ? American Depositary Receipts ? Asset-Backed Securities ? Structured Debt ? Futures ? Swaps ? Unit Investment Trusts Financial Instruments is an indispensable tool for finance professionals-portfolio managers, brokers, financial planners, and institutional investors. It's also a definitive resource for sophisticated individual investors.
Gabriel Allon took down the world's most dangerous man. He made just one mistake. Leaving him alive . . . Spy turned art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Umbria, when shocking news arrives from London. A Russian defector who saved his life has vanished without a trace. British Intelligence suspect he was a double agent, but Allon knows better. Soon he finds himself in a deadly duel of wits with a murderous Russian arms dealer as he bargains for his friend's life. Criss-crossing Europe at breakneck pace and culminating in a heart-stopping climax in the freezing birch forests of Russia, the Defector is a searing and bloody tale of courage and vengeance . . .
A guidebook to seducing, satisfying, and loving the only man you'll ever needIn an act of generosity, Adrian Colesberry has written an exquisitely detailed guidebook to ensure that every reader knows precisely how to please him-in bed and beyond. Brimming with self-indulgent and incredibly bawdy humor, How to Make Love to Adrian Colesberry is a sexual memoir disguised as a manual on Colesberry's pet peeves, favorite positions, and surefire ways to turn on your man (aka Adrian Colesberry). Recounting dozens of annoying peccadilloes and helpful pro tips gleaned from his experiences with former lovers, Colesberry covers all corners to ensure that no stage of the court-and-conquer process is overlooked. Beginning with how to attract Colesberry, he later progresses to foreplay and finally the full monty, revealing his own erratic, often unerotic sexual history along the way. From his awkwardly celibate teenage years to the emotional scars inflicted by his domineering ex-wife, Colesberry muses on bondage, three-ways, toys, bi-curiosity, and other kinks. A pitch-perfect parody that spares no detail, How to Make Love to Adrian Colesberry is a hilarious and filthy new entrant into the fratire genre.
A tautly paced investigation of one the 20th century's most audacious art frauds, which generated hundreds of forgeries-many of them still hanging in prominent museums and private collections today Provenance is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history. Investigative reporters Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo brilliantly recount the tale of a great con man and unforgettable villain, John Drewe, and his sometimes unwitting accomplices. Chief among those was the struggling artist John Myatt, a vulnerable single father who was manipulated by Drewe into becoming a prolific art forger. Once Myatt had painted the pieces, the real fraud began. Drewe managed to infiltrate the archives of the upper echelons of the British art world in order to fake the provenance of Myatt's forged pieces, hoping to irrevocably legitimize the fakes while effectively rewriting art history. The story stretches from London to Paris to New York, from tony Manhattan art galleries to the esteemed Giacometti and Dubuffet associations, to the archives at the Tate Gallery. This enormous swindle resulted in the introduction of at least two hundred forged paintings, some of them breathtakingly good and most of them selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many of these fakes are still out in the world, considered genuine and hung prominently in private houses, large galleries, and prestigious museums. And the sacred archives, undermined by John Drewe, remain tainted to this day. Provenance reads like a well-plotted thriller, filled with unforgettable characters and told at a breakneck pace. But this is most certainly not fiction; Provenance is the meticulously researched and captivating account of one of the greatest cons in the history of art forgery. .
Mark Hopper is the smartest student in the sixth grade, and he knows it. When another Mark Hopper moves to town (the same age, with similar looks), Mark Hopper makes trouble for Mark Hopper. The Mark everyone knows isn't very nice, so the other Mark finds no one will talk to him. The new Mark isn't very brainy, so the other Mark worries that people will think he's a dummy. When a teacher forces them to be study partners, they realize that they can benefit from one another's strengths-and maybe win the Mastermind Challenge together. Trouble is, one of the Marks wants to win so badly that he's willing to steal from Mark.
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