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OBSESSIVE. COMPULSIVE. DETECTIVE. Welcome to the all-new series of original mysteries starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something's out of place. ... Adrian Monk has journeyed into the realm of the cult science fiction show Beyond Earth. where he meets fans just as obsessive-compulsive as he is. Though he's not preoccupied with the program, Monk can understand where they're coming from. Who wouldn't want to live in an imaginary world? But despite his sympathies, the reason Monk is at the convention is that there may be a killer lurking in the Beyond Earth community: Someone in a star-ship uniform has very publicly gunned down the show's legendary creator, Conrad Stipe. Could a fan be that furious at him for selling out to an exploitative Hollywood producer? Or is there more going on behind the scenes in Stipe's life? Luckily, Monk's agoraphobic brother, Ambrose, is a prominent expert on the TV series, and together they'll search the earth and beyond to find the murderer. That is, if Ambrose can bring himself to leave the house. ...
Based on the USA Network Emmy winning weekly television show, Monk, this tie in novel goes far beyond the series in fleshing out the characters and situations while retaining the hilarity, complexity and poignancy that made the series so popular. In this installment, Captain Stottlemeyer asks Monk to go to an almost deserted town which buzzed with life and greed soon after gold was discovered in California. One of the captain's friends, an ex cop who had retired to the town of Trouble to work security at the town's museum has been murdered. Once there, Monk discovers there are other mysteries in Trouble. Over fifty years ago the train carrying a large amount of gold and cash was robbed en route to Trouble and the money never recovered. Meanwhile Natalie makes a fascinating discovery of her own. There is a perfectly square house which was owned by another Monk over 150 years ago. Artemis Monk, was Trouble's only assayer. This Monk was respected, if not understood, for his skill at analyzing rock, his honesty and his skill at solving crimes. He had so much influence, in fact, that under his direction, all streets were given even numbered names, it was illegal to spit tobacco, and riders were required to clean up their horses leavings. Could this man be one of her boss's ancestors? Natalie and Monk are very busy and in great danger as they investigate crimes present and past, and Natalie works to find a connection between the Monks then and now. Enjoy the other funny and often poignant books as brilliant Mr. Monk, with Natalie's help, solves baffling crimes dodging germs, dirt, debris, odd numbers, and more. You can find all of the books in this series as of November, 2010, in the Bookshare collection. Look for #1 Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse, #2 Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii, #3 Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu, #4 Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants, #5 Mr. Monk in Outer Space, #6 Mr. Monk Goes to Germany, #7 Mr. Monk Is Miserable, #8 Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop, and #10 Mr. Monk Is Cleaned Out.
[From the inside dust jacket flaps:] "An all-new original mystery starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something's out of place . . . No one likes to come home to a mess--least of all Monk and Natalie. But when they return briefly to San Francisco from an extended stay working as cops in New Jersey, Natalie discovers somebody has been sleeping in her bed. But this Goldilocks is not asleep. She's dead. If that's not bad enough, investigators find marked money from a federal sting operation stuffed under Natalie's mattress. Now her life is a real mess, and she needs Monk's help to clean it up. But Monk has problems of his own. His brother is desperate to find Yuki, his missing girlfriend, but his agoraphobia prevents him from leaving the house. Ambrose needs a man on the outside--and that man is Monk, who is torn because he's glad to see Yuki go. As the two investigations begin and the body count rises, it quickly becomes clear to Monk that Yuki has a dangerous past--and that they are pursuing a ruthless, cold-blooded killer nobody would ever want to mess with. ..." Look for the first thirteen books in this popular, hilarious, character driven mysstery series in the Bookshare collection including: #1 Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse, #2 Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii, #3 Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu, #4 Mr. Monk and the Two assistants, #5 Mr. Monk in Outer Space, #6 Mr. Monk Goes to Germany, #7 Mr. Monk is Miserable, #8 Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop, #9 Mr. Monk is in Trouble, #10 Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out, #11 Mr. Monk on the Road, #12 Mr. Monk on the Couch and #13 Mr. Monk on Patrol.
OBSESSIVE. COMPULSIVE. DETECTIVE. Welcome to the all-new series of original mysteries starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something's out of place . . . . The state of California is broke, plunging the city of San Francisco into a deep financial crisis. The SFPD is forced to fire Adrian Monk--yet again--as a consultant. Monk figures he can live off his savings until things take a turn for the better. Then Natalie learns that Monk invested his money some time ago with Bob Sebes, the charismatic leader of Reinier Investments, who has just been arrested on charges of orchestrating a massive two-billion-dollar fraud. All of Sebes' clients' accounts--including Monk's--are completely wiped out. When the key witness in the government's case against Sebes is killed, Monk is convinced that Sebes did it, even though the man has been under house arrest with a horde of paparazzi in front of his building 24-7 But there is one advantage to being broke and jobless: Monk can devote all his obsessive energy to solving this latest mystery. Even though Monk may have been swindled out of his savings, it's payback time. If you are as compulsive about wanting to read all of the books about Mr. Monk's cases as he is about solving them, look in the Bookshare collection for all of the Monk books by Lee Goldberg. They are: Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse, Mr. Monk goes to Hawaii, Mr. monk and the Blue Flu, Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants, Mr. Monk in Outer Space, Mr. Monk Goes to Germany, Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop and Mr. Monk in Trouble.
OBSESSIVE. COMPULSIVE. DETECTIVE. An all-new original mystery starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something's out of place ... Everything has been going well for former SFPD lieutenant Randy Disher in Summit, New Jersey, where he lives with Monk's previous assistant, Sharona, and works as the new police chief. But when the city's leadership is arrested for fraudulently inflated salaries, Disher suddenly finds himself as the acting mayor. Now Disher has to manage the police department and shoulder the day-to-day responsibility of running a town that is in the midst of a wave of residential robberies. In desperation, Disher reaches out to the one person he knows he can trust to solve the crimes: Adrian Monk. When Monk and his assistant, Natalie, arrive in New Jersey, Disher makes them temporary police officers. Summit is about to become the cleanest and most symmetrical city on earth. But then the string of home burglaries escalates to arson and murder ... and someone tries very, very hard to send Monk and Natalie back to San Francisco in coffins. Follow Monk's hilarious and poignant triumphs and frustrations in the fine series based on the popular award-winning Monk television programs. Lee Goldberg's Monk novels await you in the Bookshare collection including, #1 Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse, #2 Mr. Monk Goes To Hawaii, #3 Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu, #4 Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants, #5 Mr. Monk in Outer Space, #6 Mr. Monk Goes to Germany, #7 Mr. Monk Is Miserable, #8 Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop, #9 Mr. Monk in Trouble, #10 Mr. Monk Is Cleaned Out, #11 Mr. Monk on the Road and #12 Mr. Monk on the Couch.
[From the inside dust jacket flaps:] An all-new original mystery starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something's out of place . . . Natalie Teeger has picked up a few detective skills of her own during her years as Adrian Monk's loyal assistant--and she's eager to put them to use. But that's not easy when you work with a deductive genius who can solve a murder in no time. But Natalie gets her chance when a man with no identity is found dead of natural causes, and neither Monk nor the police see any reason to get involved in the case. It also helps that Monk becomes distracted by a crime-scene cleaning crew's ability to clean up the worst messes imaginable. He gets plenty of opportunities to see them at work as he investigates several particularly brutal murders that seem to be tied to a worthless secondhand couch. With a little help from Monk's agoraphobic brother, Natalie tackles her own investigation while also helping Monk track the couch by following a bloody trail that could lead them to the most ruthless killer they've ever encountered.
[inside front dust jacket flap:] "An all-new original mystery starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something's out of place . . . Adrian Monk is feeling strangely ... satisfied. His job as a police consultant is secure, and his wife's murder has finally been solved. He'd like his agoraphobic brother. Ambrose, to be able to feel the same way--and he sees his brother's upcoming birthday as a chance to make it happen. So Monk puts a secret ingredient in Ambrose's birthday cake: sleeping pills. When Ambrose wakes up, he finds himself in a motor home on the open road ... with Monk as the tour guide and his long-suffering assistant, Natalie, as their chauffeur. Monk is determined to show his brother the outside world, even if Ambrose refuses to set foot beyond the RV. But Ambrose isn't the only one struggling to let go. As little crimes pop up along the highway, Monk can't resist getting involved. Nor can he help sensing a pattern that reveals the hand of a serial killer at work. Now it's up to Monk to stop a murderer from turning their road trip into a highway to hell." All of the books in this popular and humorous series with intriguing mysteries to solve are in the Bookshare collection. Look for #1 Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse, #2 Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii, #3 Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu, #4 Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants, #5 Mr. Monk in Outer Space, #6 Mr. Monk Goes to Germany #7 Mr. Monk Is Miserable, #8 Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop, #9 Mr. Monk in Trouble and #10Mr. Monk Is Cleaned Out.
Humorous exploits of a Chinese psychologist visiting China after many years of study in France.
Mystery writer Marty Stillwater's happy life in southern California is turned upside-down by a stranger claiming to be he. By the best-selling author of Midnight.
This classic Little Golden Book features adorable artwork of a child playing with her toy Noah's Ark set, accompanied by a sweet rhyme that preschoolers will love to hear as they identify the animals. Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, who brought The Color Kittens and The Fuzzy Duckling to life for Golden Books.
Mr. Nonsense has a crazy life. See what he does with his day. Contains picture descriptions. Other books by Roger Hargreaves are available from Bookshare. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
What do women really want? Journalist Allegra Fielding has a problem. She's pitched a story to her boss--how to transform a not-so-perfect man into Prince Charming--and now she has to deliver! But where is she going to find a man willing to take part in a makeover? Time to blackmail her roommate, Max.... But Allegra's cunning plan backfires spectacularly when Max refuses to be "perfected"! He's a guy who knows what he likes, and he's going to enjoy proving to Allegra that there's nothing hotter than a man who's a little rough around the edges....
Mr. Palomar, whose name purposely evokes that of the famous telescope, is a seeker after knowledge, a visionary in a world sublime and ridiculous. Whether contemplating a cheese, a woman's breasts, or a gorilla's behavior, he brings us a vision of a world familiar by consensus, fragmented by the burden of individual perception. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book.
Roommates Kelly and Chloe are enjoying their lives and their downtown Detroit loft just fine. Kelly is a Victoria's Secret catalog model. Chloe is an escort, until she decides to ditch her varied clientele in favor of a steady gig as girlfriend to eighty-four-year-old retired lawyer Tony Paradiso, a.k.a. Mr. Paradise. Evenings at Mr. Paradise's house, there's always an old Michigan football game on TV. And when Chloe's around, there's a cheerleader, too, complete with pleated skirt and blue-and-gold pompoms. One night Chloe convinces Kelly to join in the fun, along with Montez Taylor, Tony's smooth-talking right-hand man. But things go awry and before the end of the evening there will be two corpses, two angry hit men, one switch of identity, a safe-deposit box full of loot up for grabs, and, fast on the scene, detective Frank Delsa, who now has a double homicide -- and a beautiful, willful witness -- to add to his already heavy caseload. With a cool cast, snappy dialogue, and all the twists and turns fans crave, Mr. Paradise is Elmore Leonard at home in Detroit and sharper than ever.
12 little mysteries for Mr. Parker Pyne to solve, including 'Death on the Nile' and 'The Oracle at Delphi'
Mr. Peabody is the world's smartest person who just so happens to be a dog. When his "pet" boy, Sherman, uses their time-traveling WABAC machine without permission, the events in history spiral out of control to disastrous and comical results! It's up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to put things back on track. Children ages 5 to 9 will love this hardcover Big Golden Book that retells the entire story of the new film. From the Hardcover edition.
David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock. After thirteen years of marriage, he still can't imagine a remotely happy life without her--yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she is dead, and David is both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.The detectives investigating Alice's suspicious death have plenty of personal experience with conjugal enigmas: Ward Hastroll is happily married until his wife inexplicably becomes voluntarily and militantly bedridden; and Sam Sheppard is especially sensitive to the intricacies of marital guilt and innocence, having decades before been convicted and then exonerated of the brutal murder of his wife.Still, these men are in the business of figuring things out, even as Pepin's role in Alice's death grows ever more confounding when they link him to a highly unusual hit man called Mobius. Like the Escher drawings that inspire the computer games David designs for a living, these complex, interlocking dramas are structurally and emotionally intense, subtle, and intriguing; they brilliantly explore the warring impulses of affection and hatred, and pose a host of arresting questions. Is it possible to know anyone fully, completely? Are murder and marriage two sides of the same coin, each endlessly recycling into the other? And what, in the end, is the truth about love?Mesmerizing, exhilarating, and profoundly moving, Mr. Peanut is a police procedural of the soul, a poignant investigation of the relentlessly mysterious human heart--and a first novel of the highest order.From the Hardcover edition.
What would make the perfect man? That's the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted -- or will just muscular do? As their conversation hears up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along e-mail lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered....Turning to her neighbor, an unpredictable police detective, for help, Jaine must unmask a killer to save her friends -- and herself. Now, knowing whom to trust and whom to love is a matter of survival -- as the dream of Mr. Perfect becomes a chilling nightmare.
The little-known story of the dramatic political maneuverings and personalities behind the creation of the office of the president, with ramifications that continue to this day. On June 1, 1787, when the Federal Convention first talked of establishing a new executive branch, James Wilson moved that "the Executive consist of a single person." To us this might sound obvious, but not so at the time. Americans had just won their independence from an autocratic monarch, and they feared that a single leader might commandeer power or oppress citizens. Should the framers even flirt with one-man rule? For the first and only time that summer, there was silence. Not one of the loquacious delegates dared speak up. Eventually Benjamin Franklin rose, then others. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Mason joined the debate, and for three months their deliberations continued. By early September the framers had made up their minds. A chief executive, the "president," would be appointed by Congress to serve for seven years. He could not be reelected, and his powers were tightly constrained. He could neither negotiate treaties nor appoint Supreme Court justices and ambassadors. The Senate would do all that. Suddenly, less than two weeks before the convention adjourned, all this changed. How? And who made it happen? Enter Gouverneur Morris, the flamboyant, peg-legged hero of this saga, who pushed through his agenda with amazing political savvy and not a little bluster and deceit. For the first time, by focusing closely on the give-and-take of the convention's dynamics, Ray Raphael reveals how politics and personalities cobbled together a lasting, but flawed, institution. Charting the presidency as it evolved during the administrations of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, Raphael shows how, given the Constitution's broad outlines, the president's powers could easily be augmented but rarely diminished. Today we see the result--an office that has become more sweeping, more powerful, and more inherently partisan than the framers ever intended. And the issues of 1787--whether the Electoral College, the president's war powers, or the extent of executive authority--continue to stir our political debates.
Who is Vladimir Putin? Observers have described him as a "man from nowhere"--someone without a face, substance, or soul. Russia experts Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy argue that Putin is in fact a man of many and complex identities. Drawing on a range of sources, including their own personal encounters, they describe six that are most essential: the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case Officer. Understanding Putin's multiple dimensions is crucial for policymakers trying to decide how best to deal with Russia.Hill and Gaddy trace the identities back to formative experiences in Putin's past, including his early life in Soviet Leningrad, his KGB training and responsibilities, his years as deputy mayor in the crime and corruptionridden city of St. Petersburg, his first role in Moscow as the "operative" brought in from the outside by liberal reformers in the Kremlin to help control Russia's oligarchs, and his time at the helm of a resurgent Russian state. The authors then examine the nature of the political system Putin has built, explaining it as a logical result of these six identities.Vladimir Putin has his own idealized view of himself as CEO of "Russia, Inc." But rather than leading a transparent public corporation, he runs a closed boardroom, not answerable to its stakeholders. Now that his corporation seems to be in crisis, with political protests marking Mr. Putin's return to the presidency in 2012, will the CEO be held accountable for its failings?"For more than a dozen years--the equivalent of three American presidential terms-- Vladimir Putin has presided over the largest nation on the planet, the second most powerful nuclear arsenal, and massive natural resources. Yet there is still debate about who he really is. Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy have gone a long way in answering that question, starting with the title, which makes a crucial point: even though 'Mr. Putin' was, in his upbringing and early career, a prototype of the Soviet man, he's no longer 'Comrade Putin.' His aim is not the restoration of communism. He has made a deal with the capitalists who have thrived in Russia over the past two decades: they support him in the exercise of his political power, and he supports them in amassing their fortunes."--from the foreword by Strobe Talbott
Dr. Right in front of her eyes... Pediatricians Eve and Ryan have not been having a relationship all the way back to their student days! They were firm friends, nothing more, because Ryan "never-short-of-a-date" Sullivan didn't ever intend to get involved with anyone and Eve was waiting for Mr. Right. Then a playful kiss revealed a chemistry so explosive it sent them running in different directions! Now Eve's new boss at Dalverston General is Ryan! Neither has forgotten that kiss, but Eve's had her fingers burned by one "Mr. Right" and, no matter how gorgeous Ryan is, she still isn't going to get involved with him...right?
He'sMyHeroA protector, a provider, a friend-he's every woman's hero....WANTED: ONE GOOD MANDenise Jenkins desperately needed her handsome neighbor's help with a most unusual situation. The sassy single woman had invented a boyfriend, and now her boss was demanding to meet Denise's darling. She knew of only one man who could possibly pull off the pretense....Morgan Holt was handsome, intelligent and too darned sexy-he could unruffle her high-buttoned blouse with a careless whisper. But how could she possibly ask Morgan to pose as her beloved without him believing she had romantic ulterior motives? Especially when Denise knew, deep in her heart, she'd found her real Mr. Right...right next door.
When three best girlfriends decide it's time to get married, the first order of business is to find some decent husband material. But looking for Mr. Right is about to lead three nearly-thirty sistahs down a rocky road of matchmaking--and into the unexpected. . . A career girl on a fast track to success, Luby Jones prepares for romance like she lands a new account--no nonsense and all business. But her latest fling is like no man she's ever known--much less dated--and that can't be good. . . or can it? No doubt about it, Luby's spellbound. . . and she's enjoying it more than she cares to admit. . . Danni Sellers is lucky in looks, but unlucky in love. And her weakness for sexy bad boys who set her on fire only to leave her crying certainly doesn't make things any easier. Danielle's determined to wise up--but she can't help worrying that a good man won't be able to turn up her heat. . . Fine and fun-loving, Cat Harris already has the sweetest guy in the world. . . who sometimes bores her silly. So here she is throwing caution--and commitment--to the wind and joining this "dating thing. " But if she goes too far, she may lose the good thing she's got.
A childhood biography of one of the most beloved child educators and neighbors of the 20th-century.
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