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Summer is supposed to be the season of homicides, not suicides. Unfortunately some St. Louis lawyers have other ideas. A surprising number are arriving at Grace Hospital's emergency room, dead by their own hands. And while the trend inspires great jokes among the staff, the rising body count is no laughing matter for trauma nurse and death investigator Molly Burke. As Molly finds out what links the victims beyond their bar association, she learns the hard way that some very powerful people want to keep her quiet, making her more determined and more paranoid. In the meantime, she has to deal with the betrayal of friends and seek out the assistance of enemies-and uncover the truth before the next D.O.A. has her name on its toe tag.
Set on the Navajo reservation and packed with Native American wisdom, Aimee and David Thurlo's Ella Clah novels are written with a sharp eye for the conflict between the traditionalist and modernist ways of life. BAD MEDICINE. Formerly an FBI agent, Ella Clah has returned to the reservation and is now a special investigator with the Navajo police force. She walks a tightrope between the Navajo and white worlds, fully accepted in neither but needed by both. Ella's brother Clifford, a hataali or medicine man, says that her investigative skills are a gift from the spirits who guard and guide the Navajo, but Ella insists it's her FBI training that has honed her instincts. Bad Medicine finds Ella treading even more carefully than usual as she investigates a politically sensitive case while trying to protect a dear friend from unjust persecution. When the daughter of Senator Yellow- hair is killed in a suspicious car accident, the senator accuses Ella and the tribe's medical examiner, Dr. Carolyn Roanhorse, of tampering with evidence and falsifying the autopsy results. The fact that the young woman's body is mutilated and that Dr. Roanhorse's samples disappear doesn't help the mood on the reservation, already tense due to conflict between whites and Indians at the Navajo-owned mine. Ella learns of two secret organizations, the white Brotherhood and the Navajo Fierce Ones, that are behind the escalating violence. An outbreak of meningitis further disrupts Navajo life as the reservation's inhabitants must decide whether or not to be vaccinated. Those who follow the old ways reject modern medicine, preferring to trust in the tribe's attend vaccination clinics-- only to flee when Navajos begin dying from an unknown disease. Ella is convinced that somehow all these things tie together, but finding the connections is difficult and dangerous. Threats come from all sides, and clues lead Ella to suspect that Navajo witches may somehow be involved, putting not only her life but her soul in danger. Still, Ella has sworn to protect her people from all menaces--spiritual and physical--and she's not going to back off now.
Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream: A Forensic Psychiatrist Illuminates the Darker Side of Human Behaviorby Robert I. Simon
This book offers an examination of a wide range of frightening and repellent psychopathologies--rape, stalking, serial murder, among others. Simon (psychiatry, Georgetown U.) goes beyond glib characterizations of people as "good" or "bad," discussing the ordinary psychological processes that can result in extreme behavior. The book may shed some light for clinicians, but it's also accessible to the wide audience of lay people who are curious, or fascinated; there's no pretending that the morbid case histories aren't riveting. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Mary Kersey has burst through the glass ceiling. She has a high-profile City job giving strategic advice to banks. She's the family breadwinner, a loving wife and a caring mother to Gracie, and she struggles to find the right balance between her work and her home life. Her two worlds collide when the Treasury asks Mary to take on a secret role investigating dirty dealings surrounding ever-more-powerful hedge funds. She knows that the company her firm is working with was acquired after manipulation of the share price plus a good deal of help from a dodgy hedge fund. She finds herself torn every which way as husband, daughter, boss, her own conscience - all clamour for her attention. When matters take a dark turn, Mary discovers just how vulnerable she is. Standing between men and their money is a very dangerous place to be. . .
Jane Charlotte has been arrested for murder. She tells police that she is a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil; her division is called the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons-"Bad Monkeys" for short. This confession earns Jane a trip to the jail's psychiatric wing, where a doctor attempts to determine whether she is lying, crazy-or playing a different game altogether. What follows is one of the most clever and gripping novels you'll ever read.
When arrested for murder, Jane Charlotte tells the police that she is a member of a secret organization ("Bad Monkeys" for short) devoted to fighting evil. As she undergoes a series of sessions with a psychotherapist, the doctor attempts to determine whether she is lying, crazy or playing an entirely different game.
The doctor lay mutilated in his living room while his wife and daughters turned the swimming pool red. Sick and twisted hatred swelled to strike again!
Gilles Kepel--a renowned expert on Islam--traveled to the Middle East as the US was still struggling with shock from 9/11. He made startling observations, which are presented in this compelling book. He spoke to young people, students, preachers, imams, militants islamists, and political leaders. Topics discussed are: the popularity of Bin Laden; resentment for America, and issues of religious fanaticism.
A stunning and suspenseful new landscape emerges in the thrilling Dark-Hunter world---a world where nothing will ever be the same again. Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances. And when the woman Fang loves is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her. Yet in order to save her, Fang must break the law of his people and the faith of his brothers. That breech could very well spell the end of both their races and change their world forever. The war is on and time is running out...
A new master of terror reigns supreme. And in his most horrifying novel yet, the clash between good and evil explodes in an apocalyptic showdown few will survive... From A Funfest... Each year, the residents of Pine Deep host the Halloween Festival, drawing tourists and celebrities from across the country to enjoy the deliciously creepy fun. Those who visit the small Pennsylvania town are out for a good time, but those who live there are desperately trying to survive... To A Bloodfest For a monstrous evil lives among them, a savage presence whose malicious power has grown too powerful even for death to hold it back. Only a handful of brave souls stand against the King of the Dead and a red wave of destruction. Daylight is fading and a bad moon is rising over Pine Deep. Keep watching the shadows...
BAD MOTHER RULE #1: NEVER, EVER, DO WHAT I DID! For seventeen-year-old Charlotte Cooper, it's too late. Despite her best efforts to finish school, tune out her angry, slightly hysterical mother, and cope with her loving but dotty grandmother, she is unexpectedly (now that's an understatement) pregnant. And don't even mention the jerk who knocked her up. Charlotte's mother, Karen, is trying to convince herself that there are worse things than becoming a grandmother at thirty-three. For instance, there's wanting to kill Charlotte for the mess she's made of her life. Between struggling to pay the bills and halfheartedly filling out questionnaires on Internet dating sites, Karen uncovers a scandalous family secret involving her own birth, and then falls back into bed with her sexy ex-husband. So much for perfect timing. In the meantime, Karen's mother, Nan, is having a wee bit of trouble with names (sometimes her own). But that doesn't keep her from retaining a few things she'd rather forget. Of course, Nan knows that everything will work out fine for Charlotte and the baby-these things usually do. Now, if only she could put the pieces of her own fragmented memory together, she might have an interesting tale or two to share. In this wickedly funny, disarmingly moving novel, three generations of mothers learn that it's the simplest mistakes that can change your life forever. With wit and wisdom, Kate Long proves that there are as many kinds of mothers as there are daughters, but the love that binds them all is what truly matters.
In the too-quiet town of Oakwood, only the lucky die of boredom...and new homeowner Zack Walker isn't feeling lucky. Whoever said the burbs were boring will think twice after reading Linwood Barclay's hilarious debut mystery, in which Dad learns the hard way that he doesn't always know best. Zack wouldn't blame you for thinking he's safety-obsessed. True, he masterminded a plot to trade his family's exciting city lifestyle for one of suburban tranquillity. True, even after this strategic move, Zack still has issues with family members who forget their keys in the front door, leave their cars unlocked, or park their backpacks at the top of the stairs--where you could kill yourself tripping over them. Just ask his wife, Sarah, or his teenage kids, Paul and Angie, who endure their share of lectures. Zack knows that he needs to chill out and assume the best for once--but we know what happens to those who assume. When Zack realizes their two-faced developer sent a petty thief to fix their leaky shower, he starts fighting hard to ignore the fact that Oakwood isn't the crime-free paradise he was hoping for. But his brief state of denial comes to an abrupt end when, during a walk by the creek, he stumbles across a dead body. Even more shocking, Zack actually knows who the victim is--and who might want him dead. With a killer roaming around their neighborhood and Zack's overactive imagination in overdrive, he's sure things can't get any worse. But then another local is murdered--and Zack's paranoid tendencies get him implicated in the crime. While his wife is trying to remember why she married him in the first place, and his kids are considering whether it's time to have him committed, Zack decides there's only one thing he can do. To protect his family--and avoid being busted for a crime he didn't commit--he's going to have to override his safety-first instincts, tap into his delusions of machismo, and track down the killer himself. From the Hardcover edition.
At last--it's Alex's big chance with Scott! Nicole's party will be the perfect place for Alex to see her secret crush...and maybe something exciting will happen! She's thrilled-until she remembers the babysitting job not even she can escape: minding the seven-year-old twin sons of her father's boss. It's taking everything Alex has not to zap the little terrors with her powers...but her patience is wearing out. She's going bonkers when Robyn calls from the party and says, "Come on over, Scott's here and he's alone." Big mistake! One precious moment with Scott, and the twins disappear. Suddenly it's a four-alarm hunt. Alex must find the boys...even if it means exposing her secret powers to the world!
Charlotte can't believe it. Her father wants to move again, just when the BSG really need one another. Charlotte just joined the school newspaper. Maeve needs help with the most important project of her life. The new girl, Isabel, is trying to join their group, and Katani's not happy about it. And their adopted dog, Marty, needs lots of attention. Can the Beacon Street Girls find some good news among the bad?
"Rebecca York's writing is fast-paced, suspenseful, and loaded with tension."--Jayne Ann Krentz You Only Get a Second Chance... Private operative and former Navy SEAL Jack Brandt barely escaped a disastrous undercover assignment, thanks to the most intriguing woman he's ever met. When his enemies track him to her doorstep, he'll do anything to protect Morgan from the danger closing in on them both... If You Stay Alive... Since her husband's death, Morgan Rains has only been going through the motions. She didn't think anything could shock her--until she finds a gorgeous man stumbling naked and injured through the woods behind her house. He's mysterious, intimidating--and undeniably compelling. Thrown together into a pressure cooker of danger and intrigue, Jack and Morgan are finding in each other a reason to live--if they can survive. "Rebecca York is a real luminary."--Washington Post Book World "No one sends more chills down your spine than the very creative and imaginative Ms. York!"--RT Book Reviews
Penny Birth is a very naughty girl, and this collection or stones shows |ust how far she II go to prove it. It begins with her sexual awakening and goes on to cover the most erotic episodes of her life as her love of sexual submission develops and becomes increasingly complex. Always enthusiastic, she delights in the strange and imaginative, often finding herself tieil up or having her bottom spanked. As ihese accounts of her perverse pleasure unfold, you'll come to realise just how bad she really is.
Cat Dupree would love nothing more than to settle down and build a life with fellow bounty hunter Wilson McKay. But Soloman Tutuola---the man who murdered her father and slashed her throat when she was thirteen---haunts her even from the grave. An investigator from Mexico is tracking down the person who is responsible for Tutuola's death---and the trail leads directly to Cat. To add to her bad luck, a junkie with a vendetta is stalking Wilson and is willing to kill anyone who gets in the way of his revenge. Desperate to start their future together, Cat and Wilson turn the manhunt around---vowing to do whatever it takes to find freedom from the past and the scars that have damaged them both.
We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair testing and clinical trials. In reality, those tests and trials are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors who write prescriptions for everything from antidepressants to cancer drugs to heart medication are familiar with the research literature about a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies. We like to imagine that doctors are impartially educated, when in reality much of their education is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. We like to imagine that regulators have some code of ethics and let only effective drugs onto the market, when in reality they approve useless drugs, with data on side effects casually withheld from doctors and patients. All these problems have been shielded from public scrutiny because theyre too complex to capture in a sound bite. But Ben Goldacre shows that the true scale of this murderous disaster fully reveals itself only when the details are untangled. He believes we should all be able to understand precisely how data manipulation works and how research misconduct in the medical industry affects us on a global scale. With Goldacres characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, "Bad Pharma "reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.
Rosemary Sheffield has a sort of "reverse epiphany" one day while walking in the park: she no longer believes in God. This sudden loss of faith is at first entirely liberating, but the situation gradually becomes more complicated. Rosemary is, after all, the beloved wife of the vicar at St. Saviour's parish. A storm of controversy erupts in her husband's church congregation, but Rosemary, with the words "I do not believe," leaves behind the scandal and gossip for a seaside sojourn in Scarborough. Here she meets Stanko, a Bosnian refugee who illegally entered the country. But what begins as a supportive friendship launches an ungodly chain of events--and Rosemary soon finds herself back at home caught up in a murder investigation.
A gleefully dark and well-researched exploration of the history and customs of European Yuletide folklore. How did St Nicholas save children from cannibalism? Who were the Yule Lads and why would they steal your sausages? Why was the Alpine Father Christmas accompanied by a demonic figure called the Krampus who bundled children into sacks and dragged them off to Hell? And why do Spanish nativity scenes often feature a defecating peasant? Over the course of the 20th Century, a universal image developed around the world of Santa Claus as a kindly Christmas visitor but, prior to that, each country, town and community would have Christmas visitors of their own - sometimes human, sometimes animal, sometimes something else entirely - with their own curious set of mythology and customs. The Finns were visited by a pagan goat named Joulupukki that was said to eat anyone who misbehaved. In Iceland, it was said that any child who did not receive an item of new clothing for Christmas would be caught and consumed by the monstrous Christmas Cat! Bad Santas celebrates some of the most imaginative, terrifying and outright curious Christmas figures from across Europe - looking closely at its legacy of disquieting fairy stories. With beautiful black and white line drawings in each chapter, this unusual, entertaining and gleefully dark exploration of seasonal folklore will make an ideal Christmas gift and the perfect book for reading around the fireside.
Bad Shoes & the Women Who Love Them is a lighthearted wake-up call to women to make informed decisions when buying and wearing fashionable shoes. Arming the reader with essential facts, citing medical literature as well as leading podiatric surgeons and orthopedists, Tanenbaum covers the history of high heels, Chinese foot binding, the controversy over cosmetic surgery of the foot, and what Freud had to say about women's shoes and sex.Illustrated by artist Vanessa Davis throughout, Bad Shoes & the Women Who Love Them also includes hilarious anecdotes from women who love shoes. And yes--it is possible to make smart footwear decisions without sacrificing style! Tanenbaum shows you how.
A THOUGHT-PROVOKING LOOK AT THE BIG BUSINESS AND IMMORAL PRACTICES BEHIND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS BY ACCLAIMED SPORTSWRITER DAVE ZIRIN, HAILED AS THE "CONSCIENCE OF AMERICAN SPORTSWRITING" (THE WASHINGTON POST )The fastest-growing sector of today's sports audience is the alienated fan. Complaints abound: from inflated ticket prices, $6 hot dogs, and $9 beers to owners endlessly demanding new multimillion-dollar stadiums funded by public tax dollars. Those sitting in the owners' boxes are increasingly placing profit over players' performances and fan loyalty. Bad Sports cuts through the hype and bombast to zero in on tales of abusive, dictatorial owners who move their teams thousands of miles away from their fan base, use their stadiums as religious and political platforms, or hold communities ransom for millions of dollars of taxpayer money to fund their gargantuan stadiums.As the multibillion-dollar sports-industrial complex continues to lumber along, Dave Zirin is the voice in the wilderness, speaking out for the common fan with a tough, passionate, and intelligent voice that will remind readers that there is more to sportswriting than glowing athlete profiles.
Someone's been a very bad zombie.Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steriods are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate! She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town . . . and stay hormonally human.From the Hardcover edition.
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