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The latest from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Eisenheim the Illusionist (the basis for the film "The Illusionist") is a dazzling collection of darkly comic stories, united by their obsession with obsession.
Thirteen darkly comic stories, Dangerous Laughter is a mesmerizing journey that stretches the boundaries of the ordinary world.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The relationship between criminal syndicates and politicians has a long history, including episodes even from the earliest years of America's colonies. But while organized crime may not get the headlines it once did in North America, the resurgence of such criminal activity in Latin America, and in some European nations, has grabbed the public's attention.In Dangerous Liaisons noted scholars describe and analyze the role of organized crime in the financing of politics in selected democracies in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico) and in Europe (Bulgaria and Italy). The book seeks to unravel the myths that have developed around crime in these locales, while providing facts and informing the debate on how organized crime corrupts democratic institutions, especially in relation to the funding of political parties and their activities.Among the subjects studied in detail are the role of organized crime in political finance through the lens of Argentina's presidential campaigns of 1999 and 2007; Brazil's elected officeholders and their role in corruption; the weakness of Colombia's democracy; the growing role of money in Costa Rica's politics; the destructive effects of drug money on Mexican institutions; the link between organized crime--narrowly and broadly understood--and political financing in Bulgaria; and crime and political finance in Italy.The work of the scholars corrects what volume editor Kevin Casas-Zamora calls "a glaring gap in the literature on the role of organized crime in the corruption of democratic institutions." That is, the funding of political parties and their activities--which in these cases are mostly election campaigns. The chapters not only present the evidence but also can be regarded as a call to action.Contributors include Leonardo Curzio (CISAN/UNAM), Donatella della Porta (European University Institute), Delia Ferreira Rubio (a member of the international board of directors of Transparency International), Mauricio Rubio (a researcher at the External University of Colombia), Daniel Smilov (Center for Liberal Strategies, Sofia), Bruno Wilhelm Speck (University of Campinas), and Alberto Vannucci (University of Pisa).
Love saves the day in this quintet of thrilling romantic suspense novels. Indulge in the sheltering embraces of a few good men (and women!) with these taut and compelling tales of intrigue.<P><P> Fire Angel: Criminal profiler Jake McKenzie has returned from Afghanistan minus a leg and his sense of confidence-until Alexis Michaels is next on an arsonist's murder list.<P> Executive Impulse: Detective Kate Flynn finds her life in danger, her car sabotaged, her jogging route booby trapped, her condo on fire. And worse still-she's fallen in love with the man who may be part of the plot.<P> The Way You Love Me: Self-confident surgeon Melanie Sweet was never afraid of men until she suffered a brutal trauma-can an ex-Navy SEAL security expert working undercover help her heal?<P> Mississippi Blues: When Trey Bouche found his best friend Jace with blood on his hands five years ago, it shattered their friendship and his relationship with Jace's sister, Summer. As startling truths are exposed, Trey and Summer try to rediscover the love they lost.<P> Starr Tree Farm: Laura returns home a year after her husband's death and becomes a target for her husband's murderer. Will her childhood-playmate-turned-devilish-man unravel the secret before it's too late?
No sooner had Selene Brand cast her love spell than dark, handsome- and freshly stabbed-Cory Forrester fell at her feet. She felt as destined to save this stranger as she was to love him, even if it meant exposing her secret life as a witch. But the injured amnesiac didn't even know his own name, whether Selene was the cause of his injured state-or his salvation. Cory knew only that his attraction to Selene was as unworldly as her unusual pagan rituals. . . ;and that with killers now after both of them, they might be dead before nightfall. . . ;.
Can love be built on deception? LaRaine Evans, capricious and used to getting her own way, naturally assumes that her cousin Laurie will always be there at her beck and call. She begs Laurie to masquerade as herself for the benefit of her fiance's aunt so that she can be off fulfilling her lifelong dream of acting in a movie. Reluctantly, Laurie agrees to the scheme, more out of loyalty to LaRaine's parents than out of love for her flightly cousin. However, neither Laurie nor LaRaine expects Rian Montgomery, the fiance in question, to pay an unexpected visit to his aunt and find Laurie playing a dangerous masquerade. And certainly neither one of the cousins anticipates Rian's response to the situation!
He wants her. She needs him. TOTAL SUBMISSIONPrivate Investigator Mandy Thompson knows how to dig beneath the surface and uncover secrets about other people. But the tables are turned when she enters the erotic lair of Master Zane and finds herself revealing her most intimate sexual fantasies. Within this world of dark and dangerous passion, she gives in to her desire for extreme pleasure. She is no longer in control. Her body craves the sensual ecstasy only one man can give her. All she can do is surrender to her master . . . Praise for Tawny Taylor'Delicious taboo sex and intrigue . . . irresistible!'-- Eden Bradley on DARKEST FIRE'Absolutely delicious!'-- Kate Douglas on DARK MASTERWARNING!This is a REALLY HOT book. (Sexually Explicit)
This intense psychological thriller is the second book in the Secrets of Roux River Bayou series from best-selling author Kathy Herman.
Where the school system saw thirty-four unreachable kids, LouAnne Johnson saw young men and women with intelligence and dreams. When others gave up on them, she broke the rules to give them the best things a teacher can give-hope and belief in themselves. When statistics showed the chances were they'd never graduate, she fought to beat the odds. This is her remarkable story--and theirs.
Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Harmful Peopleby Joe Navarro Toni Sciarra Poynter
We seem to wake up to a new tragedy in the news every day--Newtown, Boston, Aurora, Columbine. So often the reporters say that "there were some signs, but nobody acted. " the scary part about these tragedies is that less than 1% of criminals are incarcerated for their crimes, meaning that for every headline, there are millions of dangerous situations in which average people find themselves. On top of that, how can ordinary people identify threats from those who may not hurt them physically butcan devastate their lives on a daily basis--the crazy coworkers, out-of control family members, or relentless neighbors? InDangerous Personalities, former FBI profiler Joe Navarro shows readers how to identify the four most common "dangerous personalities" and analyze how much of a threat each one can be: the Narcissist, the Predator, the Paranoid, and the Unstable Personality. Along the way, readers learn how to protect themselves both immediately and long-term--as well as how to recover from the trauma of being close to such a destructive force.
Vicki and the stateside Young Tribulation Force must decide if they will risk their lives to help believers held by the Global Community. Vicki is thrilled at the return of an old friend. In New Babylon, Lionel watches a celebrity receive Nicolae Carpathia's mark, while Judd discovers some startling information from a new friend. Follow the kids as they try to help others see the truth and struggle to survive the deadly consequences of refusing to obey the world's most evil ruler.
Over a dozen literary horror short stories. This is Wilson's first published collection.
"Don't be deceived, Emma," Damon said violently. "I'm not letting you go because I feel sorry for you. I'm letting you go because I have no intention of losing my self-respect over a little cheat like you."<P> It didn't seem to matter any more what his reasons were. Emma knew only that she needed him now - more than at any other time of her life. The love she had felt for him when she was seventeen had not died. It had deepened. And today her love for him was that of a woman. Could she ever make him realize how she really felt about him?
Maita trains horses and rides rodeo stock. Control means everything to her. Then she meets Kade. In his locked room designed for submission and dominance, her world changes.
A special four-in-one edition of Amanda Scott's tantalizing Dangerous SeriesIn Dangerous Illusions, Lady Daintry Tarrant is dismayed when a war hero returns, introducing himself as her fiancé, Lord Penthorpe. She cherishes her independence and has turned away many suitors, but this one she must marry. Penthorpe is completely captivated by Lady Daintry--but he's not who he claims to be.In Dangerous Games, Melissa Seacourt's father auctions her off to pay his gambling debts, but she vows that she will be no man's bought bride. Desperate to escape her fate shackled to someone she could never love, Melissa instead is forced to honor and obey the seductive stranger who comes to her rescue.In Dangerous Angels, Charlotte Tarrant is traveling across Cornwall in her luxurious coach when a shots ring out and her carriage goes over a cliff's edge. As she clings to the rocks, a savior appears. When they meet again, Charley recognizes him instantly. But she doesn't yet realize that the stranger who saved her life--the handsome aristocrat who now vies for her hand in marriage--is England's most notorious spy.In Dangerous Lady, Lady Letitia Deverill comes to London to serve as maid of honor to the young Queen Victoria. An impassioned Tory in a sea of Whigs, Letty has no intention of changing her political views. The headstrong noblewoman soon discovers she has enemies at court, and none more formidable than the powerful--and irresistible--Viscount Justin Raventhorpe.
SOME SECRETS ARE MEANT TO STAY BURIED Laura Webber is determined to uncover the truth behind her parents' murders. But after being interviewed about the unsolved case, she's abducted and dumped in the Mississippi River with a warning to stop digging up the past. With her life in jeopardy, she knows that her former fiancé, Brad Austin, is the only person she can turn to for help. The cold-case detective has spent years trying to forget Laura, yet he can't turn her away. But before Brad can wrap her in his protection, will their reunion be cut short by a killer threatening to silence Laura forever? The Cold Case Files: Uncovering secrets of the past
The acclaimed authors in this anthology are collectively responsible for dozens of "New York Times" bestsellers. Legendary editor Otto Penzler owns the Mysterious Bookshop in New York and is founder of the Mysterious Press and Otto Penzler books.
An extraordinary debut novel that challenges the definition of family and explores the intricate ties that bind us togetherIda grew up with Jackson and James--where there was "I" there was a "J." She can't recall a time when she didn't have them around, whether in their early days camping out in the boys' room decorated with circus scenes or later drinking on rooftops as teenagers. While the world outside saw them as neighbors and friends, to each other the three formed a family unit--two brothers and a sister--not drawn from blood, but drawn from a deep need to fill a void in their single parent households. Theirs was a relationship of communication without speaking, of understanding without judgment, of intimacy without rules and limits.But as the three of them mature and emotions become more complex, Ida and Jackson find themselves more than just siblings. When Jackson's somnambulism produces violent outbursts and James is hospitalized, Ida is paralyzed by the events that threaten to shatter her family and put it beyond her reach. Kathleen Alcott's striking debut, The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, is an emotional, deeply layered love story that explores the dynamics of family when it defies bloodlines and societal conventions.
Two lessons of disguise, erotic pleasure and liberation from renowned author Dani CollinsMastering Her RoleArianne has it bad for her friend and neighbour, Jason. Unfortunately, rumour has it that Jason has a kinky side, and Arianne's inner freak is still hiding in the closet. So Arianne asks Jason to introduce her to his friend Dominic-a sexually dominant instructor in the ways of pleasure. And so Arianne begins her lessons of sexuality, lust, and being thoroughly and deliciously ravished. But behind his mask, Dominic seems awfully familiar....Playing the MasterIn a week, timid Ann Parker will belong to the coldly handsome Porter Navarro-a marriage arranged by her vicious stepfather. But when she's secretly made over and presented to Porter as "Violet," she is initiated into his world of dark, exquisite delights. One where he is master. But it's only as Violet that Ann tastes true freedom. And her liberation will cost not only her sensual teacher, but the man she's grown to love....
These study guides, part of a 16-volume set from noted Bible scholar John MacArthur, take readers on a journey through biblical texts to discover what lies beneath the surface, focusing on meaning and context, and then reflecting on the explored passage or concept. With probing questions that guide the reader toward application, as well as ample space for journaling, The MacArthur Bible Studies are an invaluable tool for Bible Students of all ages.
Henning Mankell is a worldwide phenomenon: his books have been translated into forty languages with more than 35 million copies in print, and both his critical acclaim and fan base only continue to grow. His new novel Daniel is an elegiac, unexpected story that only he could have told.In the 1870s, Hans Bengler arrives in Cape Town from Småland, Sweden, driven by a singular desire: to discover an insect no one has seen before and name it after himself. But then he impulsively adopts a young San orphan, a boy he christens Daniel and brings with him back to Sweden--a quite different specimen than he first contemplated. Daniel is told to call Bengler "Father," taught to knock on doors and bow, and continually struggles to understand this strange new land of mud and snow that surrounds and seemingly entraps him. At the same time, he is haunted by visions of his murdered parents calling him home to Africa. Knowing that the only way home is by sea, he decides he must learn to walk on water if he is ever to reclaim his true place in the world.Evocative and sometimes brutal, the novel takes Daniel through a series of tragedies and betrayals that culminate in a shocking act. Mankell tells this indelible story with a ruthless elegance all his own.
Radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding of the Scripture. Now enjoy his personable, yet scholarly, style in a 60-volume set of commentaries that takes you from Genesis to Revelation with new understanding and insight. Each volume includes introductory sections, detailed outlines and a thorough, paragraph-by-paragraph discussion of the text. A great choice for pastors - and even better choice for the average Bible reader and student! Very affordable in a size that can go anywhere, it's available as a complete 60-volume series, in Old Testament or New Testament sets, or individually.
Journey with Daniel Boone from childhood through adulthood from Pennsylvania to Missouri and beyond.Daniel Boone was one of America's greatest frontiersman opened up a new country by exploring and settling where no one else had ever lived besides the Indians.he fought with the Indians and became their friends. It was a very harsh life that took a lot of courage to survive.
The book of Daniel is a literary rich and complex story known for its apocalyptic style. Written in both Hebrew and Aramaic, the book begins with stories of Daniel and three Jewish young men Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), and Azariah (Abednego) who are exiles among the remnant from Judea in Babylon in sixth century b. c. e. It ends with Daniel's visions and dreams about the Jewish community that offer comfort and encouragement as they endure persecution and hope for deliverance into God's kingdom. Newsom's commentary offers a fresh study of Daniel in its historical context. Newsom further analyzes Daniel from literary and theological perspectives. With her expert commentary, Newsom's study will be the definitive commentary on Daniel for many years to come. The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing. The editorial board consists of William P. Brown, Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur
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