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Officer Gunnhildur, recently promoted from her post in rural Iceland to Reykjavík's Serious Crime Unit, is tasked with hunting down escaped convict Long Ommi, who has embarked on a spree of violent score-settling in and around the city. Meanwhile, she's also investigating the murder of a fitness guru in her own city-center apartment. As Gunna delves into the cases, she unearths some unwelcome secrets and influential friends shared by both guru and convict. Set in an Iceland plagued by an ongoing financial crisis, Gunna has to take stock of the whirlwind changes that have swept through the country--and the fact that at the highest levels of power, the system's endemic corruption still leads, inevitably, to murder.From the Hardcover edition.
Before I made it around the corner, I saw something that made me stop dead. A man wearing soot-stained overalls came toward me from behind the restaurant, mopping his neck and brow with a filthy white cloth. I stared at him, because he was me. Terry thought it was a victory when he escaped his small hometown of Cold Corners, North Carolina. But life in the big city didn't turn out to be as victorious as he'd expected, and after one failure follows another, he comes home to figure out what went wrong. What begins as a trip down memory lane turns into much more when Terry is confronted with alternate versions of himself-the people he might have become had he not followed his dreams of being a chef to California. At first, he assumes that meeting a chef TJ, a policeman TJ, and a bartender TJ is no more than the delusions of an identity crisis run amok. But as Terry sees "what could have been" reflected in these doppelgängers, he discovers that the simplest of life's choices could have led him down very different paths. Inspired by Henry James's thought-provoking short story "The Jolly Corner," award-winning author Tim Pratt reinterprets the classic tale for a new, young adult audience, bringing it to life in a contemporary southern setting and penning a haunting look at the way life choices shape the people we become.A short story excerpted from Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales, available October 2013.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Gideon Hawk gives some bounty hunters a lethal lesson in how reputations are made when a beautiful prostitute asks for his protection.
She'd often dreamed about him coming back, with a baby in his arms. And now, Cisco del Norte was home. But the baby he carried couldn't possibly be theirs. Still, Easton Springhill got part of her wish. The man she could never stop loving was back, even for just a little while-with a serious injury, a beautiful baby girl and an explanation about them both that was as flimsy as his excuse for leaving years before. And after five long years of trying to forget him, Easton was faced with a choice: love him-and that little girl-while she had them, or save herself and get away while the getting was good. Because there was no way she'd be able to escape with her heart a second time...
New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne brings readers back to the ranch for an emotional holiday visit with The Cowboys of Cold Creek! Hardened rancher Ridge Bowman has long told himself he has no need for love-just work and his little girl are enough to get him through. But when his "cleaning lady," Sarah Whitmore, gets injured on his staircase, well, of course he has to invite her to spend the holidays with him. It's only the responsible thing to do. Only, Sarah isn't really there to work on his house. She came bearing precious artwork belonging to Ridge's late mother, and possibly a secret that could devastate them both. But as Christmas draws closer, so does Ridge-and Sarah convinces herself that she will tell him what she knows as soon as the holiday is over. She might be the key to his past-if only he could be a part of her future....
All Emery Kendall wanted was to flee painful memories of Christmases past. She craved distraction and healing, and the mountains of Idaho offered both...plus the key to a long-buried family secret. But when she met her host, rancher Nate Cavazos, she hardly got a warm welcome....The former army ranger's smoldering good looks masked deep emotional scars. And now he had his hands full as guardian of two orphaned nieces. That seemed to be all the involvement he could handle right now.Still, Nate couldn't ignore his fierce attraction to Emery or his nieces' instant attachment to her--until Emery's secret shattered their happiness. Would it be a lonely Christmas for four lost souls? Or the best family holiday ever?
Fifteen years later, Quinn Southerland still hadn't forgiven Tess Claybourne for treating him like the dirt beneath her boots. But the widowed nurse tending his ailing mother was a world away from the spoiled homecoming queen Quinn had known. Yet she was just as achingly beautiful, still arousing the old bittersweet longing for something he could never have. Or could he? That fierce attraction still burned between them. This could be their second chance. . . if they let love lead them where their hearts longed to go. . . .
Caidy Bowman had been the apple of her family's eye-until a devastating tragedy forced her to hide from the world. She was used to devoting her time to the animals on her family's ranch. Then widower Ben Caldwell and his two adorable children arrived in Pine Gulch, and suddenly, Caidy wanted more than a life in the shadows....As the town's new vet, Ben needed a place to stay for the holidays-and for his family to heal from their own loss. He absolutely wasn't looking for love again! But Caidy Bowman's sparkling green eyes and sweet smile touched Ben's broken heart, giving him hope for a new future. Their future-if he could convince the beautiful cowgirl that Christmas was a time for new beginnings....
He was the one you called when you needed rescuing...But who was Taft Bowman going to call when he needed help? Because ten years ago Laura Pendleton, the love of his life, had left town without a word, then or since. Now she was back, with a new last name-and two adorable, high-needs little ones in tow. Well, Taft had been stupid enough to let her go once before...he wasn't about to make the same mistake again. He'd never stopped loving her-and one look at those adorable little faces and he knew that he was meant to be with Laura and her kids forever. All he had to do was convince her that this time he was a man she could count on!
Just back from a tour of duty, all Major Brant Western wanted was a hot meal and a warm bed. What hedidn'tneed was the stunning socialite in disguise who'd just shown up at his family's Cold Creek ranch. Scandal trailed bad girl Mimi Van Hoyt--aka "Maura"--everywhere she went. But once Brant discovered her secret, how could he turn her away?Being stranded in the middle of nowhere in a blizzard was not Mimi's idea of a fun time in the Tetons. Then why was she starting to think this sexy soldier could be more than her shelter from the storm? And The more determined Brant was to protect her and her unborn child, The more she believed that this honorable, irresistible military man was the only man for her.
THE SEEDS OF EVIL ... In a secluded farm house in the Pacific Northwest, a family has been slaughtered-and a teenage son has disappeared. Single mother and cop, Emily Kenyon spearheads a dark hunt for a killer. But Emily's teenage daughter Jenna is one step ahead of her. ... Jenna knows the boy suspected of murdering his family and wants to help him-perhaps too much. Then another family is butchered, this time in Iowa. And on the heels of this brutal slaying, another follows in Salt Lake City. Eerie similarities link the crime scenes. But an even darker connection threatens to claim even more victims. ...
HARRY DRESDEN LIVES!!! After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn't all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn't about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill. Guess which Mab wants first? Of course, it won't be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday. Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own...His soul.
Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Hell Is Empty and As the Crow Flies, the first in the Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit A&E original drama series Fans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr and Robert B. Parker will love this outstanding first novel, in which New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson introduces Sheriff Walt Longmire of Wyoming's Absaroka County. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, and full of memorable characters. After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire's hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle. With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.
FBI agent Frank Zander checked his watch. 31 hours since Paige Baker disappeared into the Rocky Mountains. If her parents were hiding something, he'd find it. He always did.
After stealing a dead man's boots, a poor wandering bagpiper uses them to play a trick on an unfriendly farmer but then finds the trick turned back on him.
Cat Barahal and her beloved cousin Bee think they have reached a safe place to shelter. But the Cold Mages who are conspiring to take them prisoner are closing in. The warlord who hopes to conquer all Europa is convinced their destiny is to aid him, whether they want to or not. And the man Cat was forced to marry is back, as vainly arrogant and annoyingly handsome as ever.Worst of all, as Hallows' Night approaches, powers hidden deep within the spirit world are rising. Cat must seek allies against these threats and figure out who to trust, for if she makes the wrong choices, she'll lose everything.Only one thing is certain. When Hallows' Night comes the Wild Hunt will ride - and it feeds on mortal blood.
In Portland, he saved a young boy from a drunk driver. In Boston, he rescued a child from an underground explosion. In Houston, he disarmed a man who was trying to shoot his own wife. Reporter Holly Thorne was intrigued by this strange quiet savior named Jim Ironheart. She was even falling in love with him. But what power compelled an ordinary man to save twelve lives in three months? What visions haunted his dreams? And why did he whisper in his sleep: "There is an Enemy. It is coming. It'll kill us all...?"
Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob). Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives. Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.
STARFLEET CORPS OF ENGINEERS Following the catastrophic conclusion of Avatar, Lieutenant Nog -- the chief operations officer of space station Deep Space 9 -- joins forces with the crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci! With the station's future in doubt, Nog meets the da Vinci at Empok Nor, Deep Space 9's long-abandoned twin, in order to salvage vital technology. But they arrive to find that someone has beaten them to it -- an enigmatic and dangerous alien race known as the Androssi. When the S.C.E. crew learns what the Androssi have planned for Empok Nor, it threatens not only the lives of the da Vinci and Deep Space 9 crews, but galactic peace itself!
These eight stories draw the reader irresistibly into eight strange worlds-uncanny, enigmatic, unearthly. In each there is something chillingly wrong-a hint of diabolism or vampirism, of reincarnation or the living dead-all of which could be explained away as hallucination or hysteria. Or could it? The stories cover a wide variety of settings and situations. A young English girl falls into peaceful but oddly enervating love in a palazzo in Ravenna, a man traveling on business finds himself as night falls in an isolated, unnervingly Kafka-esque hotel, Prince Albrecht von Allendorf meets his mysterious end in a mountain lake in Bavaria. Robert Aickman's stories are the work of a master of the genre, subtle, written with consummate skill and command of detail. Their mystery lingers, tantalizes, never quite lets the reader go.
May 1944. The eve of the Allied invasion of Europe. When American OSS agent Craig Osbourne is taken aboard a German E-boat off the coast of Brittany, he thinks that his war - and possibly his life - are over. But the Lili Marlene is actually operated by the Royal Navy out of an ultrasecret base on the English coast. And it will soon be returning Osbourne - a highly trained assassin - to occupied France. There, he will help the beautiful twin sister of a dead British agent infiltrate a German High Command briefing on the defense of the Atlantic Wall. Nothing will prevent the coming Allied assault - but its success may well depend on the outcome of this mission.
Kevin O'Leary shares invaluable secrets on entrepreneurship, business, money and life. Can you make millions just by "visualizing yourself rich" as some business prophets suggest? Don't buy it, says Kevin O'Leary. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur and amass wealth, you're going to have to work for it. But the good news is: with the right guidance, focus and perseverance, you can turn entrepreneurial vision into lucrative reality and have the personal freedom that only wealth can buy. Kevin O'Leary would know. The much-feared and revered Dragon on the immensely popular show Dragons' Den (and Shark Tank in the U.S.) started his company in his basement with a $10,000 loan from his financially savvy mother. A few years later, Kevin sold that company for more than four billion dollars. In this compelling, candid and, above all else, brutally honest business memoir, Kevin provides engaging, practical advice and lessons that will give anyone a distinct competitive edge.From the Hardcover edition.
From bestselling author and television superstar Kevin O'Leary comes a new financial guide that takes you through money mistakes at every stage of life and teaches you how to avoid them. DON'T SPEND TOO MUCH. MOSTLY SAVE. ALWAYS INVEST. This is simple advice, but it's often the simple advice that's easy to swallow and hard to follow. Kevin O'Leary understands that getting a handle on your personal finances can be challenging at any age. Whether you're a parent struggling to explain savings to your children, a student contemplating a big loan to pay for school, a newly engaged couple considering joint bank accounts, or a baby boomer entering retirement, Kevin offers solid, practical advice to help you make and keep more money. As a lead shark on ABC's "Shark Tank," Kevin's success with money management and in business is legendary. But he's made mistakes along the way, too, and he's written this book so others can benefit from his experiences and learn how to avoid debt, how to save money, and how to invest for a brighter future. Each chapter is geared to a specific age or stage in life and looks closely at your relationship with money and how simple changes in thinking and decision-making can result in more cold hard cash in your wallet or bank account. You'll find real-life examples of common money mistakes and strategies for avoiding them, "Cold Hard Truth" quizzes and charts aimed at boosting your financial wisdom, and tips and tricks for making more money and growing it faster to achieve financial freedom.
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