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The deadly assassin contracted by the Empire, X-7, is closer than ever to discovering the identity of his target. He's already infiltrated the top levels of the Rebel Alliance and gained Princess Leia's trust.
Regina's life is in Jeopardy... When Elizabeth Wakefield learns that Regina Morrow has returned unexpectedly to Sweet Valley from Switzerland, she drops by to visit. A strange woman answers the door and says Regina cannot have visitors. With the help of Jessica, her twin, and Bruce Patman, Regina's boyfriend, Elizabeth discovers that Regina and her parents are being held hostage! If Elizabeth calls the police, the Morrows may be killed. So she, Bruce, Jessica, and Regina's brother, Nicholas, vow to rescue the Morrows on their own before the kidnappers take desperate action!
"One of my favorite authors, Val McDermid is an important writer--witty, never sentimental, taking us through mean streets with the dexterity of a Chandler."--Sara Paretsky"There is no one in contemporary crime fiction who has managed to combine the visceral and the humane as well as Val McDermid. . . . She's the best we've got."--The New York Times Book Review"Val McDermid is one of the bright lights of the mystery field."--The Washington Post"McDermid's a skillful writer--comparisons with such American novelists as Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton are appropriate. Clever, absorbing and lots of fun."--Chicago TribuneLindsay Gordon--investigative journalist, tenacious sleuth and unashamed lesbian--is facing a midlife crisis. Back in her native Scotland after a long absence, she has no job, no friends and no desire to even think about her girlfriend's worrying preoccupations. A chance encounter with freelance reporter Rory McLaren offers her an irresistible invitation to open a new chapter in her life. From there it is just a short step to political corruption and other juicy stories--all welcome distractions from Lindsay's problems at home. But when a local car dealer's stepson is kidnapped, Lindsay and Rory trade journalism for detection. The trail leads them to St. Petersburg and a dangerous snatch-back operation that will test Lindsay to her absolute limits in every area of her life.Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community and read English at Oxford. After 16 years in journalism, she became a full-time writer in 1991. An international bestseller, she's published over 20 books. Her many awards include the Gold Dagger, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Anthony. Val McDermid lives in the north of England.
Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy--cool, calm, emotionless--at least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and free them both from the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace. DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda, but charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...
One On One With SatanA chilling and highly convincing account of possession and exorcism in modern America, hailed by NBC Radio as "one of the most stirring books on the contemporary scene. "
One On One With Satan. A chilling and highly convincing account of possession and exorcism in modern America, hailed by NBC Radio as "one of the most stirring books on the contemporary scene."
Reprinted Edition"Gilstrap Is A Master Of Action And Drama." -Gayle LyndsHostage rescue expert Jonathan Grave goes where the government can't. An innocent man has been shot and two young people are missing. But tracking them down is just the beginning. To keep them and his covert team alive, Jonathan plunges into the heart of an ugly secret whose insidious path reaches from one of the world's most remote places into the highest corridors of power--and he must defeat enemies who are willing to kill to keep the truth from being revealed. . . Praise For John Gilstrap's Thrillers"A Great Hero. . .A Really Exciting Series." --Joseph Finder"One Of The Finest Thriller Writers On The Planet." --Tess Gerritsen"A Tour De Force!" --Jeffery DeaverSpecial Excerpt From John Gilstrap's Newest Thriller! Damage Control
In this riveting new thriller, New York Times bestselling author John Gilstrap reveals a clandestine world where the stakes are high, the players are corrupt, and a treacherous secret is about to explode... Hostage rescue expert Jonathan Grave is used to working alone, and this time he'll have to go where even the government won't. An innocent man has been shot and two young people are missing. But tracking them down is just the beginning. To keep them and his covert team alive, Jonathan must plunge into the heart of an ugly secret whose insidious path reaches from one of the world's most remote places into the highest corridors of power--and he must defeat enemies who are willing to kill again and again to keep the truth from being revealed...
From the back of the book: Double-edged death An antiterror convention in Washington, D.C., is rocked by a real-life hijacking-and Frank Hardy's girlfriend, Callie Shaw, is among the hostages. When Callie appears on the TV news she sends the Hardys a coded message. Trouble is, the government doesn't believe them. Agent O'Neill orders Frank and Joe off the case, forcing them to try a rescue on their own. Suddenly the brother sleuths are running from the law, straight into a terrorist death trap-while Callie watches her life tick away. ============== From inside the book: SCREAMING DEATH Frank opened his hand, studying the detonator for a long moment. "Drop it, I say!" The ragged edge to Habib's voice was far more convincing than the volume he used. Shrugging, Frank turned his hand, letting the detonator fall. Passengers screamed as they saw the instrument of their destruction drop to the floor. Even Habib flinched, drawing back from the expected explosion. Frank used that second to stomp on the detonator, crushing its radio microcircuits. Then he dove for the floor, praying that Joe would take his lead.
In this second book in the trilogy, Beth Dean continues to learn about life on the ground and in the air. Beth matures as she works through her probationary period as an air hostess, dealing with a jealous coworker, passengers of all kinds, danger, death, and her own mistakes. Will she survive probation? Is love on the horizon?
The illicit activities of an organized crime family draw Mack Bolan to California, where he uncovers a deadly power struggle. It seems a branch of this family tree extends to a small town in Oregon where the Mob's influence runs deep. Following the bloody trail, Bolan takes his war across the state line. Profits from prostitution, drugs and numbers rackets tied to several local businesses are being funneled to a radical ecoterrorist group more than willing to strike out against anything--and anyone--standing in its way. A war is brewing and the small town is under siege. Faced with mounting casualties, the Executioner will have to use his own methods to clean up the environment.
Do you ever wonder what corporations get for the millions of dollars they pour into the American political system? Do you ever think the government has been hijacked by forces hostile to average Americans? Do you ever want to fight back? Millions of Americans lack health care and millions more struggle to afford it. Politicians claim they care, then pass legislation that just sends more cash to the HMOs. Wages have been stagnant for thirty years, even as corporate profits skyrocket. Politicians say they want to fix the problem and then pass bills written by lobbyists that drive wages even lower and punish those crushed by debt. Jobs are being shipped overseas, pensions are being cut, and energy is becoming unaffordable. And our government, more concerned about maintaining its corporate sponsorship than protecting its citizens, does nothing about it. In Hostile Takeover, David Sirota, a major new voice in American politics, seeks to open the eyes of ordinary Americans to the fact that corporate interests have undermined democracy, aided and abetted by their lackeys in our allegedly representative government. At a time when more and more of America's major political leaders are being indicted or investigated for corruption, Sirota takes readers on a journey that shows how all of this nefarious behavior happened right under our noses- and how the high-profile scandals are merely one product of a political system and debate wholly owned by Big Money interests. Sirota considers major public issues that feel intractable--like spiraling health care costs, the outsourcing of jobs, the inequities of the tax code, and out-of-control energy prices--and shows how in each case workable solutions are buried under the lies of lobbyists, the influence of campaign cash, and the ubiquitous spin machine financed by Big Business. With fiery passion, pinpoint wit, and lucid analysis, Hostile Takeover reveals the true enemies of reform and their increasingly sophisticated- and hostile- tactics. It's an essential guidebook for those of us tired of the government selling us out- and determined to take our country back.
A rebellious challenge to the "upper management" of government, who are choking American prosperity and liberty The American enterprise grew exceptional based on the founding principles of individual freedom, decentralized knowledge, and accountable, constitutionally limited government. But our "leaders" from Washington, D.C., have systematically replaced the dispersed genius of America with top-down dictates and expensive schemes designed to expand the power of insiders and protect the privileged positions of politicians, bureaucrats, and their cronies. Freedom, not centralization "Decentralized freedom" has become the strategy that will return America to its founding values, breaking up centralized government's monopoly on power and returning it to where it belongs: with We the People. Senior management has failed us. It's time to clean house. In Hostile Takeover, bestselling author Matt Kibbe exposes the privileged collusion of Washington insiders-and maps out a proven plan for how to return power from the self-appointed "experts" back to the people. Dubbed "one of the Tea Party's masterminds" by Newsweek, Kibbe reveals how grassroots citizens can and will check the federal behemoth and restore the American enterprise to its founding principles.
Hard-luck Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl is just itching for the opportunity to sell out. Then good fortune comes knocking at his door in the guise of William Prescott III, a blue-blood attorney from one of the city's most prestigious firms. Prescott wants Victor to represent a councilman's aide who is on trial, along with his boss, for extortion, arson, and murder. It's the juiciest, highest-profile courtroom extravaganza in years -- and all Carl has to do is show up, shut up, and follow Prescott's lead. But it soon becomes clear that somene's setting him and his client up to take a long, hard fall. Victor Carl may be desperate and unethical but he's no one's patsy. And to survive in this legal snake pit of secrets, lies, and lethal double-crosses, he's going to play the game his way.
Repairman Jack returns in a sequel to the New York Times bestseller, The Tomb! Repairman Jack has been tearing up the urban adventure scene ever since he was introduced in the New York Times bestseller The Tomb . As his fans know, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances; he's a situation fixer, no matter how weird or deadly a situation may be. Repairman Jack has no last name, no Social Security number, and no qualms when it comes to getting the job done--even if it means putting himself in serious danger. After fifteen years of separation, Jack is contacted by his long-lost sister, Kate, to help her track down the source of her girlfriend Jeanette's sudden trance-like behavior. Referred by a mysterious stranger who gives only Jack's name and phone number, Kate is shocked to find out that the "repairman" she seeks is none other than her little brother-and not altogether happy to find out what little "Jackie" has been doing with himself for all these years. With Jack leading the way, Kate finds out that Jeannette's behavior can be traced back to the experimental therapy she underwent for a brain tumor: now Jeannette's brain and those of several other subjects are infected by a mutated virus. Like any good virus, it wants to multiply-and if Jack can't stop the virus in its path, there will be deadly results. Meanwhile, Jack is traveling on the 9 train when suddenly a passenger goes berserk and starts shooting at random-leaving Jack no choice but to throw himself into the spotlight by putting the shooter down. Worse for Jack, one of his fellow passengers is a reporter for the local tabloid, The Light , who sees Jack's heroism as his ticket to journalistic stardom. The reporter promises to make Jack a celebrity hero, a household name-which could mean the end of Repairman Jack as we know him.
For four years, play-by-the-rules bank teller Turner has brooded over her uncle's wrongful imprisonment. But when two bumbling crooks stumble into her branch and hold up the place, she sees a chance to do something she's never thought possible: get revenge.
Investigating cocaine smuggling in the Florida Keys, Fred Carver stumbles on a crime far worse than drug pushingWhen Henry Tiller barges into Fred Carver's office, the old man seems crazy. He tells a paranoid story about one of his neighbors on the sunny Florida Key where he makes his home--a wealthy man whom he suspects of using his yacht to run drugs. A young boy recently washed up on the beach, Tiller says, and he's certain it was murder. Carver is uninterested until he learns that the old man's grandson died a few years earlier: another casualty of cocaine addiction. It's only been three years since Carver's own son was murdered, and he's too sentimental to turn down the case. When Tiller turns up dead himself, a victim of a suspicious hit-and-run, a little smuggled cocaine becomes the least of Carver's troubles. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Lutz including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
Living la belle vie is the best revenge...Hosting a fabulous party is the perfect cap-off to Cassie Hagen's successful business trip in Paris. Living in the land of decadent macarons, French fashion and champagne is great-especially compared to her past life as the scholarship student at a tony New York private school.Then Jack Marchand shows up. Sure, he's hot, French and superapologetic about how he humiliated her in high school. He was all of her firsts: her first lover, the first to break her heart and the first to dump her after one night together.Jack has never forgotten Cassie. He's determined to prove he's changed and win her back. As an apology, it's pretty much perfect. Deliciously so. But Cassie isn't quite ready to forgive him.
SHE WAS BOTHERED... Stockbroker Lee Phillips figures she had it all. Great job, gorgeous home, okay body. Hmm, two cats for company...and far too many nights sleeping alone. Where was Mr. Right in this picture? Closer than she realized. Her best pal, Trevor Templeton, was very appealing. Almost loveable... HE WAS HOT... Trevor thought he had it all, too. Great job, bachelor loft, hard body...and no cats. But to his amazement his best buddy, Lee, wanted to, uh, get naked with him. Correction: make love with him. No, it was too awkward, too tempting...and what if it was too good? What about their friendship then? And what if one of them fell in love...?
True Halloween pleasures don't come from sweets . . . Indulge yourself with some tasty tricks and treats from three popular erotica authors as they serve up tales of chilling, thrilling passion. Megan Hart's Nothing Else Matters After surviving the zombie apocalypse, Lira wants nothing more than the sense of life that only lust can bring. Suddenly torn between two irresistible lovers, Lira must choose: the one who brings her carnal fantasies to life? Or the one who sets her ablaze again and again? Lauren Hawkeye's Pick Me Up Sure, hitchhiking is dangerous, but Holly just had to get away. Now soaking wet and stuck in a downpour with her roadside savior, she's ready for a little window-steaming and some role-play. It's all fun and games until Holly realizes she's met her match . . . Saranna DeWylde's Little Red's Big Bad Hunting werewolves and being snowbound in a remote cabin with a sexy FBI agent are all in a day's work for U. S. Marshal Miranda Garrick. But when business mixes with pleasure, can she stay in control? Or will she be tempted by unrestrained passion . . . and tantalizing danger?
From the co-editor of Steampunk'd comes an all-new collection of adventure and romance amid Victorian steampunk settings. Sparks fly in these original stories of a steam-driven airship searching for a lost city, a crazy inventor in a powered wheelchair with a plot to take over the world, and a love story set in an alternate history version of America. Adventure abounds in these stories of love, loss, and danger- and there is plenty of steam!
What if the dinosaurs faked their own extinction? New in the genre-bending, species-bending, gender-bending romp of a series. This is the "awesomely funny. . . cult classic" (Entertainment Weekly) series with the "incredible idea-brilliantly executed" (Brad Meltzer), that inspired Dave Barry to ask, "What would the world be like if the dinosaurs hadn't gone extinct? For one thing, L. A. would be even weirder than it is now. " Enjoy the most satisfying rex yet. . .
A tale of holiday heat from USA Today bestselling author Janice Maynard Hallie Prentiss loses her Christmas spirit when she loses her job, but when a friend offers her a two week stint running a bed and breakfast in the Christmas-themed town of North Pole, Alaska, she can't exactly turn down a paycheck. In no mood for cold weather and candy canes, Hallie quickly changes her tune when she meets B&B resident Daniel Reynolds--a Santa Claus with a six-pack who could make any girl Grinch grateful to be on his naughty list. Hot Arctic Nights previously appeared in the anthology Wicked Wonderland "Janice Maynard ups the ante on passion."--Romance Junkies "If you...like your romance lovin' hot, emotion driven and often, Maynard delivers in spades."--LifetimeTV.com
THEY'RE LIVING LIFE TO THE EXTREME...AND BURNING UP THE COLD MOUNTAIN NIGHTSOnly total desperation could reunite Dianna Kelley with Sam MacKenzie, the irresistible bad boy she walked out on ten years ago. But the fearless firefighter with the awesome wilderness skills is the only one who can take her where she needs to go. It's a gamble--tracking down her endangered sister while keeping Sam and their undeniable attraction at arm's length. Not easy when they're trekking into a remote corner of the Rockies, where she's got to trust her former lover with her life. Despite their past, Sam never could refuse a damsel in distress, especially one who has haunted his dreams for years. He'll help find her sister and get Dianna out of his system once and for all. But soon it's hard to tell whether the greatest threat is from the rushing rapids, the deadly enemy on their trail, or the passion that's sending them straight into the line of fire....From the Paperback edition.