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This book takes place in a world where superstition and magic are real and civilization struggles to survive.
Hired by Carl Hallman, the desperate-eyed junkie scion of an obscenely wealthy political dynasty, detective Lew Archer investigates the suspicious deaths of his parents, Senator Hallman and his wife Alicia. Arriving in the sleepy town of Purissima, Archer discovers that orange groves may be where the Hallmans made their mint, but they've has been investing heavily in political intimidation and police brutality to shore up their rancid wealth. However, after years of dastardly double-crossing and low down dirty-dealing, the family seem to be on the receiving end of a karmic death-blow. With two dead already and another consigned to the nuthouse, Archer races to crack the secret before another Hallman lands on the slab.Murder, madness and greed grace The Doomsters, where a tony façade masks the rot and corruption within.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The young mouse Bisky persuades his friends at Redwall Abbey to seek a fabled treasure--the jeweled eyes of the Great Doomwyte Idol--only to lead them into the realm of the fearsome Korvus Skurr, the black-feathered raven.
The Door, Margaret Atwood's first book of poetry since Morning in the Burned House, is a magnificent achievement. Here in paperback for the first time, these fifty lucid, urgent poems range in tone from lyric to ironic to mediative to prophetic, and in subject from the personal to the political, viewed in its broadest sense. They investigate the mysterious writing of poetry itself, as well as the passage of time and our shared sense of mortality. Brave and compassionate, The Door interrogates the certainties that we build our lives on, and reminds us once again of Margaret Atwood's unique accomplishments as one of the finest and most celebrated writers of our time.
Jay and Lila Cooper have been on adventures with their archaeologist father before, but nothing like this! As they make their way through the dark and mysterious cavern, they can't help thinking about the other exploration parties that tried to open the Door. All fled in panic or died terrible deaths! What really lies behind the Door? Incredible riches from a lost kingdom... or some ancient evil? They must find the key and discover themselves the truth about the Nepurian legends. Jay and Lila know one thing for certain - they've been protected in many dangerous circumstances before. But will they be able to overcome whatever force lurks behind the Door in the Dragon's Throat? A rip-roaring yarn filled with danger and intrigue, ending with a titanic clash between the forces of good and evil. By the bestselling author of This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. Frank E. Peretti's flair for storytelling shines through every Cooper Kids Adventure. You won't want to miss the other exciting books in this series-Escape from the Island of Aquarius, The Tombs of Anak, and Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea.
Master storyteller Robin McKinley here spins two new fairy tales and retells two cherished classics. All feature princesses touched with or by magic. There is Linadel, who lives in a kingdom next to Faerie land, where princesses are stolen away on their seventeenth birthdays-and Linadel's seventeenth birthday is tomorrow. And Korah, whose brother is bewitched by the magical Golden Hind; now it is up to her to break the spell. Rana must turn to a talking frog to help save her kingdom from the evil Aliyander. And then there are the twelve princesses, enspelled to dance through the soles of their shoes every night. . . . These are tales to read with delight!
From Duluth, Georgia, fourteen-year-old Jimmy Fincher sets off on a quest that takes him across the country and to other, sometimes terrifying, worlds, armed with a powerful gift and a mission: to prevent the evil Stompers from destroying Earth.
WOLF: Beautiful, deadly world under a cold red sun. WOLF: Its civilization was old when Terrans were learning to walk upright. WOLF: Where blood-feud is a fact of death and torture a noble game. Still, Terran Intelligence thought that the Terran Peace was secure on Wolf-until strange reports of alien unrest started filtering in to Terran Headquarters, reports of wild events that made even the exotic customs of Wolf seem tame. Only one Terran agent knew Wolf well enough to pass undetected in the alien Dry-Towns; but he had ruined his usefulness long ago, by acculturating himself so successfully that a native blood-feud was called out against him: Once he left the safety of the Terran Enclave, he would be killed on sight. And yet, in the end, only the scarred and bitter man who loved Wolf as his home could discover the Door Through Space.
In Los Angeles, Angel and Buffy compare notes and realize that both are dealing with cases of missing teenagers -- most of them children of the rich and powerful.
The police suspect some of the junior high kids in Nancy Drew's after-school program of breaking into houses. But when Nancy sets out to find the truth, she finds herself in danger. The real crooks are determined to shut her down--before she shuts the door on the River Heights burglary ring!
The Door Within is a 310 page independent fantasy novel for young adults published in 2005 and written by Wayne Thomas Batson. This work is the first novel of a trilogy. It is a religious allegory in which A teenager who lacks confidence is called into another world to be trained, tested, and join a struggle against an association of treasonous and evil knights. The publisher characterizes the book in these descriptions: THREE ANCIENT SCROLLS BECKON AID'AN THOMAS TO ENTER ANOTHER WORLD: A REALM OF KNIGHTS, WARRIORS, KINGS, UNUSUAL CREATURES, AND MYSTERIOUS GLIMPSES WHO CAN TRAVEL BETWEEN WORLDS. SOON AIDAN IS TRAINING TO BECOME THE TWELFTH KNIGHT OF AN ELITE UNIT WHO WILL JOIN ALLEBLE IN ITS LONG FIGHT AGAINST THE EVIL PARAGORY. WITH THE FATE OF TWO WORLDS HANGING IN THE BALANCE, WILL AIDAN BE WILLING TO RISK EVERYTHING AND TRUST THE ONE TRUE KING? the enemy warrior the youthful Knight spoke calmly "I will never deny my King." "In the tradition of C. S. Lewis' Narnia Series, The Door Within beckons the reader to come along on an epic fantasy adventure to far away lands and the more near places of the heart. Readers of all ages will find that The Door Within delivers heart-pounding thrills as well as themes and principles that will liner with you long after you put the book down. The Door Within reminds us that there is much more to life than what we see before our eyes. I highly recommend this book!" JOSH D. MCDOWELL
There's no one or nothing the great detective Nero Wolfe wouldn't take on if the price was right. That's something wealthy society widow Rachel Bruner is counting on when she writes him a check for a whopping hundred grand. But even Wolfe has a moment's doubt when he finds out why the prize is so generous. For the oversize genius and his able assistant Archie Goodwin are about to lock horns with the FBI - and these highly trained G-men have a way with threats, tails, and bugs that could give even sedentary sleuth Nero Wolfe a run for his money.
Book Three of the Children of the Star trilogy. Noren knew that his world was not as it should be -- it was wrong that only the Scholars, and their representatives the Technicians, could use metal tools and Machines. It was wrong that only they had access to the mysterious City, which even as a child he had longed to enter. Above all, it was wrong for the Scholars to have sole power over the distribution of knowledge. The High Law imposed these restrictions and many others, though the Prophecy declared that someday knowledge and Machines would be available to everyone. Noren, convicted in youth of heresy, had only recently come to believe in the Prophecy's fulfillment. And the more he learned of the grim truth about his people's deprivations, the less possible it seemed that their world could ever be changed. It would take more drastic steps than anyone had imagined to restore their rightful heritage.
Three friends descend upon an art auction in search of some excitement. Mike Mackenzie--retired software mogul, bachelor and fine art enthusiast--wants something that money can't buy. Fellow art-lover Allan Cruickshank is bored with his banking career and burdened by a painful divorce. And Robert Gissing, an art professor, is frustrated that so many paintings stay hidden in corporate boardrooms, safes and private apartments. After the auction-and a chance encounter with crime boss Chib Calloway--Robert and Allan suggest the "liberation" of several paintings from the National Gallery, hoping Mike will dissuade them. Instead, he hopes they are serious. As enterprising girlfriends, clever detectives, seductive auctioneers and a Hell's Angel named Hate enter the picture, Ian Rankin creates a highly-charged thriller, a faced-past story of second guesses and double crosses that keep changing the picture, right until the harrowing finish.
The Doors were born in the sixties, a decade of bright colors, rebellion, and amazing creativity. Forty years later, you might think the Doors would seem like a relic from the past, like a tie-dyed T-shirt that's been washed too many times. But that's far from the case. Although this band definitely has its roots deep in the psychedelic, drug-soaked soil of the sixties, the Doors have managed to make the transition into the twenty-first century.
Aliens have given a precious relic, the star-stone, to the people of Earth but the harmony of the galaxy is at stake when it goes missing.
Dopamine, a catecholamine transmitter, plays a number of vital physiological roles in the brain and body, and, in recent years, studies on the role of dopamine in disease have opened new avenues of research and discovery. In Dopamine: Methods and Protocols, experts and key figures within the field provide detailed protocols on leading approaches in the study of dopamine within biological systems. Divided into sections on cellular/biochemical, imaging, genetics, and electrophysiology, this collections includes protocols for bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging, receptor immunoprecipitation and proteomic analysis, creation and characterization of a mouse model of Parkinson's disease, real time measurement of dopamine in the brain, and modeling signal transduction in silico. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular BiologyTM series format, chapters include introductions to their respective subjects, lists of materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls. Authoritative and convenient, Dopamine: Methods and Protocols serves as an ideal guide for students and experts alike, as well as for anyone interested in exploring the vast and crucial field of dopamine research.
The itch starts when things get too heavy for Lil J. Skin popping or stealing pain pills from his mom help him relax. But Lil J's focus is wandering because money is short, and his man Rico knows a way to make some quick cash. It's supposed to be an easy deal, but it isn't so simple when the buyer is an undercover cop. With a gunshot wound to the arm, Rico in jail, and a police officer clinging to life, Lil J is starting to get dope sick. He'd do anything to change the last twenty-four hours, and when he stumbles into an abandoned crack house, it actually might be possible. . . . Walter Dean Myers weaves elements of magical realism into a harrowing story about drug use, violence, alternate perceptions of reality, and second chances.
Part 2 of the Dopeman's Trilogy, JaQuavis Coleman chillingly chronicles the life and crimes of Harlem resident Hazel Brown, as she rises to the highest highs and spirals into an inevitable, devastating downfall. Hazel has nothing and no one in her life; the only thing she "owns" is an insatiable addiction to heroin. Her addiction brings her to the slums, where she quickly learns the tricks of surviving--of hustling and getting her street smarts. She'll do anything to feed her habit, even if that means robbing and conning and selling her own body. Yet no matter how much heroin she does, the pain that's cut so deep within her never goes away in this story so intimate and compellingly written, you'll feel like you're walking in her shoes.
Hazel is alone in this cold world, and the only thing she has to her name is a strong addiction to heroin. With street smarts and hustle, she finds out about life in the slums. Willing to do any and everything to feed her habit, she robs, steals, cons, and sacrifices her body to satisfy her insatiable urge. Walk in the shoes of a dopefiend and feel her pain as she tells the story of her life--the good, the bad, and the ugly. This is a deep story that tells the rise and fall of a dopefiend by the name of Hazel Brown.
Doping in sports and the fight against it has gained increasing attention in recent years. The pharmacological basis for a possible performance enhancement in competitive sport through the administration of prohibited substances and methods as well as the analytical disclosure of such practices are comprehensively covered in 21 contributions by outstanding and distinctive authors.
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