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The night before his final exams, a semi-alcoholic teenager packs up his gear and disappears into the woods. Totally unprepared for bush life, he nearly dies until he meets someone else who has her own reasons to hide.
When Mister Whiskers vanishes just before the school carnival, can Dee Dee and her cul-de-sac friends capture the crazy cat?
This book introduces you to the world of the crab and its families in the world.
When the ecotecture starts to degrade on the asteroid of Mymercia-killing a workgroup on the surface-Fola Hanani miraculously survives. A former missionary, she's hacked a living out of a gengineered ecology built after the Armageddon of overheating, overpopulation, over-everything. Now she has to find out what's causing a catastrophic biosystem failure before everyone else on Mymercia is killed. Meanwhile, onworld, in a trailer park of migrant workers, a washed-out one-hit wonder named L. Mariachi plays the guitar for a community suffering from a contagious form of soul loss. It's a song that Fola's implanted IA-information agent-thinks she needs to hear. Because what is happening to these lost souls is spreading at quantum speed to everyone else. Something or someone is trying to reprogram the system with the ultimate virus. And as virtuality becomes reality in this post-ecocaust world of plug-in sex components, old-world medicine women, and the cheesiest pop culture, humanity itself is about to crash. . . .
New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short stories--and reveals another level of mastery. Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travel--to New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood. Each of these ingenious tales is a gem--sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations," (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work" (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.
"Plot, characterization, pace are all first-rate, and the bouncy Brannigan is one of the most likeable of all today's PIs."--The Sunday Telegraph (London)Kate Brannigan finds herself dragged into a world of drug traffickers, child pornographers, and violent gangland enforcers, bringing her face to face with death in the most terrifying investigation of her career.
The bastard offspring of cocaine, crack first entered the UK in the early 1990s. By the end of the decade Britain's inner cities were in the midst of a crack epidemic, with users being responsible for a massive proportion of crime -- 95% of street shootings are crack-related, for example. Communities, especially in London, were crying out for help, but there were only two specialist units in the whole of the capital. One of them, Haringey Drugs Squad, embarked on a war on crack, aiming to shut down all 100 crack houses in their borough in one year. Amazingly, they did it. Even more amazingly, in the subsequent twelve months all black-on-black killings in Haringey ceased, and burglaries and muggings fell massively. Narrated by the leader of this team, CRACK HOUSE describes in heart-stopping fashion a series of breathtaking raids as well as arrests, beatings, stabbings and shootings. Featuring a colourful team of family men who regularly faced death, CRACK HOUSE takes the reader into the dark heart of our cities' most violent and terrifying places, showing how the war on drugs can only be won by constant and forceful vigilance.
"I love you," Ted tells Linsey. "You are the other side of my song. You are the words and I am the music or you are the music and I am the words. In my mind, I can't separate us." Ted Newland has discovered Linsey and brought her to a career in singing. He threads her life with laughter and love and then drifts away like smoke, with never a letter or phone call to let her know where he is or when he will be back. And in the meantime there is Peter ... kind, loving Peter. But Linsey's wayward heart keeps yearning after indifferent, faraway Ted.
"Crack in the Sky" continues the development of the young Titus Bass as he gradually learns the lore of the mountain man. From a raucous rendezvous of trappers to a searing fight with Comanche, from a frigid winter's chill to the angry heat of a chase with horse thieves, Titus Bass's West comes alive in the pages of this remarkable novel--and in its final scene, Titus Bass will meet young Josiah Paddock and form the deep friendship explored in the pages of "Carry the Wind. "
Across the planet, only a handful of domed cities exist, cities like NorCal where multiple marriages and drug-taking are encouraged. Everyone waits for a technology to save them. IN CASE OF INFERNO ... "Sir, I checked the high-angle video shot again. That fire is just going and going." "Anything else on the condition screen?" "Sir, it says we have to stand by for a complete dome evacuation. How can we do that? That's impossible, it must be some obsolete code. We can't evacuate thirty million people!" The computers had the answer, but the question was: In earth's spoiled atmosphere, could anyone survive outside the dome?
What does it take to bring the entire Island of Sodor Railway System to a halt? Just a crack in the track. Well, a crack in the track and some hail on the rail . . . and a toad in the road, and a fuss on the bus. In fact, one thing leads to another until just about everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Luckily, there's a breakdown train with a couple of cranes that can fix a big mess!
The twin concepts of liberty and the free market have been instrumental in shaping American identity. Here, author Tristram Riley-Smith delves into how the perverting of these concepts has led to today's economic crisis and identity crisis for America. Including President Obama's election and initial stimulus package, Riley-Smith takes us on a whirlwind examination of America. For three years, he served in the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. and traveled through-out the country and this outsider's perspective offers an in-depth look at the state of American culture after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, toxic debts, and the credit crunch. With lively, insightful commentary, careful research, and illuminating personal anecdotes, Riley-Smith uses images like the cracked liberty bell to explain just where things went wrong, and how we can make them right. He touches upon big issues and examines America's consumer culture, using recognizable icons like Martha Stewart, Giorgio Armani, artist Barbara Kruger, and Wal-Mart. The Cracked Bell is a timely, accessible exploration of the current finan-cial crisis and a hard look at the America of the twenty-first century. It's a delightful, thoughtful, and necessary book that takes the reader headlong into the philosophies, icons, and institutions responsible for America's troubles and what can be done about them.
On the sinister island where strict obedience to the laws of the mysterious Dr. Sigmundus holds sway, two teens who were never meant to meet or share their dreams, cross paths and set in motion that which rips them from the lives they are meant to lead.
Nobody likes a good firing better than Vermont potter Carolyn Emerson -- but a grisly discovery in her own backyard may be too hot to handle...<P> THE ART OF MURDER<P> It's easy enough to misplace a clay piece in a busy paint-your-own-pottery studio like Fire at Will. Misplacing a person, however? Carolyn certainly can't explain why renowned ceramics artist Charles Potter disappeared en route to an appearance at her shop. But everyone's really thrown when the man finally turns up -- and turns out to be none other than her assistant David's long-estranged father.<P> If Richard Atkins (aka Charles Potter) thinks he can just waltz back into Maple Ridge and smooth everything over, he's sorely mistaken. Instead of being greeted with open arms, he's met wih murder...in Carolyn's raku pit, no less. Now, with David as the prime suspect, Carolyn and her friends in her studio's club, the Firing Squad, must crack the case -- before it explodes in their faces...
A doctor's story about treating addicts and alcoholics in an inpatient addiction treatment hospital, and how he changes along with his patients.
Ruled by the Mistress of the Skewed Throne, the city of Amenkor has weathered attacks by invaders and the plague of madness brought by the mysterious White Fire. On the brink of civil war and mass starvation, the city turns to an inexperienced new Mistress, an orphan who has risen from the slums to claim the power of the Skewed Throne. Can Varis harness her survival skills and save Amenkor from ultimate destruction? .
She was a child of the slums skilled in the art of survival. . . Could she harness that talent to save the city from a fiery doom?
Perfect Parker Fadley isn't so perfect anymore. She's quit the cheerleading squad, she's dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she's failing school. Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she's playing games. But what they don't know, the real reason for this whole mess, isn't something she can say out loud. It isn't even something she can say to herself. A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault. If she can just remove herself from everybody, and be totally alone, then everything will be okay... The problem is, nobody will let her.
CRACKER IS ONE OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY'S MOST VALUABLE WEAPONS: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. The fate of entire platoons rests on her keen sense of smell. She's a Big Deal, and she likes it that way. Sometimes Cracker remembers when she was younger, and her previous owner would feed her hot dogs and let her sleep in his bed. That was nice, too. Rick Hanski is headed to Vietnam. There, he's going to whip the world and prove to his family and his sergeant -- and everyone else who didn't think he was cut out for war -- wrong. But sometimes Rick can't help but wonder that maybe everyone else is right. Maybe he should have just stayed at home and worked in his dad's hardware store. When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't so sure about this new owner. He's going to have to prove himself to her before she's going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive. Told in part through the uncanny point of view of a German shepherd, Cracker! is an action-packed glimpse into the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a dog and her handler. It's an utterly unique powerhouse of a book by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Kira-Kira.
Just released from jail, 19-year-old Hootie is befriended by Bubba, who's violent and too nice to be trusted. They attract the suspicions of Detective Peter Chigorin in the latest from Solomita, known for his noir police fiction.
Though our roots are in the Colonial South, we Crackers are essentially just another American fusion culture, and our table and our stories are constantly expanding -- nearly as fast as our waistlines. We aren't ashamed of either, and we're always delighted with the prospect of company: someone to feed and make laugh, to listen to our hundred thousand stories of food and family and our long American past.
Lisa Lennox's debut novel transports us to the heart of the crack era--the South Bronx, New York, 1989. In the late '80s and early '90s, the crack epidemic swept through inner-city communities like the plague. Mothers abandoned their children and took to the street for a hit. Fathers sold everything they owned to get a taste. The crackhead was rampant. Some neighborhoods were never the same. Enter Laci Johnson, a privileged, smart, beautiful teenage girl from across town, who teams up with the South Bronx Bitches--an infamous girl group known for chasing men and money. When the SBB becomes envious of Laci, they devise a plan to destroy her life. Finding love in the most unexpected of places, Laci turns to a local drug dealer to help save her and heal the wounds of her new addiction.
In Crackhead, the infamous South Bronx Bitches (SBB) grew envious of the well-to-do Laci Johnson. Dink, the drug dealer boyfriend of one of the SBB, fell in love with Laci, which surely did not help her cause. So the SBB had to teach her a lesson--ultimately, the beautiful and promising Laci became addicted to crack. Laci is now recovering from her addiction. She and Dink are adjusting to life as college students at Boston University. But with Laci fighting the demons of her past and Dink struggling to adapt to the legit life away from his former drug empire, will they be able to move forward? All the while Smurf has taken over Dink's drug empire in the South Bronx. When he teams up with the mysterious Dirty, who comes to town with a new product and plans to take over the state, can they avoid the reach of a detective hell-bent on solving the mysterious deaths of Dame, Marco, and Crystal? Or will Smurf's own strained relationship with his mother play a part in the demise of his newly acquired empire? Lisa Lennox delivers in this fast-paced, emotional sequel to her bestselling first novel, Crackhead. With an ending so unexpected, and revenge so cold, fans will be talking about this book for years to come.
The fast and easy way to crack codes and cryptograms Did you love Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol? Are you fascinated by secret codes and deciphering lost history? Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies shows you how to think like a symbologist to uncover mysteries and history by solving cryptograms and cracking codes that relate to Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, the Illuminati, and other secret societies and conspiracy theories. You'll get easy-to-follow instructions for solving everything from the simplest puzzles to fiendishly difficult ciphers using secret codes and lost symbols. Over 350 handcrafted cryptograms and ciphers of varying types Tips and tricks for cracking even the toughest code Sutherland is a syndicated puzzle author; Koltko-Rivera is an expert on the major symbols and ceremonies of Freemasonry With the helpful information in this friendly guide, you'll be unveiling mysteries and shedding light on history in no time!
In this trailblazing book, internationally renowned business creativity expert Michael Michalko shows how creative people think--and how to put their secrets to work for you. To create this book, Michalko researched and analyzed hundreds of history's greatest thinkers--from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso--and then brought their techniques into the modern home and workplace. The follow-up to the popular THINKERTOYS, which sold over 80,000 copies.From the Trade Paperback edition.