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With eviction looming, St. Ives searches for a big payday and a rare bookPhilip St. Ives has no love for New York's drafty, broken-down Adelphi Hotel, but he is in no mood to be evicted from it. His cash dwindling, he is happy to learn about a job that calls for his specific talents as a mediator between thieves and their victims. It sounds like the set-up to a bad joke: A thief, an insurance salesman, and the Library of Congress call Philip's lawyer to ask about a stolen copy of Pliny's Historia Naturalis. To find it, Philip will risk becoming history himself. The book was stolen on its way from the Library of Congress to California, and the detective guarding it vanished as well. Mired in snow-choked Washington, DC, St. Ives must arrange for a pair of ransoms to avoid becoming a victim of book collectors who value a nice first edition over an investigator's life.
Carmela Soprano has set the gold standard for our image of the American mob woman: a loyal materfamilias devoted to her family and her church, not to mention her exquisite Italian cooking. But beyond the teased-out hair and frosted nails, she is smart, savvy, and, at times, morally conflicted about her role in her husbands world. gets to the heart of this complex existence in No Questions Asked, an investigation of the real women in today's American Mafia. Longrigg delved into the hidden depths of the American mob society and discovered a subculture of powerful women in the midst of the Mafia patriarchy. From New Jersey to Chicago, Miami to LA, she interviewed the wives, mothers, daughters, and mistresses of "made men" to find out how they functioned in this deadly underworld. Some are irresistibly attracted to dangerous men-like Camille Serpico, who married her first husband's killer, and Lana Zancocchio, daughter of the reputed Bonanno family consigliere, who calls her terrifying father a "real man." Others, like Brenda Colletti, take part in criminal activities alongside their men, covering up for them with the police and plotting mob hits. And there are those who rebel, like Betty Tocco: to save her son from a life of crime, she conspired with the Feds to send her mob boss of a husband to jail for two hundred years. Longrigg profiles this fascinating cast of characters and their sacrifices, as well as their own uses and abuses of power. Looking at the women born into the Family and those who are inexplicably attracted to it, Longrigg portrays their struggles with identity, self-confidence, and conscience. Based on her unique access to the women behind the Mafia, and the first unprecedented glimpse into a fierce private, lethally complicated world. CLARE LONGRIGG is the author of Mafia Women an expose of women in the Mafia in Italy, writes for the Independent and the Guard in London, where she lives.
"A very cool ride. If Raymond Chandler was reincarnated as a novelist in South Florida, he couldn't nail it any better than Dufresne."--Carl Hiaasen On Christmas Eve in Eden, Florida, Wylie "Coyote" Melville, therapist and forensic consultant, is summoned to a horrific crime scene. Five members of the Halliday family have been brutally killed. Wylie's rare talent is an ability to read a crime scene, consider the evidence seen and unseen, and determine what's likely to have happened. The police are soon convinced that the deaths were a murder-suicide carried out by a broken and desperate Chafin Halliday, but Wylie's not so sure. As Wylie begins his own investigation with the help of his friend Bay Lettique--a poker-playing sleight-of-hand artist with links to the Everglades County underworld--he discovers a web of corruption involving the police union, Ponzi-scheming lawyers, county politicians, and the Russian mob. What follows is a heart-stopping, edgy novel that introduces a completely original crime solver.
In this next installment in the Immortals After Dark Series, USA Today Bestselling author Kresley Cole delivers a scorching tale about a forbidding vampire who lives in the shadows and the beautiful assassin who hunts him there. A soldier weary of life . . . Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire -- a nightmare in his mind -- against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead. A Valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him . . . When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow -- accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings -- particularly lust -- emerge multiplied. For the first time, she's unable to complete a kill. Become competitors in a legendary hunt. The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity -- as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world -- to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she's falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?
From broomsticks to black magic, leather-clad warriors to love potions gone wrong, four stories of supernatural sex and suspense. Contains The Majicka by Maryjanice Davidson; Voodoo Moon by Lori Handeland; Breath of Magic by Cheyenne McCray; Any Witch Way She Can by Christine Warren.
An F-18 Navy fighter careens out of the blue sky above the Mojave desert. A TV cameraman who grew up in a small town just miles away can see what is going to happen next. Frantically, Wes Stewart races to the downed jet and tries to save the pilot's life. When the plane explodes, Wes escapes without harm--and plunges into a murderous conspiracy.It's been fifteen years since Wes has been back to the desolate land of his childhood. Now he finds himself up against the U.S. military, the local police, and someone who is tracking his every move. In the moments he spent with the dying pilot, Wes discovered something that could get him killed. But while he tries to untangle a web of lies and secrets surrounding the crash, another danger is stalking him. And this one he will never see coming.From the Paperback edition.
I heard the gunshot and I knew what had happened. Even before I made it downstairs to Dad's office, I knew what he'd done. How do you live your life after catastrophe hits your family? How do you go back to football practice, or take a girl out on a date, or talk to your friends about normal stuff when nothing is normal anymore? Three years after his father's death, Jordan is still wondering. But then, salvation comes--in the form of a '76 Corvette. It's gorgeous, it's beautiful, it's incredibly sexy. And so is the girl who suddenly takes notice of him. Slowly Jordan realizes that maybe, just maybe, he can start living again. But the real question is: Does he want to?
From Newly Wedded magazine: "This castle in upstate New York is the stuff of fantasies! And a kiss under the arch might make your love-or lust-last forever..."Indulging a family request, CIA agent Cam Sutherland has returned to Castle MacPherson for the first time in years to investigate a decades-old theft. But more importantly, it's the place where-in a brief moment-Cam very nearly lost his heart and soul to wedding planner Adair MacPherson.And Adair is still as bewitching as ever. When Cam finds a seven-year-old erotic story written by her-and starring him-his blood damn near boils over. The only solution? To prove to Adair that fantasies are best made into realities...and the best magic happens between the sheets!
When sisters get together...expect the unexpected! Stephanie, Michelle, and DJ have their house all to themselves -- all weekend! The three sisters plan to do tons of cool, exciting stuff together.
In his first book since the national bestseller Silent Witness,Richard North Patterson uses his mastery of characterization and suspense to give us a story of startling realism and originality--an extraordinary novel of presidential politics. In the year 2000, Senator Kerry Kilcannon's insurgent campaign against Vice President Dick Mason has come down to the last seven days--the time remaining until the California presidential primary. Whoever wins in California is likely to win the Democratic nomination, a prize that the Vice President is determined to deny Kerry at any cost. And for all the votes and enthusiasm his passion and personal magnetism have gained him, Kerry's problems are formidable. He is haunted by the tragedy of his older brother, James, a presidential candidate who was assassinated in California twelve years earlier. Kerry has stumbled in his advocacy of abortion rights, and a right-to-life fanatic has pushed this explosive issue to the forefront by murdering three people at a women's clinic. In addition, a journalist for a national newsmagazine is striving to verify the lethal story that, two years ago, while still married, Kerry had a secret love affair with Lara Costello, a reporter assigned to him on Capitol Hill. And now, even more threatening, Kerry is being stalked by the abortion-clinic murderer himself. This narrative is seamlessly interwoven with scenes from Kerry's past: his youth as the son of a drunken and abusive father; his self-image as the less-gifted younger brother of a brilliant yet distant senator; his reluctant ascension to his brother's place; his poignant romance with Lara Costello. And when Lara is ordered against her will to cover Kerry in California, he is forced once more to evaluate his life, and the terrible cost of his ambition to become President of the United States. With rare authenticity, Richard North Patterson depicts the world of high-stakes presidential politics on the verge of an explosion that is as dramatic as it is thought-provoking. But No Safe Place is also a story of people at their best and at their worst: their passions, their ideals, their flaws. A novel that will hold the reader enthralled from the first to the last sentence.
In this sinfully silly coming-of-age adventure, a young orphan works a series of very odd jobs, attempting to make his fortune and lose his virginity in one fell swoop Chip Harrison thought he was normal until his parents blew their brains out. An orphan at seventeen, he is cast out of his prep school with nothing in his pocket but $27.46 and a vintage prophylactic, determined to make his fortune as soon as he manages to lose his virginity. He has no experience in business or bed, but no amount of rotten jobs, irate husbands, or loaded revolvers will stop him. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.
When the first bullet hit my chest, I thought of my daughter... Dr. Marc Seidman has been shot twice, his wife has been murdered, and his six-month-old daughter has been kidnapped.<P><> When he gets the ransom note-he knows he has only one chance to get this right. But there is nowhere he can turn and no one he can trust.
For the estimated 3. 2 million African-American survivors of sexual abuse, "No Secrets No Lies" provides much needed healing. Addressing sexual violence from the perspective of black culture, Stone helps readers understand why the silence of this epidemic may be rooted in racism, and how readers can give themselves permission to reach out for help.
Though Ashley Johnston is comfortable with a needle and thread, having grown up with four sisters who wore clothes homemade by their mother, she began to hear from her blog readers that sewing machines can strike fear and dread into the hearts of many crafters. The complicated machinery, the fussy parts, and confusing pattern directions send many people running from crafts that require sewing. Ashley knows her adhesives, including fusible webbing, glue guns, binding tape, and more, and designed 50 projects that ordinarily require sewing to complete: but in NO-SEW LOVE, they're improved for the more casual, non-sewing crafter. There are throw pillows, grommet curtain panels, kids' clothing, cute holiday decorations, and even accessories for you! Projects are photographed at each step for crystal-clear directions, and they're all given a crafting level of beginner to advanced, for simplified outcomes. Get your no-sew on today!
The saying is true: you can never have too much storage. And now, creating beautiful hatboxes, shoe racks, baskets, and even tuffets and ottomans that can be used for storage, has never been easier. Many of these inexpensive projects can be completed with a hot glue gun, basic hand stitches, and other fast and easy techniques.No Sew, Low Sew Decorative Storage offers 40+ inexpensive and easy-to-make projects of all sizes that can be used throughout the house. Anyone with basic sewing or crafting skills can successfully follow the step-by-step instructions and 200 photos to success in organizing their entire household in beautiful style.
"Powerful and poignant. . . . Newman's message is clear and timely. " --The Philadelphia Inquirer InNo Shame in My Game, Harvard anthropologist Katherine Newman gives voice to a population for whom work, family, and self-esteem are top priorities despite all the factors that make earning a living next to impossible--minimum wage, lack of child care and health care, and a desperate shortage of even low-paying jobs. By intimately following the lives of nearly 300 inner-city workers and job seekers for two yearsin Harlem, Newman explores a side of poverty often ignored by media and politicians--the working poor. The working poor find dignity in earning a paycheck and shunning the welfare system, arguing that even low-paying jobs give order to their lives. No Shame in My Gamegives voice to a misrepresented segment of today's society, and is sure to spark dialogue over the issues surrounding poverty, working and welfare.
Foxworthy relates his many hijinks, like the King Slob competition, and gives us the real stories behind his favorite Redneck jokes.
IN his new book about the delightful torture known as fly fishing, John Gierach again demonstrates the wit, eloquence, and insight that have become his trademarks. Consider this observation about fishing: "From my own experience I can say that a bad back makes you hike slower, stove-up knees keep you from wading confidently, tendinitis of the elbow buggers your casting, and a dose of giardia can send you dashing into the bushes fifteen times in an afternoon, but although none of this is fun, it's discernibly better than not fishing." Or this explanation for every fisherman's fascination with small streams: "The idea is to fish obscure headwater creeks in hopes of eventually sniffing out an underappreciated little trout creek down an un-marked dirt road. Why is another question. I suppose it's partly for the fishing itself and partly to satisfy your curiosity, but mostly to sustain the belief that such things are still out there to find for those willing to look." And perhaps the ultimate explanation for the fishing obsession: "I briefly wondered how much trouble a guy should go to in order to catch a few little trout, but then any fish becomes worth catching to the extent that you can't catch it, so the answer was obvious: Once you decide to try, you go to as much trouble as it takes." In No Shortage of Good Days Gierach takes usfrom the Smokies in Tennessee to his home waters in Colorado, from the Canadian Maritimes to Mexico--saltwater or fresh, it's all fishing and all irresistible. As always he writes perceptively about a wide range of subjects: the charm of familiar waters, the etiquette 27.99 of working with new fishing guides, night fishing when the trout and the mosquitoes are both biting, fishing while there is still slush on the river, fishing snobbery, and the delights of fresh fish cooked and eaten within sight of where it was caught. No Shortage of Good Days may be the next best thing to a day of fishing.
She'll do anything, lie, cheat, steal. Caroline Hogarth will do anything to get her three-year old son back. Her father-in-law will do anything to prevent it. Anything....which may explain why Caroline wakes up in bed with a dead man. Or why the headlines shout: Captain Of Industry Dies In Mistress's Bed. Publicly labeled a whore and an unfit mother, Caroline needs to help and she needs it yesterday, but there's no one in this city her father-in-law can't buy. Except, maybe, Jack Fletcher, a man Caroline is prepared to seduce. So what if he's a convicted murderer? So what if he doesn't trust Caroline? So what if he's a priest?
From the author of the multimillion-copy bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton, this riveting new thriller, set against the backdrop of a bucolic summer town on the Connecticut River, will have readers guessing until the very last page, as a seemingly innocent sibling rivalry and newfound young love turn into something much more devastating than anyone could ever have imagined.Miranda and Lander Allerdon are sisters. Miranda is younger, a dreamer, and floating her way through life. Lander is older, focused, and determined to succeed. As the girls and their parents begin another summer at their cottage on the Connecticut River, Miranda and Lander's sibling rivalry is in high gear. Lander plans to start medical school in the fall, and Miranda feels cast in her shadow.When the Allerdons become entangled in an unimaginable tragedy, the playing field is suddenly leveled. As facts are revealed, the significance of what has happened weighs heavily on all. How can the family prepare for what the future may hold? "Jangling suspense juxtaposed with cozy details of family life keeps thriller master Cooney's latest zooming along." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"Full of twists and turns . . . has all the elements that keep young mystery lovers coming back for more."--School Library Journal"No one writes suspense like Cooney . . . . Haunting, harrowing, and hard to put down."--Kirkus Reviews"Cleverly plotted . . . rooted in suspense . . . fully satisfying. Mystery fans will be delighted."--BooklistFrom the Hardcover edition.
Maggie Brown is the new next door neighbor. When you eat her magical fudge you can become your favorite animal. Join Maggie, Nora and Tad on a trip to the zoo!
If you are a person with diabetes, suffer from high blood pressure, or just want to cut sugar out of your diet, The No-Sugar Cookbook is for you! Edited by registered dietitian Kimberly A. Tessmer, this practical cookbook shows you how to sacrifice sugar but not flavor! Features more than 200 recipes, including the following treats: Fruit Salsa, Buckwheat Pancakes, Chicken a la King, Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse, Honey Raisin Bars. All these recipes contain no added sugar or provide a healthier alternative sugar substitute-but still taste great! With The No-Sugar Cookbook, sugar-free food never tasted so sweet! Book jacket.
In this cultural history of evangelical Christianity and popular music, David Stowe demonstrates how mainstream rock of the 1960s and 1970s has influenced conservative evangelical Christianity through the development of Christian pop music. For an earlier generation, the idea of combining conservative Christianity with rock--and its connotations of nonreligious, if not anti-religious, attitudes--may have seemed impossible. Today, however, Christian rock and pop comprises the music of worship for millions of Christians in the United States, with recordings outselling classical, jazz, and New Age music combined. Shining a light on many of the artists and businesspeople key to the development of Christian rock, Stowe shows how evangelicals adapted rock and pop in ways that have significantly affected their religion's identity and practices. The chart-topping, spiritually inflected music created a space in popular culture for talk of Jesus, God, and Christianity, thus lessening for baby boomers and their children the stigma associated with religion while helping to fill churches and create new modes of worship. Stowe argues that, in the four decades since the Rolling Stones first unleashed their hit song, "Sympathy for the Devil," the increasing acceptance of Christian pop music by evangelicals ultimately has reinforced a variety of conservative cultural, economic, theological, and political messages.
A Geek's Worst Nightmare: Going Back to High SchoolReturning to high school is not something I ever wanted to do over-it was awful the first time around. So why do I have to go back as part of a new undercover assignment? Because the universe loves playing jokes on me, obviously.I've been ordered to go all 21 Jump Street and track down the students who are breaking into the computer system, changing grades, and causing all kinds of havoc. Although I'm not thrilled about my new gig, at least it gives me something to do other than worry over the fact that I now have a boyfriend. And no freaking idea what to get him for Christmas.Or it did give me something else to worry about, until I stumbled across a more sinister threat. I was shocked to find distinct traces of a group of international hackers inside the network. Why would dangerous cyber mercenaries be interested in a high school in the middle of Washington, D.C.? What exactly have I gotten myself into?Don't miss Lexi's first case in No One Lives Twice!81,000 words
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