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Hell was bustin' loose in Texas! For months the range country had smoldered with hate. Ranches had been set afire, cows rustled, blood spilled. And no-one knew the identity of the night-raiding killers. No one knew because they had no faces...only grinning skull bones where human flesh should be. Into this fear-crazed land came Texas Ranger Jim Hatfield, ignoring the murderous warning that the Death Riders handed him. There was a moment of terrible calm while the forces of violence gathered. The like an erupting volcano, trouble exploded. Gun trouble-shooting trouble-killing trouble!
It was rough country . . . killer country. And Texas Ranger Jim Hatfield was the number one target! As Hatfield stared across the canyon a bullet whizzed by his head. Suddenly a tongue of flame wavered in front of him, and the growth ahead flared up into a raging wall of fire. Hatfield bent low in the saddle, His voice rang out. "Trail, Goldy! Trail!" With a scream of terror, the great sorrel plunged into the curtain of flame . . .
Clee Fahr has just arrived by stage in Denver City, Colorado. It is 1861 and the War Between the States has broken out back in the East. Torn apart by opposing military and political sympathies, the town is a tinderbox of treachery and suspicion. Eames Jeffords, an old enemy of Clee's from the South, is buying arms for the Confederate cause. Sam Massey, a mine owner, is raising a company of volunteers to march east and join the Union forces. Although he was born in the North, Clee has divided sympathies. But he's caught in the middle, and both sides see him as a threat--a threat that needs to be removed.
On the road to easy living, Twister and Chuckaluck ride straight into a heapin' mess of mystery and intrigue Twister Malone and Chuckaluck Thompson can't catch a break. These two wisecracking friends--the first lean and clever, the second stout and tough--have ridden together from the Rocky Mountains to the deserts of West Texas. All they want is a trail to follow straight through to Mexico, where a ranching job offers honest work, peace, and quiet. But no matter how fast they ride, trouble keeps hot on their heels. A gunshot breaks the silence of the lonely wagon road. By the time Twister and Chuckaluck reach the corpse, the killer is long gone. In the victim's pocket they find a letter from a woman begging for help, a woman whose savior now lies dead in the alkali dust. Twister and Chuckaluck have no choice but to take up his mission--even if it means facing down the quickest draw they've ever been up against. Death Rides the Pecos is the 2nd book in the Twister and Chuckaluck Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
From a former criminal and now chaplain for the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors, comes a riveting, behind-the-bars look at one of America's most feared prisons: San Quentin. Reverend Earl Smith shares the most important lessons he's learned from years of helping inmates discover God's plan for them.In 1983, twenty-seven-year-old Earl Smith arrived at San Quentin just like everyone thought he would. Labeled as a gang member and criminal from a young age, Smith was expected to do some time, but after a brush with death during a botched drug deal, Smith's soul was saved and his life path was altered forever. From that moment on, Smith knew God had an unusual mission for him, and he became the minister to the lost souls sitting on death row. For twenty-three years, Smith played chess with Charles Manson, negotiated truces between rival gangs, and bore witness to the final thoughts of many death row inmates. But most importantly, Smith helped the prisoners of San Quentin find redemption, hope, and to understand that it is still possible to find God's grace and mercy from behind bars. Edgy, insightful, and thought provoking, Death Row Chaplain teaches us God's grace can reach anyone--even the most desperate and lost--and that it's never too late to turn our lives around.
For a group of fundamentalist extremists, stealing a shipment of weapons-grade plutonium from Pakistan was almost too easy. Now they have everything they need to construct a terrifying weapon on U.S. soil. They believe their plans are virtually undetectable but Mack Bolan is on their trail. When the Executioner tracks the stolen plutonium he uncovers a brutal network hiding behind the scenes of the professional motorcycle-racing circuit. The world of professional motorcycle racing is fast and dangerous and comes complete with corrupt oil companies, al Qaeda ties and murder. The race has already started, and only the winner will survive.
The strange and gruesome crime-scene snapshot collection of LAPD detective Jack Huddleston spans Southern California in its noir heyday. Death Scenes is the noted forerunner of several copycat titles.
A complex case . . . When DI Wesley Peterson is summoned to investigate a killing, he assumes that the case is a routine matter. But soon dark secrets and deadly deceptions start to emerge from the victim's past, and Wesley begins to realise that a simple incident of cold-blooded murder is altogether more calculated and complicated that he could ever imagine. Tracing back through time . . . Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson is pulled from the historic Paradise Court to a ruined village from the First World War. Even with the help of the attractive and enigmatic Lucy, Neil cannot shake the feeling that something is missing from his explorations: a cryptic clue that might have been lost when Sandrock tumbled into the sea many years ago. A clue that could help Wesley solve his most puzzling case to date. DI Wesley Peterson is standing on the edge . . . As more victims fall prey to a faceless killer, Wesley sees the investigation affecting him more personally than ever before. And when his precious family becomes a target, Wesley has no time to lose. Just like the fallen village of Sandrock, Wesley will have to stand tall if he is to withstand the coming storm . . .
What is shared by spawning Pacific salmon, towering trees, and suicidal bacteria? In his lucid and concise exploration of how and why things die, Tyler Volk explains the intriguing ways creatures-including ourselves-use death to actually enhance life. The exquisite schemes and styles of death that have emerged from evolution have been essential to the great story from life's beginnings in tiny bacteria to ancient human rituals surrounding death and continuing to the existential concerns of human culture and consciousness today. Volk weaves together autobiography, biology, Earth history, and results of fascinating studies that show how thoughts of our own mortality affect our everyday lives, to prove how an understanding of what some have called the ultimate taboo can enrich the celebration of life. In Sex, Dorion Sagan takes a delightful, irreverent, and informative romp through the science, philosophy, and literature of humanity's most obsessive subject. Linking evolutionary biology to salacious readings of the lives and thoughts of such notables as the Marquis de Sade and Simone de Beauvoir, and discussing works as varied as The Story of O and Silence of the Lambs, Sex touches on a potpourri of interrelated topics ranging from animal genitalia to sperm competition, the difference between nakedness and nudity, jealousy's status as an aphrodisiac and the origins of language, Casanova and music, ovulation and clothes, mother-in-law jokes and alpha females, love and loneliness. Two books in one cover, Death & Sex unravel and answer some of life's most fundamental questions.
An American sailor overstays his shore leave in post-WWI Antwerp and is left behind by his ship. Having neither money nor identification papers, the "authorities" hound this "man without a country" throughout Europe until he gets a job on a "death ship" - a ship so decrepit that its owners can profit from it only by letting (or making) it sink and claiming the insurance money. Think of this book as "Two Years Before the Mast" with teeth and claws. In addition to being a rough but often lyrical account of the hard life of a working sailor, the novel also rails against the dehumanization of the working man by the combined greed and hypocrisy of runaway capitalism and uncaring governmental bureaucracy. This was a common theme of the author, whose true identity has never been definitely confirmed. It is thought he was a anarchist jailed for revolutionary activities in Germany after WWI, who escaped prison and settled in Mexico. He also wrote with great respect about the indigenous people of Mexico. This book and one other were quite popular in the U.S. during the mid-1950's. The other was The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which was made into a 1948 movie starring Humphrey Bogart.
The bushwhack killing of a deputy sheriff in Lincoln County and the brutal murder of the deputy?s wife in Santa Fe County bring Police Chief Kevin Kerney and his Mescalero Apache son, Sergeant Clayton Istee, back together. The double homicide investigation is soon linked to a major drug trafficking scheme and the cold-blooded slaughter of two women in Albuquerque. Due to retire at the end of the month, Kerney calls upon Clayton to find the slain officer?s son, discover what triggered the killings, and give him the ammunition he needs to bring a murderer to justice.
Thin Ice Washington, D.C., private investigator Leo McFarlin isn't rich or busy enough to turn away clients who don't really seem to have much of a case-clients like Irene Liston. A beautiful, cold-as-ice "skating mom," she has big plans for Debbie, her teenage daughter. And she's not about to let some threatening letters come between Debbie and her quest for the sport's top prize. Irene believes jealous competitors are behind the threats. But when someone sabotages Debbie's skates, nearly killing the girl in the process, Leo begins to feel the chill of something bigger and more dangerous. Even Irene's own past as a figure skater has a darker side-as does her affair with a prominent senator who is funding Debbie's training costs. And when Leo discovers the rink's owner murdered, and then finds himself dodging a hail of bullets meant just for him, he knows he's skating a dangerous line between life and death. . .
The small Hebridean island of Alsaig is facing a crisis. It is famous for its only export, a particularly fine malt whisky, upon which most of the islanders depend for their livelihood. But the distillery is threatened with a takeover by an American firm, which would not only make many of the workforce redundant but also adulterate the product.But owner Alisdair Matheson is refusing to sell, despite threats of sabotage and an attempt on his life. The situation is complicated further by an actual murder on the island, which the locals believe to have been committed by American Mike MacDonald. Tension mounts as storms lash the island, isolating it from the outside world and locking the killer in with the islanders.
We all have a 100% chance of dying--eventually. But what are the world's biggest killers? When are you most at risk? And what can you do to postpone the inevitable for as long as possible? Death: A Survival Guide offers a unique insight into the biggest threats to life and limb in the industrialized world. Sarah Brewer's comprehensive and thorough survey looks at 100 causes of death from the most common such as heart disease, smoking related deaths and domestic accidents to the unusual and downright bizarre lightning strikes and animal attacks. This fascinating--and occasionally sideways--look at death and dying will help you understand the most common causes of death and how each one affects the human body. "At a glance" statistics reveal who dies where, when and how often; lists of warning signs, symptoms and risk factors allow you to determine the chances of it happening to you; and finally case studies on prevention, treatment and cures describe the best steps you can take to avoid meeting your maker in this way.
The only thing more dangerous than an angel of death is one obsessed with vengeance.Karla Black has always known she's different from other people. She learns just how different after she's fatally stabbed and brought back to life as a half-human angel of death.With newfound power comes a newfound boss.Samael despises her. He considers Karla impure and resents her relationship with her partner Xariel...who also happens to be Samael's ex-lover. When he takes that hatred to a higher level, Karla vows vengeance - a task easier said than done. With the loss of their angelic powers, Karla and Xariel face a dilemma--how will they defeat an unstoppable Samael, whose poisoned rapier can kill human and angel alike? If Karla doesn't awaken to her true identity, both heaven and earth are in danger of annihilation. Adult content which some readers may find objectionable, including profanity, graphic violence and sexually explicit scenes, including male/male
Sue Gibbons, who's been staying with the Wakefields, has been kidnapped just weeks after gorgeous Jeremy Randall left her at the altar for Jessica! Now Sue's captor is threatening to kill her if the Wakefields don't pay up. Jeremy insists he'll find the kidnapper, but soon Jessica becomes suspicious of him.
This fascinating work analyzes the meaning and impact of homicidal threats, the means by which they are communicated, and their development from infrequent private occurrence to ongoing social problem. Using data from the Stalking and Violence Project and recent events including the Virginia Tech massacre, Stephen Morewitz explores the lives of the men (and to a lesser degree, women) who make threats against their partners, strangers, social groups, and institutions.
Between running her maid service (the successful Maid-for-a-Day) and fretting about her upcoming birthday (the dreaded 6-0), Charlotte LaRue doesn't have much time for gossip. <P><P> But New Orleans's latest dust-up is hard to ignore--especially since it involves Marian Hebert, one of Charlotte's new clients. Turns out Marian's now-deceased husband once worked for his best friend Drew Bergeron's real-estate agency--and when the business deal soured, so did the friendship. <P> The whole sordid affair came to an unfortunate end when Drew died in a plane crash--and Bill Hebert was killed in what some people insist on calling an accident. Others are convinced it was murder.Pretty juicy stuff, right? Charlotte doesn't think so. She's trying her best to forget all the rumors--she has more important things to worry about these days. Like vacuuming, window-washing. . .and her new job at the old Devilier house. The gorgeous historic home is being transformed into luxury apartments, and Maid-for-a-Day is in charge of the cleanup. Should be easy enough, Charlotte thinks--until she finds a barely-cold corpse in one of the closets. The police are sure the dead man is Drew Bergeron. Funny, considering Drew supposedly died years ago--and Charlotte distinctly remembers attending his funeral. Talk about messy. Suddenly all that gossip about the Heberts and Bergerons seems incredibly timely--and Charlotte wishes she'd listened just a little bit closer. . .With old rivalries flaring--and past secrets suddenly back in the present--Charlotte has a feeling this job will involve some real dirty work. Good thing she has a knack for cleaning up crimes. . .
Archie Goodwin has his hands full when three baffling murders make him the recipient of a poisonous lunch, the fall guy for a beautiful woman, and the target of the U.S. Federal Government.
While on vacation in India, Dominic Felse investigates the violent deaths of two landowners Landlords are never popular, and there is little mourning when the greedy, ruthless Mahendralal Bakhle is blown up on his boat on the beautiful Periyar Lake. Suspicion falls on the boat-boy who died with him, but Dominic Felse, one of a party of young tourists visiting the landlord's game reserve, is not convinced of the boy's guilt. And when the party moves on to the next destination, the terror pursues all the way to the southernmost tip of India. The police blame local terrorists targeting wealthy landlords, but what would that have to do with a group of innocent travelers? To get to the bottom of this trail of violence, Dominic Felse must unravel a deadly Indian rope trick of hatred and murder. Death to the Landlords is the 11th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
DEATH TOLLS by John E. Stith Television news on Mars can be murder. Ex-investigative reporter Dan Kettering watches the Martian telecast showing the aircraft crash that killed someone close to him: his brother. Before long, the police convince Dan to get back in the news business, but not as a reporter. This time around he's got a new face, a new name, and he's not a reporter; he's a driver. Dan resisted the police at first, but one factor changes his mind. The crash that killed his brother's wasn't necessarily an accident. His undercover assignment puts him close to Janet Vincent, one of the reporters on the team that uncannily seems to reach almost every disaster scene before their competition. Stith's work has been nominated for the Nebula-Award, and has included a Hugo Award honorable mention. Complete information on Stith's work may be found at www.neverend.com. The author of this book donated a digital copy to Bookshare.org. Join us in thanking John E. Stith for providing his accessible digital book to this community.
Trap Them And Kill Them... A loving father and his new wife set out to pick up his kids for a scheduled weekend visit-but never suspected they were walking into a death trap. Drag Them And Burn Them... A handwritten note instructed Alan and Terra Bates to enter the back door of his ex-wife's Alabama home. A day later their charred bodies were found hundreds of miles away, wrapped in blankets, in a burned-out car's trunk on a desolate Georgia road. Two Victims. Four Bullets Each. At Jessica McCord's house, law enforcement found windows covered in blankets, a cache of weapons and ammunition, carpets torn up, new tile on the floors-a couch gone. Then they learned about the nasty divorce and bitter custody battle that had landed Jessica in jail. Upon release, Jessica swore, 'Somebody is going to pay. ' With her new police-officer husband, Jessica became the prime suspect in this brutal double murder... 'M. William Phelps' true tales of murderers and mayhem are scary-as-hell thrill rides. ' -Douglas Clegg 'One of our most engaging crime journalists. ' -Katherine Ramsland 'One of America's finest true-crime writers. ' -Vincent Bugliosi
"Cooper saw more of the war than most junior officers, and he writes about it better than almost anyone. . . . His stories are vivid, enlightening, full of life--and of pain, sorrow, horror, and triumph."--STEPHEN E. AMBROSE From his Foreword"In a down-to-earth style, Death Traps tells the compelling story of one man's assignment to the famous 3rd Armored Division that spearheaded the American advance from Normandy into Germany. Cooper served as an ordnance officer with the forward elements and was responsible for coordinating the recovery and repair of damaged American tanks. This was a dangerous job that often required him to travel alone through enemy territory, and the author recalls his service with pride, downplaying his role in the vast effort that kept the American forces well equipped and supplied. . . . [Readers] will be left with an indelible impression of the importance of the support troops and how dependent combat forces were on them."--Library Journal"[DEATH TRAPS] FILLS A CRITICAL GAP IN WW2 LITERATURE. . . . IT'S A TRULY UNIQUE AND VALUABLE WORK."--G.I. JournalFrom the Paperback edition.
Amid the dust, death, and chaos of Iraq, an American soldier on a routine patrol is killed by an unseen enemy. It's a tragedy but not a crime - until it''s linked to the bizarre death of a decorated four-star general who happens to be the dead man''s father... and the son-in-law of history''s most feared and powerful U.S. vice president. Major Vin Cooper of Air Force Special Investigations is the kind of loose cannon no commanding officer can completely control ...or survive without. Cooper''s a man whose capacity to absorb grief is matched only by his ability to dish it out. And this case - which will be either his most important or his last - has plenty of both. Scarred by battle and a recent divorce, Cooper answers to no one but his own tough-as-nails female general. She knows there''s no one as relentless, as insubordinate, and as effective in prying out the truth as Cooper - no matter where it leads or who it angers. Reluctantly paired with Special Agent Anna Masters, Cooper begins his search at the scene of a suspicious crash at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. There they uncover a trail of inexplicable "accidental" deaths that leads from the war-torn streets of Baghdad to sex slavery in Latvia and a marriage that began in the White House Rose Garden and disintegrated into bitterness and infidelity. And with every step they take, Cooper and Masters come closer to the shocking truth about the biggest and most murderous lie of all.
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