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The award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have given us the definitive version of Fyodor Dostoevsky's strikingly original short novels, "The Double "and "The Gambler. " "The Double "is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare-foreshadowing Kafka and Sartre-in which a minor official named Goliadkin becomes aware of a mysterious doppelganger, a man who has his name and his face and who gradually and relentlessly begins to displace him with his friends and colleagues. "The Gambler "is a stunning psychological portrait of a young man's exhilarating and destructive addiction to gambling, a compulsion that Dostoevsky-who once gambled away his young wife's wedding ring-knew intimately from his own experience. In chronicling the disastrous love affairs and gambling adventures of Alexei Ivanovich, Dostoevsky explores the irresistible temptation to look into the abyss of ultimate risk that he believed was an essential part of the Russian national character.
My name is Randi Wong, and I need a miracle! I'm having an ice-skating party for my birthday. But Frederika, another girl in Figure Eights, is having a party on the same day! And she's invited all my friends! Frederika has been telling everyone how great her party is going to be. She makes me so mad! What if everyone wants to go to her party instead of mine?
Still my thoughts drift back to the moment Leah was born. A few hours before that moment, Leah was a petite, innocent baby wiggling her toes, swimming around in my womb. But as she was being born God opened a gate that led into a mysterious, dark forest, and in faith my family and I were asked to enter in.
STONY MAN Operating undercover at the President's command, the expert soldiers and cyber techs of the Stony Man team fight for freedom and the rights of the innocent, opposing terrorism in all its deadly forms wherever the need arises. NUCLEAR JEOPARDY The killing of U.S. operatives in Turkey threatens to jeopardize U.S.-Turkish relations. Committed to putting an end to the murder before another agent is assassinated, Phoenix Force heads overseas, only to discover the dead agents are just the beginning. Extremists have stolen nuclear devices and set targets in both Turkey and America. With the countdown to D-day already started, Phoenix Force must race to stop the bombs from detonating in Turkey while Able Team must do whatever it takes to neutralize the threat in the U.S. Failure is simply not an option.
The stabbing of the college student pointed to a jealous lover, until clues led Frank Milkovich to believe it was too carefully planned to be a crime of passion.
As the new owners of Pettistone's Fine Books, Darla Pettistone is determined to prove herself a worthy successor to her late great-aunt Dee...and equally determined to outwit Hamlet, the smarter-than-thou cat she inherited along with the shop. Darla's first store event is a real coup: the hottest bestselling author of the moment is holding a signing there. But when the author meets an untimely end during the event, it's ruled an accident-until Hamlet digs up a clue that seems to indicate otherwise...
The delightful new installment in Alexander McCall Smith's beloved and bestselling series finds Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travelling to the north of Botswana, to the stunning Okavango Delta, to visit a safari lodge where there have been several unexplained and troubling events - including the demise of one of the guests. When the two ladies of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency arrive at the Okavango Delta, their eyes are opened, as if for the first time, to the natural beauty and wildlife of their homeland. With teeming wildlife, endless grasslands, and sparkling rivulets of water running in every direction, it is breathtaking. But they can't help being drawn into a world filled with other wildlife: rival safari operators, discontented guides, grumpy hippopotamuses. On top of that, the date has still not been set for Mma Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti's wedding, and it's safe to say that Mma Makutsi is beginning to grow a bit impatient. And to top it all off, the impossible has happened: one of Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni's apprentices has gotten married&. Of course none of this defeats the indomitable Precious Ramotswe. Good sense, kindness, and copious quantities of red bush tea carry the day &- as they always do.
In his celebrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable WWII double agent and of how the Allies employed a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory. In Double Cross, Macintyre returns with the untold story of the grand final deception of the war and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it. On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring that Hitler kept an entire army awaiting a fake invasion, saving thousands of lives, and securing an Allied victory at the most critical juncture in the war. The story of D-Day has been told from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it, the tacticians who planned it, and the generals who led it. But this epic event in world history has never before been told from the perspectives of the key individuals in the Double Cross System. These include its director (a brilliant, urbane intelligence officer), a colorful assortment of MI5 handlers (as well as their counterparts in Nazi intelligence), and the five spies who formed Double Cross's nucleus: a dashing Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter-pilot, a bisexual Peruvian party girl, a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming and a volatile Frenchwoman, whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire plan. The D-Day spies were, without question, one of the oddest military units ever assembled, and their success depended on the delicate, dubious relationship between spy and spymaster, both German and British. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is revealed here for the first time. With the same depth of research, eye for the absurd and masterful storytelling that have made Ben Macintyre an international bestseller, Double Cross is a captivating narrative of the spies who wove a web so intricate it ensnared Hitler's army and carried thousands of D-Day troops across the Channel in safety.From the Hardcover edition.
The future looked bright for Matt McLeod. He was an outrider for the Two-Bar Ranch, hired to protect the ranch from poachers. Then he saw Riley Wilcox in the Denver City jail and everything changed. Wilcox had been convicted of a grisly murder and was sentenced to hang. But as soon as Matt caught sight of Riley he knew one thing--Riley was his twin brother, adopted by a different family as an infant. He also knew Riley couldn't have committed that murder. After a daring jailbreak, the two brothers set out to find their biological parents. But even more important, they have to track down the real killer if either of them ever wants to live free again.
The struggling orchid farm on the lush island of Maui is Kiki Brill's pride and joy. And she's not about to lose it, no matter how much money Ryan McClain is offering for her family's land. But it's becoming clear that the "accidents" threatening her peaceful life are really acts of sabotage. The wealthy, handsome businessman, once the prime suspect, is beginning to seem like her last hope. Now, if only she can bring herself to trust him with her home, her heritage--and her heart.
MIAMI HEAT Dozens are killed in a bloody attack outside a West Palm Beach courthouse when two Haitian gang leaders break out their brethren as a show of power over the city. Mack Bolan is sent in to neutralize the situation but finds that things have escalated. The two bosses have ambitions to rule the Miami underworld and have teamed with an arms-dealing motorcycle club to make it happen-promising pain to anyone who gets in their way.While the police department and local residents are too frightened to fight back, Bolan is not-especially after finding the battered remains of the gang's innocent victims. The leaders of this crime ring may have risen from the streets, but the Executioner is prepared to send them down to hell.
SOME SECRETS COME BACK TO HAUNT. OTHERS COME TO KILL. Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers--dooming her to fight Midcity's shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves. But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity's new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will. As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men--one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.
There's a new set of twin boys on the scene, and like Sammie and Charlie, these twins are almost identical. Charlie's friends, and the popular kids, are quick to accept the cuter boy. But when a bonfire on the beach gets out of control, Charlie's group blames it on the other twin. Both Sammie and Charlie know he isn't the boy to blame, but will they have the courage to come forward to tell the truth and double-cross the popular kids?
This groundbreaking exposé of the mistreatment of nuns by the Catholic Church reveals a history of unfulfilled promises, misuse of clerical power, and a devastating failure to recognize the singular contributions of these religious women. The Roman Catholic Church in America has lost nearly 100,000 religious sisters in the last forty years, a much greater loss than the priesthood. While the explanation is partly cultural--contemporary women have more choices in work and life--Kenneth Briggs contends that the rapid disappearance of convents can be traced directly to the Church's betrayal of the promises of reform made by the Second Vatican Council. In Double Crossed, Briggs documents the pattern of marginalization and exploitation that has reduced nuns to second-, even third-class citizens within the Catholic Church. America's religious sisters were remarkable, adventurous women. They educated children, managed health care of the sick, and reached out to the poor and homeless. They went to universities and into executive chairs. Their efforts and successes, however, brought little appreciation from the Church, which demeaned their roles, deprived them of power, and placed them under the absolute authority of the all-male clergy. Replete with quotations from nuns and former nuns, Double Crossed uncovers a dark secret at the heart of the Catholic Church. Their voices and Briggs's research provide compelling insights into why the number of religious sisters has declined so precipitously in recent decades--and why, unless reforms are introduced, nuns may vanish forever in America.
The future for Jews in rural villages of Russia in 1905 held little promise. Stories of pogroms seeped through the countryside, and the czar was conscripting soldiers because of rumors of war and revolution. Benjamin Balaban, a poor but very devout Jew, determines to flee to America. He will take Raizel, his almost twelve-year-old daughter, and once they are settled he will send for his wife and other children. Raizel doesn't understand the reasons for leaving. How can her village be dangerous? It's full of magic and the stories and poems that her grandmother Bubba tells her. But go she must. Her odyssey with her father across Russia and Europe and on to America is full of adventure, adversity, and hardship. She desperately misses her family, but she retells Bubba's stories to keep her memories alive. Finally, they board a ship for America, but a terrible storm makes Raizel and her father sick. All their food is stolen, and Benjamin won't eat non-kosher food. At Ellis Island, his long beard and ear locks, his peasant clothes, his deep cough, and emaciated frame get them turned away from America. Raizel, though, is now determined to get back to America and the hope of a new life for her whole family. She must convince her father that he'll have to give up his orthodox food and traditions and put on the clothes of his new country. She and her father both will have to leave everything behind to make their final crossing to America.
Tess wants to be noticed. But making her mark has a high cost. Is it all worth it? Can super achievements change her into someone really special? This year's birthday is the worst. First, Tess is cut from the school play.
Audra Walker's old crowd thought she'd turned her back on them and what they liked best-- namely hot sex and available men. But they were so wrong. . . . And Audra was in the mood to prove it. How? By taking their dare. The challenge? To seduce the very next man through the club door-- regardless of "who" he was. . . What the classy chick at the bar saw in his suspect was anybody's guess. But undercover cop Jesse Martinez would make it his business to find out. Because no guy-- unless he was dead from the neck down-- would miss the chance to investigate the curvy brunette, too. . . .
Pam and Penny Howard are twins, but while Pam is self-confident, bubbly and popular, Penny is shy and unsure of herself. when the girls move to glenhurst with their mom and grandmother, Pam has many dates and lots of boys interested in her, including Mike bradley, the one boy Penny likes. As the school year proceeds, Penny realizes that trying to be a pale copy of her sister doesn't work, and she begins to make friends and follow interests of her own. She even becomes friends with Mike, but his interest in Pam seems to be growing every day. Meantime, Pam and Penny seem to be drifting apart. Will their sisterly affection weaken, or will Penny's growing self-confidence eventually help the twins to a better understanding? and will Mike choose Pam or Penny?
When the beautiful Wade twins move to Shadyside, Bobby brags to his friends that they'll both fall for him. And they do. But one of them is jealous, murderously jealous. Is it shy, quiet Bree? Or bold Samantha? Bobby had better figure it out, or his double fun will become double terror.
Hands Off My Astral Plane!Psychic Selena James is having the kind of week that makes her happy to talk to the dead. First, famously skeptical (and sinfully sexy) writer, Trent Sanders, called her delusional on TV. Next, her outraged mother publicly challenged him to spend two weeks with Selena at the haunted Garvey Hotel. Now, if Selena can't prove ghosts exist, she'll answer to Trent's private wager: one night in his bed. . . Trent Sanders doesn't believe in anything he can't see, taste, or touch, and what he sees right now he would definitely enjoy tasting and touching. Selena James might be a bit kooky, but she's also blessed with a wicked sense of humor, like when she pinched his butt and insisted it wasn't her, but one of the hotel's resident "ghosts." Riiiiiight. But as things move from "haunted" to extremely hot, Trent's starting to believe some things in life just can't be explained. . . "An over-the-top, spunky romance. . . Fans will not be disappointed with the witty humor, wacky characters and sexual tension, and new readers will be hooked." --Romantic Times"Her books are funny and romantic with the perfect blend of spice!" --Gena Showalter
Two Women, Two Murders . . . A stunning and suspenseful story of families, betrayal, and a community divided.Nothing is ever quite at peace on Scotland's Black Isle--the Traveling people are forever at odds with the locals, the fishermen have nothing in common with the farmers, and the villages have no connection with the town. But when two deaths occur on the same day, involving the same families from the same estate--the Black Isle seems as forbidding as its name.Joanne Ross, typist at the Highland Gazette, is torn whether to take on the plum task of reporting on these murders--after all, the woman at the center of both crimes is one of her closest friends. Joanne knows the story could be her big break, and for a woman in the mid-1950s--a single mother, no less--good work is hard to come by. But the investigation by the staff on the Gazette reveals secrets that will forever change this quiet, remote part of the Highlands. The ancient feudal order is crumbling, loyalties are tested, friendships torn apart, and the sublime beauty of the landscape will never seem peaceful again.
Her faith had always been strong enough to see her through tragedy--until Kate Wheeler's world turned deadly. Her husband had been murdered, and the discovery of his double life sent her on the run. . . into the protective custody of Sheriff Brody McClain. Brody vowed to help Kate uncover the truth about her husband's death. As Kate and Brody tried to outwit her enemies on a cross-country chase, the couple found themselves drawn to each other by more than mere circumstance. But the unmasking of the criminal mastermind might just be the thing that destroys Kate's trust--and faith--forever.
As sharp-witted as his code name Blade implies, spy Clint Black is used to having the upper hand. But now he's a prisoner, trapped by dangerous criminals and a gorgeous woman who just might be a double agent-or his only chance to stay alive. Special Agent Victoria Talbot is as icy as the St. Petersburg that surrounds her-she needs to be to succeed in her quest. That means racing against time to find a mysterious treasure and keep her reluctant hostage safe. But she's not above torturing her handsome captive, stoking flames of a desire that's hardly covert. Will this be their last mission together, or just the beginning of a lifelong partnership?
ATAC Briefing for Agents Frank and Joe Hardy MISSION: To located Ryan Carraway, who has mysteriously gone missing while his movie star brother, Justin, was filming on location in Bayport. And to find out what, if anything, Justin is hiding. LOCATION: New York City. POTENTIAL VICTIMS: Ryan - and anyone who comes too close to finding out who was involved in his vanishing act. SUSPECTS: Movie star Justin has been acting stranger and stranger, and now there's evidence that points to the fact that he might be involved in his own brother's disappearance...