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The shooting at Columbine High School riveted national attention on violence in the nation’s schools. This dramatic example signaled an implicit and growing fear that these events would continue to occur—and even escalate in scale and severity.How do we make sense of the tragedy of a school shooting or even draw objective conclusions from these incidents? Deadly Lessons is the outcome of the National Research Council’s unique effort to glean lessons from six case studies of lethal student violence. These are powerful stories of parents and teachers and troubled youths, presenting the tragic complexity of the young shooter’s social and personal circumstances in rich detail.The cases point to possible causes of violence and suggest where interventions may be most effective. Readers will come away with a better understanding of the potential threat, how violence might be prevented, and how healing might be promoted in affected communities.For each case study, Deadly Lessons relates events leading up to the violence, provides quotes from personal interviews about the incident, and explores the impact on the community. The case studies center on: Two separate incidents in East New York in which three students were killed and a teacher was seriously wounded. A shooting on the south side of Chicago in which one youth was killed and two wounded. A shooting into a prayer group at a Kentucky high school in which three students were killed. The killing of four students and a teacher and the wounding of 10 others at an Arkansas middle school. The shooting of a popular science teacher by a teenager in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. A suspected copycat of Columbine in which six students were wounded in Georgia For everyone who puzzles over these terrible incidents, Deadly Lessons offers a fresh perspective on the most fundamental of questions: Why?
People have been known to perish at McGregor Manor... Opening her B and B to a group of ghost hunters, Molly McGregor hopes the spirits rumored to be there will appear. She needs the weekend to be a financial success. But when disembodied voices and hazy images nearly lure her to her death, Molly's driven straight into the arms of a sexy but mysterious guest-Casanova Valdez. Nova knows what it's like to be haunted-by memories of a case gone bad. As a secret agent, he's confident he can protect Molly but is not exactly sure he believes in ghosts. As the mysterious incidents targeting the gorgeous redhead become increasingly more dangerous, Nova must question if it's the handiwork of a ghost...or a killer.
She wants to hide the past FBI Special Agent Samantha Kennedy is haunted by memories of the serial killer who abducted her. To keep the darkness at bay, she pretends to be a different, more confident woman. This Samantha doesn't fear every unknown face. So she throws caution to the wind and shares a night of unbridled passion with a handsome stranger. He needs to uncover the truth One night isn't enough for successful entrepreneur Max Ridgeway. He wants more of the sexy, smart, mysterious woman who slipped away before dawn. When they meet again, their attraction is undeniable-until his stepbrother goes missing, and Max realizes that Samantha isn't who she seems. But they must trust each other to trap a ring of bloodthirsty kidnappers before the nightmares that terrorize Sam become irrevocably real. As a merciless criminal spins a web of . . . DEADLY LIES
In Jeanne Adams's electrifying thriller, a beautiful CIA agent and a security expert find themselves in a desperate race against time. . . Hot Pursuit Security expert Gates Bromley's number one priority is protecting art collector Dav Gianikopolis. But when he joins forces with CIA Agent Ana Burton tracing several pieces of stolen art, Gates is distracted by the leggy brunette who stirs up the raciest thoughts. . .After botching an operation that cost her colleagues' lives, Ana has been reassigned to cold cases. When news gets out that she's reopened a case involving stolen art and five brutal murders, Ana is almost killed. Seeking comfort in Gates's strong embrace is easy, but surrendering trust to the sexiest man she's ever known isn't--unless Gates can show her that an attraction this hot is worth all the risks. But first he'll have to stop a killer who's bent on keeping the past buried. . . Praise for Dark And Dangerous"Non-stop action!. . .this thrilling debut. . ..will leave you rapt and breathless." --Lisa Gardner
A man of God . . . driven by the evil. To his parishioners, minister Matt Baker seemed a pious and good man. To his wife, Kari, he was a devoted husband and caring father. Always sunny and vivacious, Kari never questioned their frequent relocations from one small Texas Baptist church to another. Even when tragedy struck, Kari remained strong--until one day, inexplicably, she took her own life. To friends and family, Kari's suicide made no sense--and they struggled with questions they couldn't answer. Why couldn't Matt hold a job with any one church? Why did he cut off all contact with Kari's devastated parents soon after her death? And who was the blond companion he began appearing with just days after the funeral? But it would take a team of investigators and dogged determination to bring Matt Bakers dark secrets to light--revealing a shocking history of lies, infidelity, cruelty, and sexual obsession that may have led a serial predator cloaked in Gods word to commit murder.
Dear Readers: I have a confession to make. I never know where my "muse" will take me next. It has been an exciting literary journey-my writing has evolved in many unexpected ways, including recently into the realm of powerful and suspenseful contemporary women's fiction, which I shall continue to write under my own name, Brenda Joyce. I have never lost sight, however, of my audience-my historical romance readers, and especially fans of my books featuring the Bragg family. To this day, many of you still clamor for more Bragg books. Well, imagine my surprise when my "muse" prompted me to begin a new historical romantic suspense series-and then I realized a Bragg had to be the hero! And so the nom de plume B. D. Joyce was born, and with it, the first book in an ongoing series, DEADLY LOVE. Welcome to the world of Francesca Cahill, crime-solver extraordinaire. Francesca is no ordinary heroine. She refuses to bow to convention, wears her heart on her sleeve, and is determined to right the ills and injustices of society. DEADLY LOVE begins Francesca's mad escapades when the neighbors' little boy is kidnapped right out of his bed during a society ball. It is January 18,1902. Francesca stumbles across the ransom note just as she meets New York City's newly appointed police commissioner, Rick Bragg. And Francesca can no more stay out of this investigation than she can stop herself from falling in love with the city's determined and powerful police commissioner. But little does she know that on this singular night, her life will change forever. Let me take you back in time to the lost, magical world of turn-of-the-century New York City-where the glittering mansions of society's elite are only footsteps away from the impoverished back alleys of the city's underbelly-and into the heart of true danger and even truer passion. Enjoy! Best wishes and Happy Reading, B. D. Joyce (a.k.a. Brenda Joyce)
Sex Slayings Throughout its long and colorful history, St. Augustine, Florida has been home to pirates and villains, marauders and despots. But it wasn't until the late 1980s that the city's red-light district, known locally as Crack Head Corner, became the hunting ground for a serial killer whose brutality knew no bounds. A Killer's Taunts On November 29, 1988, Anita Stevens, 27, climbed into a stranger's vehicle, thinking to turn a quick trick to fund her drug habit. She was the first to die. Over the next six years, six more prostitutes would fall victim to the same phantom killer, slain by gun, blunt objects, a strangler's noose--and the murderer's bare hands. His signature was the obscene poses in which he arranged his half-nude victims. Final Justice Frustrated by false confessions, investigators sifted through a myriad of suspects until a Christmas Eve, 1996 murder in Asheville, North Carolina led them to the real killer: William Darrell Lindsey. Twice-married, a father of five, Lindsey had drifted across the South for years. Wherever he went, rape and murder followed. He admitted to seven sex slayings, but experts believe that the death toll was somewhere between twelve and twenty. Here is the chilling true story of a fiend whose sadistic lust was the most depraved addiction of all. Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos McCay Vernon, Ph.D., is a psychologist whose career has been concentrated in the fields of deafness and forensics. He is the author of seven books, over 300 articles, and award-winning documentary films and television productions in those fields. Although his path never crossed that of William Darrell Lindsey, Dr. Vernon attended the same high school, delivered the local paper to Lindsey's family, and shared many acquaintances with the killer. Marie Vernon is a freelance journalist whose columns, feature articles, and book reviews have appeared in such major newspapers at the Baltimore Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Vernons live near St. Augustine, Florida.
The Flynn brothers have inherited more than a New Orleans plantation. They've inherited a ghostly presence. . . and a long-kept secret. Aidan Flynn, a private investigator and eldest of the Flynn brothers, scoffs at the haunted-house rumors--especially since Kendall Montgomery, a tarot card reader who has been living in the mansion, is the one to tell him the tale of a woman in white. But when he finds a human bone on the grounds and another by the river, Aidan delves into the dark history of the Flynn plantation. Forced together to uncover the truth, Aidan and Kendall realize that a serial killer whose victims seem to vanish into thin air has long been at work. . . and that their own fates are about to be sealed forever unless they believe in the unbelievable.
A vampire tells lonely Althea that all she has to do to be popular is to agree to a simple deal -- so simple a promise, but so evil.
"Portrays epidemiologists as disease detectives who tirelessly hunt for clues and excel at deductive reasoning. Even Sherlock Holmes would be proud of this astute group of professionals. "--Booklist Despite advances in health care, infectious microbes continue to be a formidable adversary to scientists and doctors. Vaccines and antibiotics, the mainstays of modern medicine, have not been able to conquer infectious microbes because of their amazing ability to adapt, evolve, and spread to new places. Terrorism aside, one of the greatest dangers from infectious disease we face today is from a massive outbreak of drug-resistant microbes. Deadly Outbreaks recounts the scientific adventures of a special group of intrepid individuals who investigate these outbreaks around the world and figure out how to stop them. Part homicide detective, part physician, these medical investigators must view the problem from every angle, exhausting every possible source of contamination. Any data gathered in the field must be stripped of human sorrows and carefully analyzed into hard statistics. Author Alexandra Levitt, PhD, is an expert on emerging diseases and other public health threats. Here she shares insider accounts she's collected that go behind the alarming headlines we've seen in the media: mysterious food poisonings, unexplained deaths at a children's hospital, a strange neurologic disease afflicting slaughterhouse workers, flocks of birds dropping dead out of the sky, and drug-resistant malaria running rampant in a refugee camp. Meet the resourceful investigators--doctors, veterinarians, and research scientists--and discover the truth behind these cases and more. This edition features a new introduction by the author!
Despite advances in health care, infectious microbes continue to be a formidable adversary to scientists and doctors. Vaccines and antibiotics, the mainstays of modern medicine, have not been able to conquer infectious microbes because of their amazing ability to adapt, evolve, and spread to new places. Terrorism aside, one of the greatest dangers from infectious disease we face today is from a massive outbreak of drug-resistant microbes.Deadly Outbreaks recounts the scientific adventures of a special group of intrepid individuals who investigate these outbreaks around the world and figure out how to stop them. Part homicide detective, part physician, these medical investigators must view the problem from every angle, exhausting every possible source of contamination. Any data gathered in the field must be stripped of human sorrows and carefully analyzed into hard statistics.Author Dr. Alexandra Levitt is an expert on emerging diseases and other public health threats. Here she shares insider accounts she's collected that go behind the alarming headlines we've seen in the media: mysterious food poisonings, unexplained deaths at a children's hospital, a strange neurologic disease afflicting slaughterhouse workers, flocks of birds dropping dead out of the sky, and drug-resistant malaria running rampant in a refugee camp. Meet the resourceful investigators--doctors, veterinarians, and research scientists--and discover the truth behind these cases and more.
Suddenly there are creatures from the ancient past in Spooksville. Huge meat-eating lizards attacking people in their cars. Flying reptiles swooping down and lifting kids away. But where have these dinosaurs come from? Adam and his friends discover that a huge doorway has been created between present-day Spooksville and sixty million years ago. It is through this doorway that the dinosaurs are attacking. But who created this doorway? How can it be closed before all of Spooksville is destroyed?
STONY MAN Unflinching duty and patriotism stand at the core of the covert operations group known as Stony Man. Answering only to the Oval Office, and with a mandate to strik before the world suffers, the clandestine field and cyber operatives work without a warrant and outside the law, enabling them to strike down those who obey no law. LETHAL SOLUTION A powerful U. S. -based consortium has begun a full-scale assault to take over the world. Attacking on multiple fronts, this secret cadre has enough high-tech weaponry to push nations to an apocalyptic standoff--and now China, Russia and the Middle East are poised to unleash swift, savage and bloody nuclear relatiations. Stony Man teams are spread thin, racing to stop the unthinkable as the world is pushed over the edge of reason, and an unseen, perhaps unstoppable, enemy brings the planet seconds closer to flash point.
A NOTE FROM DELIA BLANCHARDSo many things have been happening here at our family's mansion, I can't go home to Hawaii: I've met my long-lost grandparents; learned the woman shot to death in the library was my aunt, not my mother; and been threatened by a blackmailing loan shark! And Shaun Murphy is back in my life--he was hired to repair the damage after the shooting. He's been rather distant with me, but I think, with God's help, I can convince him to help me track down my missing mother--and perhaps give our love another chance, too.
; Shaun Murphy's hands tightened on the #11;steering wheel of his pickup as he drove #11;toward the Blanchard home. Suddenly, beams of blinding brightness arched across his path. He hit the brakes. The beams swung to one side and the red compact car careened off the road and plowed into some bushes. Shaun climbed out and jogged to where the car had come to rest. "I'm really sorry," he called. "Are you okay?" "Door's stuck." The driver's voice was muted by the closed vehicle. Shaun gave the handle a jerk and it opened. The driver swiveled in the seat and looked up at him. He gaped. There, in all her glory, was Delia Blanchard, the woman who had heartlessly abandoned him on their wedding night twelve years ago without so much as a word-or even a goodbye note. THE SECRETS OF STONELEY: Six sisters face murder, #11;mayhem and mystery while unraveling the past.
Sand attacks the empire of New York's deadliest pimpHer name is Rochelle, and she is only fifteen when she disappears. Her father is a secret service agent assigned to ex-president William Baron Clarke, and when he asks for help, Clarke calls the most capable tracker he knows: Robert Sand, the only black man to ever attain the rank of samurai. Sand combs the tenements of New York's East Village in search of the girl, finally learning what no father ever wants to hear: Rochelle is in the clutches of Pearl, the meanest pimp in town.Called Pearl because of his exquisite taste in jewelry, he is no ordinary hustler. Kidnapping is his specialty, and the women he snatches for sale overseas are never older than eighteen. He is proud to call his business "white slavery," but his latest victim may be his last. Robert Sand is coming for him, and all the guns in New York won't be enough to protect this Pearl from getting scuffed.
A new Templar Knight mystery from the author who "masterfully creates a medieval world full of rich historic detail." (National bestselling author Victoria Thompson) Templar Bascot de Marins is summoned to Lincoln Castle to learn who murdered a servant engaged in an illicit affair with a married woman. Even though the jealous husband had a motive, Bascot's investigation uncovers a more shocking revelation about the victim that would give him any number of potential enemies...
Grace Pizzelli is the average sister. She's nothing like her brilliant older sister, Emily, who works for Rasmussem, creators of the world's best virtual reality games. They seem so real that you can taste the food and smell the flowers. The games aren't real, though--or at least they weren't. Now that Emily has hidden herself inside one , it's clear that the technology can only keep her safe for so long. Something must have gone terribly wrong for Emily to retreat into the pink and sparkly Land of the Golden Butterflies, but no one seems to know what. Grace may consider herself average, but she's the only one who can save Emily. So Grace enters the game, hoping to find her sister and talk her out of virtual suicide. There isn't much time left before sustained exposure to the technology will have dire results. Unless Grace can find her sister soon, Emily will die--for real.
Poison dart frogs are cute and tiny. They come in many eye-catching colors. These colors, however, aren't meant to make them attractive. The bright colors tell other animals that they shouldn't try to eat them. These vibrant amphibians are covered with a deadly poison that makes predators very sick. Its so strong that some Native American tribes even used it to make poison darts for hunting. Readers will surely enjoy getting up close to these small but deadly poison dart frogs.
Sarah risks her life to clear her murdered father's name and expose big-time criminal activity in the lawless mining town of Leadville. Sequel to "High Trail to Danger."
A woman driven to know the truth. . . Criminal defense attorney Amara Clarke cant help but be hot and bothered by the handsome, enigmatic new cook at her local diner--and his seeming dislike of her. Until she finds herself in a dangerous situation--and the mysterious Jack Parker comes to her aid. . . . The man wholl do anything to protect her. Amara doesnt know that Jack is a DEA agent, evading death threats from a powerful drug lord. The last thing he wants is to endanger her by letting her get too close. But when fate puts her in his path, Jacks cover is blown wide open. Soon he and Amara are on the run--but they cant escape the smoldering chemistry between them. To keep Amara out of harms way, Jack will have to take drastic measures--even if it means shattering her fragile heart. . . Praise for the novels of Ann Christopher "Trouble is a sultry romance. . . " --The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers "A brilliant and tasteful novel about love, tragedy, heartbreak and forgiveness. " --Romantic Times on Risk
A woman driven to know the truth. . . Criminal defense attorney Amara Clarke can't help but be hot and bothered by the handsome, enigmatic new cook at her local diner--and his seeming dislike of her. Until she finds herself in a dangerous situation--and the mysterious Jack Parker comes to her aid. . . .The man who'll do anything to protect her. Amara doesn't know that Jack is a DEA agent, evading death threats from a powerful drug lord. The last thing he wants is to endanger her by letting her get too close. But when fate puts her in his path, Jack's cover is blown wide open. Soon he and Amara are on the run--but they can't escape the smoldering chemistry between them. To keep Amara out of harm's way, Jack will have to take drastic measures--even if it means shattering her fragile heart. . . Praise for the novels of Ann Christopher "Trouble is a sultry romance..." --The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers "A brilliant and tasteful novel about love, tragedy, heartbreak and forgiveness." --Romantic Times on Risk
Silas Pine was about to turn fifty. That tended to start a man thinking, especially when his doctor told him he had a bad heart and he had to take it easy if he wanted to see his next birthday. What Silas wanted more than anything was one last chance to make peace with his son, who was marshal in the isolated town of Grafton. Wyoming. But arriving in the middle of a bank robbery wasn't the way Silas had pictured the reunion. Neither was leading a posse in a pursuit more deadly than bullets.
"You win for now, but it isn't over. "Trouble has followed pregnant artist Kayla Davies to a picturesque Oregon town where she hopes to paint away memories of a brutal attack. Instead she finds herself again gripped by fear when a woman's murder and an eerily familiar stalker coincide with her arrival. Someone is watching her...and disappearing into the dreaded fog called The Devil's Shroud.Shaken, Kayla finds comfort in the arms of Gabe McGregor, the hard-bodied town sheriff and single dad. Though he and Kayla share a powerful attraction, neither wants anything beyond an earthshaking fling. Too many lies and secrets have come between them-until another vicious attack on Kayla changes everything....
Orla, youngest daughter of the Fairy Queen, is almost as famous for her powers of seduction as she is for her rebellious nature. So when her ill-advised attempt at the throne unleashes the threat of civil war, Orla faces a stern penalty: marry the fearsome prince of the enemy fairy clan, Liam the Avenger. As his wife, Orla is infuriated by the warrior's brusque, cold indifference--and her own uncontrollable craving for his touch. Now, as she works to redeem herself by restoring balance to the kingdom, Orla must dare to capture the one prize she may forever be denied: her husband's carefully guarded heart.