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Adrian Monk is San Francisco's most brilliant detective but is unable to serve on the police force because of his crippling neuroses and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
However he continues his investigations independently often solving cases before the actual police are able to do so and always seeking clues to the unsolved murder of his wife.
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When his friend is paralysed in a gang attack Vietnam veteran John
Eastland (Robert Ginty) decides to wreak revenge upon anyone who
crosses his path. He becomes a hero to the public with his
no-nonsense approach to law enforcement, but the police believe him
to be an unstable psychopath, capable of untold murder and mayhem.
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Jonathan Tucker and Nikki Reed star in this teen mystery drama
about a rich young photographer who becomes caught in a web of
intrigue and murder after falling for one of his subjects, a
mysterious girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
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Oliver Stone directs this dramatisation of the life and eight-year
presidency of George W Bush. The film features an all-star cast
playing the White House's most high-profile figures, with Josh
Brolin as the president, Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, Richard
Dreyfuss as Vice President Dick Cheney, Jeffrey Wright as Secretary
of State Colin Powell, Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice and James
Cromwell as George Bush Senior. Like other Oliver Stone movies, it
polarised opinion almost immediately on its release. While some
have seen the film as a two-hour character assassination, others
have complained that it is too sympathetic towards the president.
?An astonishing book. . . . It will challenge and change your
understanding of what we were as Americans ? and of what we are.? ?
Chicago Tribune In this groundbreaking historical expos?, Douglas
A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in
American history ? an ?Age of Neoslavery? that thrived from the
aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II. Using
a vast record of original documents and personal narratives,
Blackmon unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants
who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and
then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly
thereafter. By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this
unprecedented account reveals the stories of those who fought
unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking,
the companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the insidious
legacy of racism that reverberates today. The genius of Blackmon's
book is that it illuminates both the real human tragedy and the
profoundly corrupting nature of the Old South slavery as it
transformed to establish a New South social order.? ? The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution A formidably researched, powerfully written,
wrenchingly detailed narrative.? ? St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the
State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the
Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to
pursue his dreams of big league glory.
Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad
habits--drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of
mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother
and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa.
In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue
Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could
not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they
suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were
finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder.
With no physical evidence, the prosecution's case was built on junk
science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts.
Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron
Williamson was sent to death row.
If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven
guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death
penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal
justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.
"From the Hardcover edition."
From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Surgeon" and
"The Apprentice" comes a chilling new novel of suspense featuring
Boston medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, on the deadly trail of an
anonymous madman who's committed an unholy crime. . . .
Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can
match the bone-chilling scene of carnage discovered in the early
morning hours at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light. Within the
sanctuary walls of the cloistered convent, now stained with blood,
lie two nuns--one dead, one critically injured--victims of an
unspeakably savage attacker.
The brutal crime appears to be without motive, and the elderly nuns
in residence can offer little help in the police investigation. But
medical examiner Maura Isles's autopsy of the dead woman yields a
shocking surprise: Twenty-year-old Sister Camille, the order's sole
novice, gave birth before she was murdered. Then the disturbing
case takes a stunning new turn when another woman is found murdered
in an abandoned building, her body mutilated beyond recognition.
Together, Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an
ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters. As
long-buried secrets come to light, Maura Isles finds herself drawn
inexorably toward the heart of an investigation that strikes closer
and closer to home--and toward a dawning revelation about the
killer's identity too shattering to consider.
As spine-tingling as it is mind-jolting, "The Sinner" showcases
Tess Gerritsen in peak form--bringing her intimate knowledge of the
dark depths of criminal investigation brilliantly to bear. Beneath
its layers of startling insight into the souls of its characters,
and the richly wrought depiction of the everyday war between good
and evil, beats the unstoppable heart of an irresistible
Tess Gerritsen left a successful practice as an internist to
raise her children and concentrate on her writing. She gained
nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the
"New York Times" bestseller "Harvest." She is also the author of
the bestsellers "Life Support," "Bloodstream," "Gravity," and
"The""Surgeon" and "The Apprentice." Tess Gerritsen lives in
PRAISE FOR TESS GERRITSEN
""A briskly paced, terrifically suspenseful work that steadily
builds toward a tense and terrifying climax."
--"People" (Page-Turner of the week)
"Creepy . . . "The Surgeon"] will exert a powerful grip on
""Grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go."
""Skillful and scary."
"--The Washington Post Book World
""An adrenaline rush from start to finish."
"Masterful . . . Gerritsen moves into the Thomas Harris class,
though with a style all her own."
--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
"From the Hardcover edition."
New York Times and worldwide bestselling "dazzling storyteller"
(Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel
about three very different people who are brought together in a
mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to
Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. In the
Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident--which becomes
the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two
people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives.
Richard Bowmaster--a 60-year-old human rights scholar--hits the car
of Evelyn Ortega--a young, undocumented immigrant from
Guatemala--in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first
seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more
serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking
help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz--a
62-year-old lecturer from Chile--for her advice. These three very
different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that
moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to
1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue
love story between Richard and Lucia. Exploring the timely issues
of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, the book
recalls Allende's landmark novel The House of the Spirits in the
way it embraces the cause of "humanity, and it does so with
passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics" (Jonathan
Yardley, The Washington Post). In the Midst of Winter will stay
with you long after you turn the final page.
In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President
grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a
notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years
hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the
President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure
from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may
have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most
sophisticated satellite surveillance system.
Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo
plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy.
Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will
leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese,
and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back
and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive--there
is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who
will kill him?
"From the Hardcover edition."
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, "The Innovators"
is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the
computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard
history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how
innovation really happens.
What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and
entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive
realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed
and others fail?
In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord
Byron's daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s.
He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current
digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von
Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill
Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.
This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so
inventive. It's also a narrative of how their ability to
collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more
For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and
teamwork, "The Innovators" shows how they happen.
Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of
choice cripples New York City with fear.
The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society
grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and
steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing
that steel melts and his victims are set afire.
When the first explosion occurs in broad daylight, reducing a city
bus to a pile of molten, shrapnel-riddled metal, officials fear
terrorism. Rhyme, a world-class forensic criminologist known for
his successful apprehension of the most devious criminals, is
immediately tapped for the investigation. Long a quadriplegic, he
assembles NYPD detective Amelia Sachs and officer Ron Pulaski as
his eyes, ears and legs on crime sites, and FBI agent Fred Dellray
as his undercover man on the street. As the attacks continue across
the city at a sickening pace, and terrifying demand letters begin
appearing, the team works desperately against time and with
maddeningly little forensic evidence to try to find the killer. Or
is it killers . . . ?
Meanwhile, Rhyme is consulting on another high-profile
investigation in Mexico with a most coveted quarry in his
crosshairs: the hired killer known as the Watchmaker, one of the
few criminals to have eluded Rhyme's net.
Juggling two massive investigations against a cruel ticking clock
takes a toll on Rhyme's health. Soon Rhyme is fighting on yet
another front--and his determination to work despite his physical
limitations threatens to drive away his closest allies when he
needs them most . . .
Bestselling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back with a
brand-new Lincoln Rhyme thriller.
Lincoln Rhyme and partner/paramour Amelia Sachs return to face a
criminal whose ingenious staging of crimes is enabled by a
terrifying access to information....
When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder
charges, the case is perfect -- too perfect. Forensic evidence from
Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it
looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.
At the behest of Arthur's wife, Judy, Lincoln grudgingly agrees to
investigate the case. Soon Lincoln and Amelia uncover a string of
similar murders and rapes with perpetrators claiming innocence and
ignorance -- despite ironclad evidence at the scenes of the crime.
Rhyme's team realizes this "perfect" evidence may actually be the
result of masterful identity theft and manipulation.
An information service company -- the huge data miner Strategic
Systems Datacorp -- seems to have all the answers but is reluctant
to help the police. Still, Rhyme and Sachs and their assembled team
begin uncovering a chilling pattern of vicious crimes and coverups,
and their investigation points to one master criminal, whom they
When "522" learns the identities of the crime-fighting team, the
hunters become the hunted. Full of Deaver's trademark plot twists,
"The Broken Window" will put the partnership of Lincoln Rhyme and
Amelia Sachs to the ultimate test.
LEARN THE SECRET TO
One of the key business texts of the modern era, Getting to Yes has
helped millions of people learn a better way to negotiate. Based on
the work of the Harvard Negotiation Project, a group that deals
with all levels of negotiation and conflict resolution, it offers
listeners a straightforward, universally applicable method for
negotiating personal and professional disputes--at home, in
business, and with the people in any situation. Listen to Getting
to Yes to learn, step by step, how to:
DISENTANGLE THE PEOPLE FROM THE PROBLEM
FOCUS ON INTERESTS, NOT POSITIONS
WORK TOGETHER TO FIND CREATIVE AND FAIR OPTIONS
NEGOTIATE SUCCESSFULLY WITH ANYBODY AT ANY LEVEL
"THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST THING I'VE EVER READ ABOUT NEGOTIATION."
-JOHN KENNETH GALBRAIT
"THE AUTHORS HAVE PACKED A LOT OF COMMONSENSICAL OBSERVATION
AND ADVICE INTO A CONCISE, CLEARLY WRITTEN LITTLE BOOK."
"A COHERENT BRIEF FOR 'WIN-WIN' NEGOTIATIONS."
The partners at Finley & Figg often refer to themselves as a
"boutique law firm." "Boutique, "as in "chic, selective, "and
"prosperous." Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are none of these things.
They are a two-bit operation of ambulance chasers who bicker like
an old married couple. Until change comes their way--or, more
accurately, stumbles in. After leaving a fast-track career and
going on a serious bender, David Zinc is sober, unemployed, and
desperate enough to take a job at Finley & Figg.
Now the firm is ready to tackle a case that could make the
partners rich--without requiring them to actually practice much
law. A class action suit has been brought against Varrick Labs, a
pharmaceutical giant with annual sales of $25 billion, alleging
that Krayoxx, its most popular drug, causes heart attacks. Wally
smells money. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of
Krayoxx users to join the suit. It almost seems too good to be true
. . . and it is.
Includes an excerpt of John Grisham's "Calico Joe" and a special
preview of his upcoming novel "The Racketeer"
"From the Paperback edition."