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The mob couldn't kill him, the cops couldn't catch him, and even time wouldn't slow him down. Playing dirty isn't Nolan's style ... until he's taken to the cleaners. Nolan was still alive; his wounds healed and his money was safe-all $800,000 of it. It was Nolan's birthday and he was sitting happy. Until Planner was killed. Planner was an eccentric antique dealer; Planner had the $800,000 in his safe. But now he was dead and the money was gone. Caught up in the sizzling crossfire of double-dealing, danger, and death, Nolan was up against the "Family" again. There was only one way out ... Blood Money!Show more
When three-year-old Joshua Gortler and his family were forced from their hometown in Poland during World War II, they scrambled for safety across border after border, finding refuge at last in Europe's Displaced Persons Camps. Undocumented and unschooled, Gortler spent his adolescence learning to survive. When his family eventually relocated to the United States, he found himself starting over as teenager in a foreign land with only his spunk and sharp wits to rely on. After teaching himself English, Gortler managed to complete high school in three years, earn a master's degree in social work, and begin what would become a distinguished career in the field of eldercare. Acknowledged as a leading pioneer in his field, Gortler dedicated his professional life to helping others stitch their torn lives back together. As a sought-after speaker, he has made it his personal mission to bring the lessons of his unique personal experiences-the value of perseverance, humor, ambition, faith, and the paramount importance education-to audiences as diverse as Rotary clubs, at-risk high schoolers, prisoners, and university students.Show more
At a funeral of an old friend, Matt Helm takes a trip down memory lane and sparks a romance that he thought was safely locked in the past. But with old feelings resurfacing, other things Helm thought were buried are coming back to haunt him-a small-time hood in Mexico, a dirty drug deal, and a string of women that lead him into dangerous territory.Show more
The mob couldn't kill him, the cops couldn't catch him, and even time wouldn't slow him down. His name's Nolan ... a shrewd, restless tough guy with a talent for theft. With a lifetime of heists under his belt and a bullet in his side, he's ready to retire. And the Mafia's eager to help him along ... permanently. They think he's got a debt to pay-with his life. But after all these years, they might be willing to settle for 100 grand instead. Nolan's got to pull a bank job to try to save his ass. Trouble is, the only people willing to help him are a kid whose idea of danger comes out of comic books, a punk as green as the grass he smokes, and a sweet young thing who gets her kicks playing one man off another ... and another ... It's a desperate gamble-for the highest stakes-and Nolan's down to his last chip ...Show more
"Literary ancestor to Miss Marple, Lisbeth Salander, and Nancy Drew."-The Guardian (London) First published in 1864, decades before there were official female detectives or female police officers in Britain, The Female Detective features the original lady detective: the determined and resourceful Miss Gladden, known as "G." She examines crime scenes incognito, tracks down killers, and solves mysteries employing all manner of skill, subterfuge, and charm to achieve her ends while attempting to conceal her own identity from others. Miss Gladden's deductive methods and energetic approach anticipate those of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, and she can be seen as beginning a powerful tradition of female detectives in these seven short stories. The Female Detective is sure to enchant a new generation of crime fiction fans.Show more
Here is a thrilling, uplifting story of true-life heroism unequaled since the publication of Anne Frank's diary-a story that the young must hear and their elders must remember. Take Alicia's hand-and follow. Her name is Alicia. She was thirteen when she began saving the lives of people she did not know-while fleeing the Nazis through war-ravaged Poland. Her family cruelly wrenched from her, Alicia rescued other Jews from the Gestapo, led them to safe hideouts, and lent them her courage and hope. Even the sight of her mother's brutal murder could not quash this remarkable child's faith in human goodness-or her determination to prevail against overwhelming odds. After the war, Alicia continued to risk her life, leading Polish Jews on an underground route to freedom in Palestine. She swore on her brother's grave that if she survived, she would speak for her silenced family. This book is the eloquent fulfillment of that oath.Show more
In The Breakthrough in Two Acts, Dr. Fredric C. Hartman paints a vivid picture of emotional pain and its context within the human mind and brain. Set in the dramatic backdrop of a therapy session as a stage play, featuring Dr. Hartman as the psychologist and Human Consciousness itself as "the patient," this is a practical guide for anyone who struggles with negative or painful emotions. In his play, Dr. Hartman tells the story about our vulnerability to painful emotions, which flare up from the depths of our brains, casting distressing and destructive spells over us. As the play unfolds, he develops two new experiences to help strengthen our consciousness: one, by actively breaking the spell of the two thoughts that lie at the heart-and generate the distress-in each of our negative emotions, and two, by embracing the strange, fleeting collection of conditions that come along with the present moments of our lives as they each flash by. The Breakthrough in Two Acts is an appeal to humanity and a plan for how to use one "part" of our brain-consciousness-to quiet down another, chronically overheated "part"-the limbic system-which has ravaged our species with troubles ranging from emotional illness to war. Here is a way of thinking for hard times to help overcome emotional distress and embrace a calmer and more fulfilling way to experience life.Show more
The latest entry in Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger's popular Sherlock Holmes-inspired mystery series Sherlock Holmes has not only captivated readers for more than a century and a quarter, he has fascinated writers as well. It is little wonder, then, that when the renowned Sherlockians Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger invited their writer-friends and colleagues to be inspired by the Holmes canon, a cornucopia of stories sprang forth, with more than sixty of the greatest modern writers participating in four acclaimed anthologies. Now, King and Klinger have invited another fifteen masters to become In League with Sherlock Holmes. The contributors to this volume include award-winning authors of horror, thrillers, mysteries, westerns, and science-fiction, all bound together in admiration and affection for the original stories. The resulting stories are funny, haunting, thrilling, and surprising. All are unforgettable.Show more
The first new Nolan novel in thirty-three years from one of the masters of the genre, Max Allan Collins, award-winning author of Road to Perdition. The onetime world-class thief Nolan-now happily gone straight with his own restaurant/nightclub-whisks his longtime lover Sherry off to Vegas for a trip to a wedding chapel and a honeymoon stay. But an eye-in-the-sky security cam at a casino spots Nolan, whose past catches up with him when he's thought to be casing the joint. An old "friend" sees Nolan as the perfect patsy for a scheme to heist the weekly skim haul, and when the former thief's young frequent accomplice, Jon-a musician in the casino's house band-finds the couple mysteriously, suspiciously missing, it's up to Nolan's Best Man to keep wedding bells from tolling a funeral march.Show more
This original compilation from Skyboat Media features the most inventive and poetic of Alexander Pushkin's short fiction. Exposed to French culture at a young age, Pushkin's work reflects these sensibilities, and he combines this with stories of his Russian ancestors that his grandmother would relate to him and his siblings during their summers near Moscow. In the unfinished title story, "Egyptian Nights," Charsky is ashamed of the way writers and poets are viewed in his society, so he tries to keep his identity as one a secret. But when an Italian improvisatore asks for help in finding a way to make money with his art, Charsky must confront what it means to be an artist in the public eye, and all the acclaim-and criticism-that comes with it. "Marie" is a timeless tale of love and duty that chronicles the romance between young Peter Grineff and Marie, his captain's daughter, during the rebellion of the Cossacks under the reign of Catherine the Great. In "The Coffin-Maker," Adrian Prokhoroff, a rigid, unfriendly undertaker, moves his business and his two daughters to a new city. At his housewarming party, he must deal with some of his spookier clientele. And in "The Queen of Spades," a young man who has always shied away from gambling is intrigued by the story of a Countess who won a large sum of money with a specific set of cards and then never played another hand. Eager to win a fortune for himself, he sets out to find the Countess and extract from her the combination of cards she played in that fateful game. Featuring these stories and more, Egyptian Nights and Other Tales of Imagination and Romance showcases Pushkin's unique voice and insightful prose from throughout his career. Full contents: "The Shot" (1831)"The Coffin-Maker" (1831)"Egyptian Nights" (1837)"The History of the Village of Gorohina" (1837)"The Postmaster" (1830)"Marie" (1831)"The Snowstorm" (1830)"The Gypsies" (1827)"An Amateur Peasant Girl" (1831)"The Queen of Spades" (1834)Show more
Welcome to The Middle Kingdom! In the nine Middle Kingdoms it is believed that the royal families are the direct decedents of the gods of Dib: Honus, Javilon, Ho Nita, and Pal. The gifts of the gods are not passed to every member of the royal families, however, and none of these "unblessed" children can ever become king or queen and, due to the displeasure of the gods, they cannot have children of their own. Unlike the rest of the planet, the middle kingdoms have adhered more closely to the early teachings of the House in both their beliefs and their feudal way of life. In fact, the Septal Houses' High Hats throughout the rest of Dib have always formally denounced the beliefs and practices of the Houses in the Middle Kingdom. Back in Velon, after being tasked with the infamous Linus murder case and House vault robbery, Detective Makk Stidgeon is back, and this time he has county attorney Pillick Quibb asking him questions. Meanwhile in Totus, Battine Alconnot, an unblessed descendent of Ho, Lady Delphina, and her sister Queen Porra find themselves tied up in the mystery ... The Outcast Cycle takes listeners across-and above-the planet Dib. Nestled in the individual stories is the gradual discovery that the House has a big secret ... and the Outcast may be more literal than anyone realized.Show more
A masterpiece of fantasy literature that shaped the high fantasy genre and influenced such authors as J. R. R. Tolkien and H. P. Lovecraft After seven hundred years of being ruled by man, the Parliament of Erl is ready to be ruled by a magical lord. Obeying the immemorial custom, the lord of Erl sends his son Alveric to fetch the King of Elfland's daughter, Lirazel, to be his bride. Alveric makes his way to Elfland, where time passes at a rate far slower than the real world, wins her hand, and they return to Erl together. Alveric and Lirazel marry and have a son, but marriage between a mortal and a fairy princess is never simple. Lirazel struggles to adapt to the customs of humans. Torn between two worlds, Lirazel must decide whether to return to her home and live forever, or remain in Erl with her husband and son, doomed to die a mortal death. Meanwhile, the King of Elfland, missing his daughter greatly and fearing her demise, must utilize his limited sources of magic in order to get her back. The King of Elfland's Daughter is a love story for the ages and a fairy tale in the truest sense of the word. First published in 1924, it remains one of the most beloved novels of the genre.Show more
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