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Author: Debra A. Bailey
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Literary Criticism
Is it ever okay for a government to lie to the people? This work is a fiction novel that provides answers to the unnerving questions surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination. It tells a story about people of power and the extremes they will go, to protect their interests. The John F. Kennedy assassination is inarguably one of the most publicly witnessed murder in the history of the United States. This thriller, as well as the sequel, Killer at the Ambassador Hotel, his fourth book, shows the author's deep Italian roots as he reflects on family traditions and relationships. Both mystery novels tie the Mafia into the Kennedy assassinations and follow a dutiful grandson as he abides by his family's rules. Although the outcome is all too well known, Richard provides an alternative possibility regarding the "How" of this tragic event in history.
Author: Richard Joseph Zazzi
Publisher: Richard Joseph Zazzi
“My favorite historical novel . . . a superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant.”—James M. McPherson In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty were also the casualties of war. Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—the dramatic story of the battleground for America’s destiny. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jeff Shaara's Blaze of Glory.
The Classic Novel of the Civil War
Author: Michael Shaara
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Analyzes the communication behavior of ten notorious serial killers, recounting the events of each case and speculating about the purpose and psychological implications of the notes and messages left or sent by each killer.
Serial Murder and Crime Scene Messages
Author: Dirk Cameron Gibson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
A counter-espionage job leads to Toby Peters facing the barrel of a gun. After midnight, NBC Studios is as quiet as a grave. For Toby Peters, it may as well be a sealed coffin. He came on a stakeout, and has spent hours in the dark of a television soundstage waiting for the appearance of a man with a silenced pistol. The killer has already taken three lives, and Peters's may be the next. After a long wait, Peters's dulled reflexes let the gunman get the drop on him. A frantic chase through the deserted studio leaves Peters shoeless, gunless, and out of ideas. Finally the killer corners him and prepares to fire. The stakeout was Howard Hughes's idea. Earlier that week, the aviation magnate hired Peters to investigate the theft of top-secret blueprints from his home. What starts as counter-espionage turns into a murder investigation, and Peters finds himself in the uncomfortable role of murderer's bait. About the Author. Stuart M. Kaminsky (1934-2009) was one of the most prolific crime fiction authors of the last four decades. Born in Chicago, he spent his youth immersed in pulp fiction and classic cinema - two forms of popular entertainment which he would make his life's work. After college and a stint in the army, Kaminsky wrote film criticism and biographies of the great actors and directors of Hollywood's Golden Age. In 1977, when a planned biography of Charlton Heston fell through, Kaminsky wrote Bullet for a Star, his first Toby Peters novel, beginning a fiction career that would last the rest of his life. Kaminsky penned twenty-four novels starring the detective, whom he described as "the anti-Philip Marlowe." In 1981's Death of a Dissident, Kaminsky debuted Moscow police detective Porfiry Rostnikov, whose stories were praised for their accurate depiction of Soviet life. His other two series starred Abe Lieberman, a hardened Chicago cop, and Lew Fonseca, a process server. In all, Kaminsky wrote more than sixty novels. He died in St. Louis in 2009. Review quote. "Kaminsky stands out as a subtle historian, unobtrusively but entertainingly weaving into the story itself what people were wearing, eating, driving, and listening to on the radio. A page-turning romp." - Booklist. "For anyone with a taste for old Hollywood B-movie mysteries, Edgar winner Kaminsky offers plenty of nostalgic fun . . . The tone is light, the pace brisk, the tongue firmly in cheek." - Publishers Weekly. "Marvelously entertaining." - Newsday. "Makes the totally wacky possible . . . Peters [is] an unblemished delight." - Washington Post. "The Ed McBain of Mother Russia." - Kirkus Reviews.
Author: Stuart M. Kaminsky
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
After adopting their son, Marc and Gillian Thayer intend on enjoying a relaxing weekend away at a picturesque resort in northern Michigan. That is, until their friend turns up dead and the resort becomes a grisly murder scene. A killer, seeking revenge, begins reenacting the ten plagues of Egypt on the resort and everyone in it, including a Bible translation team already drawing angry protests for proposing to merge the Bible with corresponding passages from the Qur’an. Water turns to blood. Gnats attack the innocent. As plague after plague appears, the Thayers must make sense of how their story intersects with those of the others at the resort—and of their own dark pasts. In this “chilling tale that keeps readers turning pages and pondering its truths” (C. J. Darlington), the Thayers must unravel the truth. But will they uncover the killer’s bitter agenda before the tenth plague—the death of the firstborn son? Praise for The Tenth Plague: “Suspense of biblical proportions! Adam Blumer does a masterful job transforming the biblical plagues to a modern-day scenario full of twists and turns that will keep you riveted until the very end.”—Bonnie S. Calhoun, publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine and author of Cooking the Books: A Sloane Templeton Mystery “A chilling tale that keeps readers turning pages and pondering its truths. The Tenth Plague is a solid entry in Adam Blumer’s bibliography, and fans of thrillers with spiritual depth will find much to enjoy.”—C. J. Darlington, author of Thicker than Blood and Bound by Guilt “Adam Blumer writes a suspenseful story with a passion for God not often seen in today’s marketplace.”—Creston Mapes, best-selling author of Nobody, Dark Star, and Full Tilt “The Tenth Plague delivers a compelling premise of a Bible/Qur’an hybrid sparking controversy and murder that will thrill readers of clean Christian fiction!”—Bryn Jones, author of The Next Chapter “An intriguing premise with suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Blumer’s crafted a great thriller in The Tenth Plague.”—Graham Garrison, author of Hero’s Tribute and Legacy Road “Adam Blumer’s The Tenth Plague sweeps an ordinary couple into a current of extraordinary events—all with a mentally deranged man calling the shots. Here’s a novel that will keep you wondering what can possibly go wrong next!”—Rick Barry, author of Gunner’s Run “An almost-forgotten mine disaster, a misguided conference on Bible translation, a twisted take on the book of Revelation, a botched ATF-FBI operation, a gifted autistic child—Adam Blumer has woven these strands and more into a page-turning tapestry of a mystery. You won’t want to lay this one aside till the author has tied up all the loose ends.”—Richard C. Leonard, author of Heart of the Highriders and Silence of the Drums
Author: Adam Blumer
Publisher: Kirkdale Press
Dem Täter auf der Spur ? im Englischunterricht! Am besten lernen Schüler, wenn sie kaum merken, dass sie es tun. Deshalb liefert Ihnen dieser Band 13 fesselnde Kurzkrimis in englischer Sprache, bei denen die Schüler Tathergänge entschlüsseln und Tätern auf die Spur kommen müssen. Ganz nebenbei wird die Lesekompetenz Englisch geschult. Kompetenzorientierung und Differenzierung zugleich Zu jedem Krimi erhalten Sie Arbeitsblätter als Kopiervorlagen mit handlungsorientierten Aufgaben. Mit ihrer Hilfe trainieren die Jugendlichen das Lesen und Verstehen englischer Texte noch besser! Die Materialien sind in verschiedenen Schwierigkeitsstufen vorhanden, so dass die Differenzierung im Englischunterricht gelingt. Auch für Vertretungsstunden geeignet Die fesselnden Lesekrimis in englischer Sprache können auch ideal im Vertretungsunterricht Englisch eingesetzt werden. So bieten Sie den Schülern Spaß und Training der Sprachkompetenz in einem. Der Band enthält: 13 spannende Lesekrimis in unterschiedlichen Schwierigkeitsstufen | zu jedem Krimi Arbeitsblätter zur Förderung der Lese- und Sprachkompetenz
Fesselnde Kurzkrimis zur Förderung der Lesekompetenz (5. bis 7. Klasse)
Author: Pete Oldham
Publisher: Auer Verlag
John Grisham's first work of non-fiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, in his most extraordinary legal thriller yet. 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 20 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 jaihouse 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.
Author: John Grisham
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A hired killer on his final job; a burned-out detective whose wife is dying slowly and in agony; a young boy abandoned by his parents and living alone by his wits. Three people, solitary and disconnected from society. The detective is looking for the killer, Christian, though he doesn't know that. Christian is trying to find the man who stepped in and took down his target before he had the chance. And the boy, Jimmie, is having the killer's dreams. While they never meet, they are inextricably linked, and as their stories unfold, all find the solace of community. In what is at one and the same time a coming-of-age novel, a realistic crime novel and a novel of the contemporary Southwest, The Killer Is Dying is above all the story of three men of vastly different age and background, and of the shape their lives take against the unforgiving sunlight and sprawl of America's fifth largest city, Phoenix. 'well-nigh perfect'- Guardian
Author: James Sallis
Publisher: Oldcastle Books
A passionate and dramatic account of a year in the life of a city, when baseball and crime reigned supreme, and when several remarkable figures emerged to steer New York clear of one of its most harrowing periods. By early 1977, the metropolis was in the grip of hysteria caused by a murderer dubbed "Son of Sam." And on a sweltering night in July, a citywide power outage touched off an orgy of looting and arson that led to the largest mass arrest in New York's history. As the turbulent year wore on, the city became absorbed in two epic battles: the fight between Yankee slugger Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Ed Koch and Mario Cuomo for the city's mayoralty. Buried beneath these parallel conflicts—one for the soul of baseball, the other for the soul of the city—was the subtext of race. The brash and confident Jackson took every black myth and threw it back in white America's face. Meanwhile, Koch and Cuomo ran bitterly negative campaigns that played upon urbanites' fears of soaring crime and falling municipal budgets. These braided stories tell the history of a year that saw the opening of Studio 54, the evolution of punk rock, and the dawning of modern SoHo. As the pragmatist Koch defeated the visionary Cuomo and as Reggie Jackson finally rescued a team racked with dissension,1977 became a year of survival but also of hope. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the basis of the 2007 ESPN miniseries, starring John Turturro as Billy Martin, Oliver Platt as George Steinbrenner, and Daniel Sunjata as Reggie Jackson.
1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City
Author: Jonathan Mahler
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Dr. Greta L. Drake is not aware when she accepts a job at The Physician's Clinic that she is stepping into a horrific crime scene. She is informed only after she arrives that three women employees have disappeared without trace. Another will disappear while she is there and this will set her on a hunt for the killer. She joins forces with Detective Cody Lunt, whose wife was killed by a drunk driver and whose daughter survives a brutal attack and rape. His hatred of men who would prey upon defenseless women is all the reason he needs to hunt for the killer. The other women working at the clinic are sure that the killer is in their midst. But who can it be? Who calls but doesn't say anything? Who follows them with their headlights on high beam? What could possibly be the motive? Could the killer be the doctor Greta falls in love with, Dr. Nathan Blevins? Or could it be his brother, Jeff, who is a veterinarian, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and who just happens to be visiting his brother when a woman comes up missing? Greta leaves no stone unturnedher eyes and ears are open and she soon becomes suspicious of Dr. Raymond Moran, better know as Doc. Why is he so nosey and yet so private about himself? Where does he go every weekend? Or what about Lily Thompson, RN who is jealous, angry and bitter? The search for the killer will carry Detective Cody Lunt, to New York, Ohio, Georgia and many more places. It is a relentless search to stop a mad person before another woman leaves without a trace.
“Who Wanted the Women Dead?”
Author: Kathryn M White
A new mystery series starring a Memphis crime scene photographer with ghostly assistance Jackie Lyons, a former vice detective with the Memphis Police Department, is trying to put her life back together. Her husband has served her with divorce papers, she's broke, and her apartment has just gone up in flmaes. But a failed marriage, unemployment, and an incinerated home aren't her only problems: she also sees ghosts. Since Jackie left her job with the MPD, she's been making ends meet by photographing crime scenes for her old friends on the force, and for the occasional collector. When she's called to the murder scene of the Playhouse Killer's latest victim, she starts seeing crime scenes from a different perspective-- her new camera captures spectral images. As her camera brings her ghostly visitors into sharper relief, it also points her toward clues the ex-detective in her won't let go: Did the man she has just started dating kill his wife? Is the Playhouse Killer someone in her inner circle? As Jackie works to separate natural from supernatural, friend from foe, and light from dark, the spirit world and her own difficult past become the only things she can depend on to solve the case.
Author: Jeff Crook
Publisher: Minotaur Books
A friendship that stays strong with helping hands. This book has loving and caring people in a small town. They work together through the worst of times to make life easier. The town gets frighten when a buck goes on a ram page to protect the herd after it gets smaller and smaller. People come together and go through great links to bring this deer down. It is not a easy task and rewards are offered which brings in hunters from all over. When it comes to a trophy buck, hunters will do what they can to be the one that takes him down. Everyone want to have a story to tell and have proof to back it up.
Author: Billy Max Ramey
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Deadly Friends: takes you on a roller coaster ride with a young man named David as he comes to terms with his homosexuality and the loss of his fi rst Lover. As he gets older, David works hard to become South Australia’s best and most well known Forensic Pathologist and as such it takes David through a series of very gruesome and intriguing murders and at the same time fi nds himself falling in love again. Then David and his new lover fi nd the joy of having their own child whom they love dearly and lavish him with all the love that two parents could and should show their only child.
Author: Joseph John Borg
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Author: Bryan Patrick Harnetiaux
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing