Hot Breath

Author: Sarah Harrison

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 144728982X

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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'Thirty-five, fit and solvent with children at school and the sweet scent of freedom in my nostrils, I was ripe for it . . .' What has transformed Harriet Blair, contented wife and mother and bestselling author of torrid historicals into a rampant vamp? Could it be the arrival in sleepy Basset Parva of Constantine Ghikas, blond Greek god and latest addition to the local medical practice? With husband George safely marooned in the Middle East, Harriet feels the Fates have conspired to throw a real-life romantic hero in her path. But her carefully staged seduction scenes are thwarted by the unwitting sabotage of family and friends. Not to mention the demands of her publishers, panting for the new masterpiece . . . Hell-bent on indulging her dishonourable intentions, Harriet lurches from crisis to hilarious crisis, delighting and entertaining everyone who has ever cast a greedy eye over forbidden fruit . . .
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A Self-Made Monster

Author: Steve Vivian

Publisher: Bitingduck Press LLC

ISBN: 1886420580

Category: Vampires

Page: 164

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The dead too have hopes... And among the hopeful dead is Alex Resartus: obtuse professor, obscure novelist, schizophrenic...and vampire. As an obtuse professor, he bewilders and frustrates his bored students; as an obscure novelist with a once-promising reputation, he desires to recover his creative powers, but his shattered mind stands in the way. As a schizophrenic, Alex's mind is broken, and in this most unusual novel, A Self-Made Monster, Alex plans to reorganize his broken mind with whole blood. For Alex's special quirkOCoboth his blessing and his curseOCois that he takes on the traits of his victims in most surprising ways. Alex sees the brilliant and socially backward student, Edward Head, as his savior: Edward's disciplined and powerful mind is just the tonic Alex needs to rejuvenate his creative powers. But Alex is not the only one with hopes. The living among him have their own hopes. EdwardOCOs hopes are carnal. He desires both Holly Dish, an amalgam of sweaty undergraduate daydreams, and Claire Sweet, a returning adult coed who is both cool and mysterious. Holly and Claire too have their own hopes, as does the short and cynical Jimmy Stubbs, who hates to study and loves to drink beer and scheme. The hopes of each character intersect and eventually violently knotOCoproducing a twisting climax that leaves some characters dead and others about to savor an astounding financial windfall. By turns violent and funny, A Self-Made Monster is one of the most unusual vampire novels ever published. It strips away the tired clich(r)s and purple prose of the vampire story and replaces them with dead-on characterizations, a galloping plot, and a new conception of the vampire itself. Boson Books also offers Flunky and Prelude to Hemlock by Steve Vivian. For an author bio and photo, reviews and a reading sample, visit bosonbooks.com."
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Shitstorm

Inside Labor's Darkest Days

Author: Lenore Taylor,David Uren

Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing

ISBN: 0522857299

Category: Political Science

Page: 278

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From respected journalists Lenore Taylor and David Uren comes the inside story of the Rudd government's darkest days in office. Its first term will be forever defined by the Global Financial Crisis, or - to use the Prime Minister's term - the 'shitstorm' that engulfed the nation and the world. Based on interviews with all the key players on both sides of politics, Shitstorm reveals just how close Australia came to disaster, what Kevin Rudd and his colleagues did to avoid it, and the serious mistakes they made along the way.
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Homicide

A Year on the Killing Streets

Author: David Simon

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429900959

Category: True Crime

Page: 672

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From the creator of HBO's The Wire, the classic book about homicide investigation that became the basis for the hit television show The scene is Baltimore. Twice every three days another citizen is shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death. At the center of this hurricane of crime is the city's homicide unit, a small brotherhood of hard men who fight for whatever justice is possible in a deadly world. David Simon was the first reporter ever to gain unlimited access to a homicide unit, and this electrifying book tells the true story of a year on the violent streets of an American city. The narrative follows Donald Worden, a veteran investigator; Harry Edgerton, a black detective in a mostly white unit; and Tom Pellegrini, an earnest rookie who takes on the year's most difficult case, the brutal rape and murder of an eleven-year-old girl. Originally published fifteen years ago, Homicide became the basis for the acclaimed television show of the same name. This new edition—which includes a new introduction, an afterword, and photographs—revives this classic, riveting tale about the men who work on the dark side of the American experience.
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The Killing 3

Author: David Hewson

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447246268

Category: Fiction

Page: 700

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David Hewson's The Killing 3 is the novelization of the third series of the hit Danish crime drama, The Killing. Detective Inspector for homicide, Sarah Lund, is contacted by old flame Mathias Borch from National Intelligence. Borch fears that what first appeared to be a random killing at the docks is the beginning of an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Troels Hartmann. The murder draws attention towards the shipping and oil giant, Zeeland, run by billionaire Robert Zeuthen. When Zeuthen's 9-year-old daughter, Emilie, is kidnapped the investigation takes on a different dimension as it soon becomes clear that her disappearance is linked to the murder of a young girl in Jutland some years earlier. Hartmann is in the middle of an election campaign, made all the more turbulent because of the mounting financial crisis. He needs Zeeland's backing. Lund needs to make sense of the clues left by Emilie's perpetrator before it's too late. And can she finally face the demons that have long haunted her?
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Ripper

An Event Group Thriller

Author: David L. Golemon

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250015170

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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The real Jack the Ripper is loose, and this time he's brought friends to the darkness of the deep desert in the newest adrenaline rush from David Golemon, The New York Times bestselling author of Legacy. In the tradition of works by James Rollins, Preston and Child and Matthew Reilly, Ripper is the latest in an action-packed series about the nation's most secret agency—The Event Group. In 1887, the British Empire contracted brilliant American professor Lawrence Ambrose to create a mutant gene to turn an ordinary person into an aggressive fighting machine. But all too quickly, Ambrose was found to be behind a streak of vicious murders, and in a cover-up of massive proportions, Queen Victoria ordered the project, and Ambrose, terminated. Thus the legend of Jack the Ripper was born. The killings stopped as suddenly as they had begun—but not because Ambrose was caught. Instead, he escaped and returned home to America where he and his formula faded into history. But in 2012, a raid against a Mexican drug lord uncovers a small cache of antiquated notebooks containing long-buried instructions to create blind killers out of normal men. Enter the Event Group and Col. Jack Collins, who are desperate to stop one of their most feared enemies. When the formula is loosed in the underground halls and vaults of the Event Group complex itself, brother will battle brother, and for the first time in many men's brave lives they will understand the true meaning of fear. The next heart-stopping chapter in the New York Times bestselling Event Group series, Ripper takes readers to new levels of suspense, where death could be hiding around any corner on this non-stop thrill ride.
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Predator One

A Joe Ledger Novel

Author: Jonathan Maberry

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250033446

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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On opening day of the new baseball season a small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it's a prank or a publicity stunt. Until it explodes, killing dozens. Seconds later a swarm of killer drones descend upon the picnicked crowd, each one carrying a powerful bomb. All across the country artificial intelligence drive systems in cars, commuter trains and even fighter planes go out of control. The death toll soars as the machines we depend upon every day are turned into engines of destruction. Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences go on the hunt for whoever is controlling these machines, but the every step of the way they are met with traps and shocks that strike to the very heart of the DMS. No one is safe. Nowhere is safe. Enemies old and new rise as America burns. Joe Ledger and his team are back in Jonathan Maberry's seventh book in the series. They begin a desperate search for the secret to this new technology and the madmen behind it. But before they can close in the enemy virus infects Air Force One. The president is trapped aboard as the jet heads toward the heart of New York City. It has become PREDATOR ONE.
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Power Down

Author: Ben Coes

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429948531

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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Introducing a major new thriller writer—in the vein of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor—and an electrifying character, Dewey Andreas. A major North American hydroelectric dam is blown up and the largest off-shore oil field in this hemisphere is destroyed in a brutal, coordinated terrorist attack. But there was one factor that the terrorists didn't take into account when they struck the Capitana platform off the coast of Colombia—slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform—and that was the Capitana crew chief Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun. While the intelligence and law enforcement agencies scramble to untangle these events and find the people responsible, the mysterious figure of Alexander Fortuna—an agent embedded into the highest levels of American society and business—sets into play the second stage of these long-planned attacks. The only fly in the ointment is Dewey Andreas—who is using all his long-dormant skills to fight his way off the platform, then out of Colombia and back to the U.S., following the trail of terrorists and operatives sent to stop him. Power Down is a gripping, compelling debut thriller from Ben Coes, a powerful new author, an amazing talent certain to join the ranks of the genre's finest writers.
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