No Humans Involved

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Publisher: Vintage Canada


Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 306

Readers around the world have fallen for Kelley Armstrong’s intoxicating, sensual and wicked tales of the paranormal, in which demons and witches, werewolves and vampires collide – often hilariously, sometimes violently – with everyday life. In Armstrong’s first six novels, Elena, Paige and Eve have had their way with us. Now get ready for Jaime Vegas, the luscious, lovelorn and haunted necromancer. . . Jaime, who knows a thing or two about showbiz, is on a television shoot in Los Angeles when weird things start to happen. As a woman whose special talent is raising the dead, her threshold for weirdness is pretty high: she’s used to not only seeing dead people but hearing them speak to her in very emphatic terms. But for the first time in her life – as invisible hands brush her skin, unintelligible fragments of words are whispered into her ears, and beings move just at the corner of her eye–she knows what humans mean when they talk about being haunted. She is determined to get to the bottom of these manifestations, but as she sets out to solve the mystery she has no idea how scary her investigation will get, or to what depths ordinary humans will sink in their attempts to gain supernatural powers. As she digs into the dark underside of Los Angeles, she’ll need as much Otherworld help as she can get in order to survive, calling on her personal angel, Eve, and Hope, the well-meaning chaos demon. Jeremy, the alpha werewolf, is also by her side offering protection. And, Jaime hopes, maybe a little more than that. “As I knelt on the cobblestones to begin the ritual, I opened not some ancient leather pouch, but a Gucci make-up bag. . . . I know little about the geography and theology of the afterlife, but I do know that the worst spirits are kept secured, and my risk of “accidentally” tapping into a hell dimension is next to nil. Even if I do bring back some depraved killer’s spirit, what can it do to me? When you deprive someone of the ability to act in the living world, he’s pretty darned helpless. In death, even the worst killer plummets from lethal to merely annoying. Yet whatever had been trying to contact me apparently could cross that barrier, could act in the living world. . .at least on me. I added an extra helping of vervain to the censer.” —from No Humans Involved From the Hardcover edition.

No Human Involved


Author: Sheron Linn

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation


Category: Fiction

Page: 492

View: 953

When Shanna Edward’s weird new neighbor moves in next door, things begin to go haywire, including her discovering her friend’s grisly, bloody head decorating a fireplace mantel. Meeting Dr. Stevens, San Diego’s acting medical examiner and chief forensic pathologist at the crime scene, the two begin piecing together the puzzle of fifty-three murders marked NHI (no human involved) on crime reports. The serial killer stalks prostitutes and runaways, believing he’s purifying the human race of an infestation, a sickly disease of street trash. Before he’s through, at least fifty-three women will be dead. Unlike previous serial killers, he finds creative new ways to murder, mutilate, and dump the bodies, aided and abetted by the indifference of the chauvinistic SDPD. Shanna, an ex-cop, and the ME open a Pandora’s box of intrigue as their investigations lead them to believe that San Diego’s killer is in reality Washington’s Green River Killer or his protégé. So many twists and turns in the investigation will keep a reader holding her breath for the next surprise revelation.

No Human Involved

Author: Barbara Seranella

Publisher: Diversion Books


Category: Fiction

Page: 215

View: 270

The first in the mystery series featuring a former addict-turned-auto mechanic is “[a] gritty, gripping novel . . . surprisingly optimistic and funny” (Orange County Register). After some tough times, Miranda “Munch” Mancini just wants to make an honest living. But her hopes for a new beginning are dashed when her abusive father turns up murdered. Staying clean is one thing, but staying off Det. Mace St. John’s radar may prove impossible—especially when he starts viewing her as a suspect not only in this case but also in multiple murders. Her only hope is to cut a deal with the detective, putting her own life on the line to catch a killer. But trust doesn’t come easily for ex-junkies, or for cops. The impulse to betray this precarious alliance may be too strong for either to resist—and may get both of them killed—in this suspenseful mystery that “has grit and authentic street life to spare” (Publishers Weekly). “Seranella drops us right down into the middle of a dark and perplexing world and makes us feel—along with her hero—just how hard it is to get out.” —T. Jefferson Parker “Smart plotting, taut suspense and a highly original heroine.” —Desert Sun “Scenes pulse with such startling immediacy—she’s definitely worth another round.” —Kirkus Reviews

Critical Condition

Women on the Edge of Violence

Author: Amy Scholder

Publisher: City Lights Books


Category: Fiction

Page: 185

View: 401

Domestic violence and women who kill: essays, performance monologues, art by Sapphire, Dorothy Allison, Wanda Coleman, Theory Girls, Carrie Mae Weems.

Killing Women

The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence

Author: Annette Burfoot

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 354

View: 173

The essays in Killing Women: The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence find important connections in the ways that women are portrayed in relation to violence, whether they are murder victims or killers. The book’s extensive cultural contexts acknowledge and engage with contemporary theories and practices of identity politics and debates about the ethics and politics of representation itself. Does representation produce or reproduce the conditions of violence? Is representation itself a form of violence? This book adds significant new dimensions to the characterization of gender and violence by discussing nationalism and war, feminist media, and the depiction of violence throughout society.

Travels Through Crime and Place

Community Building as Crime Control

Author: William DeLeon-Granados

Publisher: UPNE


Category: Social Science

Page: 179

View: 884

Community-based crime reduction programs are not as effective as they should be and often create disturbing and dangerous tensions along class and racial lines, says William DeLeon-Granados in this groundbreaking work. He argues that current strategies remain rooted in a punitive criminal justice system and fail to address the heart of the crime problem. Instead, programs that exploit community power should focus on fostering informal social controls and indigenous problem solving. Going beyond traditional criminological and sociological research methods, DeLeon-Granados traveled across the United States to cities with model community-based programs to experience and observe firsthand efforts to build community and control crime. He visited and lived with public officials and citizens to uncover and assess the strengths and weaknesses of various ways of establishing community-leadership, community policing, citizen mobilization, urban design and planning, and laws. DeLeon-Granados's eloquent narrative style combines peoples' stories with the author's personal reflections and analysis to provide a richly textured, cohesive, and accessible picture of community-building as a response to crime and social problems. Challenging current discourse, the author proposes a new conceptual framework for crime control, asserting that effective problem-solving strategies must restore community strength and forge new relations, connections, and shared values among citizens. DeLeon-Granados offers a fresh perspective on the important relationship between crime and place. This volume will appeal to criminologists, urban sociologists, and general readers alike.

Personal (with bonus short story Not a Drill)

A Jack Reacher Novel

Author: Lee Child

Publisher: Delacorte Press


Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 797

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jack Reacher returns in another fast-moving, action-packed, suspenseful book from Lee Child. You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher—and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott—an American marksman gone bad—is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he’s out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin. If anyone can stop Kott, it’s the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he’d rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they’re facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses—and no backup if they’re caught. All the while Reacher can’t stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won’t let that that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice. Reacher never gets too close. But now a killer is making it personal. BONUS: This edition includes the short story "Not a Drill" and an excerpt from Lee Child's Make Me. Praise for Personal “The best one yet.”—Stephen King “Reacher is the stuff of myth, a great male fantasy. . . . One of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes . . . Child does a masterly job of bringing his adventure to life with endless surprises and fierce suspense.”—The Washington Post “Yet another satisfying page-turner.”—Entertainment Weekly “Reacher is always up for a good fight, most entertainingly when he goes mano a mano with a seven-foot, 300-pound monster of a mobster named Little Joey. But it’s Reacher the Teacher who wows here.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times “Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of. I read every one as soon as it appears.”—Ken Follett “Reacher’s just one of fiction’s great mysterious strangers.”—Maxim “If you like fast-moving thrillers, you’ll want to take a look at this one.”—John Sandford “Fans won’t be disappointed by this suspense-filled, riveting thriller.”—Library Journal (starred review) “Child is the alpha dog of thriller writers, each new book zooming to the top of best-seller lists with the velocity of a Reacher head butt.”—Booklist “Every Reacher novel delivers a jolt to the nervous system.”—Kirkus Reviews


Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want

Author: Nicholas Epley

Publisher: Vintage


Category: Psychology

Page: 272

View: 141

You are a mind reader, born with an extraordinary ability to understand what others think, feel, believe, want, and know. It’s a sixth sense you use every day, in every personal and professional relationship you have. At its best, this ability allows you to achieve the most important goal in almost any life: connecting, deeply and intimately and honestly, to other human beings. At its worst, it is a source of misunderstanding and unnecessary conflict, leading to damaged relationships and broken dreams. How good are you at knowing the minds of others? How well can you guess what others think of you, know who really likes you, or tell when someone is lying? How well do you really understand the minds of those closest to you, from your spouse to your kids to your best friends? Do you really know what your coworkers, employees, competitors, or clients want? In this illuminating exploration of one of the great mysteries of the human mind, University of Chicago psychologist Nicholas Epley introduces us to what scientists have learned about our ability to understand the most complicated puzzle on the planet—other people—and the surprising mistakes we so routinely make. Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others, treating them like objects or animals? Why do we sometimes talk to our cars, or the stars, as if there is a mind that can hear us? Why do we so routinely believe that others think, feel, and want what we do when, in fact, they do not? And why do we believe we understand our spouses, family, and friends so much better than we actually do? Mindwise will not turn other people into open books, but it will give you the wisdom to revolutionize how you think about them—and yourself. From the Hardcover edition.

The Age of Spiritual Machines

When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

Author: Ray Kurzweil

Publisher: Penguin


Category: Computers

Page: 400

View: 847

Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era, an international authority on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living visionaries. Now he offers a framework for envisioning the twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally alters and improves the way we live. Kurzweil's prophetic blueprint for the future takes us through the advances that inexorably result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain by the year 2020 (with human-level capabilities not far behind); in relationships with automated personalities who will be our teachers, companions, and lovers; and in information fed straight into our brains along direct neural pathways. Optimistic and challenging, thought-provoking and engaging, The Age of Spiritual Machines is the ultimate guide on our road into the next century. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Blood In, Blood Out

The Violent Empire of the Aryan Brotherhood

Author: John Lee Brook

Publisher: SCB Distributors


Category: True Crime


View: 906

For the first time, ex-convict John Lee Brook subjects the Aryan Brotherhood to a devastating expose, revealing how the notorious white supremacist prison gang has become perhaps the most powerful criminal organization in America, an achievement much more remarkable considering that the majority of its members remain behind bars, and its infamous Commission-the folkloric threesome, Thomas a Terrible Tom' Silverstein, Tyler a the Hulk' Bingham and Barry a the Baron' Mills-are kept in maximum-security solitary confinement, as the US government makes an open effort to subdue the organization by any means necessary. Despite these efforts, the Aryan Brotherhood continues to thrive, and Blood In, Blood Out demonstrates how a combination of Machiavelli, Nietzsche, meditation, secret codes, brutal violence and sheer will enable its buried puppet masters to continue to tug at the strings of an organization at the forefront of the black market trade in drugs, arms and money laundering. In Blood In, Blood Out, John Lee Brook provides both an extensive overview of the Aryan Brotherhood and a thrilling look at its untold recent history.