A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away


Author: Christopher Brookmyre
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748132007
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
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The first book in the Angelique De Xavier series, from author Christopher Brookmyre. Back when they were students, just like everybody else, Ray Ash and Simon Darcourt had dreams about what they'd do when they grew up. In both their cases, it was to be rock stars. Fifteen years later, their mid-thirties are bearing down fast, and just like everybody else, they're having to accept the less glamorous hands reality has dealt them. Nervous new father Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games. People say he needs to grow up, but everybody has to find their own way of coping. For some it's affairs, for others it's the bottle, and for Simon it's serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.

Quite Ugly One Morning


Author: Christopher Brookmyre
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748132031
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Yeah, yeah, the usual. A crime. A corpse. A killer. Heard it. Except this stiff happens to be a Ponsonby, scion of a venerable Edinburgh medical clan, and the manner of his death speaks of unspeakable things. Why is the body displayed like a slice of beef? How come his hands are digitally challenged? And if it's not the corpse, what is that awful smell? A post-Thatcherite nightmare of frightening plausibility, QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING is a wickedly entertaining and vivacious thriller, full of acerbic wit, cracking dialogue and villains both reputed and shell-suited.

Pandaemonium


Author: Christopher Brookmyre
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748114769
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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The senior pupils of St Peter's High School are on retreat to a secluded outdoor activity centre, coming to terms with the murder of a fellow pupil through the means you would expect: counselling, contemplation, candid discussion and even prayer - not to mention booze, drugs, clandestine liaisons and as much partying as they can get away with. Not so far away, the commanders of a top-secret military experiment, long-since spiralled out of control, fear they may have literally unleashed the forces of Hell. Two very different worlds are on a collision course, and will clash in an earthly battle between science and the supernatural, philosophy and faith, civilisation and savagery. The bookies are offering evens.

One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night


Author: Christopher Brookmyre
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748131981
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Gavin is creating a unique 'holiday experience', every facility any tourist who hates abroad will ever want, will all be available on a converted North Sea oil rig. To test the facilities he's hosting a reunion for his old school (none of his ex-classmates can remember him, but what the heck, it's free). He is so busy showing off that he doesn't notice that another group have invited themselves along -- a collection of terrorist mercenaries who are occasionally of more danger to themselves than to the public. And they in turn are unaware that Inspector MacGregor has got wind of their activities. Within twenty-four hours Gavin's dream has blown to the four winds, along with a lot of other things. Fast, rabidly funny, and seriously over the top.

Country of the Blind


Author: Christopher Brookmyre
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802193870
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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The murder of a controversial Scottish media mogul ignites “a high-octane political thriller doused in stinging satire” (The Sunday Times). Just when left-leaning journalist Jack Parlabane trades in his muckraking career for domestic quietude, the muck comes calling. Conservative tabloid tycoon Roland Voss, his wife, and their two ineffectual bodyguards have been found at Voss’s country estate with their throats slit. An arrest has been made, the media is pouncing, and Parlabane smells a fix. So does public defender Nicole Carrow. The pigeon is her former client, a harmless Robin Hood burglar now accused of breaking parole most spectacularly. But this is no simple frame-up. It’s more of a high-end conspiracy. Parlabane and Carrow are determined to do right—even as so many things are about to go wrong. Jack Parlabane, the hero of Christopher Brookmyre’s acclaimed series returns—along with the author’s trademark “sassy, nasty fast style of . . . Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen” (The Guardian). “Brookmyre . . . twists his plotlines, throws out terrific one-liners, piles up corpses and contrives narrow escapes with the impeccable timing of a Swiss watchmaker. If there’s a code for fulfilling the requirements of a witty crime caper, surely he’s cracked it.” —The New York Times “A biting, violent, fiendishly funny story of bribery, blackmail, and murder in high places . . . for all lovers of hip, intelligent, action-packed crime thrillers.” —Booklist

Be My Enemy


Author: Christopher Brookmyre
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748131930
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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It was a junket, a freebie. A 'team-building' weekend in the highlands for lawyers, advertising execs, businessmen, even the head of a charity. Oh, and a journalist, specially solicited for his renowned and voluble scepticism - Jack Parlabane. Amid the flying paintballs and flowing Shiraz even the most cynical admit the organisers have pulled some surprises - stalkers in the forest, power cuts in the night, mass mobile phone thefts, disappearing staff, disappearing guests: there's nothing can bring out people's hidden strengths or break down inter-personal barriers quite like not having a clue what's going on and being scared out of your wits. However, when the only vehicular access for thirty miles is cut off it seems that events are being orchestrated not just for pleasure ... And that's before they find the first body. Thereafter, 'finding out who your colleagues really are' is not so much an end product as the key to reaching Monday morning alive.

The Sacred Art Of Stealing


Author: Christopher Brookmyre
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748131965
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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The second book in the Angelique De Xavier series, from author Christopher Brookmyre. Their eyes met across a crowded room. She was just a poor servant girl and he was the son of a rich industrialist. Er, no, this is a Christopher Brookmyre novel, although the eyes meeting across a crowded room part is true. Where it differs from the fairy tales is that the room in question was crowded with hostages and armed bank-robbers, and his eyes were the only part of him she could see behind the mask. He is an art-thief par excellence and she is a connoisseur of crooks. Her job is to hunt him to extinction; his is to avoid being caught and he also has a secret agenda more valuable than anything he might steal. There are risks he can take without jeopardising his plans. He can afford to play cat-and-mouse with the female cop who's on his tail; it might even arguably be necessary. What he can't afford is to let her get too close: he could could end up in jail or, even more scary, he could end up in love ...

The Routledge Guide to Modern English Writing

Britain and Ireland
Author: John McRae,Ronald Carter
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415286367
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 216
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In 1963 President John F. Kennedy was shot, Sylvia Plath published The Bell Jar, and the Beatles were in their prime. This was a changing world, which British and Irish writers both contributed to and reflected in drama, poetry and prose. The Routledge Guide to Modern English Writing tells the story of British and Irish writing from 1963 to the present. From the first performance of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in the 1960s to lad novels and Chick Lit in the twenty-first century, the authors guide the reader through the major writers, genres and developments in English writing over the past forty years. Providing an in-depth overview of the main genres and extensive treatment of a wide range of writers including Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Angela Carter, Benjamin Zephaniah and Nick Hornby, this highly readable handbook also offers notes on language issues, quotations from selected works, a timeline and a guide to other works. Written by the authors of The Routledge History of Literature in English (second edition, 2001), The Routledge Guide to Modern English Writing is essential reading for all readers of contemporary writing.

Be My Enemy Or, Fuck this for a Game of Soldiers


Author: Christopher Brookmyre
Publisher: Little Brown GBR
ISBN: 9780316725224
Category: Executives
Page: 390
View: 4147
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It was a junket, a freebie. A 'team-building' weekend in the highlands for lawyers, advertising execs, businessmen, even the head of a charity. Oh, and a journalist, specially solicited for his renowned and voluble scepticism - Jack Parlabane. Amid the flying paintballs and flowing Shiraz even the most cynical admit the organisers have pulled some surprises - stalkers in the forest, power cuts in the night, mass mobile phone thefts, disappearing staff, disappearing guests: there's nothing can bring out people's hidden strengths or break down inter-personal barriers quite like not having a clue what's going on and being scared out of your wits. However, when the only vehicular access for thirty miles is cut off it seems that events are being orchestrated not just for pleasure ... And that's before they find the first body. Thereafter, 'finding out who your colleagues really are' is not so much an end product as the key to reaching Monday morning alive. Visit the author's website at www.brookmyre.co.uk

My Bloody Efforts

Life as a Rating in the modern Royal Navy
Author: Stephen Bridgman MBE
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781477218020
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 676
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In May 2000 the British nuclear ‘hunter-killer’ submarine HMS Tireless limped into Gibraltar using emergency propulsion and with her nuclear reactor shut down. Days earlier, while traversing the Straits of Sicily the crew had discovered a crack in one of the nuclear reactor pipes, requiring the immediate shutting down of the reactor to prevent a potential reactor accident, an operation never before conducted on a British submarine at sea. Th e previous six days had been a difficult time for the crew of the submarine. Initial indications of a nuclear reactor defect had quickly escalated into a full scale potential nuclear reactor accident at sea, requiring decisive action by the crew to make the reactor safe, to identify the defect and attempt to repair the reactor, and then to surface the submarine and to sail her safely back to the nearest safe harbor using emergency propulsion machinery designed for very limited use. The resulting lack of electrical power resulted in the crew having to sacrifice lighting, air-conditioning, bathing facilities and even hot food until their return to harbor, and to suffer in the excessively hot interior of the boat. Throughout, there remained the fear of exposure to deadly radiation and the uncertainty that the reactor might still be one step away from a major accident. For one man onboard, this episode formed the culmination of a 25 year naval engineering career almost fated for this moment. Charge Chief Stephen Bridgman, the senior nuclear propulsion technician, had needed all of his engineering knowledge and experience in the identification and eventual repair of the submarine reactor, subsequently being awarded an MBE together with a colleague for his services to naval engineering for his actions. This book provides an insight into a remarkable naval career starting as a 16 year old Stoker on the final ‘proper’ British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal in 1977, through the Falklands War, being selected for naval technician training and submarine service, submarine training, submarine patrols in the supposed ‘post cold-war’ period, the Kosovo conflict, progression through the ranks, submarine refi t and refueling through to the nuclear reactor accident onboard HMS Tireless. While there are countless accounts of naval life during wartime, this book tells the unique story of life as a British naval rating in the modern era, starting from the lowest level at a time of decline for the Royal Navy in the late 1970s, and paralleling the major political and military events of the 1980s and 1990s.

Corporate Caterpillars


Author: Ron J. West
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1475994028
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 200
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Early in my career I felt driven to write a book about my experiences as a newly qualified microelectronics engineer. Something about the holistic nature of engineering had me buy my first journal and write the first few pages. As my career developed and I moved into management (I was a terrible designer), I bought more journals and started writing this book again and again. More than 25 years of inspiring change and growth in companies large and small and 30 incomplete journals, I finally started Corporate Caterpillars - How to Grow Wings. This book does not profess to make the business of business easy. It is not modeled on a single analogy like the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, nor does it reduce the concept to a set of simple steps. What it does strive to do is to recognize the richness of reasons why we often seem to be left with few choices. This book shows how to move from a world of limited options to a realm of limitless possibilities, whether for an individual or for an enterprise. This book is designed to inspire. It provides a kind of "blueprint" you can use to create your own individual and corporate transformation to move from limited to limitless. Everything shows up exactly when it is supposed to. You are holding this book perhaps because you feel that either you or your company is stuck in some way. As an individual maybe you have caught yourself repeating a pattern to sabotage your efforts to get to where you want to be. Perhaps you are a CEO, CFO, president, vice president, department manager, or project leader. Probably you are a business leader in a position to effect change in your organization; maybe your enterprise is a small family business or an international conglomerate. It matters not whether your company is a for-profit or a not-for profit, a public or a private enterprise, this book will help you transform both you and your company.

Rule 34


Author: Charles Stross
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748116354
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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DI Liz Kavanaugh: You realise policing internet porn is your life and your career went down the pan five years ago. But when a fetishist dies on your watch, the Rule 34 Squad moves from low priority to worryingly high profile. Anwar: As an ex-con, you'd like to think your identity fraud days are over. Especially as you've landed a legit job (through a shady mate). Although now that you're Consul for a shiny new Eastern European Republic, you've no idea what comes next. The Toymaker: Your meds are wearing off and people are stalking you through Edinburgh's undergrowth. But that's OK, because as a distraction, you're project manager of a sophisticated criminal operation. But who's killing off potential recruits? So how do bizarre domestic fatalities, dodgy downloads and a European spamming network fit together? The more DI Kavanaugh learns, the less she wants to find out.

All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye


Author: Christopher Brookmyre
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748131949
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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As a teenager Jane Bell had dreamt of playing in the casinos of Monte Carlo in the company of James Bond, but in her punk phase she'd got herself pregnant and by the time she reaches forty-six she's a grandmother, her dreams as dry as the dust her Dyson sucks up from her hall carpet every day. Then her son Ross, a researcher working for an arms manufacturer in Switzerland, is forced to disappear before some characters cut from the same cloth as Blofeld persuade him to part with the secrets of his research. But they are not the only ones desperate to locate him. A team of security experts is hired by Ross's firm: headed by the enigmatic Bett, his staff have little in common apart from total professionalism and a thorough disregard for the law. Bett believes the key to Ross's whereabouts is his mother, and in one respect he is right, but even he is taken aback by the verve underlying her determination to secure her son's safety as she learns the black arts of quiet subterfuge and violent attack. The teenage dreams of fast cars, high-tech firepower and extreme action had always promised to be fun and games, but in real life it's likely someone is going to lose an eye ... Visit the author's website at www.brookmyre.co.uk

Race and Religion in the Postcolonial British Detective Story

Ten Essays
Author: Julie H. Kim
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786421754
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 252
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"The ten essays in this work examine the changing nature of British detective fiction. British detective writers are overwhelmingly white, and the essays here explore how these authors delve into ethnic diversity without the benefit of first-hand experien

Alcoholicos Anonimos


Author: Alcoholicos Anonimos,AA World Services
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781607967200
Category: Self-Help
Page: 196
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Este libro presenta conceptos básicos sobre la rehabilitación del alcoholismo y cuenta las historias de hombres y mujeres quienes se han rehabilitado.

La ladrona de libros


Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: DEBOLS!LLO
ISBN: 8426419860
Category: Fiction
Page: 544
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Una novela preciosa, tremendamente humana y emocionante, que describe las peripecias de una niña alemana de nueve años desde que es dada en adopción por su madre hasta el final de la II Guerra Mundial. Érase una vez un pueblo donde las noches eran largas y la muerte contaba su propia historia. En el pueblo vivía una niña que quería leer, un hombre que tocaba el acordeón y un joven judío que escribía bellos cuentos para escapar del horror de la guerra. Al cabo de un tiempo, la niña se convirtió en una ladrona que robaba libros y regalaba palabras. Con estas palabras se escribió una historia hermosa y cruel que ahora ya es una novela inolvidable. La crítica ha dicho... «La ladrona de libros deslumbra por sus extraordinarios personajes, su capacidad de emocionar sin clichés y, ante todo, por su omnipresente reflexión sobre el valor de las palabras.» Ricard Ruiz Garzón, El Periódico de Catalunya «La esperanza de Liesel es inexpugnable... Los lectores jóvenes necesitan este tipo de alternativas a la rigidez ideológica, así como exploraciones sobre la importancia de las historias. Y, pensándolo bien, también los adultos.» The New York Times «Elegante, filosófica, conmovedora, bella e importante.» Kirkus Reviews «Merece estar junto al Diario de Ana Frank en nuestra biblioteca.» USA Today «Una narrativa extraordinaria.» SLJ «Zusak no endulza nada, pero logra que un tema aparentemente triste resulte tolerable tal como lo hizo Kurt Vonnegut en Matadero cinco: con un humor sombrío, reconfortante.» Time Magazine «Un gran logro. [...] Un libro desafiante en extensión y tema.» Publishers Weekly «Uno de los libros más esperados en años.» The Wall Street Journal

El hombre de los dados


Author: Luke Rhinehart
Publisher: Malpaso Ediciones SL
ISBN: 8416665001
Category: Fiction
Page: 571
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Un exitoso psiquiatra neoyorquino que comparte nombre con el narrador de esta historia entra en crisis existencial (o más bien en barrena) y comienza a poner en duda los procedimientos "científicos" que lo han convertido en una eminencia. Esa perpleja lucidez lo llevará a defender el azar como paliativo de la neurosis y los dados como antídoto contra el agobio de la libertad. Entregado a la tiranía de lo aleatorio, el médico de almas se abandona a una alegre espiral de sexo, drogas, violencia y patrañas que, paradójicamente (o no), le abre de nuevo las puertas del prestigio social: miles de chalados lo admiran con fervorosa devoción y de pronto se ve a la cabeza y a los pies de una secta descabellada. Ha fundado un culto de seis caras. Su gozo en un pozo dadaísta.

El diario completamente verídico de un indio a tiempo parcial


Author: Sherman Alexie
Publisher: Siruela
ISBN: 8417308261
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 268
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National Book Award al mejor libro juvenil en 2007. Elegido por la revista Time como el Mejor Libro para Jóvenes de todos los tiempos. Arnold Spirit Junior, un ingenioso dibujante de viñetas de catorce años que recibe collejas todo el tiempo por ser torpe, tartamudo y llevar unas horribles gafas torcidas, decide ir a un instituto para blancos que está muy lejos de la reserva india donde vive con su familia. Seguro que allí también se burlarán de él, pero quizá tenga la oportunidad de probarle a todos que se equivocan. Junior afrontará la vida con ingenio y humor para descubrir una fuerza interior cuya existencia desconocía. Con las agudas viñetas de Ellen Forney, esta es la increíble historia de un joven nativo americano que se rebela contra su destino. «Los personajes de la obra de Alexie no son los típicos indios [...]. No son unas víctimas trágicas ni esos nobles salvajes [...] escuchan a Jimi Hendrix y a Hank Williams; sueñan con ser estrellas del baloncesto [...]. Y, al contrario que la mayoría de los indios de las historias de ficción, estos son a veces divertidos». The New York Times

Te dejé ir


Author: Clare Mackintosh
Publisher: DEBOLS!LLO
ISBN: 8466336192
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
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El thriller psicológico ganador del Theakston Old Peculier a la mejor novela policíaca del año. Un libro que no te dejará ir. «Escalofriante, absorbente, una novela muy bien hecha con un giro bestial.» Paula Hawkins, autora de La chica del tren Todo sucedió muy rápido. No podría haberlo evitado... ¿o sí? En un solo segundo, el mundo de Jenna Gray se ha convertido en una pesadilla. Su único deseo ahora es huir para empezar una nueva vida lejos de todo. Desesperada por escapar, alquila una pequeña casa en la costa de Gales, esperando encontrar allí el modo de olvidar. Poco a poco, Jenna empezará a vislumbrar la luz de un futuro. Sin embargo, la persiguen sus miedos, una pena insoportable y el recuerdo de una oscura noche de noviembre que cambió su vida para siempre. Porque nadie puede huir de su pasado... y el pasado está a punto de alcanzarla. Reseñas: «Un thriller inteligente que hace gala de una escritura de calidad, personajes atractivos y unos giros argumentales alucinantes.» Booklist «El tipo de libro que deja huella en el lector hasta mucho después de la secuencia final.» Kirkus Reviews «Me dejó absolutamente de piedra.» Peter James «Extremadamente convincente. Más, por favor.» Sunday Mirror «Un debut sensacional [...], una trama de extraordinaria intensidad que arrastra consigo al lector y no lo suelta ni un solo momento [...], con unos giros inesperados y portentosos.» Daily Mail «Un thriller psicológico que te mantiene en vilo en todo momento con unos giros sorprendentes.» Daily Express «El giro argumental te deja sin aliento [...]. Supera aPerdida y aLa chica del tren.» Loose Women «Una vuelta de tuerca brillante. [...] Absolutamente fantástica.» Woman

LAS AVENTURAS DE TOM SAWYER


Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: Almadraba
ISBN: 8483088657
Category:
Page: N.A
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Las aventuras de Tom Sawyer narra las andanzas de un chico, Tom Sawyer, y de su amigo Huckleberry Finn, a orillas del Misisipí. La novela está inspirada en los recuerdos de la infancia y la adolescencia del propio Mark Twain, plasmados con sencillez y gran sentido del humor. La obra consiguió un gran éxito y Tom Sawyer se convirtió rápidamente en uno de los personajes más importantes y queridos de la literatura norteamericana.