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Place Of Execution

By Val McDermid
  • ISBN Code: : 144340182X
  • Publisher : HarperCollins Canada
  • Pages : 560
  • Category : Fiction
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Winter 1963: two children have disappeared in Manchester; the murderous careers of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady have begun. On a freezing day in December, another child goes missing: 13-year-old Alison Carter vanishes from the isolated Derbyshire hamlet of Scardale. For the young George Bennett it is the beginning of his most difficult and harrowing case: a murder with no body, an investigation with more dead ends and closed faces than he'd have found in the inner city; an outcome that reverberates down the years. Decades later he tells his story to journalist Catherine Heathcote, but just when her book is poised for publication, Bennett tries to pull the plug. He has new information that he will not divulge, and that threatens the very foundation of his existence. Catherine is forced to reinvestigate the past, with results that turn the world upside down. A taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multilayered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know...

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  • Members : 371
  • Pdf File: sins.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Resist everything, apart from temptation... A sumptuous and decadent tale from the international mega-seller.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Revised and Updated

By Chris McChesney,Sean Covey,Jim Huling,Scott Thele,Beverly Walker
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1982156996
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 382
  • Pdf File: the-4-disciplines-of-execution.pdf

Book Short Summary:

For fans of Good to Great and The First 90 Days, The Four Disciplines of Execution is the book “every leader should read” (Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma) for creating lasting organizational change. A #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller with more than 500,000 copies sold, The Four Disciplines of Execution will radically change your business. 4DX® is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that represents a new way of thinking essential to thriving in today’s competitive climate, making this 2nd Edition a book that no business leader can afford to miss. The 2nd Edition provides more than 30 percent new content, including insight on topics such as: -How 4DX impacts leaders of leaders. -The one metric that sustains execution for the long term. -Three leadership mindsets required for strategic commitment. -Utilizing technology for compelling executive scoreboards. The 4 Disciplines of Execution are used by more than 100,000 teams around the world in business, government, and education, and are changing how teams and organizations achieve their most important goals. The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following the 4 Disciplines—Focus on the Wildly Important; Act on Lead Measures; Keep a Compelling Scoreboard; Create a Cadence of Accountability—leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams.

City of Gold and Shadows

By Ellis Peters
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  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Book Code : 1504027175
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 620
  • Pdf File: city-of-gold-and-shadows.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A recent murder in Wales leads Detective Inspector Felse to the mysterious disappearance of an architect and a case dating back to ancient Rome. When archaeologist Alan Morris disappears in Turkey, his great-niece, Charlotte, regrets never having gotten to know him better. In an attempt to better understand him, Charlotte begins reading the books he wrote. One of them leads her to visit the Roman site of Aurae Phiala on the Welsh border—the last place her great-uncle worked before leaving for Turkey. But when Charlotte arrives, she finds more than just a few old stones. . . . First there is a charming young man, coincidentally staying at the same hotel, who is very insistent on being her guide. Then a troublesome schoolboy disappears and a corpse is found. Detective Chief Inspector George Felse is called in to solve a case with origins in ancient Rome. City of Gold and Shadows is the 12th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Cross and Burn

By Val McDermid
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Book Code : 0802192920
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 844
  • Pdf File: cross-and-burn.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan—the UK crime fighting partners from the TV series Wire in the Blood—face down a serial killer. International bestselling crime writer Val McDermid’s work speaks for itself: her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, won numerous accolades, and attracted a devoted following of readers around the globe. Cross and Burn picks up where The Retribution left off: following the best crime-fighting team in the UK—clinical psychologist Tony Hill and police detective Carol Jordan—who when we last saw them were barely speaking, and whose relationship will now be challenged even further. But just because they’re not talking doesn’t mean the killing stops. Women are being murdered—ones who bear an unsettling resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer. Cornered by events, Tony and Carol are forced to fight for themselves and each other as never before. “McDermid is as smooth a practitioner of crime fiction as anyone out there . . . She’s the best we’ve got.” —The New York Times Book Review

Great House: A Novel

By Nicole Krauss
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  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Book Code : 0393080366
  • Total of Pages : 289
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 196
  • Pdf File: great-house.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in Fiction Winner of the 2011 ABA Indies Choice Honor Award in Fiction Winner of the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award Shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize in Fiction A powerful, soaring novel about a stolen desk that contains the secrets, and becomes the obsession, of the lives it passes through. For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochet’s secret police; one day a girl claiming to be the poet’s daughter arrives to take it away, sending the writer’s life reeling. Across the ocean, in the leafy suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers, among her papers, a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer slowly reassembles his father’s study, plundered by the Nazis in Budapest in 1944. Connecting these stories is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or have given it away. As the narrators of Great House make their confessions, the desk takes on more and more meaning, and comes finally to stand for all that has been taken from them, and all that binds them to what has disappeared. Great House is a story haunted by questions: What do we pass on to our children and how do they absorb our dreams and losses? How do we respond to disappearance, destruction, and change? Nicole Krauss has written a soaring, powerful novel about memory struggling to create a meaningful permanence in the face of inevitable loss. "This is a novel about the long journey of a magnificent desk as it travels through the twentieth century from one owner to the next. It is also a novel about love, exile, the defilements of war, and the restorative power of language."—National Book Award citation

Wire In The Blood

By Val McDermid
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins Canada
  • Book Code : 1443401803
  • Total of Pages : 496
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 904
  • Pdf File: wire-in-the-blood.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Val McDermid stunned readers and critics alike with the publication of her brilliant thriller A Place Of Execution, which won the Anthony, McCavity, and the Los Angeles Times awards. Now in The Wire In The Blood, she continues her trademark ingenuity for suspense as criminal profiler Tony Hill must find a killer like none other he's ever encountered before... Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. Authorities are convinced they're runaways with just the bad luck of the draw to connect them. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find... He's handsome and talented, rich and famous -- a notorious charmer with the power to seduce. And the will to destroy. No one can believe what he's capable of. No one can imagine what he's already done. And no one can fathom what he's about to do next. Until one of Hill's students is murdered -- the first move in a sick and violent game for three players. Now, of all the killers Hill and Jordan have hunted, none has been so ruthless, so terrifyingly clever, and so brilliantly elusive as the killer who's hunting them...

A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse

By Richard Ward
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137444010
  • Total of Pages : 313
  • Category : History
  • Members : 408
  • Pdf File: a-global-history-of-execution-and-the-criminal-corpse.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Through studies of beheaded Irish traitors, smugglers hung in chains on the English coast, suicides subjected to the surgeon's knife in Dresden and the burial of executed Nazi war criminals, this volume provides a fresh perspective on the history of capital punishment. The chapters 'Introduction: A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse' and 'The Gibbet in the Landscape: Locating the Criminal Corpse in Mid-Eighteenth-Century England' are open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

A Place for God

By Graham James
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1472945247
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 428
  • Pdf File: a-place-for-god.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In The Lent Factor, Graham James wrote about 40 people (one for each day of Lent) who had inspired him and helped to shape his spiritual journey. In this new book he turns his attention to places, from the Flinders Ranges in Australia to Devil's Island (French Guiana) via the Holy Land, Center Parcs and Holborn Underground Station. As with the previous book, each chapter of A Place for God offers a daily reflection, beginning with a suggested Bible reading and ending with a short prayer, and employing the same engaging combination of autobiography, history and spirituality. Some of the locations are well known and others very obscure: what they have in common is the part they have played in the author's life, in enabling his 'discovery of the divine in the landscape and the built environment, and of a God who always locates himself in our world, supremely revealed in Jesus of Nazareth'.