Nick Forte has a hard time leaving well enough alone. He seriously injures a man for slapping a woman Forte has never seen before, so when Becky Tuttle comes to him with disconcerting letters sent to her author alter ago Desiree d’Arnaud, he does more than a cursory investigation. Following the thread of Becky’s problem leads through a local cop who takes the situation too lightly for Forte’s taste and into the disturbing world of men’s rights activists, for whom he has no use at all. Becky’s case isn’t the only thing going on in Forte’s life. A chance meeting with Lily O’Donoghue, a former prostitute whose mother’s death Forte feels responsible for, leads to a blackmailer who has videos of Lily’s former occupation. Forte takes care of the blackmailer with minimal fuss, but learns (again) that no good deed goes unpunished. Forte’s innocent intercession brings him back into the sphere of Chicago gangster Mickey Touhy, who has interest in both Lily and Forte. Forte’s usual cast of Sharon, Goose, Delbert, Sonny, Jan, and, of course, his daughter Caroline do what they can to keep him on an even keel. The problem is that Forte’s keel may be permanently damaged and the only resolutions he can arrive at satisfy no one, least of all himself. Praise for BAD SAMARITAN: “Nick Forte is a throwback to the classic tough guy, politically incorrect PI who takes care of business. He’s the kind of guy you’d want working for you, if you were in a tough spot. And Dana King is a master at creating a low-down, dirty world where everyone needs a someone like Forte on his side.” —Charles Salzberg, author of the Henry Swann mysteries “Tough, taut, unsentimental, and as hard-boiled as a dinosaur egg; Dana King delivers a private-eye procedural that would make Joe Gores proud.” —David Housewright, Edgar Award-winning author of Darkness, Sing Me a Song “Dana King’s Nick Forte is a two-fisted, no-nonsense PI in the tradition of Amos Walker and Mike Hammer, who is aware of his strengths and willing to confront his weaknesses. Don’t pick up Bad Samaritan if you can’t take a punch.”—J.L. Abramo, Shamus Award-winning author of Circling the Runway “Dana King is such a terrific writer that if he wrote soup label copy, I’d have a cupboard full of tomato, mushroom and chicken noodle soup… and never open a can. The good news is that he has a new book out titled Bad Samaritan and once again, King doesn’t disappoint. His bad-ass detective, Nick Forte, is after nasty guys who abuse and exploit women and since these jerks operate in Chicago, they’re in a world of hurt as Nick also lives in Chicago and doesn’t suffer creeps gladly. Full-bore action coming at you on every page. Glom onto this one—you’ll thank me if you do.” —Les Edgerton, author of The Bitch, The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping, The Rapist, Just Like That and others
Sister Agatha of the Our Lady of Hope monastery in Bernalillo, New Mexico has become reknowned—and occasionally infamous— for her crime solving skills. Now she must bring her skills to bear on her most important case yet—her friend and ally Sheriff Tom Green is a suspect in the brutal murder of his rival in the upcoming election.
The Bad Samaritan is set in a kleptomaniac and highly corrupt imaginary African country called Ewawa. Due to mismanagement, financial institutions collapse. Salaries are slashed and there is unprecedented unemployment leading to country exodus. Professor Esole and his wife are not only aggrieved by the salary slashes, but also by the dubious closure of the Post Office Savings Bank with their savings. Desperate for money, they resort to borrowing from private sources at exorbitant interest rates. Esole toddles into politics with the aim of righting things. Will his naive approach to politics make or mar?"
When British policemen Charlie Pearce and Mike Oddie investigate the unsurprising murder of the village parish Lothario, they question Rosemary Sheffield, the vicar’s wife. Rosemary, who has recently “lost” her faith and been accused of immoral behavior with a Yugoslavian refugee, makes a perfect suspect. Another winning combination of plot, character, and wit from Barnard.
In March 1990, 13 works of art, then valued at over $300 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, by thieves who gained entry posing as police officers. The robbery gained worldwide attention and speculation was rife as to who could have carried out this audacious heist. The robbers were never identified - although the FBI suspected an organised crime syndicate, based in New England. A reward of $10 million for information leading to recovery of the lost masterpieces remains unclaimed. In September 2015, June Harper is kidnapped from Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is personal assistant to Megan Anderson, the chief pharmacist. The investigation is led by FBI special agents Ruth Rowland and Lawrence Brooks. The main problem in identifying the perpetrator is that there is no obvious motive for the abduction - the case becomes even more complicated when June's husband, Ryan, is murdered a few days later. Although separated by 25 years, these three crimes - robbery, kidnap, murder - are linked. But how?
Newly rich, married, and bored, Brock investigates an upper-class tragedy. Private detective Brock Callahan, onetime star of the Los Angeles Rams, is racing toward a touchdown when the morgue's phone call wakes him up. His only rich relative, Uncle Homer, has just flown through the windshield of his midlife-crisis Ferrari, and Brock will never have to work again. The private detective hangs up his license, marries his longtime girlfriend, and decamps for the California hills -- where he finds life among the nouveau riche to be duller than he ever imagined. However, there is one old lady -- the quick-witted Maude Marner -- who charms the old jock. But the day after she drops hints that she might have some work for him, she is found dead, having choked to death on her car's exhaust in a gruesome apparent suicide. As Brock digs into the dark corners of upper-crust suburbia, he finds that no matter how you dress it up, murder is always déclassé.
This smart, sexy financial thriller with a sense of humor is also a roman clef, illuminating the financial skullduggery that almost destroyed the world economy. Never has a financial crisis been such fun, as The Bad Samaritan puts the thrill back in thriller. Blithe, a prostitute, and Cole, a homeless man and convicted child molester, encounter some really bad people. Scoundrels become heroes, heroes transmogrify into scoundrels and a bullet from Blithes gun kills a beloved captain of industry. With Blithe under arrest for a murder she probably didnt commit, only Cole can save her. To do so he needs to extricate himself from a scheme to bring about a total economic collapse. Desperate, he turns to the most depraved person he knows.
The ACLU's Relentless Campaign to Erase Faith from the Public Square
Author: Jerome R. Corsi
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
Category: Political Science
A new and scorching expose of the American Civil Liberties Union, examining its history, goals, tactics, funding, and the war it daily wages against faith and the legacy of the Founding Fathers. Since its founding in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union has championed from the political left a war against God. It haspursued through legal challenges a concerted effort to remove from the public arena of the United States any reference to the Judeo-Christian tradition our Founding Fathers considered fundamental to our freedoms. Bad Samaritans seeks not only to document the ACLU's history and its financing, but to argue that the ACLU's godless legal agenda has turned contemporary American politics away from the openly professed religion of our Founding Fathers. Fundamentally, what the ACLU has sought to achieve involves a subtle redirection of the underlying American political philosophy to the radical political left, embracing, without openly admitting it was doing so, a radical atheistic social agenda that Marxists could embrace.Thus, we have gone from Thomas Jefferson's admonition to separate Church and State to avoid establishing a state religion, to a conviction that God should be erased entirely from the public arena, even if that involves rewriting history.Similarly, we have abandoned the protection of all life from conception to advocate a "woman's right to choose," even if that choice involves allowing abortion at will. Corsi argues that in the balance stands not onlythe future of the American family, but also the security of our constitutional republic itself.
The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations and the Threat to Global Prosperity
Author: Ha-Joon Chang
Publisher: Random House
Category: Developing countries
Using irreverent wit, an engagingly personal style, and a battery of examples, Chang blasts holes in the "World Is Flat" orthodoxy of Thomas Friedman and other liberal economists who argue that only unfettered capitalism and wide-open international trade can lift struggling nations out of poverty.
With wide public support in 1994, Congress established more than sixty new capital crimes. In Justice in the Shadow of Death, Davis argues that, if the United States is ever to join the majority of the world in abolishing capital punishment, opponents of the death penalty must make a stronger philosophical case against it. He systematically dissects the arguments in favor of capital punishment and demonstrates why they are philosophically superior to opposing arguments. Justice in the Shadow of Death is an important book for philosophers, political theorists, policy analysts, and criminal justice specialists.