Duchlan Castle is a gloomy, forbidding place in the Scottish Highlands. Late one night the body of Mary Gregor, is found in the castle, stabbed to death in her bedroom - but the room is locked from within and the windows are barred. The only clue to the culprit is a silver fish´s scale, left on the floor next to Mary´s body.
In suburban Georgetown a killer´s Reeboks whisper on the front floor of a posh home... In a seedy D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death... The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief... To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder -- a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds there is only one person she can trust -- an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak hotter than Watergate -- to help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House´s inner sanctums, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For somone has read Darby´s brief. Someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthinkable crime.
Since 9/11, why have we won smashing battlefield victories only to botch nearly everything that comes next? In the opening phases of war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, we mopped the floor with our enemies. But in short order, things went horribly wrong. We soon discovered we had no coherent plan to manage the ´´day after.´´ The ensuing debacles had truly staggering consequences-many thousands of lives lost, trillions of dollars squandered, and the apparent discrediting of our foreign policy establishment. This helped set the stage for an extraordinary historical moment in which America´s role in the world, along with our commitment to democracy at home and abroad, have become subject to growing doubt. With the benefit of hindsight, can we discern what went wrong? Why have we had such great difficulty planning for the aftermath of war? In The Day After , Brendan Gallagher-an Army lieutenant colonel with multiple combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, and a Princeton Ph.D.-seeks to tackle this vital question. Gallagher argues there is a tension between our desire to create a new democracy and our competing desire to pull out as soon as possible. Our leaders often strive to accomplish both to keep everyone happy. But by avoiding the tough underlying decisions, it fosters an incoherent strategy. This makes chaos more likely. The Day After draws on new interviews with dozens of civilian and military officials, ranging from US cabinet secretaries to four-star generals. It also sheds light on how, in Kosovo, we lowered our postwar aims to quietly achieve a surprising partial success. Striking at the heart of what went wrong in our recent wars, and what we should do about it, Gallagher asks whether we will learn from our mistakes, or provoke even more disasters? Human lives, money, elections, and America´s place in the world may hinge on the answer.
Where can you find the 5 most irresistible indoor street food trucks in Berlin? What are the 5 best shops if you´re looking for Berlin fashion? And what are the 5 most beautiful parks with a genuine Berlin spirit? The 500 Hidden Secrets of Berlin reveals these good-to-know addresses and many more. It´s an affectionate guide to the city ; written by Berlin explorer Nathalie Dewalhens. She has selected places and details that few people know ; like an open-air bar next to the river Spree with a wooden dance floor and a fairytale hut ; a crane house with a café ; located in a post-GDR industrial area ; or a beautiful tango venue in a former warehouse from 1908. This is a book for visitors who want to avoid the usual tourist spots and for residents who are keen to track down the city´s best-kept secrets. After having travelled the world Nathalie Dewalhens now considers Berlin as her home. She is working on her first novel there ; preferably while sipping a latte in a bar. Philip Bögle is a Berlin based photographer who thinks of his hometown as a city that never sleeps ; and as the perfect place to live and work ; capturing moments ; people and fashion.
´´... I am drowning in your eyes, as in a black but warm abyss. It seems that only now in front of me were the pupils of your eyes - and the next second I am surrounded by the black vacuum of a starless space. Lightning seems to spark around, a gusty wind is blowing, the sun is shining and some people are jostling, the floor vibrates underfoot, and people live somewhere outside of this abyss and it is snowing. The body is in some kind of moving transport, but my dark eyes took control of my soul and soul. And I do not have the strength to look away to the other side, look at someone´s other back or the back of my head, I don´t have the strength to just look at you, completely, from head to toe. I see only the darkness of your eyes in front of me, and I freeze in it like a fly in a pitch, which will later become precious amber. I can not imagine you all entirely, to try to realize you as a living person, and not an invention of a science fiction writer. You rather look like a hero of a love story, a handsome man who was born and grew up on the shores of the warm overseas sea, the unfortunate one whom the fate-villain brought into the snowy regions of the planet. What are you still doing here? In the insatiable belly of human transport, intended for the ordinary stratum of the population, for mere mortals? Why don´t you travel on your own private plane somewhere in the upper atmosphere, or a car in a parallel universe? Does this mean all that you, like any fiction of my imagination, only when you go out into the street will you disappear into a snowy mist of gray everyday life ...? ´´
This double-sided foldout book takes you on a fascinating journey deep underground. One side of the foldout shows the ground beneath the city, whilst the reverse side shows the ground beneath the countryside. The underground scenes include tunnels and pipes, creatures´ burrows, layers of rock and the planet´s molten core, and run seamlessly into the next. Mixing urban and rural settings, covering subjects such as geology, archaeology and natural history, The Street Beneath My Feet offers children the opportunity to explore their world through a detailed learning experience. And its fold-out, ´laperello´ style, which extends to 2.5 metres in length, is ideal for spreading out on the floor to pore over for hours.
An exiled prince, his bodyguard, and the bartender they can´t seem to leave alone... Meet Theo, Galen, and Meg in this sexy MMF series! Meg Sanders has spent her life playing by the rules-until tonight. It´s her birthday and she´s determined to be a little wild and a whole lot carefree, at least until she has to get back to reality tomorrow. But the last thing she expects is to be seduced by two gorgeous men on the dance floor. Theo and Galen are each incredibly sexy on their own, and potentially devastating as a pair-and they want her. Meg isn´t down for anything resembling complicated when her life is such a mess, but the pair win her over with the promise of a night out of her deepest, darkest fantasy-and that they walk the next morning with no strings attached. After all, anything goes when it´s only for one night… The Complete Thalanian Dynasty Series Theirs for the Night Forever Theirs Theirs Ever After Their Second Chance (spin-off novella featuring Isaac and Noemi) Contains an exclusive short story featuring Theo, Galen, and Meg!
In an elegant Regency house near the Brighton seafront, three tenants have more in common than they know . . . A shocking revelation has led Rosa to start over as a sous chef. The work is gruelling but it´s a distraction . . . until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa´s passion for food could lead her to more interesting places? Having followed her childhood sweetheart down south, Georgie is busily carving out a new career in journalism. Throwing herself into the city´s delights is fun, but before she knows it she´s sliding headlong into all kinds of trouble . . . Nursing a devastating loss, Charlotte just wants to keep her head down. But Margot, the glamorous older lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds. As the women find each other, hope surfaces, friendships blossom and a whole new chapter unfolds for them all. The House of New Beginnings is a moving and uplifting novel from bestselling author Lucy Diamond. Praise for Lucy Diamond ´Seamless, engaging, believable, fun and heartfelt´ Heat ´An absolute treat´ Katie Fforde
A visceral thriller from the creator of the hit BBC drama Silent Witness, introducing synaesthetic detective DCI Mark Lapslie. I´ve looked into the eyes of women who have banged nine-inch nails into the skulls of their victims with hammers ... we evaluate them, trying to determine whether they have actually changed, or whether there´s still a core of evil within them... Before his diagnosis, DCI Mark Lapslie thought everyone was like him. Now he knows he suffers from synaethesthesia - a rare neurological condition that has cross-wired his senses. The sickening clamour of sounds he can taste has smothered his marriage and stifled his career. At the scene of a fatal traffic accident, Lapslie´s interest isn´t in the recently deceased driver, rather the desiccated corpse found lying next to him. Something about the body stirs a fleeting recollection at the back of Lapslie´s mind... he can´t quite put his finger on it, but he can almost taste it... Memories haunt Violet Chambers. Taking tea with her friend Daisy, she knows it´s time to move on. As Daisy falls to the floor, eyes streaming, face burning, Violet calmly waits. Black hellebore is remarkably potent. It won´t be long now. Discover the other books in the DCI Mark Lapslie series: Tooth and Claw, Scream, Thirteenth Coffin and Flesh and Blood.