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Burglars Can’t Be Choosers

Burglars Can’t Be Choosers (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #1) by Lawrence Block
Bernie Rhodenbarr is a personable chap, a good neighbor, a passable poker player. His chosen profession, however, might not sit well with some. Bernie is a burglar, a good one, effortlessly lifting valuables from the not-so-well-protected abodes of well-to-do New Yorkers like a modern-day Robin Hood. (The poor, as Bernie would be the first to tell you, alas, have nothing worth stealing.)
He’s not perfect, however; he occasionally makes mistakes. Like accepting a paid assignment from a total stranger to retrieve a particular item from a rich man’s apartment. Like still being there when the cops arrive. Like having a freshly slain corpse lying in the next room, and no proof that Bernie isn’t the killer.
Now he’s really got his hands full, having to locate the true perpetrator while somehow eluding the police — a dirty job indeed, but if Bernie doesn’t do it, who will?

The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams

Bernie Rhodenbarr is actually trying to earn an honest living. It’s been an entire year since he’s entered anyone’s abode illegally to help himself to their valuables. But now an unscrupulous landlord’s threat to increase Bernie’s rent by 1,000% is driving the bookseller and reformed burglar back to a life of crime — though, in all fairness, it’s a very short trip. And when the cops wrongly accuse him of stealing a priceless collection of baseball cards, Bernie’s stuck with a worthless alibi since he was busy burgling a different apartment at the time . . . one that happened to contain a dead body locked inside a bathroom.

So Bernie has a dilemma. He can trade a burglary charge for a murder rap. Or he can shuffle all the cards himself and try to find the joker in the deck — someone, perhaps, who believes that homicide is the real Great American Pastime.

“Lawrence Block clearly has a great deal of fun writing his Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries, and the sense of whimsy is infectious.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch “Once again, Block has produced a funny and eminently readable mystery with clever plotting and amusing twists.” —Roanoke Times “Engaging. Have you read Block’s [Rhodenbarr} mysteries? You should. They are a real kick. Bernie Rhodenbarr is one of the most charming and witty characters in the burglar business.” —Rocky Mountain News “One of the mystery genre’s favorite characters. Delightful. Good fun.” —San Antonio Express-News “Bernie Rhodenbarr, lighthearted and light-fingered, is a most ingratiating sleuth. Delightful…good, clean fun…thank goodness for Lawrence Block.” —San Diego Union-Tribune “Bernie Rhodenbarr is such an outrageous and witty character, you wish he were real.” —San Francisco Examiner “Block’s Burglar series is one of crime fiction’s best.” —South Bend Tribune “It’s the mark if an innovative storyteller to turn a normally reprehensible character into a hero—of sorts. Author Lawrence Block’s Bernie the burglar series aren’t just good mysteries, they’re supreme escapism…Bernie is sheer amusement.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel “Bernie Rhodenbarr is the perfect companion.” —Tampa Tribune
(source: Bol.com)

The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart

The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #7) by Lawrence Block
Bookseller Bernie Rhodenbarr’s in love—with an exotic Eastern European beauty who shares his obsession with Humphrey Bogart movies. He’s in heaven, munching popcorn with his new amour every night at a Bogart Film Festival—until their *Casablanca*-esque idyll is cut short by his other secret passion: *burglary*.
When he’s hired to pilfer a portfolio of valuable documents from a Park Avenue apartment, Bernie can hardly refuse. But the occupant’s early return forces Bernie to flee empty-handed—and he soon finds himself implicated in a murder. Before you can say “who stole the strawberries?” he’s hunting for a killer, up to his neck in the outrageous intrigues of a tiny Balkan nation . . . and menaced by more sinister fat men and unsavory toadies than the great Bogie himself butted heads with in pursuit of that darn bird!

The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza

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The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #4) by Lawrence Block
Bookselling burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr doesn’t generally get philosophical about his criminal career. He’s good at it, it’s addictively exciting—and it pays a whole lot better than pushing old tomes. He steals therefore he is, period.
He might well ponder, however, the deeper meaning of events at the luxurious Chelsea brownstone of Herb and Wanda Colcannon, which is apparently burgled *three times* on the night Bernie breaks in: once before his visit and once after. Fortunately he still manages to lift some fair jewelry and an extremely valuable coin. Unfortunately burglar or burglars number three leave Herb unconscious and Wanda dead . . . and the cops think Rhodenbarr dunnit.
There’s no time to get all existential about it—especially after the coin vanishes and the fence fencing it meets with a most severe end. But Bernie *is* going to have to do some deep thinking to find a way out of this homicidal conundrum.

The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian

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The Burglar Who Painted like Mondrian (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #5) by Lawrence Block
It’s not that used bookstore owner and part-time burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr believes the less legal of his two professions is particularly ethical. (It is, however, a rush, and he is very good at it.) He just thinks it’s unfair to face a prison term for his legitimate activities. After appraising the worth of a rich man’s library — conveniently leaving his fingerprints everywhere in the process — Bernie finds he’s the cops’ prime suspect when his client is murdered.
Someone has framed Bernie Rhodenbarr better than they do it at the Whitney. And if he wants to get out of this corner he’s been masterfully painted into, he’ll have to get to the bottom of a rather artful — if multiply murderous — scam.

The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling

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The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #3) by Lawrence Block
Bernie Rhodenbarr has gone legit — almost — as the new owner of a used bookstore in New York’s Greenwich Village. Of course, dusty old tomes don’t always turn a profit, so to make ends meet, Bernie’s forced, on occasion, to indulge in his previous occupation: burglary. Besides which, he likes it.
Now a collector is offering Bernie an opportunity to combine his twin passions by stealing a very rare and very bad book-length poem from a rich man’s library.
The heist goes off without a hitch. The delivery of the ill-gotten volume, however, is a different story. Drugged by the client’s female go-between, Bernie wakes up in her apartment to find the book gone, the lady dead, a smoking gun in his hand, and the cops at the door. And suddenly he’s got to extricate himself from a rather sticky real-life murder mystery and find a killer — before he’s booked for Murder One.

The Burglar on the Prowl

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The Burglar on the Prowl (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #10) by Lawrence Block
Acclaimed *New York Times* bestselling author Lawrence Block returns with one of his most inspired and popular characters: the extraordinary Bernie Rhodenbarr.
Sophisticated yet down-to-earth, philosophical yet practical, Bernie is a gentleman who knows and loves his territory, the gloriously diverse and electric streets of Manhattan. He is minding his own business when he’s asked for a favor — a neat, uncomplicated bit of vengeful larceny that will reap a tidy profit — an offer the intrepid thief can’t refuse.
But with a few days to go before the crime, Bernie gets restless. So what does a burglar do to change his mood? Go on the prowl, of course. This bit of prowling lands Bernie in a pile of trouble that includes four murders and the burglary of his own home. Caught in the center of a deadly mystery, Bernie must use his wits and wiles to connect the dots and add up the coincidences. Because if he doesn’t catch a killer, he’ll lose not only his freedom but his life.

The Burglar in the Rye

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The Burglar in the Rye (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #9) by Lawrence Block
Gulliver Fairborn’s novel, *Nobody’s Baby*, changed Bernie Rhodenbarr’s life. And now pretty Alice Cottrell, Fairborn’s one-time paramour, wants the bookselling, book-loving burglar to break into a room in New York’s teeth-achingly charming Paddington Hotel and purloin some of the writer’s very personal letters before an unscrupulous agent can sell them. Here’s an opportunity to use his unique talents in the service of the revered, famously reclusive author. But when Bernie gets there, the agent is dead . . . and Bernie’s wanted for murder. (He *really* hates when that happens!)
Perhaps it’s karmic payback; Bernie *did* help himself to a ruby necklace on his way out. (But it *was* lying there. And he *is* a burglar.) Now he’s in even hotter water. And he’ll need to use every trick in the book—maybe going so far as to entice the hermitic Fairborn himself out of seclusion—to bring this increasingly twisted plot to a satisfying denouement.

Burglar in the Library

The Burglar in the Library (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #8) by Lawrence Block
Bookseller and New-Yorker-to-the-bone, Bernie Rhodenbarr rarely ventures out of Manhattan, but he’s excited about the romantic getaway he has planned for himself and current lady love Lettice at the Cuttleford House, a remote upstate b&b. Unfortunately, Lettice has a prior engagement—she’s getting married . . . and *not* to Bernie—so he decides to take best buddy Carolyn instead. A restful respite from the big city’s bustle would be too good to waste. Besides, there’s a very valuable first edition shelved in the Cuttleford’s library that Bernie’s just itching to get his hands on. Did we neglect to mention that Bernie’s a burglar?
But first he’s got to get around a very dead body on the library floor. The plot’s thickened by an isolating snowstorm, downed phone lines, the surprise arrival of Lettice and her reprehensible new hubby, *and* a steadily increasing corpse count. And it’s Bernie who’ll have to figure out whodunit . . . or die.

The Burglar in the Closet

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The Burglar in the Closet (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #2) by Lawrence Block
It’s hard to ignore someone with his hands in your mouth. Bernie Rhodenbarr’s all ears when Dr. Sheldrake, his dentist, starts complaining about his detestable, soon-to-be-ex wife, and happens to mention the valuable diamonds she keeps lying around the apartment. Since Bernie’s been known to supplement his income as a bookstore owner with the not-so-occasional bout of high-rise burglary, a couple of nights later he’s in the Sheldrake apartment with larceny on his mind — and has to duck into a closet when the lady of the house makes an unexpected entrance. Unfortunately he’s still there when an unseen assailant does Mrs. Sheldrake in . . . and then vanishes with the jewels.
Bernie’s got to come out of the closet some time. But when he does, he’ll be facing a rap for a murder he didn’t commit — and for a burglary he certainly attempted — unless he can hunt down the killer who left him hanging.

Bulletproof: The Cookbook

**The Bulletproof Way of Life: More Butter, Less Exercise and Better Sleep for the Body and Brain You Deserve**
In his #1 *New York Times* bestseller, *The Bulletproof Diet*, Dave Asprey shows how ditching traditional “diet” thinking can help you lose weight, boost your IQ and increase your energy. From Silicon Valley to Hollywood to New York City, hundreds of thousands of Americans start their day with Bulletproof Coffee and have embraced the Bulletproof way as a blueprint for a better life. Now, in his companion cookbook, Asprey provides over one hundred easy and delicious recipes to help you shed pounds, reduce inflammation, build lean muscle and feel better than ever.
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Bullet

Watch a video ** *The music came back up and the next group of little girls, slightly older, came out. There was a lot of that in the next hour and change. I liked dance, and it was no reflection on the kids, but my will to live began to seep away on about the fifth group of sequined children… * **
Anita Blake is back in St. Louis and trying to live a normal life-as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a U. S. Marshal. There are lovers, friends and their children, school programs to attend. In the midst of all the ordinary happiness a vampire from Anita’s past reaches out. She was supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion, but the Mother of All Darkness is the first vampire, their dark creator. It’s hard to kill a god. This dark goddess has reached out to her here-in St. Louis, home of everyone Anita loves most. The Mother of All Darkness has decided she has to act now or never, to control Anita, and all the vampires in America.
The Mother of All Darkness believes that the triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude with Anita and the werewolf Richard Zeeman has enough power for her to regain a body and to immigrate to the New World. But the body she wants to possess is already taken. Anita is about to learn a whole new meaning to sharing her body, one that has nothing to do with the bedroom. And if the Mother of All Darkness can’t succeed in taking over Anita’s body for herself, she means to see that no one else has the use of it, ever again. Even Belle Morte, not always a friend to Anita, has sent word: “Run if you can…”

Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures

The wonders of engineering revealed–by the inspirational female engineer behind The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building.While our cities are full of incredible engineering feats, most of us live with little idea of what goes into creating the built environment, let alone how a new building goes up, what it is constructed upon, or how it remains standing.In Built, star structural engineer Roma Agrawal explains how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach into the sky. She unearths how humans have tunneled through solid mountains; how we’ve walked across the widest of rivers, and tamed nature’s precious water resources. She tells vivid tales of the visionaries who created the groundbreaking materials used to build the Pantheon and the Eiffel Tower; and explains how careful engineering can minimize tragedies like the collapse of the Quebec Bridge. Interweaving science, history, illustrations, and personal stories, Built offers a fascinating window into a subject that makes up the foundation of our everyday lives.

Building Web Applications With Flask

About This Book
* Learn how to use forms, authentication, and authorization control through extensions, and provide a robust, safe web experience for the client
* Free yourself from the SQL vs NoSQL paradigm and use the technology that best fits your needs
* Add powerful concepts like TDD and BDD to your range of testing skills
Who This Book Is For
If you are a Python web developer who wants to learn more about developing applications in Flask and scaling them with industry-standard practices, this is the book for you.
In Detail
Flask is a powerful web framework that helps you build great projects using your favorite tools. Flask takes the flexible Python programming language and provides a simple template for web development. Once imported into Python, Flask can be used to save time building web applications. It goes against the flow with the microframework concept, leaving most of the architecture choices to the developer. Through its great API, extensions, and powerful patterns, Flask helps you create simple projects in minutes and complex ones as soon as possible.
From the beginning, Building Web Applications with Flask shows you how to utilize Flask’s concepts, extensions, and components to create engaging, full-featured web projects. You’ll learn how to properly handle forms using WTForms, devise convenient templates with Jinja2 tags and macros, use NoSQL and SQL databases to store user data, test your projects with features and unit tests, create powerful authentication and user authorization, as well as administrative interfaces with ease, and more.
As Flask does not enforce an architectural recipe, neither do we! This book makes no coding assumptions on how you should code, leaving you free to experiment.

Building Smart LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robots

Build and program smart robots with the EV3.
Key Features

* Efficiently build smart robots with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

* Discover building techniques and programming concepts that are used by engineers to prototype robots in the real world

* This project-based guide will teach you how to build exciting projects such as the objecta-tracking tank, ultimate all-terrain vehicle, remote control race car, or even a GPS-navigating autonomous vehicle

Book Description

Smart robots are an ever-increasing part of our daily lives. With LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, you can now prototype your very own small-scale smart robot that uses specialized programming and hardware to complete a mission. EV3 is a robotics platform for enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels that makes prototyping robots accessible to all.

This book will walk you through six different projects that range from intermediate to advanced level. The projects will show you building and programming techniques that are used by engineers in the real world, which will help you build your own smart robot.

You’ll see how to make the most of the EV3 robotics platform and build some awesome smart robots. The book starts by introducing some real-world examples of smart robots. Then, we’ll walk you through six different projects and explain the features that allow these robots to make intelligent decisions. The book will guide you as you build your own object-tracking tank, a box-climbing robot, an interactive robotic shark, a quirky bipedal robot, a speedy remote control race car, and a GPS-navigating robot.

By the end of this book, you’ll have the skills necessary to build and program your own smart robots with EV3.
What you will learn

* Understand the characteristics that make a robot smart

* Grasp proportional beacon following and use proximity sensors to track an object

* Discover how mechanisms such as rack-and-pinion and the worm gear work

* Program a custom GUI to make a robot more user friendly

* Make a fun and quirky interactive robot that has its own personality

* Get to know the principles of remote control and programming car-style steering

* Understand some of the mechanisms that enable a car to drive

* Navigate to a destination with a GPS receiver

Who this book is for

This book is for hobbyists, robotic engineers, and programmers who understand the basics of the EV3 programming language and are familiar with building with LEGO Technic and want to try some advanced projects. If you want to learn some new engineering techniques and take your experience with the EV3 to the next level, then this book is for you.

(source: Bol.com)

Building Serverless Applications With Python

Building efficient Python applications at minimal cost by adopting serverless architectures Key Features Design and set up a data flow between cloud services and custom business logic Make your applications efficient and reliable using serverless architecture Build and deploy scalable serverless Python APIs Book DescriptionServerless architectures allow you to build and run applications and services without having to manage the infrastructure. Many companies have adopted this architecture to save cost and improve scalability. This book will help you design serverless architectures for your applications with AWS and Python. The book is divided into three modules. The first module explains the fundamentals of serverless architecture and how AWS lambda functions work. In the next module, you will learn to build, release, and deploy your application to production. You will also learn to log and test your application. In the third module, we will take you through advanced topics such as building a serverless API for your application. You will also learn to troubleshoot and monitor your app and master AWS lambda programming concepts with API references. Moving on, you will also learn how to scale up serverless applications and handle distributed serverless systems in production. By the end of the book, you will be equipped with the knowledge required to build scalable and cost-efficient Python applications with a serverless framework. What you will learn Understand how AWS Lambda and Microsoft Azure Functions work and use them to create an application Explore various triggers and how to select them, based on the problem statement Build deployment packages for Lambda functions Master the finer details about building Lambda functions and versioning Log and monitor serverless applications Learn about security in AWS and Lambda functions Scale up serverless applications to handle huge workloads and serverless distributed systems in production Understand SAM model deployment in AWS Lambda Who this book is forThis book is for Python developers who would like to learn about serverless architecture. Python programming knowledge is assumed.
(source: Bol.com)