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The Adventure of the Gloria Scott

The Adventure of the Gloria Scott by Arthur Conan Doyle, Sidney Paget
The Adventure of the Gloria Scott, one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of 12 stories in the cycle collected as The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. It is chronologically the earliest case in Sherlock Holmes canon. This story is related mainly by Holmes rather than Watson, and is the first case to which Holmes applied his powers of deduction, having treated it as a mere hobby until this time.
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Conan Doyle was also a fervent advocate of justice and personally investigated two closed cases, which led to two men being exonerated of the crimes of which they were accused. The first case, in 1906, involved a shy half-British, half-Indian lawyer named George Edalji who had allegedly penned threatening letters and mutilated animals. Police were set on Edalji’s conviction, even though the mutilations continued after their suspect was jailed.
The second case, that of Oscar Slater, a German Jew and gambling-den operator convicted of bludgeoning an 82-year-old woman in Glasgow in 1908, excited Conan Doyle’s curiosity because of inconsistencies in the prosecution case and a general sense that Slater was not guilty. He ended up paying most of the costs for Slater’s successful appeal in 1928.

Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and other stories

First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding…then the discovery of corpse in chest…next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder…the strange case of the of the dead man who altered his eating habits..and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide. What links these six baffling cases? The distinctive hand of the queen of crime fiction

Adriano in Siria Opera Drammatica Da Rappresentarsi Nel Regio Teatro Del Buon-Ritiro, Festeggiandosi Il Gloriosissimo Giorno Natalizio Di D Ferd

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Adam & Eve

What Happened To Eden?
The *New York Times* bestselling author of *Ahab’s Wife*, *Four Spirits*, and *Abundance* returns with a daring and provocative novel that envisions a world where science and faith contend for the allegiance of a new Adam & Eve.
Hours before his untimely—and highly suspicious—death, world-renowned astrophysicist Thom Bergmann shares his discovery of extraterrestrial life with his wife, Lucy. Feeling that the warring world is not ready to learn of—or accept—proof of life elsewhere in the universe, Thom entrusts Lucy with his computer flash drive, which holds the keys to his secret work.
Devastated by Thom’s death, Lucy keeps the secret, but Thom’s friend, anthropologist Pierre Saad, contacts Lucy with an unusual and dangerous request about another sensitive matter. Pierre needs Lucy to help him smuggle a newly discovered artifact out of Egypt: an ancient codex concerning the human authorship of the Book of Genesis. Offering a reinterpretation of the creation story, the document is sure to threaten the foundation of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions . . . and there are those who will stop at nothing to suppress it.
Midway through the daring journey, Lucy’s small plane goes down on a slip of verdant land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the Middle East. Burned in the crash landing, she is rescued by Adam, a delusional American soldier whose search for both spiritual and carnal knowledge has led to madness. Blessed with youth, beauty, and an unsettling innocence, Adam gently tends to Lucy’s wounds, and in this quiet, solitary paradise, a bond between the unlikely pair grows. Ultimately, Lucy and Adam forsake their half-mythical Eden and make their way back toward civilization, where members of an ultraconservative religious cult are determined to deprive the world of the knowledge Lucy carries.

Acts of Faith

SUMMARY: Philip Caputo’s tragic and epically ambitious new novel is set in Sudan, where war is a permanent condition. Into this desolate theater come aid workers, missionaries, and mercenaries of conscience whose courage and idealism sometimes coexist with treacherous moral blindness. There’s the entrepreneurial American pilot who goes from flying food and medicine to smuggling arms, the Kenyan aid worker who can’t help seeing the tawdry underside of his enterprise, and the evangelical Christian who comes to Sudan to redeem slaves and falls in love with a charismatic rebel commander. As their fates intersect and our understanding of their characters deepens, it becomes apparent that Acts of Faith is one of those rare novels that combine high moral seriousness with irresistible narrative wizardry.

Act of Will

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*Act of Will* is a boisterous fantasy adventure that introduces us to Will Hawthorne, a medieval actor and playwright who flees the authorities only to find himself inextricably bound to a group of high-minded adventurers on a deadly mission. Will travels with them to a distant land where they are charged with the investigation and defeat of a ruthless army of mystical horsemen, who appear out of the mist leaving death and devastation in their wake.
In the course of Will’s uneasy alliance with his new protectors, he has to get his pragmatic mind to accept selfless heroism (which he thinks is absurd) and magic (which he doesn’t believe in). Will must eventually decide where his loyalties really lie and how much he is prepared to do–and believe–to stand up for them.

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Accidentally the Sheikh’s Wife

Accidentally the Sheikh’s Wife by Barbara McMahon
For Bethanne Saunders, flying Sheikh Rashid al Harum’s private plane has its perks. When her feet touch the ground it’s on the plush carpet of his sumptuous palace. And just being near gorgeous Rashid makes her feel on cloud nine!
Bethanne has all the luxury she can handle—until suddenly she’s promoted to princess! But the dazzling rock on her finger is a stark reminder that it’s a convenient engagement. Everyone knows sheikhs don’t fall for ordinary girls from Texas….

The Accident Man

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Meet the Accident Man, Samuel Carver
Carver is a good guy who makes bad things happen to bad people. Drug-baron’s helicopter develops mechanical failure mid-flight: Samuel Carver. Terrorist blown-up in his own bomb factory: Samuel Carver. Ex-SAS, now freelance mercenary he is the frontline weapon of the ‘Consortium’, a black-ops British government outfit, or is it?
Carver is called to do a hit at very short notice. *Do this job for us and be paid very well. Refuse and you better run and hide.* He believes the target to be a high-ranking Pakistani terrorist. The job is to organise a car crash in a Paris underpass.
But Carver is being set up. When he discovers the real identity of his target, and more importantly the identity of the target’s female companion, he knows one thing – his life is over. This is a secret too big to let him live, unless he can track down the real villains before they get to him.
Combining the plotting of Robert Ludlum, with the pace and tension of Frederick Forsyth, Tom Cain is a major new thriller writer and *The Accident Man* is a classic in the making and launches Samuel Carver straight into the top rank of action heroes.
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### Recensione
“The best first thriller I have read since *The Day of the Jackal*, and that was a long time ago. With one mightly bound Tom Cain has vaulted over Archer and Grisham and stands close on Freddie Forsyth’s tail” (Wilbur Smith)
“Audacious, authentic, full of tension and tradecraft… maybe it’s true and maybe it isn’t, but either way it is a great thriller read” (Lee Child)
“The most audacious and timely thriller in years” (*Daily Mirror*)
“Fast-moving, cleverly constructed and very readable” (*Daily Mail*)
“Like the Bourne movies meets Frederick Forsyth” (*Guardian*)
### Descrizione del libro
Transworld’s major new thriller signing.

Absent Friends

SUMMARY: The secrets of a group of childhood friends unravel in this haunting thriller by Edgar Award winner S. J. Rozan. Set in New York in the unforgettable aftermath of September 11, Absent Friends brilliantly captures a time and place unlike any other, as it winds through the wounded streets of New York and Staten Island…and into a maze of old crimes, damaged lives, and heartbreaking revelations. The result is not only an electrifying mystery and a riveting piece of storytelling but an elegiac novel that powerfully explores a world changed forever on a clear September morning.In a novel that will catch you off guard at every turn, and one that is guaranteed to become a classic, S. J. Rozan masterfully ratchets up the tension one revelation at a time as she dares you to ponder the bonds of friendship, the meaning of truth, and the stuff of heroism.From the Hardcover edition.

About Last Night: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance

**Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart, eBook original romance from RITA finalist and *USA Today* bestselling author Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, “about last night” is just the beginning.
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Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.
Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine–even her name turns him on–with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.
When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?
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Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: *Because of You, Ride with Me,* and *Midnight Hour*.**
### Review
“Readers will cheer for the cautious Cath and wish that they had a their own Nev!” — **RT Book Reviews** , 4.5 stars
“A terrifically warm and funny contemporary romance . . . highly recommended for lovers of contemporary romance and chick lit.” — **Library Journal XPress Reviews**
“A sensuous treat with passion and compassion, humor and originality. I highly recommend it.” — **Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today**
“About Last Night is fabulous! I couldn’t put it down, I laughed out loud at Cath’s attitude, and I’m still crying at the ending. So totally romantic!” — **Drey’s Library**
“A page-turner, full of sex, sizzle, and heart.” — **Susan Andersen** , New York Times best-selling author of Playing Dirty
“About Last Night is a standout, filled with wit, romance, and charm.” — **Lori Wilde** , New York Times best-selling author
“Funny, unabashedly sexy, and at times achingly emotional, *About Last Night* kept me ripping through the pages to get to the happily ever after. Ruthie Knox is a unique, fresh voice in romance. I highly recommend her!” — **Jaci Burton** , *New York Times* best-selling author
“I fell for Ruthie Knox’s hero, I cheered for her heroine…and I simply adored everything about their love story! *About Last Night* is an absolutely wonderful romance.” — **Bella Andre** , best-selling author of *I Only Have Eyes for You*
“Smart and sexy . . . *About Last Night* is absolutely irresistible.” — **Shiloh Walker** , best-selling author of the Ash Trilogy
“If only all romances were this funny, smart, sexy, and real!” — **Isabel Sharpe** , Harlequin Blaze
### About the Author
RITA Award finalist Ruthie Knox is the *USA Today* bestselling author of sexy, witty contemporary romance, including the novels *Ride with Me* , *Along Came Trouble* , and *Flirting with Disaster*.
*AudioFile* Earphones Award winner Coleen Marlo has been nominated three times for an Audie Award, winning for *Snakewoman of Little Egypt* by Robert Hellenga. She has also been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from *Publishers Weekly* , and *Publishers Weekly* named Coleen Audiobook Reader of the Year for 2010.

About Face

Donna Leon’s eighteen novels have won her countless fans, heaps of critical acclaim, and a place among the top ranks of international crime writers. Through the warm-hearted, perceptive, and principled Commissario Guido Brunetti, Leon’s best-selling books have explored Venice in all its aspects: history, tourism, high culture, food, family, but also violent crime and political corruption. In About Face, Leon returns to one of her signature subjects: the environment, which has reached a crisis in Italy. Incinerators across the south of Italy are at full capacity, burning who-knows-what and releasing unacceptable levels of dangerous air pollutants, while in Naples, enormous garbage piles grow in the streets. In Venice, with the polluted waters of the canals and a major chemical complex across the lagoon, the issue is never far from the fore. Environmental concerns become significant in Brunetti’s work when an investigator from the Carabiniere, looking into the illegal hauling of garbage, asks for a favor. But the investigator is not the only one with a special request. His father-in-law needs help and a mysterious woman comes into the picture. Brunetti soon finds himself in the middle of an investigation into murder and corruption more dangerous than anything he’s seen before.

A. Lincoln: A Biography

SUMMARY: Ronald C. White, Jr., is the author of two bestselling books on Abraham Lincoln: The Eloquent President and Lincoln’s Greatest Speech, a New York Times Notable Book. White earned his Ph.D. at Princeton and has lectured on Lincoln at hundreds of universities and organizations, and at Gettysburg and the White House. He is a Fellow at the Huntington Library and a Visiting Professor of History at UCLA. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in La Cañada, California.From the Hardcover edition.

A Thousand Suns

SUMMARY: It’s early April 1945, deep in the bloodied days of World War II. The Nazi regime is being slowly throttled by the oncoming Russian and Allied armies and Hitler rages uselessly in his Berlin bunker. But the high command have one more throw of the dice to make. An audacious plan is hatched to save the Fatherland and beat off the oncoming apocalypse. All it will take is a hodge-podge squadron of escort fighters, a captured U.S. bomber, and one brave but suicidal pilot to fly it over the Atlantic into the beating heart of America. Half a century later, a rusting plane is discovered, sunk with its crew, off the coast of New Yorka relic from a bygone age. Chris Roland, a brilliant young photographer, is sent to take photos of this time capsule. But it is only when he discovers that the fragments of Nazi uniforms on the decaying corpses that he realizes that he has come across a secret so terrible that even 50 years later it could still kill him.

A taint in the blood

EDITORIAL REVIEW: In Dana Stabenow’s latest novel, a woman hires Aleutian P.I. Kate Shugak to clear her mother’s name. Twenty years ago, the mother was convicted of arson and murder, of setting fire to the family home while her two sons were inside. One died, and one was maimed. Her daughter has always believed in her innocence, though the mother herself had accepted the verdict and the life sentence without protest. Now the mother is terminally ill, and her daughter wants her free. But as Kate begins the investigation, it seems the mother isn’t the only one who wants to leave the past in the past.In this spell-binding crime novel, Kate must confront twenty years of secrets and regret–and murder–in one of Alaska’s most powerful families. SUMMARY: In Dana Stabenow’s latest novel, a woman hires Aleutian P.I. Kate Shugak to clear her mother’s name. Twenty years ago, the mother was convicted of arson and murder, of setting fire to the family home while her two sons were inside. One died, and one was maimed. Her daughter has always believed in her innocence, though the mother herself had accepted the verdict and the life sentence without protest. Now the mother is terminally ill, and her daughter wants her free. But as Kate begins the investigation, it seems the mother isn’t the only one who wants to leave the past in the past.In this spell-binding crime novel, Kate must confront twenty years of secrets and regret–and murder–in one of Alaska’s most powerful families.

A Summer Affair: A Novel

SUMMARY: Claire Danner Crispin, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair the Nantucket’s Children Summer Gala. Claire is asked to chair the benefit, in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of rock star Max West. Max agrees to play the gala and it looks like smooth sailing for Claire-until she promises a “museum-quality” piece of glass for the auction, offers her best friend the catering job, goes nose-to-nose with her Manhattan socialite co-chair, and begins a “good-hearted” affair with the charity’s Executive Director, Lockhart Dixon. Hearts break and emotions are pushed to the limit in this riveting story of one woman’s attempt to deal with loves past and present, family, business, and high-powered social pressures. Elin Hilderbrand’s unique understanding of the joys and longings that animate women’s lives will make this her newest summer bestseller.

A Storm in the Blood

SUMMARY: Published to coincide with the centenary of the Houndsditch Murders in December 2010, A Storm in the Blood tells the story of the Latvian revolutionaries who killed three officers of the Metropolitan Police. The parallel between the suicide ideologues of the time and contemporary terrorists, willing to die for their ideals, is all too clear. One of the most sensational crimes of the era, the murders were followed by the ‘Siege of Stepney Street’, a gunfight that saw then-Home Secretary Winston Churchill sending troops into the streets of London, shooting to kill. After hours of battle, the police broke through into the hideout, to find two corpses, but not the body of the ringleader, the mysterious ‘Peter the Painter.’ He had somehow vanished, along with his mistress, Rivka, a young refugee and Yiddish music hall singer. A Storm in the Blood fictionalises the events of 1910 with a dark, atmospheric rendering of pre-war London that explodes into a gripping, violent narrative. Publisher’s Weekly remarked that: “While on the surface, the novel relates events of the present day to the terrorism of the past, Fink’s story goes deeper, creating a compelling and psychologically driven tale of people who have lost their way.” Published by Harper Perennial in the US, A Storm in the Blood is both a fascinating study of the psychology of self-sacrifice, and a suspenseful, action-packed thriller many readers consume in one sitting