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Blockchain Revolution

In the style of the bestselling }Wikinomics{, this examines what the technology behind bitcoin means beyond currency and explores its positive applications in commerce, business, governance and beyond
The first book to explain why blockchain technology will fundamentally change our lives
Blockchain is the ingeniously simple technology that powers Bitcoin. But it is much more than that, too. It is a public ledger to which everyone has access, but which no single person controls. It allows for companies and individuals to collaborate with an unprecedented degree of trust and transparency. It is cryptographically secure, but fundamentally open. And soon it will be everywhere.
In Blockchain Revolution, Don and Alex Tapscott reveal how this game-changing technology will shape the future of the world economy, dramatically improving everything from healthcare records to online voting, and from insurance claims to artist royalty payments. Brilliantly researched and highly accessible, this is the essential text on the next major paradigm shift. Read it, or be left behind.
Don Tapscott is one of the most influential living theorists about business and society. He is the bestselling author of Wikinomics, The Digital Economy, and a dozen other acclaimed books about tech­nology, business, and society.
Alex Tapscott is the CEO and founder of Northwest Passage Ventures, an advisory firm building blockchain companies. Previously, he worked for seven years in investment banking in New York and Toronto.
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What a spectacular book. Mind-blowing in its expansiveness and profundity. It makes me think we’re at one of those times in technological, economic and social history where the sky is the limit — Steve Wozniak * co-founder of Apple Computer and Chief Scientist at Prime Data * The Tapscotts have written the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption. Likely to become one of the iconic books of our time — Clay Christensen * Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma * Occasionally a book comes along that changes the global discourse. This is likely to be one of those books. Blockchains are at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution and the Tapscotts lucidly explain why and how to capture the opportunity and avoid dangers — Klaus Schwab * founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum * A carefully researched and beautifully written book. Blockchain Revolution argues that the ‘Internet of value’ will transform our lives. A must-read for our disruptive times — Dominic Barton * Global Managing Director at McKinsey & Company * Don and Alex brilliantly illuminate the technology that could profoundly impact the way we manage issues of trust, security and privacy for years to come — Indra Nooyi * Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo * The great missing element in the Internet has been a ‘trust protocol’, a way of knowing that a transaction is verified and authentic. Blockchain technology could provide a foundation for that. It’s a revolutionary idea and this lucid book explains why — Walter Isaacson * Author of Steve Jobs * A masterpiece. Gracefully dissects the potential of blockchain technology to take on today’s most pressing global challenges — Hernando De Soto * Economist and President at the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru * The blockchain is to trust as the Internet is to information. Like the original Internet, blockchain has potential to transform everything. Read this book and you will understand — Joichi Ito * Director of MIT Media Lab * In this extraordinary journey to the frontiers of finance, the Tapscotts shed new light on the blockchain phenomenon and make a compelling case for why we all need to better understand its power and potential — Dave McKay * President and CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada * Deconstructs the promise and peril of the blockchain in a way that is at once accessible and erudite. Blockchain Revolution gives readers a privileged sneak peak at the future — Alec Ross * Author of The Industries of the Future * If ever there was a topic for demystification, blockchain is it. Together, the Tapscotts have achieved this comprehensively and in doing so have captured the excitement, the potential and the importance of this topic to everyone — Blythe Masters * CEO of Digital Asset Holdings * This is a book with the predictive quality of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and the vision of Elon Musk. Read it or become extinct — Tim Draper * Founder of Draper Associates, DFJ and Draper University * Blockchain is a radical technological wave and, as he has done so often, Tapscott is out there, now with son Alex, surfing at dawn. It’s quite a ride — Yochai Benkler * Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School * If you work in business or government, you need to understand the blockchain revolution. No one has written a more thoroughly researched or engaging book on this topic than Tapscott and Tapscott — Erik Brynjolfsson * Professor at MIT and co-author of The Second Machine Age * An indispensable and up-to-the-minute account of how the technology underlying bitcoin could – and should – unleash the true potential of a digital economy for distributed prosperity — Douglas Rushkoff * author of Present Shock and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus * Technological change that used to develop over a generation now hits us in a relative blink of the eye, and no one tells this story better than the Tapscotts — Eric Spiegel * President and CEO of Siemens USA * Few leaders push us to look around corners the way Don Tapscott does. With Blockchain Revolution he and his son Alex teach us, challenge us and show us an entirely new way to think about the future — Bill McDermott * CEO of SAP SE * Blockchain Revolution is a brilliant mix of history, technology and sociology that covers all aspects of the blockchain protocol – an invention that in time may prove as momentous as the invention of printing — James Rickards * author of Currency Wars and The Death of Money * Blockchain Revolution serves as an atlas to the world of digital money, masterfully explaining the current landscape while simultaneously illuminating a path forward toward a more equitable, efficient and connected global financial system — Jim Breyer * CEO of Breyer Capital * Blockchain Revolution is the indispensable and definitive guide to this world-changing technology — Jerry Brito * Executive Director of Coin Center * Incredible. Really incredible. The Tapscotts’ examination of the blockchain as a model for inclusion in an increasingly centralised world is both nuanced and extraordinary — Steve Luczo * Chairman and CEO of Seagate Technology * Makes a powerful case for blockchain’s ability to increase transparency but also ensure privacy. In the authors’ words ‘The Internet of Things needs a Ledger of Things’ — Chandra Chandrasekaran * CEO and Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services * The epicentre of trust is about to diffuse! The definitive narrative on the revolutionary possibilities of a decentralised trust system — Frank D’Souza * CEO of Cognizant * Identifies a profound new technology movement and connects it to the deepest of human needs: trust. Thoroughly researched and provocatively written. Every serious businessperson and policy maker needs to read Blockchain Revolution — Brian Fetherstonehaugh * Chairman and CEo of OgilvyOne Worldwide * This book has had an enormous impact on the evolution of blockchain in the world — Satya Nadella * CEO, Microsoft Corporation *
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Blockade: Age of Expansion – A Kurtherian Gambit Series

### **Humanity’s greatest export – Justice. **
Space is a dangerous place, even for the wary, especially for the unprepared. The aliens have no idea. *Here comes the Bad Company*. 
When the Bad Company learns of a human colony blockaded by aliens, they take the upgraded *War Axe* into battle. Once again, nothing is as it seems, but this time, they find a single enemy, evil to its core. 
**Ending that threat is a cause they are willing to die for. What would you do?**
— PLEASE NOTE —
**NOTE: If cursing is a problem, then this might not be for you.*
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Blockade Billy

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **From *New York Times* bestselling author Stephen King comes the haunting story of *Blockade Billy*, the greatest Major League baseball player to be erased from the game.** Even the most die-hard baseball fans don’t know the true story of William “Blockade Billy” Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first–and only–player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game’s history. Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse… and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all. Originally published through Cemetery Dance Publications on April 20, 2010 as a $25.00 limited-edition hardcover, Stephen King and Cemetery Dance have made an arrangement with Scribner to make available a less expensive hardcover edition of ***Blockade Billy****, *with an on-sale date of May 25th, the same date the audiobook goes on sale. The Scribner edition will be available in all U.S. and Canadian retail outlets. Both the Scribner book and the Simon & Schuster audiobook will feature a bonus short story (“Morality”).

Block Trace Analysis and Storage System Optimization: A Practical Approach With MATLAB/Python Tools

Understand the fundamental factors of data storage system performance and master an essential analytical skill using block trace via applications such as MATLAB and Python tools. You will increase your productivity and learn the best techniques for doing specific tasks (such as analyzing the IO pattern in a quantitative way, identifying the storage system bottleneck, and designing the cache policy).
In the new era of IoT, big data, and cloud systems, better performance and higher density of storage systems has become crucial. To increase data storage density, new techniques have evolved and hybrid and parallel access techniques–together with specially designed IO scheduling and data migration algorithms–are being deployed to develop high-performance data storage solutions. Among the various storage system performance analysis techniques, IO event trace analysis (block-level trace analysis particularly) is one of the most common approaches for system optimization and design. However, the task of completing a systematic survey is challenging and very few works on this topic exist.
*Block Trace Analysis and Storage System Optimization* brings together theoretical analysis (such as IO qualitative properties and quantitative metrics) and practical tools (such as trace parsing, analysis, and results reporting perspectives). The book provides content on block-level trace analysis techniques, and includes case studies to illustrate how these techniques and tools can be applied in real applications (such as SSHD, RAID, Hadoop, and Ceph systems).
**What You’ll Learn**
Understand the fundamental factors of data storage system performance
Master an essential analytical skill using block trace via various applications
Distinguish how the IO pattern differs in the block level from the file level
Know how the sequential HDFS request becomes “fragmented” in final storage devices
Perform trace analysis tasks with a tool based on the MATLAB and Python platforms
**Who This Book Is For**
IT professionals interested in storage system performance optimization: network administrators, data storage managers, data storage engineers, storage network engineers, systems engineers

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

SUMMARY: In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of “blink”: the election of Warren Harding; “New Coke”; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing”-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

Blindness

Blindness by José Saramago
**A stunningly powerful novel of man’s will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.** “This is a shattering work by a literary master.”—*The Boston Globe***A *New York Times* Notable Book of the Year A *Los Angeles Times* Best Book of the Year**  
A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, *Blindness *has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man’s worst appetites and weaknesses—and man’s ultimately exhilarating spirit.

Blind Man’s Alley

From the author of the Edgar Award–nominated legal thriller A Cure for Night, an ambitious and compulsively readable novel set in the cutthroat world of New York real estate.

A concrete floor three hundred feet up in the Aurora Tower condo development in SoHo has collapsed, hurling three workers to their deaths. The developer, Roth Properties (owned by the famously abrasive Simon Roth), faces a vast tangle of legal problems, including allegations of mob connections. Roth’s longtime lawyers, the elite midtown law firm of Blake and Wolcott, is assigned the task of cleaning up the mess. Much of the work lands on the plate of smart, cynical, and sea­soned associate Duncan Riley; as a result, he falls into the pow­erful orbit of Leah Roth, the beautiful daughter of Simon Roth and the designated inheritor of his real estate empire.

Meanwhile, Riley pursues a seemingly small pro bono case in which he attempts to forestall the eviction of Rafael Nazario and his grandmother from public housing in the wake of a pot bust. One night Rafael is picked up and charged with the mur­der of the private security cop who caught him, a murder that took place in another controversial “mixed income” housing development being built by . . . Roth Properties. Duncan Riley is now walking the knife edge of legal ethics and personal morality.

Blind Man’s Alley is a suspenseful and kaleidoscopic journey through a world where the only rule is self- preservation. The New York Times Book Review said of A Cure for Night that “[Peacock] heads toward Scott Turow country . . . he’s got a good chance to make partner.” This taut, topical, and socially alert thriller delivers on that promise.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Blind Assassin

Atwood’s Booker prize-winning novel reissued with a striking new jacket along with other titles from Margaret Atwood’s backlist
Laura Chase’s older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While coping with her unreliable body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister’s tragic death. Chief among these was the publication of The Blind Assassin, a novel which earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following.
Sexually explicit for its time, The Blind Assassin describes a risky affair in the turbulent thirties between a wealthy young woman and a man on the run. During their secret meetings in rented rooms, the lovers concoct a pulp fantasy set on Planet Zycron. As the invented story twists through love and sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real one; while events in both move closer to war and catastrophe. By turns lyrical, outrageous, formidable, compelling and funny, this is a novel filled with deep humour and dark drama.
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Atwood has never written with more flair and versatility than in this multidimensional novel. Adding sardonic wit and characterisation that takes you into the ambivalent intricacies of a personality, this is a novel of extraordinary variety and reach. A brilliant accomplishment Peter Kemp, SUNDAY TIMES The fertility of Atwood’s imagination is something extraordinary…The only thing familiar about The Blind Assassin is its technical accomplishment and exhilarating emotional power. Everything else is sparkling new. This is Margaret Atwood at her remarkabl Kathryn Hughes, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Margaret Atwood is one of the most brilliant and unpredictable novelists alive. Kate Kellaway, LITERARY REVIEW With every year and every novel, Atwood’s subjects get bigger…her new novel is so rich thematically and so convincing psychologically… THE BLIND ASSASSIN may indeed prove to be that most elusive of literary unicorns: the woman’s novel. Elaine Showalter, NEW STATESMAN
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The Blender Python API

Understand Blender’s Python API to allow for precision 3D modeling and add-on development. Follow detailed guidance on how to create precise geometries, complex texture mappings, optimized renderings, and much more. This book is a detailed, user-friendly guide to understanding and using Blender’s Python API for programmers and 3D artists. Blender is a popular open source 3D modeling software used in advertising, animation, data visualization, physics simulation, photorealistic rendering, and more. Programmers can produce extremely complex and precise models that would be impossible to replicate by hand, while artists enjoy numerous new community-built add-ons. The Blender Python API is an unparalleled programmable visualization environment. Using the API is made difficult due to its complex object hierarchy and vast documentation. Understanding the Blender Python API clearly explains the interface. You will become familiar with data structures and low-level concepts in both modeling and rendering with special attention given to optimizing procedurally generated models. In addition, the book: Discusses modules of the API as analogs to human input modes in Blender Reviews low-level and data-level manipulation of 3D objects in Blender Python Details how to deploy and extend projects with external libraries Provides organized utilities of novel and mature API abstractions for general use in add-on development What You’ll Learn Generate 3D data visualizations in Blender to better understand multivariate data and mathematical patterns. Create precision object models in Blender of architectural models, procedurally generated landscapes, atomic models, etc. Develop and distribute a Blender add-on, with special consideration given to careful development practices Pick apart Blender’s 3D viewport and Python source code to learn about API behaviors Develop a practical knowledge of 3D modeling and rendering concepts Have a practical reference to an already powerful and vast API Who This Book Is For Python programmers with an interest in data science, game development, procedural generation, and open-source programming as well as programmers of all types with a need to generate precise 3D models. Also for 3D artists with an interest in programming or with programming experience and Blender artists regardless of programming experience.
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Blended Learning in Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms

**Use technology to focus on your students!**
In this step-by-step guide, teacher and education blogger Catlin Tucker outlines the process for integrating online discussion with face-to-face instruction in a way that empowers teachers to focus their energies where they’re most needed. With concrete strategies, ready-to-use resources, and sample rubrics grounded in the Common Core State Standards, this book shows teachers how to:
* Increase engagement and drive higher-order thinking
* Prepare students for high-stakes exams without sacrificing class time
* Assess online work
* Personalize learning and differentiate lessons
* Move toward flipped instruction to create a student-centered classroom
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The Blade Itself

Book One of The First Law
“The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.” – Homer
Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught up in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian, leaving nothing behind but some bad songs, a few dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.
Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends as cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.
Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a jar. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendships. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government… if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.
Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is fantasy with a real cutting edge.
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The star of the show is doubtlessly Inquisitor Glotka for simply being one of the most wonderfully bitter and cynical characters I’ve come across. With a very funny and clever internal monologue going on during every conversation he has, Glotka’s as miserable and nasty at the end as he was to start with and, especially in a heroic fantasy novel, it works perfectly — SF Crowsnest An admirably hard, fast and unpretentious read from debut author Joe Abercrombie. Packs a mean punch in the bloodthirsty mayhem and mystery departments. Crammed full of torture, vengeance and bad behaviour, it’s a lively tale of savagery vs. civilisation. The Blade Itself may not reinvent the wheel, but it does serve up a whole banquet of violent action and intrigue’ — SFX You’d never guess that The Blade Itself is Joe Abercrombie’s debut novel. He writes like a natural. There are great characters, sparky dialogue, an action-packed plot, and from the very first words and an opening scene that is literally a cliff-hanger, you know you are in for a cheeky, vivid, exhilarating ride — Starburst There’s a fat vein of cynicism and dark humour throughout. The action scenes are fast-paced and the violence takes its toll both mentally and physically. A great start to a long journey’ — Dreamwatch The Blade Itself is a page-turner powered by a combination of fast-paced action and juicy doses of cynicism. Perhaps more remarkable, however, is the way Abercrombie sets the scene — Edge Magazine Delightfully twisted and evil — The Guardian There is a gritty edge to his world and an awareness of the human cost of violence that is very contemporary — The Times Highly recommended – a funny, finely-wrought, terrifically energetic work of high fantasy. Seek it out — Joe Hill I might not end up marrying this book, but I’m certainly infatuated with it right at the moment. It’s delicious, the characters sharply drawn and their motivations believable, the clash of cultures (always particularly difficult for an author to pull off) believable as well. — Lilith Saintcrow
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Blackwood Farm

SUMMARY: In her new novel, perennial bestseller Anne Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative — her Vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches — to give us a world of classic deep-south luxury and ancestral secrets. Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, bright, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelgänger, “Goblin,” a spirit from a dream world that Quinn can’t escape and that prevents him from belonging anywhere. When Quinn is made a Vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelgänger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself. As the novel moves backwards and forwards in time, from Quinn’s boyhood on Blackwood Farm to present day New Orleans, from ancient Athens to 19th-century Naples, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the spectre that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp and the explosive secrets it holds. A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing best. From the Hardcover edition.

Blackout

Four time-traveling history students from Oxford are in 1940s England studying different aspects of World War II. But when their means of getting home is destroyed in an air-raid, the four find themselves facing a future as dark and uncertain as the English in 1940: alone, cut off from help and time running out …
In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds – great and small – of ordinary people that shape history and, alarmingly perhaps, the future.
The year is 2060, the fourth decade since the invention of time travel by a scientist who would not have been born had Hitler won World War II. At Oxford University, historians jockey for plum assignments, to carry out first-person research in the era of their specialty, from the Crusades to the Plague or the aftermath of the devastating nuclear attack on London.
In the face of increasing scientific criticism of time travel – and the possibility that it could shatter the space-time continuum – three academics are in the heart of World War II in England. Merope is a maid in a country house studying evacuated children in England in 1940. Mike is researching a common thread of heroism across history and is on his way to Dunkirk. Polly lives as a shopgirl during the Blitz, watching the behaviour of ordinary citizens under stress.
For all three, unknown corners of history explode as Hitler’s bombs rain down on London. But when they try to return they find themselves unable to make their way back to the future. Have they broken the law of time travel and changed the narrative of history in some accidental way? A dreadful awareness comes over them all: far from witnessing the past, they may be on a journey into the utterly unknown. And the world they left in 2060 may no longer be there to save them.

Blackmailer

From the Academy Award nominated screenwriter of *Breakfast at Tiffany’s *and*The Manchurian Candidate* comes a breathtaking story of murder and mischief…
It’s the story of a big-game hunter, fisherman, fighter, visitor to Cuba, drunk, and Nobel Prize-winning author, recently deceased of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, whose final unpublished manuscript could fetch a mint…
It’s the story of a short, balding man with a high-pitched voice and a vicious wit, whose cocktail parties are the talk of the town, especially when a beautiful woman dies at one of them…
It’s the story of Hollywood’s sexiest starlet, who manages to conceal things even when she’s wearing nothing but a towel…
…and it’s the story of Dick Sherman, intrepid New York publisher, on the trail of the literary find of the century – and the killer who will stop at nothing to keep it from being found.

Blacklands

Steven Lamb ha dodici anni e scavare buche nell’Exmoor ha dato uno scopo alla sua vita. Spera di trovare un corpo.Sono passati quasi vent’anni da quando lo zio Billy, allora undicenne, è scomparso, e anche se tutti sono convinti sia tra le vittime di Arnold Avery, serial killer ora in carcere, la nonna di Steven lo sta ancora aspettando. Intanto, la famiglia intorno a lei va in pezzi, incapace di superare una perdita così crudele.Per chiudere finalmente i conti con il passato, Steven decide di scrivere ad Avery una lettera anonima, e di chiedergli di rivelare il luogo in cui ha sepolto il fratello di sua madre.Ma appena Avery capisce di avere di fronte un bambino, in lui ritorna prepotente l’istinto omicida.Tra le brughiere avvolte dalla nebbia del sud dell’Inghilterra, comincia un gioco molto pericoloso tra un ragazzino disperato e un serial killer annoiato. Nel suo «esordio d’eccezione», come l’ha definito «Bookseller», Belinda Bauer tesse brillantemente lo scambio tra il killer manipolatore e il ragazzino ingegnoso, tracciando un ritratto dell’assassino che gela il sangue. Ma soprattutto la figura di Steven, dodicenne solo e trascurato, con la sua vita famigliare priva di calore e i suoi tentativi commoventi di dare un senso al mondo intorno a lui, che fa di Belinda Bauer una voce unica nella nuova narrativa di genere.

Black Wind

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Clive Cussler’s dazzling new Dirk Pitt(r) adventure. Clive the Mighty!” hailed Kirkus Reviews about Cussler’s last Dirk Pitt(r) novel, *Trojan Odyssey*. “Hurricane Clive at his most tumultuous.” Nobody has been able to match Cussler yet for the intricate plotting and sheer audacity of his work, and *Black Wind* sets the bar even higher. In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure-a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the West Coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of biological virus. Neither sub made it to the designated target. But that does not mean they were lost. Someone knows about the subs and what they bore, knows too where they might be, and has an extraordinary plan in store for the prize inside-a scheme that could reshape the world as we know it. All that stands in the way are three people: a marine biologist named Summer, a marine engineer named Dirk, and their father, Dirk Pitt, the new head of NUMA. Pitt has faced devastating enemies before, and has even teamed up with his children to track them down. But never has he looked upon the face of pure evil . . . until now. Filled with dazzling suspense and breathtaking action, *Black Wind* is Cussler at the height of his storytelling powers.