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The Lioness and the Spellspinners

Forrest can’t fathom this prickly, knife-wielding girl who so unceremoniously turns up in his family’s barn one morning. His life has never been this exciting. Karina can’t make herself trust the strangely hospitable villagers on this island she’s now stuck on, and when they claim they can knit spells into their garments, that doesn’t help. She knows magic exists, but that’s just ridiculous. And no one can understand why the chickens have suddenly started laying gilded eggs, or why the horse is talking in rhyming couplets. When the inexplicable magic goes from mere bad poetry to actual threats, when dancing becomes dangerous and the wrong thought could cause disaster, the only answers are in the past Karina is fleeing-and the only way to survive is for the knife-wielder to trust the spellspinner.

The Leopard King

**Proud. Imperious. Impassioned.**
Until three years ago, those words applied to Dominic Asher, the leader of Ash Valley. His family has ruled the feline branch of the Animari for hundreds of years, guiding the pride through perilous times. Unspeakable loss drove him into seclusion, a feral beast nobody can tame. Now he’s wrecked, a leopard king in exile, and he wants nothing more than to die.
**Fierce. Loyal. Determined.**
Fortunately for Dom, those words still apply to Pru Bristow, his dead mate’s best friend. She’s had her heart broken too, but she never quits. With the conclave approaching, alliances with the Pine Ridge pack and Burnt Amber clans on the verge of collapse, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to drag their leader back, before his second can start a war.
At best theirs seems like a desperate alliance, but when their mate bond turns hot and fierce, there’s no end to the questions and the doubts. Neither of them expects to fall in love. But sometimes people don’t know what they’re looking for until they find it.

The Legend That Was Earth

EARTH FIRST! TERRA FOR TERRANS! They’ve eased our problems. They’ve raised our standards of living. Their science has shown us that everything we though we knew about the universe was wrong. And now the alien Hyadeans’ high-tech gifts and their flair for social order promise to make a paradise of planet Earth. To us, the Hyadeans seem a model of efficiency and clear thinking. But in Hyadean eyes, Earth’s culture wallows in imagination and dreams, artforms and concepts which would never have occurred to a citizen of their world. To some of the aliens, this demonstrates Earth’s backwardness; others are increasingly fascinated by us. But when a political assassination plunges his life into chaos, wealthy socialite and “Fixer” Roland Cade discovers the dark underbelly of the alien presence. Our government obeys them. Our economy serves their wealthy masters. And the CounterAction “terrorists” on the news are truly fighting for freedom for Terrans and Hyadeans alike–and one of them is his ex-wife. Soon Cade is caught up in a terrifying adventure that will take him around the globe, and a conflict that will threaten to destroy the world as it turns American against American–and Hyadean against Hyadean. Cade will find friends in unexpected places, among the agents of CounterAction, and among the aliens themselves. But he will also face deadly enemies closer than the ever could have feared. . . .

The Last Days of New Paris

**A thriller of war that never was – of survival in an impossible city – of surreal cataclysm. In *The Last Days of New Paris* , China Mieville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new.**
*”Beauty will be convulsive. . . .”*
1941\. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer – and occult disciple – Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist Andre Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever.
1950\. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts – and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, he must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse.
But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties – to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.
**Praise for *The Last Days of New Paris** *
“Beautiful, stunningly realized . . . [ *The Last Days of New Paris* ] is a brief vacation in alien latitudes, a midnight layover in an imaginary place.” **\- NPR**
“A thoughtful, highbrow novella . . . Mieville’s self-assured style offers up a strong sense of humanity, while the strange Surrealist monsters give *Last Days* a fun and complementary mad-science component.” **\- *USA Today** *
“[A] testament to the necessary, progressive power of art . . . Both moving and disturbingly timely.” **\- *Newsday** *
“A novel both unhinged and utterly compelling, a kind of guerrilla warfare waged by art itself, combining both meticulous historical research and Mieville’s unparalleled inventiveness.” **\- *Chicago Tribune** *
“An extraordinarily original work that foregrounds Mieville’s considerable ingenuity and innovation.” ***- The Millions** *
“Hauntingly poetic, strangely beautiful, and erratically intense.” ***- San Francisco Book Review** *
“Dazzling . . . quite a feat.” **\- *The Guardian** *

The Land: Swarm: A LitRPG Saga

Aleron Kong’s #1 Best Selling LitRPG Saga continues in “The Land: Swarm”The enemies of the Mist Village are moving, the storm clouds are gathering, what are Richter and Sion to do???Crush the game, that’s what! More of everything you love in LitRPG: Powerful items, epic battles, awesome quests and in depth world building!What happened to Elora? Where is the swarm? Did the rock giant make Richter jelly? What are the colonel’s secret spices???Journey back into my world and find out! Come back… to The Land!

The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

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Winner of the Gold Dagger Award
A fascinating true crime story that details the rise of modern forensics and the development of modern criminal investigation.

At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher terrorized the French countryside, eluding authorities for years, and murdering twice as many victims as Jack The Ripper. Here, Douglas Starr revisits Vacher’s infamous crime wave, interweaving the story of the two men who eventually stopped him—prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era’s most renowned criminologist. In dramatic detail, Starr shows how Lacassagne and his colleagues were developing forensic science as we know it. Building to a gripping courtroom denouement, *The Killer of Little Shepherds* is a riveting contribution to the history of criminal justice. **
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‘The Killer of Little Shepherds is so fascinating and beautifully written that it reads as much like a novel as a real-life account as it navigates the twists, turns and drama that followed fresh developments in forensic science’
Sunday Express 20/3
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Winner of the Gold Dagger Award
A fascinating true crime story that details the rise of modern forensics and the development of modern criminal investigation.

At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher terrorized the French countryside, eluding authorities for years, and murdering twice as many victims as Jack The Ripper. Here, Douglas Starr revisits Vacher’s infamous crime wave, interweaving the story of the two men who eventually stopped him—prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era’s most renowned criminologist. In dramatic detail, Starr shows how Lacassagne and his colleagues were developing forensic science as we know it. Building to a gripping courtroom denouement, *The Killer of Little Shepherds* is a riveting contribution to the history of criminal justice.

The Iron Tactician

A brand new stand-alone deep space adventure from Alastair Reynolds, featuring the author’s long-running character Merlin, who has previously appeared in “Merlin’s Gun” (1999), “Hideaway” (2000) and “Minla’s Flowers” (2007). When Merlin encounters the derelict hulk of an old swallowship drifting in the middle of nowhere, he can’t resist investigating. He soon finds himself involved in a situation that proves far more complex than he ever anticipated. “Reynolds is one of our finest SF writers, creating a universe rich with detail and thrilling in scope.” — Peter F. Hamilton “Reynolds is a master of modern space opera…” — Publishers Weekly “Minla’s Flowers is a touching, heartrending story…” – Booklist Review “While it may be difficult to write grand space opera in short story form, it’s not impossible, and two linked stories, “Hideaway” and “Merlin’s Gun” show just how well it can be done.” – SFSite

The Invasion of 1950

The year is 1950, but not the 1950 we know. The Second World War ended in 1943. Hitler never declared war on the United States and is currently master of an empire that stretches from the Atlantic coastline of France to the Ural Mountains in Russia. Hundreds of millions are dead or enslaved as Hitler’s followers make his dreams real, but the Fuhrer is still not satisfied. To the west, Britain remains independent – and, beyond it, the United States of America.
Since 1943, the world has enjoyed an uneasy peace.
That is about to change …
[As a matter of principle, all of my self-published books are DRM-free. You can do what you like with them (well, at least anything you can do with a paperback book.) ]

The Intelligent Investor

More than one million hardcovers sold
Now available for the first time in paperback!
The Classic Text Annotated to Update Graham’s Timeless Wisdom for Today’s Market Conditions
The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham’s philosophy of “value investing” — which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies — has made *The Intelligent Investor* the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.
Over the years, market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham’s strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham’s original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today’s market, draws parallels between Graham’s examples and today’s financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham’s principles.
Vital and indispensable, this HarperBusiness Essentials edition of *The Intelligent Investor* is the most important book you will ever read on how to reach your financial goals.

The Hidden Treasure of Darfor

In the far future, humans have abandoned a dying Earth and colonised planets on the edge of another galaxy. Once there, they discover this galaxy is teeming with various species of alien life that have created a huge, galactic network of planets which the humans become part of. This is the story of a human who journeys from the outer colonies to the bustling, cosmopolitan centre of the galaxy to start a new life. After befriending a cheeky alien, he unwittingly becomes entangled in a web of crime and adventure far beyond his wildest imagination. Can he stay ahead of the people who are determined to hunt him down?

The Hanging Tree

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of Police Constable Peter Grant or the Folly — London’s police department for supernatural cases — even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the flats of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But the daughter of Lady Ty, influential goddess of the Tyburn river, was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favor. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the houses, where the law is something bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about. He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week…

The Halfling and Other Stories

The Halfling
The Dancing Girl of Ganymede
The Citadel of Lost Ages
All the Colors of the Rainbow
The Shadows
Enchantress of Venus
The Lake of Gone Forever
The Truants

The Fate of Rome

**A sweeping new history of how climate change and disease helped bring down the Roman Empire**
Here is the monumental retelling of one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire. *The Fate of Rome* is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played in the collapse of Rome’s power–a story of nature’s triumph over human ambition.
Interweaving a grand historical narrative with cutting-edge climate science and genetic discoveries, Kyle Harper traces how the fate of Rome was decided not just by emperors, soldiers, and barbarians but also by volcanic eruptions, solar cycles, climate instability, and devastating viruses and bacteria. He takes readers from Rome’s pinnacle in the second century, when the empire seemed an invincible superpower, to its unraveling by the seventh century, when Rome was politically fragmented and materially depleted. Harper describes how the Romans were resilient in the face of enormous environmental stress, until the besieged empire could no longer withstand the combined challenges of a “little ice age” and recurrent outbreaks of bubonic plague.
A poignant reflection on humanity’s intimate relationship with the environment, *The Fate of Rome* provides a sweeping account of how one of history’s greatest civilizations encountered and endured, yet ultimately succumbed to the cumulative burden of nature’s violence. The example of Rome is a timely reminder that climate change and germ evolution have shaped the world we inhabit–in ways that are surprising and profound.

The Duke’s Ballad

The Duke’s Ballad is the tale of Aisling, a young witch from a family gifted with a magical power that she must protect from her brother, Kirion, who wields magic unlike the rest of the family’s. He gains power only by a terrible means: by killing others who wield magic. Years ago, Aisling fled her native Kars when Kirion, working for the Duke of Kars, tried to kill her. Since Aisling’s departure, Kirion has tightened his insidious hold on Duke Shastro. The malevolent sorcerer’s dark influence works through Shastro to cast a deadly pall over all of Kars. A fatal chain of events is triggered when Kirion pitches the people of Kars into a war with a neighboring clan.Aisling recruits her younger brother Keelan and returns in disguise, determined to undermine Kirion’s power and unseat his evil pawn from the throne. Accompanied also by a catlike telepathic beast, Aisling becomes part of Shastro’s court. But even as she begins to learn the ways of court power, a brutally cold winter besieges the land, testing the endurance of the people of Kars, who have little cheer in that darkest season. As Kars and its people contend with Kirion’s depredations, the warring clan’s raids, and the devastating winter, Aisling and Keelan must somehow, through guile, persistence and ingenuity, find a way to avoid the attention of their dangerous older brother, and save the people from his murderous sorcery. Only if they can survive Kirion’s terrible power can they deliver the dukedom into the peace and prosperity it once knew.At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann: What Really Happened?

What really happened to missing child Madeleine McCann? Crime writer Chelsea Hoffman delves into the evidence against the girl’s parents, as well as the numerous theories in her case, with never-before-seen exclusive interviews and a look at the media madness surrounding this mysterious disappearance. **

The Dire Saga: Books 1-3

From her tumultuous beginnings in the skid rows of Icon City, to her ongoing attempts to improve the world despite the heroes’ best efforts, this is the story of Doctor Dire. Forced into villainy by a world that can’t cope with her, Dire battles the worst of the worst, doing what the heroes cannot.
Her power is her genius, and her unwavering determination to protect those she calls her friends. And several hundred pounds worth of military-grade power armor don’t hurt either, y’know?
Though by no means finished, her saga will uncover the dark secrets of the Teslaverse – a universe where Nikola Tesla not only got funding, but managed to shatter the fundament and cause an ever-expanding outbreak of superpowers from the dawn of the twentieth century to present day and beyond. Dire lives in the shadow of his flawed legacy, as do the rest of the heroes, villains, supernatural creatures, and ordinary people who are just trying to get from one day to the next.
Threats arise everywhere, from brutal gangers and sinister techno-terrorists in Dire:Born, to shadowy corporate intrigues and mad biologists in Dire:Seed, to the very might of the Third Reich in Dire:Time. The challenge is great, but she is Dire! And they shall tremble as she shows them, shows them all!
This omnibus collects the first three books of the Dire Saga, namely Born, Seed, and Time.