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Hard to Handle

The only male among four sisters, Michael Drummond is no stranger to women’s strength and formidable will. His Dublin pub, the Skin & Bones, is his refuge, a reassuringly masculine retreat. Until a fierce woman warrior from another realm bursts into his life, bringing with her a battle between good and evil…and an explosive dose of desire.
The first and only of her kind, Ash is a lone female gargoyle, a creature destined to protect mankind from Demons determined to unleash their darkest forces. But her arrival on Earth is more confusing than she expected: her bone-deep instinct to do battle is matched only by her untamed attraction to stubborn, stalwart Drum. If they manage to keep the world safe, can they turn the passion crackling between them into a love that will withstand the test of time, in Hard to Handle, the next Gargoyle paranormal romance by New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren.

Hard Times

Charles Dickens’s shortest novel, *Hard Times* presents a harsh appraisal of English society during the Industrial Revolution. Set in fictitious Coketown, *Hard Times* tells the story of Thomas Gradgrind and his children, Louisa and Tom, as they struggle to make their way in a changing England. Through the characters of Thomas, Louisa, and Tom, Dickens explores the divide between mill owners and workers during the Victorian era.
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### Recensione
“A masterpiece…a completely serious work of art” (F.R.Leavis)
“The greatest of Dickens’ work…should be studied with close and earnest care” (John Ruskin)
“Big and earnest, though circus folk and bank robbery add colour to its canvas of industrialists and loveless marriages” (*Sunday Times*)
### Descrizione del libro
‘It is proof of Dickens’ genius (or maybe just the unchanging nature of Britain) that you can read *Hard Times* as if it were all happening now’ *Guardian*

Hard Time

Among the first, and perhaps the most compelling, female private investigators of contemporary fiction, Sara Paretsky’s incomparable character V. I. Warshawski at last returns to the page in her first full-length appearance since 1994’s **Tunnel Vision**. **Hard Time** is the work of a master–a riveting novel of suspense that is indisputably Paretsky’s best V.I. Warshawski novel yet. Multimedia conglomerate Global Entertainment has purchased the Chicago Herald-Star, forcing the paper’s staff to scramble to stay employed. Reporter Murray Ryerson, V.I.’s longtime friend and sometime rival, manages to reinvent himself as the host of a television show on Global’s network.
On her way home from a party celebrating Murray’s debut, V.I. almost runs over a woman lying in the street. Stopping to help, V.I. soon learns that her Good Samaritan act will drop her squarely in a boiling intrigue. In a case that forces her to go head-to-head with one of the world’s largest providers of private security and prison services, a case that exposes dark hidden truths behind the razzle-dazzle of the entertainment industry, V.I. will be ahead of the game if she gets out alive.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup-practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in. Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.
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Ben Horowitz, medeoprichter van Andreessen Horrowitz en een van Silicon Valleys meest gerespecteerde en ervaren ondernemers, biedt onmisbaar advies over het opzetten en runnen van een startup – praktische wijsheid voor het managen van de lastigste problemen waar de bedrijfsschool het niet over had, gebaseerd op zijn populaire “ben’s blog”. Hoewel mensen het vaak hebben over hoe geweldig het is om een bedrijf te starten, zijn ze maar zelden eerlijk over hoe moeilijk het is er een te runnen. Ben Horowitz analyseert de problemen waar leiders iedere dag tegenover staan, deelt de inzichten die hij heeft verworven met ontwikkelen, managen, verkopen, kopen, investeren en toezicht houden op technologiebedrijven. Als levenslange rapfanaat zet hij zijn bedrijfslessen bij met lyrics uit zijn favoriete nummers, en zegt hij waar het op staat als het gaat om vrienden ontslaan of personeel bij de concurrent vandaan halen, om het cultiveren en behouden van een CEO-mentaliteit of om weten wanneer je een geldslag moet slaan. Vol met zijn karakteristieke humor en duidelijke taal is The Hard Thing About Hard Things onmisbaar voor zowel ervaren ondernemers als strevers die net beginnen, en het is gebaseerd op Horowitzs persoonlijke en vaak ontzagwekkende ervaringen.

More than any other business book released this year, Hard Things gives an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to lead and scale a startup. — –Business Insider’s Best Business Books of 2014 This is easily one of the essential books every business leader should read if they’re looking for proven and honest management advice. — –Entrepreneur’s 25 Amazing Business Books from 2014 The most valuable book on startup management hands down — PandoDaily There is more than enough substance in Mr. Horowitz’s impressive tome to turn it into a leadership classic. — The Economist

Hard Target

NOTE: This title is currently out of print and unavailable.
Book three in the Covert Attractions series.
With a body hot enough to inspire a second Trojan conquest—of the latex variety—FBI agent Alexandra Valentine could be Simon Jakes’ match made in heaven. If only she weren’t the reason his career as a CIA hacker ended in a pile of ash.
When Alex returns after six years, it’s with a proposition he can’t refuse. Work with her or return to prison. Compared to negotiating the powder keg of their relationship, the job should be simple. Take down a criminal organization run by one egomaniacal billionaire and try not to get killed along the way. The problem is, with a woman as sexy as Alex by his side, Simon has trouble keeping his mind on the mission and out of the bedroom.
At their darkest hour, each has a decision to make. To trust despite the fog of lies and deception being spun around them, or to fail because a second crack at love proved the hardest and most impenetrable target of all.
A Romantica® erotic romantic suspense from Ellora’s Cave

Hard Sell

Mr. Fisk Centers has it made: a personal fortune of three million dollars enables him, at the tender ages of 50, to take an early retirement and enjoy all the comforts 21st-century Earth has to offer. Then he gets a call from Mars Ltd. offering him a real-estate deal that sounds too good to be true. It is. Now penniless and unemployed, Centers will do anything to make a buck. . . . Previous publisher: Tafford.

Hard Rain

John Rain – half-Japanese, half-American, raised in both countries but at home in neither – is trying to leave his life as a freelance assassin. After killing a CIA officer who hunted him halfway around the globe, Rain goes underground, hoping to find the peace that has eluded him. But then Tatsu, his old nemesis from the Japanese FBI, comes to him with one last job; to find and eliminate a killer at large, a creature with neither compassion nor compunction, whose activities could tip the balance of power in Japan’s corrupt politics and who seems to have designs on Rain’s few friends. To protect them, Rain will have to pursue his most dangerous quarry yet through the crosshairs of the CIA and the Japanese mafia, where the differences between friend and foe and truth and deceit are as murky as the rain-slicked streets of Tokyo.

Hard News (Rune thrillers)

Rune seems to have finally made the first real step towards her dreams – she has secured a job working for a major network news department. From there, he career as a budding documentary maker can really take off.
However, nothing in Rune’s life is ever that simple. She quickly becomes fascinated by the brutal murder of the network boss, and just as swiftly comes to the conclusion that the guy in the frame for the crime must be innocent. This, despite the mountain of evidence against him. But, trying to prove his innocence starts to become hazardous to her own health when a hitman comes to town with her name on a contract…
Full of twists and turns, and with a incredibly engaging central character, this is classic Deaver…
### Recensione
Deaver is a master of ticking-bomb suspense (*People magazine*)
The best psychological thriller writer around (*The Times*)
### Descrizione del libro
The third in the New York-based Rune trilogy.

Hard news

Randy Boggs è innocente. Rune, ambiziosa assistente cameraman in un notiziario locale newyorkese, ne è convinta. Prove inconsistenti, indagini superficiali, testimonianze frammentarie, tutto fa pensare che dietro a una frettolosa condanna per omicidio si nasconda una grande storia che aspetta solo di essere raccontata. Ma un uomo che si professa innocente non basta a fare notizia, questo le spiega Piper Sutton, anchorwoman di Current Events, trasmissione di punta del Network in cui la ragazza lavora, quando Rune le propone il servizio. Trasmetterà la storia a patto che Rune non rincorra un assurdo ideale di giustizia, ma cerchi solo la verità: Randy Boggs ha ucciso o no Lance Hopper, ex capo del Network? Con l’aiuto di Bradford, giovane stagista, e di Lee Maisel, produttore esecutivo del programma, Rune ricostruisce tutta la vicenda partendo dal cortile in cui Hopper è stato assassinato. Proprio lì la ragazza trova un nuovo testimone, la chiave che scagionerà Boggs e consegnerà a lei il posto che tanto sogna a Current Events. Ma il giorno della trasmissione, il servizio scompare nel nulla, cancellato dal sistema e rubato dalla scrivania di Rune, e il testimone viene trovato morto. La polizia parla di un incidente, ma la ragazza comincia a sospettare che dietro ai due eventi si nasconda il vero assassino di Hopper. Dopo “Nero a Manhattan” e “Requiem per una pornostar”, Jeffery Deaver ci regala l’ultima avventura della “Trilogia di Rune”.

Hard Merchandise

Boba Fett fears only one enemy–the one he cannot see….
Feared and admired, respected and despised, Boba Fett enjoys a dubious reputation as the galaxy’s most successful bounty hunter. Yet even a man like Boba Fett can have one too many enemies….
When Boba Fett stumbles across evidence implicating Prince Xizor in the murder of Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle, Fett makes himself an enemy even he fears: the unknown mastermind behind a monstrous deception, who will kill to hide his tracks. Fett also finds himself in possession of an amnesiac young woman named Neelah, who may be the key to the mystery–or a decoy leading Fett into a murderous ambush. Fett’s last hope is to run through the list of Xizor’s hidden enemies. And since Xizor’s hidden enemies are almost as legion as Fett’s, the chance of survival is slim–even for someone as skilled and relentless as Boba Fett.
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Hard Measures

**From a top-level operative in the counterterrorism unit of the CIA comes an explosive memoir about the behind-the-scenes fight against al-Qaeda after September 11.**Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don”t know that Bin Laden”s death is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez from 2001 to late 2007 and built on by his successors. Like a real-life Jack Bauer from television”s 24, Rodriguez”s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency”s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior al-Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, tools which were an integral part of the War on Terror but are no longer available to those fighting America’s fiercest foes.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Columbia, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez shares his unlikely journey from law school student to CIA recruit and finally, at the end of a thirty-one-year career, to being America”s top spy. Rodriguez sparked controversy and a three-year investigation by his decision to order the destruction of videotapes showing CIA officers conducting harsh, but what he describes as “legal, necessary, and effective interrogation.” Riveting and timely, Hard Measures also examines how the current political climate and resulting policies have negatively impacted the CIA”s efficiency—even taking away the mechanisms that made feats like the successful Bin Laden operation possible.

Hard Magic

Rediscover the first story this fan-favorite series by acclaimed author Laura Anne Gilman and her magic world of the Cosa Nostradamus.Welcome to P.U.P.I.—Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations: a handpicked team trained to solve crimes the regular police can’t touch, crimes of magic. My name’s Bonnie Torres. Recent college grad, magic user and severely unemployed. Until I got a call out of nowhere to interview for a job I hadn’t applied for. It smelled fishy, but the brutal truth was I needed the work—so off I went. Two days later I’m a PUPI—me and Nick, Sharon, Nifty and Pietr. Five twentysomethings, thrown into an entirely new career in forensic magic. The first job we get is a doozy: proving that the deaths of two Talents were murder, not suicide. Worse, there are high-profile people who want us to close up shop and go away. We’re sniffing out things they’d rather keep buried. Looks as if this job is gonna get interesting. The only problem is, we’re making it up as we go along…Originally published in 2010.