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Et surtout ne te retourne pas

Isabel et Marcus : pour tous, LE couple parfait. Mais un soir, il ne rentre pas et le cauchemar commence. Agressée par de faux agents du FBI, interrogée par la police, dépouillée de tous ses biens, Isabel voit son univers s’effondrer lorsqu’elle reçoit un texto de Marcus : ” Oublie-moi. Fais comme si j’étais mort. Et surtout ne te retourne pas… ”

Isabel et Marcus : pour tous, LE couple parfait. Mais un soir, il ne rentre pas et le cauchemar commence. Agressée par de faux agents du FBI, interrogée par la police, dépouillée de tous ses biens, Isabel voit son univers s’effondrer lorsqu’elle reçoit un texto de Marcus : ” Oublie-moi. Fais comme si j’étais mort. Et surtout ne te retourne pas… ”

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Argent et noblesse

— Oui, mon enfant.
— Non, non, cela n’est certes pas la raison, répliqua la jeune fille à
demi fâchée.
— Et quelle serait donc la raison, Lina ?
— Grand-père devient de plus en plus économe. Pour gagner quelques
sous au-dessus de sa journée, il travaillerait même toute la nuit, si c’était
possible. Le dimanche après-midi, il ne va plus jamais boire une pinte avec
ses amis, et il n’allume plus que rarement une pipe, lui qui auparavant
avait l’habitude de fumer presque constamment à la maison. Le tabac est
trop cher, dit-il. Vraiment, mère, cela me fait peine quand je le vois le
soir regarder autour de lui d’un air si préoccupé. Je sais bien ce que ses
yeux cherchent ; mais il résiste à la tentation, pour épargner une couple
de cents ; souvent mon coeur se gonfle de pitié et il me prend des envies
de pleurer ; mais, Dieu merci, cela ne durera plus longtemps.
— Non, cela ne durera plus longtemps, répéta la veuve avec un accent
de tristesse, encore quelques mois. Ma grave maladie, qui m’a tenue alitée
tout l’hiver, nous a mis en arrière. C’est un crève-coeur pour notre bon
père. Jamais il n’a pu supporter l’idée d’avoir des de?es si petites qu’elles
soient. Maintenant il travaille et il peine pour soulager nos épaules de ce
fardeau. Laisse-le faire, Lina ; tu sais que toutes les observations sur ce
point restent inutiles.
— Non, je ne le laisserai pas faire, murmura la jeune fille d’un ton
résolu. A?endez un peu, je saurai bien le forcer à fumer sa pipe comme
devant.
— Le forcer ? Comment t’y prendras-tu ?
— Vous verrez, ma mère, quand il sera temps.
En achevant ces paroles, elle se dirigea vers un coin de la pièce, prit
son carreau de dentellière et vint s’asseoir près de la table. Elle découvrit
une large dentelle déjà en partie achevée et se mit à entremêler vivement
ses fuseaux en répétant joyeusement :

— Oui, mon enfant.
— Non, non, cela n’est certes pas la raison, répliqua la jeune fille à
demi fâchée.
— Et quelle serait donc la raison, Lina ?
— Grand-père devient de plus en plus économe. Pour gagner quelques
sous au-dessus de sa journée, il travaillerait même toute la nuit, si c’était
possible. Le dimanche après-midi, il ne va plus jamais boire une pinte avec
ses amis, et il n’allume plus que rarement une pipe, lui qui auparavant
avait l’habitude de fumer presque constamment à la maison. Le tabac est
trop cher, dit-il. Vraiment, mère, cela me fait peine quand je le vois le
soir regarder autour de lui d’un air si préoccupé. Je sais bien ce que ses
yeux cherchent ; mais il résiste à la tentation, pour épargner une couple
de cents ; souvent mon coeur se gonfle de pitié et il me prend des envies
de pleurer ; mais, Dieu merci, cela ne durera plus longtemps.
— Non, cela ne durera plus longtemps, répéta la veuve avec un accent
de tristesse, encore quelques mois. Ma grave maladie, qui m’a tenue alitée
tout l’hiver, nous a mis en arrière. C’est un crève-coeur pour notre bon
père. Jamais il n’a pu supporter l’idée d’avoir des de?es si petites qu’elles
soient. Maintenant il travaille et il peine pour soulager nos épaules de ce
fardeau. Laisse-le faire, Lina ; tu sais que toutes les observations sur ce
point restent inutiles.
— Non, je ne le laisserai pas faire, murmura la jeune fille d’un ton
résolu. A?endez un peu, je saurai bien le forcer à fumer sa pipe comme
devant.
— Le forcer ? Comment t’y prendras-tu ?
— Vous verrez, ma mère, quand il sera temps.
En achevant ces paroles, elle se dirigea vers un coin de la pièce, prit
son carreau de dentellière et vint s’asseoir près de la table. Elle découvrit
une large dentelle déjà en partie achevée et se mit à entremêler vivement
ses fuseaux en répétant joyeusement :

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Los cuervos de Hollywood

Joseph Wambaugh, maestro del thriller policíaco, ha vuelto con una adictiva novela focalizada una vez más en los oficiales de policía de la Hollywood Station del LAPD; en concreto en el papel que juegan los «cuervos», nombre popular de la Agencia de Relaciones Comunitarias (CRO), compuesto de policías que no están satisfechos en las calles y que se sienten más seguros velando por la «calidad de vida» de los vecinos. Los policías de Wambaugh reiteran que se sienten aplastados por el peso de la vigilancia federal que sobrevino tras varias olas de escándalos relacionados con el cuerpo de policía, pero, naturalmente, en manos de Wambaugh, la vida de esta comunidad rebosa humor negro y sátira social. Así, la narración oscila entre los cuervos y el peculiar grupo de policías callejeros que tienen que lidiar con los residentes de lo que ellos llaman «la capital loca de Estados Unidos». Estamos ante una de las clásicas historias de policías de Wambaugh, extraída de la realidad y conducida con su inimitable e inteligente estilo. Wambaugh derrama una vez más su acidez contra las reglas y las normas burocráticas: Wambaugh cabalga de nuevo.

Joseph Wambaugh, maestro del thriller policíaco, ha vuelto con una adictiva novela focalizada una vez más en los oficiales de policía de la Hollywood Station del LAPD; en concreto en el papel que juegan los «cuervos», nombre popular de la Agencia de Relaciones Comunitarias (CRO), compuesto de policías que no están satisfechos en las calles y que se sienten más seguros velando por la «calidad de vida» de los vecinos. Los policías de Wambaugh reiteran que se sienten aplastados por el peso de la vigilancia federal que sobrevino tras varias olas de escándalos relacionados con el cuerpo de policía, pero, naturalmente, en manos de Wambaugh, la vida de esta comunidad rebosa humor negro y sátira social. Así, la narración oscila entre los cuervos y el peculiar grupo de policías callejeros que tienen que lidiar con los residentes de lo que ellos llaman «la capital loca de Estados Unidos». Estamos ante una de las clásicas historias de policías de Wambaugh, extraída de la realidad y conducida con su inimitable e inteligente estilo. Wambaugh derrama una vez más su acidez contra las reglas y las normas burocráticas: Wambaugh cabalga de nuevo.

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El ángel rojo

La aparición de un cadáver decapitado, artísticamente troceado y diseminado con enigmáticos designios por diversos rincones de París, sacude de un modo eléctrico al comisario Franck Sharko. Saber que no se trata del cuerpo de su esposa, que lleva ya seis meses desaparecida sin que nadie haya pedido rescata y sin que se tenga la menor pista, es sólo un consuelo menor. Al contrario, este descubrimiento dará pie a una estremecedora y alucinante investigación que pone en contacto a Sharko con los ambientes, redes virtuales y personajes más sórdidos que puedan imaginarse y, sobre todo, con una mente fría, manipuladora y perversa hasta límites insospechados.
Sólo la tensión en que Thilliez mantiene al lector a lo largo toda la novela, impide que éste sienta el calor de la espesa sangre que rezuman estas páginas. La capacidad que tiene el autor para angustiar al lector y mantenerle atrapado en la trama es realmente algo fuera de lo común y por ello han comparado esta obra amenudo con “Seven” o “El silencio de los corderos”. Un thriller no apto para cardíacos. **

La aparición de un cadáver decapitado, artísticamente troceado y diseminado con enigmáticos designios por diversos rincones de París, sacude de un modo eléctrico al comisario Franck Sharko. Saber que no se trata del cuerpo de su esposa, que lleva ya seis meses desaparecida sin que nadie haya pedido rescata y sin que se tenga la menor pista, es sólo un consuelo menor. Al contrario, este descubrimiento dará pie a una estremecedora y alucinante investigación que pone en contacto a Sharko con los ambientes, redes virtuales y personajes más sórdidos que puedan imaginarse y, sobre todo, con una mente fría, manipuladora y perversa hasta límites insospechados.
Sólo la tensión en que Thilliez mantiene al lector a lo largo toda la novela, impide que éste sienta el calor de la espesa sangre que rezuman estas páginas. La capacidad que tiene el autor para angustiar al lector y mantenerle atrapado en la trama es realmente algo fuera de lo común y por ello han comparado esta obra amenudo con “Seven” o “El silencio de los corderos”. Un thriller no apto para cardíacos. **

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Delitti a Cinecittà

Cinecittà, primavera del 1940. Mentre è impegnata a recitare nel film “La corona di ferro” del regista Alessandro Blasetti, la celebre diva dello schermo Luisa Ferida è vittima di un tentativo di omicidio da parte di un misterioso personaggio che la minaccia di morte tramite lettere anonime. Per sventare il pericolo, la Ferida e il suo compagno – il noto attore Osvaldo Valenti – si affidano all’investigatore privato Bruno Astolfi, un ex commissario di polizia radiato dal ruolo per il suo aperto antifascismo. Astolfi inizia così a indagare sul set dello spettacolare film di Blasetti, affollato di attori e figuranti. Durante le riprese di una scena, il detective riesce fortunosamente a salvare l’attrice dal suo sconosciuto persecutore, che le spara da un terrazzo uccidendo al suo posto una giovane comparsa. Da qui in poi si susseguono episodi convulsi che provocano altre vittime, tutte legate in qualche modo al passato della celebre coppia. Concentrandosi proprio su questo passato in parte oscuro, Astolfi da avvio alla sua serrata inchiesta che, tra un colpo di scena e l’altro, lo porterà a confrontarsi con alcuni miti del cinema italiano tra cui Vittorio De Sica, Totò, Alida Valli, Amedeo Nazzari, Renato Castellani e Cesare Zavattini.

Cinecittà, primavera del 1940. Mentre è impegnata a recitare nel film “La corona di ferro” del regista Alessandro Blasetti, la celebre diva dello schermo Luisa Ferida è vittima di un tentativo di omicidio da parte di un misterioso personaggio che la minaccia di morte tramite lettere anonime. Per sventare il pericolo, la Ferida e il suo compagno – il noto attore Osvaldo Valenti – si affidano all’investigatore privato Bruno Astolfi, un ex commissario di polizia radiato dal ruolo per il suo aperto antifascismo. Astolfi inizia così a indagare sul set dello spettacolare film di Blasetti, affollato di attori e figuranti. Durante le riprese di una scena, il detective riesce fortunosamente a salvare l’attrice dal suo sconosciuto persecutore, che le spara da un terrazzo uccidendo al suo posto una giovane comparsa. Da qui in poi si susseguono episodi convulsi che provocano altre vittime, tutte legate in qualche modo al passato della celebre coppia. Concentrandosi proprio su questo passato in parte oscuro, Astolfi da avvio alla sua serrata inchiesta che, tra un colpo di scena e l’altro, lo porterà a confrontarsi con alcuni miti del cinema italiano tra cui Vittorio De Sica, Totò, Alida Valli, Amedeo Nazzari, Renato Castellani e Cesare Zavattini.

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Sharpe’s Gold

Bold, professional, ruthless – hero and man of action “The stench was thick by the hermitage and buzzing with flies, and Sharpe paused by the steps.There was almost a reluctance to go inside, not just because of the bodies but because of what the hermitage might not contain.The gold.” Fresh from battle and covered in glory, Sharpe and his regiment are called north by Wellington.On arrival though Sharpe is set on a desperate mission–to go behind enemy lines and secure the gold so vital to the success of the war.Success means riches–not just for the army, but for Sharpe and his men. The enemy he faces strikes terror in to the hearts of all around –a renegade guerrilla band whose leader has a particular loathing for Sharpe who has stolen his woman. Soldier, hero, rogue – Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears. **

Bold, professional, ruthless – hero and man of action “The stench was thick by the hermitage and buzzing with flies, and Sharpe paused by the steps.There was almost a reluctance to go inside, not just because of the bodies but because of what the hermitage might not contain.The gold.” Fresh from battle and covered in glory, Sharpe and his regiment are called north by Wellington.On arrival though Sharpe is set on a desperate mission–to go behind enemy lines and secure the gold so vital to the success of the war.Success means riches–not just for the army, but for Sharpe and his men. The enemy he faces strikes terror in to the hearts of all around –a renegade guerrilla band whose leader has a particular loathing for Sharpe who has stolen his woman. Soldier, hero, rogue – Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears. **

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One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War

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In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be sliding inexorably toward a nuclear conflict over the placement of missiles in Cuba. Veteran “Washington Post” reporter Michael Dobbs has pored over previously untapped American, Soviet, and Cuban sources to produce the most authoritative book yet on the Cuban missile crisis. In his hour-by-hour chronicle of those near-fatal days, Dobbs reveals some startling new incidents that illustrate how close we came to Armageddon.
Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev’s plan to destroy the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo; the accidental overflight of the Soviet Union by an American spy plane; the movement of Soviet nuclear warheads around Cuba during the tensest days of the crisis; the activities of CIA agents inside Cuba; and the crash landing of an American F-106 jet with a live nuclear weapon on board.
Dobbs takes us inside the White House and the Kremlin as Kennedy and Khrushchev–rational, intelligent men separated by an ocean of ideological suspicion–agonize over the possibility of war. He shows how these two leaders recognized the terrifying realities of the nuclear age while Castro–never swayed by conventional political considerations–demonstrated the messianic ambition of a man selected by history for a unique mission. As the story unfolds, Dobbs brings us onto the decks of American ships patrolling Cuba; inside sweltering Soviet submarines and missile units as they ready their warheads; and onto the streets of Miami, where anti-Castro exiles plot the dictator’s overthrow.
Based on exhaustive new research and told in breathtaking prose, here is a riveting account of history’s most dangerous hours, full of lessons for our time.

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In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be sliding inexorably toward a nuclear conflict over the placement of missiles in Cuba. Veteran “Washington Post” reporter Michael Dobbs has pored over previously untapped American, Soviet, and Cuban sources to produce the most authoritative book yet on the Cuban missile crisis. In his hour-by-hour chronicle of those near-fatal days, Dobbs reveals some startling new incidents that illustrate how close we came to Armageddon.
Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev’s plan to destroy the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo; the accidental overflight of the Soviet Union by an American spy plane; the movement of Soviet nuclear warheads around Cuba during the tensest days of the crisis; the activities of CIA agents inside Cuba; and the crash landing of an American F-106 jet with a live nuclear weapon on board.
Dobbs takes us inside the White House and the Kremlin as Kennedy and Khrushchev–rational, intelligent men separated by an ocean of ideological suspicion–agonize over the possibility of war. He shows how these two leaders recognized the terrifying realities of the nuclear age while Castro–never swayed by conventional political considerations–demonstrated the messianic ambition of a man selected by history for a unique mission. As the story unfolds, Dobbs brings us onto the decks of American ships patrolling Cuba; inside sweltering Soviet submarines and missile units as they ready their warheads; and onto the streets of Miami, where anti-Castro exiles plot the dictator’s overthrow.
Based on exhaustive new research and told in breathtaking prose, here is a riveting account of history’s most dangerous hours, full of lessons for our time.

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Influence

*Influence* , the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of *Influence* will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success. Some images that appeared in the print edition of this book are unavailable in the electronic edition due to rights reasons.

*Influence* , the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of *Influence* will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success. Some images that appeared in the print edition of this book are unavailable in the electronic edition due to rights reasons.

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Howl’s Moving Castle

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

*’ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.’* January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb..
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island – boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

*’ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.’* January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb..
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island – boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

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Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse

Mortimer Tate was a recently divorced insurance salesman when he holed up in a cave on top of a mountain in Tennessee and rode out the end of the world. *Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse* begins nine years later, when he emerges into a bizarre landscape filled with hollow reminders of an America that no longer exists. The highways are lined with abandoned automobiles; electricity is generated by indentured servants pedaling stationary bicycles. What little civilization remains revolves around Joey Armageddon’s Sassy A-Go-Go strip clubs, where the beer is cold, the lap dancers are hot, and the bouncers are armed with M16s.
Accompanied by his cowboy sidekick Buffalo Bill, the gorgeous stripper Sheila, and the mountain man Ted, Mortimer journeys to the lost city of Atlanta — and a showdown that might determine the fate of humanity.

Mortimer Tate was a recently divorced insurance salesman when he holed up in a cave on top of a mountain in Tennessee and rode out the end of the world. *Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse* begins nine years later, when he emerges into a bizarre landscape filled with hollow reminders of an America that no longer exists. The highways are lined with abandoned automobiles; electricity is generated by indentured servants pedaling stationary bicycles. What little civilization remains revolves around Joey Armageddon’s Sassy A-Go-Go strip clubs, where the beer is cold, the lap dancers are hot, and the bouncers are armed with M16s.
Accompanied by his cowboy sidekick Buffalo Bill, the gorgeous stripper Sheila, and the mountain man Ted, Mortimer journeys to the lost city of Atlanta — and a showdown that might determine the fate of humanity.

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Erotic Comics: A Graphic History From Tijuana Bibles to Underground Comix

This international survey of erotic comics chronicles a groundbreaking form of sexual expression up to 1970, the years when mainstream culture spurned explicit eroticism. In the 1930s, American “Tijuana Bibles,” little pornographic comic books that parodied popular comics and comic strips, were widely available. World War II gave a boost to erotic comics, especially illustrated pin-ups. This set the stage for men’s magazines such as *Playboy*, which included racy cartoons from the beginning, and fetish comics. The flowering of the counterculture in the next decade gave rise to underground comics, whose acknowledged master was Robert Crumb. A parallel development occurred in Europe, where erotic comics like *Barbarella* were suddenly the rage. *Erotic Comics* tells this story with hundreds of illustrations, informative text, and insights from key artists, writers, and publishers. It’s sexy, artistic, entertaining, intriguing, and informative.

This international survey of erotic comics chronicles a groundbreaking form of sexual expression up to 1970, the years when mainstream culture spurned explicit eroticism. In the 1930s, American “Tijuana Bibles,” little pornographic comic books that parodied popular comics and comic strips, were widely available. World War II gave a boost to erotic comics, especially illustrated pin-ups. This set the stage for men’s magazines such as *Playboy*, which included racy cartoons from the beginning, and fetish comics. The flowering of the counterculture in the next decade gave rise to underground comics, whose acknowledged master was Robert Crumb. A parallel development occurred in Europe, where erotic comics like *Barbarella* were suddenly the rage. *Erotic Comics* tells this story with hundreds of illustrations, informative text, and insights from key artists, writers, and publishers. It’s sexy, artistic, entertaining, intriguing, and informative.

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Effective Java

**The Definitive Guide to Java Platform Best Practices -Updated for Java 7, 8,
and 9**
Java has changed dramatically since the previous edition of _Effective Java_
was published shortly after the release of Java 6. This Jolt award-winning
classic has now been thoroughly updated to take full advantage of the latest
language and library features. The support in modern Java for multiple
paradigms increases the need for specific best-practices advice, and this book
delivers.
As in previous editions, each chapter of _**Effective Java, Third Edition,** _
consists of several “items,” each presented in the form of a short, stand-
alone essay that provides specific advice, insight into Java platform
subtleties, and updated code examples. The comprehensive descriptions and
explanations for each item illuminate what to do, what not to do, and why.
The third edition covers language and library features added in Java 7, 8, and
9, including the functional programming constructs that were added to its
object-oriented roots. Many new items have been added, including a chapter
devoted to lambdas and streams.
New coverage includes
* Functional interfaces, lambda expressions, method references, and streams
* Default and static methods in interfaces
* Type inference, including the diamond operator for generic types
* The @SafeVarargs annotation
* The try-with-resources statement
* New library features such as the Optional interface, java.time, and the convenience factory methods for collections
__
### About the Author
**Joshua Bloch** is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He was formerly
the chief Java architect at Google, a distinguished engineer at Sun
Microsystems, and a senior systems designer at Transarc. He led the design and
implementation of numerous Java platform features, including the JDK 5.0
language enhancements and the Java Collections Framework. He holds a Ph.D. in
computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in computer
science from Columbia University.

**The Definitive Guide to Java Platform Best Practices -Updated for Java 7, 8,
and 9**
Java has changed dramatically since the previous edition of _Effective Java_
was published shortly after the release of Java 6. This Jolt award-winning
classic has now been thoroughly updated to take full advantage of the latest
language and library features. The support in modern Java for multiple
paradigms increases the need for specific best-practices advice, and this book
delivers.
As in previous editions, each chapter of _**Effective Java, Third Edition,** _
consists of several “items,” each presented in the form of a short, stand-
alone essay that provides specific advice, insight into Java platform
subtleties, and updated code examples. The comprehensive descriptions and
explanations for each item illuminate what to do, what not to do, and why.
The third edition covers language and library features added in Java 7, 8, and
9, including the functional programming constructs that were added to its
object-oriented roots. Many new items have been added, including a chapter
devoted to lambdas and streams.
New coverage includes
* Functional interfaces, lambda expressions, method references, and streams
* Default and static methods in interfaces
* Type inference, including the diamond operator for generic types
* The @SafeVarargs annotation
* The try-with-resources statement
* New library features such as the Optional interface, java.time, and the convenience factory methods for collections
__
### About the Author
**Joshua Bloch** is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He was formerly
the chief Java architect at Google, a distinguished engineer at Sun
Microsystems, and a senior systems designer at Transarc. He led the design and
implementation of numerous Java platform features, including the JDK 5.0
language enhancements and the Java Collections Framework. He holds a Ph.D. in
computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in computer
science from Columbia University.

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Conspirata

From Publishers Weekly

In this gripping second installment to his ancient Rome trilogy (after Imperium), bestseller Harris proves once again that politics is an ugly game. Beginning in 63 B.C.E. and told by Cicero’s slave secretary, Tiro, this complex tale continues to chronicle Cicero’s political career as he charms, co-opts, and bribes his way into the exalted position of consul, ruler of Rome. Although Cicero is known as a brilliant politician and philosopher, he was also a slick manipulator and shameless schemer, competing with equally sneaky rivals Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus. Cicero realizes that as the empire expands, the greatest threat to Rome comes from within, plotted by well-financed conspirators bent on turning the republic into a dictatorship. With fabulous oratory and trickery, Cicero uncovers and crushes an insurrection, exposing himself to great danger and possible assassination. Riots, murder, civil unrest, corruption, treachery, and betrayal mark Cicero’s political legacy, resulting in a battle between him and Julius Caesar. Throughout, however, Tiro remains loyal and remarkably astute, recognizing that it is an act of madness for a man to pursue power when he could be sitting in the sunshine reading a book. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

Harris provides the second installment in the intriguing life story of one of ancient Rome’s most complex historical figures. Picking up where he left off at the conclusion of Imperium (2006), Tiro, Cicero’s faithful manservant and confidential secretary, continues to narrate the experiences and the exploits of his master. Cicero, at the top of his political game in 63 BC, is elected consul of Rome. In an epic power struggle for influence and control, he matches wits with political and military heavyweights Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus. Just at this heady juncture in Cicero’s public tenure, the body of an eviscerated child is pulled from the Tiber River. This gruesome discovery sets into motion a series of dramatic events that will have a profound impact upon Cicero’s personal future and the fate of the entire Roman Empire. Once again, Harris reinvigorates history, breathing new life into a cast of timeworn historical characters and events. After devouring the middle course of this trilogy, historical fiction fans will still be hungry for more. –Margaret Flanagan

From Publishers Weekly

In this gripping second installment to his ancient Rome trilogy (after Imperium), bestseller Harris proves once again that politics is an ugly game. Beginning in 63 B.C.E. and told by Cicero’s slave secretary, Tiro, this complex tale continues to chronicle Cicero’s political career as he charms, co-opts, and bribes his way into the exalted position of consul, ruler of Rome. Although Cicero is known as a brilliant politician and philosopher, he was also a slick manipulator and shameless schemer, competing with equally sneaky rivals Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus. Cicero realizes that as the empire expands, the greatest threat to Rome comes from within, plotted by well-financed conspirators bent on turning the republic into a dictatorship. With fabulous oratory and trickery, Cicero uncovers and crushes an insurrection, exposing himself to great danger and possible assassination. Riots, murder, civil unrest, corruption, treachery, and betrayal mark Cicero’s political legacy, resulting in a battle between him and Julius Caesar. Throughout, however, Tiro remains loyal and remarkably astute, recognizing that it is an act of madness for a man to pursue power when he could be sitting in the sunshine reading a book. (Feb.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

Harris provides the second installment in the intriguing life story of one of ancient Rome’s most complex historical figures. Picking up where he left off at the conclusion of Imperium (2006), Tiro, Cicero’s faithful manservant and confidential secretary, continues to narrate the experiences and the exploits of his master. Cicero, at the top of his political game in 63 BC, is elected consul of Rome. In an epic power struggle for influence and control, he matches wits with political and military heavyweights Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus. Just at this heady juncture in Cicero’s public tenure, the body of an eviscerated child is pulled from the Tiber River. This gruesome discovery sets into motion a series of dramatic events that will have a profound impact upon Cicero’s personal future and the fate of the entire Roman Empire. Once again, Harris reinvigorates history, breathing new life into a cast of timeworn historical characters and events. After devouring the middle course of this trilogy, historical fiction fans will still be hungry for more. –Margaret Flanagan

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The Bodies Left Behind

DEAVER. DANGEROUSLY GOOD. A spring night in a small town in Wisconsin. A call to police emergency from a distant lake house is cut short. Is it a phone glitch or something more sinister? Off-duty deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her family’s dinner table to find out… …And stumbles onto the scene of a heinous murder. Before she can call for backup she finds herself the next potential victim. Deprived of her phone, weapon and car, Brynn flees, along with the only survivor of the crime. These unlikely allies can survive only by escaping into the dense, deserted woods, on a desperate trek to safety. And ultimately to a life or death choice. Flight. Or fight? ‘Confirms his status as one of the finest crime writers in the world . . . grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning. Superb.’ *Independent on Sunday* **
### Recensione
The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax . . . If you want thrills, Deaver is your man. –The Guardian
Confirms his status as one of the finest crime writers in the world . . . grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning. Superb. –The Independent on Sunday
Full of his trademark misdirections, bluffs and double-bluffs . . . It’ll be snapped up and devoured by Deaver’s legions of loyal fans. –The News of the World
### Recensione
The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax . . . If you want thrills, Deaver is your man’ ( * *Guardian* on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND* )
This is not just an adrenaline-charged manhunt but a game of deception and multiple double-cross that keeps the reader guessing right up to the final page ( * *The Times* on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND* )
Full of his trademark misdirections, bluffs and double-bluffs . . . It’ll be snapped up and devoured by Deaver’s legions of loyal fans ( * *News of the World* on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND* )
Deaver has created a real page-turner from start to finish ( * *Daily Mirror* on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND* )
‘A thrill-a-minute wilderness adventure’ ( * *New York Times* on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND* )
The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world . . . [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions. ( * *Daily Telegraph* * )
‘Jeffery Deaver is a master at crafting intricate crimes that are solved through guile, tenacity and sheer creative genius.’ ( *Harlan Coben* )

DEAVER. DANGEROUSLY GOOD. A spring night in a small town in Wisconsin. A call to police emergency from a distant lake house is cut short. Is it a phone glitch or something more sinister? Off-duty deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her family’s dinner table to find out… …And stumbles onto the scene of a heinous murder. Before she can call for backup she finds herself the next potential victim. Deprived of her phone, weapon and car, Brynn flees, along with the only survivor of the crime. These unlikely allies can survive only by escaping into the dense, deserted woods, on a desperate trek to safety. And ultimately to a life or death choice. Flight. Or fight? ‘Confirms his status as one of the finest crime writers in the world . . . grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning. Superb.’ *Independent on Sunday* **
### Recensione
The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax . . . If you want thrills, Deaver is your man. –The Guardian
Confirms his status as one of the finest crime writers in the world . . . grabs the reader by the throat from the beginning. Superb. –The Independent on Sunday
Full of his trademark misdirections, bluffs and double-bluffs . . . It’ll be snapped up and devoured by Deaver’s legions of loyal fans. –The News of the World
### Recensione
The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax . . . If you want thrills, Deaver is your man’ ( * *Guardian* on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND* )
This is not just an adrenaline-charged manhunt but a game of deception and multiple double-cross that keeps the reader guessing right up to the final page ( * *The Times* on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND* )
Full of his trademark misdirections, bluffs and double-bluffs . . . It’ll be snapped up and devoured by Deaver’s legions of loyal fans ( * *News of the World* on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND* )
Deaver has created a real page-turner from start to finish ( * *Daily Mirror* on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND* )
‘A thrill-a-minute wilderness adventure’ ( * *New York Times* on THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND* )
The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world . . . [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions. ( * *Daily Telegraph* * )
‘Jeffery Deaver is a master at crafting intricate crimes that are solved through guile, tenacity and sheer creative genius.’ ( *Harlan Coben* )

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Vivere o morire. Dialogo sul senso dell’esistenza tra Platone e Nietzsche

Giovanissimo talento innamorato della filosofia classica (Carmelo Vigna), “pensatore a suo modo classico” (Mario Vegetti), “rondine di una nuova auspicabile primavera filosofica” (Costanzo Preve), Luca Grecchi lascia qui sullo sfondo i suoi consueti studi sulla filosofia greca antica e sull’umanesimo metafisico, per impegnarsi in un’opera di fantasia, di contenuto indubbiamente filosofico, ma che possiamo definire letteraria. Questo libro propone infatti un immaginario incontro fra Platone e Nietzsche, reso possibile dal terzo personaggio sulla scena: il tempo. L’incontro – che ha come tema di fondo, appunto, la ricerca del senso della esistenza umana – si svolge in cinque giorni. Platone e Nietzsche parlano di temi biografici, dell’amore, di metafisica, di politica e della morte. Un testo, dunque, che – pur se iscritto nel genere divertissement – sollecita a riflettere in modo appassionato sui contenuti eterni della condizione umana.

Giovanissimo talento innamorato della filosofia classica (Carmelo Vigna), “pensatore a suo modo classico” (Mario Vegetti), “rondine di una nuova auspicabile primavera filosofica” (Costanzo Preve), Luca Grecchi lascia qui sullo sfondo i suoi consueti studi sulla filosofia greca antica e sull’umanesimo metafisico, per impegnarsi in un’opera di fantasia, di contenuto indubbiamente filosofico, ma che possiamo definire letteraria. Questo libro propone infatti un immaginario incontro fra Platone e Nietzsche, reso possibile dal terzo personaggio sulla scena: il tempo. L’incontro – che ha come tema di fondo, appunto, la ricerca del senso della esistenza umana – si svolge in cinque giorni. Platone e Nietzsche parlano di temi biografici, dell’amore, di metafisica, di politica e della morte. Un testo, dunque, che – pur se iscritto nel genere divertissement – sollecita a riflettere in modo appassionato sui contenuti eterni della condizione umana.

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