What Is Time to a Pig?

Author: John Straley

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 1641290854

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

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From the wild and wonderful mind of Shamus Award–winning author John Straley comes a poetic masterpiece that explores the ugly truths of the prison industrial complex, the crumbling state of humanity, the role memory plays in the formation of the self, and much more. It’s been seven years since Gloomy Knob landed in the Ted Stevens High-Security Federal Penitentiary and five years since the end of the war, the one North Korea started when they sent a missile to Cold Storage, Alaska. Serving a life sentence for the murder of his sister, Gloomy spends histime trying to forget about the past. Then one day, Gloomy is snatched from his off-site work station. Instead of celebrating his newfound freedom, Gloomy comes unmoored—he feels he belongs in prison. But his kidnappers believe Gloomy knows where a second nuclear warhead is hidden and demand to know where it is. The clock is ticking, and Gloomy knows that unless he finds the missing warhead fast, or his wife, his friends, and the entire town of Cold Storage will be obliterated. The only problem? He has no idea where it is. As Gloomy struggles to escape, the memories he fought hard to repress begin to creep out from the strange corners of his mind, first in rivulets, then in waves. In a drug-induced haze, Gloomy makes a discovery that may just bring him the closure he desires—if it doesn’t kill him first.

What Is Time to a Pig?

Author: John Straley

Publisher: Soho Crime

ISBN: 9781641292146

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 9208


From the wild and wonderful mind of Shamus Award-winning author John Straley comes a poetic masterpiece that explores the ugly truths of the prison industrial complex, the crumbling state of humanity, the role memory plays in the formation of the self, and much more. It's been seven years since Gloomy Knob landed in the Ted Stevens High-Security Federal Penitentiary and five years since the end of the war, the one North Korea started when they sent a missile to Cold Storage, Alaska. Serving a life sentence for the murder of his sister, Gloomy spends histime trying to forget about the past. Then one day, Gloomy is snatched from his off-site work station. Instead of celebrating his newfound freedom, Gloomy comes unmoored--he feels he belongs in prison. But his kidnappers believe Gloomy knows where a second nuclear warhead is hidden and demand to know where it is. The clock is ticking, and Gloomy knows he needs to find the missing warhead fast, or his wife, his friends, and the entire town of Cold Storage will be obliterated. The only problem is he has no idea where it is. As Gloomy struggles to escape, the memories he fought hard to repress begin to creep out from the strange corners of his mind, first in rivulets, then in waves. In a drug-induced haze, Gloomy makes a discovery that may just bring him the closure he desires--if it doesn't kill him first.

Aloysius

Author: Dr. Marvin C. McMaster

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 1468949322

Category: Fiction

Page: 1

View: 6436


The Aloysius Chronicles is a collection of 3 novels and 3 short stories of the adventures of the Royal wishing Pig of Northumber/Bothamly. Aloysius lives in a universe where magic works; his kingdom parallels Scotland and England. Aloysius is a 15th Century forest pig gifted with the ability to speak and to grant wishes, neither of which he wants, but must use to keep the bacon out of the fire, his personal. Book 1- Wishing Pig relates his efforts to escape from people who demand his wishes. He flees a greedy king, travels the world, and eventually returns to rescue his kingdom from invasion. Trying to go home, he finds that a badger has taken his den and decides that a job in the palace might be acceptable. Book 2 ? Power Pig. Aloysius is companion to Ritchie, the 9 yr, old heir to the throne, a royal wishing resource, and defender of the kingdom. The prince is kidnapped, Aloysius goes to rescue him, and the kingdom is invaded from within. The Pig and Prince flee seeking aid to save the kingdom. Aloysius learns the flavors of magic and understands that an enemy magician is blocking his magic. They go in search of a third from of magic to overcome the opposition. In a magic duel at the end all magic is lost. Book 3 - Sir Pig. Aloysius, Ritchie, and Meg are seeking allies to build a coalition army to re-invade and restore the kingdom to the King. They fight off intrigue and assassination attempts, while a star-crossed romance complicates matters. Eventually they successful save the kingdom and Ritchie comes to the throne.

On Purpose

Author: Paul Froese

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199948909

Category: Social Science

Page: 245

View: 8352


From the start, Froese admits that the answer to the question is deceptively simple: our purpose is whatever we imagine it to be. But what we imagine our purpose to be depends on innumerable factors beyond our control: our wealth, race, education level, upbringing, past experiences, and community. Froese argues that one's surroundings serve as a kind of soil that can either nurture purpose or foster meaninglessness. Framing the book around six key questions, Froese refuses to collapse the meaning of life into a single authoritative answer, as self-help gurus do. Instead, he deconstructs each question to reveal the social pathways that guide people to distinctive answers. Through lively, engaging storytelling that mixes data and analysis with literary and historical examples of the quest for purpose, Froese sheds new light on a timeless and all-too-human quandary.

Coffee with John Heartbreak

Author: Dan Krotz

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781440197963

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

View: 1597


Can a serial killer come to Jesus and find true love and happiness in Berryville, Arkansas? Will John Heartbreak disappearand will anyone care if he does? Will Berryville ever spruce up its East German Communist Party influenced Public Square fountains? More to the point, can Heartbreak's Pretty Good Books and Really Dreadful Coffee survive by selling dollar books to tight-fisted Lutherans from Iowa? Or, will John, and Clara Jane "Smith" who is hiding out from the FBI in Berryville, succeed in their aim to reform the Iowans and pry a few bucks out of their corn subsidy welfare checks? Yup. This book has plenty of questions. And the answer is, of course, 42. But don't blame me. It's all Douglas Adams' fault because as you all realize, 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. So, read the book. When its all over you'll know why Unitarians are the way they are, why its premature to discredit Chaos Theory, and why Mrs. Heartbreak is trying to convince everyone that John is a ventriloquist.

The Walkaway

Author: Scott Phillips

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 1641291400

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 7105


Noir master Scott Phillips's The Walkaway explores the far-reaching consequences of the deception and violence of its predecessor, The Ice Harvest. Summer 1989: Gunther Fahnstiel, once a tough cop who wasn’t averse to taking a little side money from a certain madam, has just escaped the dementia ward of his Wichita nursing home. He’s not exactly sure where he wants to go, but wherever it is, it has to do with the bag full of cash belonging to the man he accidentally backed over with his RV in 1979. During his search, Gunther begins to relive the violent fallout of that madam’s sex lottery forty years ago. As Gunther’s memories unravel, his past and present will collide in a devastating reckoning. This dark comedy, at once prequel and sequel to Phillips’s award-winning debut The Ice Harvest, proves that no walkaway can escape unscathed.

Red Flags

Author: Juris Jurjevics

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 1641292334

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 9001


Viet Nam, 1966: A dead body in a combat zone barely merits a second glance. The perfect place to commit a murder. Army cop Erik Rider is content to fight his war in the sophisticated streets of Saigon, so he’s less than thrilled at being sent to a tiny American outpost in the remote wilderness of the Central Highlands. Sitting perilously close to a North Vietnamese infiltration route, Cheo Reo is rife with intrigue and betrayal: American supplies are being siphoned off by South Vietnamese corruption, the Montagnards are ready to start a bloody rebellion to regain their ancestral homeland, and Communists are harvesting opium to finance their war effort. Rider’s been sent to take down the opium operation, but soon finds himself entangled with a local CIA man and an alluring doctor serving the indigenous tribes. As he closes in on the opium fields, he learns that not all enemies are beyond the perimeter. Someone in Cheo Reo wants him dead.

Maisie Dobbs

Author: Jacqueline Winspear

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 1569477221

Category: Fiction

Page: 294

View: 2924


"A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander." —Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air, on Maisie Dobbs Maisie Dobbs got her start as a maid in an aristocratic London household when she was thirteen. Her employer, suffragette Lady Rowan Compton, soon became her patron, taking the remarkably bright youngster under her wing. Lady Rowan's friend, Maurice Blanche, often retained as an investigator by the European elite, recognized Maisie’s intuitive gifts and helped her earn admission to the prestigious Girton College in Cambridge, where Maisie planned to complete her education. The outbreak of war changed everything. Maisie trained as a nurse, then left for France to serve at the Front, where she found—and lost—an important part of herself. Ten years after the Armistice, in the spring of 1929, Maisie sets out on her own as a private investigator, one who has learned that coincidences are meaningful, and truth elusive. Her very first case involves suspected infidelity but reveals something very different. In the aftermath of the Great War, a former officer has founded a working farm known as The Retreat, that acts as a convalescent refuge for ex-soldiers too shattered to resume normal life. When Fate brings Maisie a second case involving The Retreat, she must finally confront the ghost that has haunted her for over a decade.

Slow Horses (Deluxe Edition)

Author: Mick Herron

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 1641293004

Category: Fiction

Page: 408

View: 1467


Welcome to the thrilling and unnervingly prescient world of the slow horses. This team of MI5 agents is united by one common bond: They've screwed up royally and will do anything to redeem themselves. This special tenth-anniversary deluxe edition of a modern classic includes a foreword by the author, discussion questions for book clubs, and an exclusive short story featuring the slow horses. London, England: Slough House is where washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “slow horses,” as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated there. Maybe they botched an Op so badly they can’t be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle—not unusual in this line of work. One thing they have in common, though, is they want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to collaborate with one another. When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the Internet, the slow horses see an opportunity to redeem themselves. But is the victim really who he appears to be?

Village of the Ghost Bears

Author: Stan Jones

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 1569477833

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1684


Alaska State Trooper Nathan Active must figure out what connects a dead hunter on a remote Arctic lake with a year-old fatal plane crash in the Brooks Range and a fire that killed eight people.