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Masters Of The Humdrum Mystery

Author : Curtis Evans
ISBN : 9780786490899
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In 1972, in an attempt to elevate the stature of the “crime novel,” influential crime writer and critic Julian Symons cast numerous Golden Age detective fiction writers into literary perdition as “Humdrums,” condemning their focus on puzzle plots over stylish writing and explorations of character, setting and theme. This volume explores the works of three prominent British “Humdrums”—Cecil John Charles Street, Freeman Wills Crofts, and Alfred Walter Stewart—revealing their work to be more complex, as puzzles and as social documents, than Symons allowed. By championing the intrinsic merit of these mystery writers, the study demonstrates that reintegrating the “Humdrums” into mystery genre studies provides a fuller understanding of the Golden Age of detective fiction and its aftermath.
Category: Literary Criticism

Secret Cat

Author : Angela Rixon
ISBN : 1846812313
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This fascinating book celebrates the lifestyle of one of the world's most beloved, admired and enigmatic domestic animals. Cats are the most elegant and graceful of companions, and marvellously human in their swings between dignified aloofness and spontaneous affection. Angela Rixon aims to contribute to a greater understanding of their moods, habits, characteristics and desires. In over 250 stunning photographs the private life of the cat is revealed; from washing, grooming, hunting and feeding to playing, relaxing, sleeping and tending their kittens. Cat lovers will find invaluable guidance on behavior and preferences, and can revel in page after page of extraordinary illustrations, cat lore and wisdom.
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Within Arm S Length A Secret Service Agent S Definitive Inside Account Of Protecting The President

Author : Dan Emmett
ISBN : 9781466843172
Genre : History
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A rare inside look at the Secret Service from an agent who provided protection worldwide for President George H. W. Bush, President William Clinton, and President George W. Bush Dan Emmett was just eight years old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The events surrounding the President's death shaped the course of young Emmett's life as he set a goal of becoming a US Secret Service agent—one of a special group of people willing to trade their lives for that of the President, if necessary. Within Arm's Length is a revealing and compelling inside look at the Secret Service and the elite Presidential Protective Division (PPD). With stories from some of the author's more high-profile assignments in his twenty-one years of service, where he provided arm's length protection worldwide for Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush, both as a member of the PPD and the Counter Assault Team, Dan Emmett describes the professional, physical and emotional challenges faced by Secret Service agents. Included are never before discussed topics such as the complicated relationship between presidents, first ladies and their agents, the inner workings of Secret Service protective operations as well as the seldom-mentioned challenges of the complex Secret Service cultural issues faced by an agent's family. Within Arm's Length also shares firsthand details about conducting presidential advances, dealing with the media, driving the President in a bullet-proof limousine, running alongside him through the streets of Washington, and flying with him on Air Force One. Within Arm's Length is the essential book on the United States Secret Service. This revealing and compelling inside look at the Presidential Protective Division, along with spellbinding stories from the author's career, gives the reader an unprecedented look in to the life and career of an agent in America's most elite law enforcement agency.
Category: History

The Werewolf In Lore And Legend

Author : Montague Summers
ISBN : 9780486122700
Genre : Social Science
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The first definitive work on werewolfery incorporates an extensive range of historical documentation and folklore. Written in a Gothic style by a venerable author of occult studies, it's rich in fascinating examples and anecdotes and offers compelling fare for lovers of the esoteric.
Category: Social Science

When Cats Reigned Like Kings

Author : Georgie Anne Geyer
ISBN : 9780740786396
Genre : Pets
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Nationally syndicated journalist Georgie Anne Geyer explores the connections between the royal and sacred felines of ancient civilizations and the beloved domestic cats of today. Chasing an irresistible mystery across the globe, journalist Georgie Anne Geyer conducted exhaustive research into the little-known puzzle of how cats came to occupy their unique position in the lives of humans. Treated with the tenacity, resourcefulness, and narrative instinct of a seasoned foreign correspondent, the investigation yielded unexpected answers--and posed tantalizing new questions. The result is a remarkable book, bound to delight and amaze cat fanciers and adventure seekers. It was Geyer's curiosity about her own cats that inspired her to study the history of human-feline relations and especially cats' exalted status among the ancients as royal or sacred beings. Her quest spanned the earth. In Egypt, Geyer learned of the cat-goddess, Bastet, and of the cat's role in the transmigration of souls. In Myanmar, she saw Leonardo DiCaprio, Ricky Martin, and the other incongruously named cats of the Nga Phe Kyaung monastery, trained by the monks to jump through hoops. She even met a family who dutifully guards the heritage of the Japanese bobtail, cultivating the line in--of all places--rural Virginia. Richly illustrated with photos of Geyer's journeys and historical cat images, When Cats Reigned Like Kings also presents a Family of Cat section that describes the origins and characteristics of the 38-40 recognized modern cat breeds, including photos of each.
Category: Pets

Sorcerer In The Mist A Secret In Ember

Author : Anthony Parker
ISBN : 9781468942552
Genre : Fiction
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This tale is for a reader of high fantasy intrigued by the mysticism of the ancients – one who is constantly seeking or just wants a legend that plays a role in shaping true belief and core thought – it is a doctrine speaking to the soul offered within the body of a tale of Astral traveling, enlightenment and success – The sword of heaven is a passage in itself and the Great opal gate is burning before the altar of the oracle will you find the truths and unlock the lore a legend of the phoenix and other earthbound tales have been fitted within the story to complete a picture of glory Are you ready to journey into the astral sky and find the mastery within your guiding light? Are your dreams ready to take flight? Following the story is just one part of the lore and is the light and dark. A journey of the soul and lasting belief a sweeping single thought of eons past that passes into levels beyond reality to form the great ancestral image – Demons and witches sage and spirit devise the lore of the mind…A legend for the age of the soul and the rite of the spirit’s eternal dawn This work is unlike any other and holds spiritual truth as well as a resting place in deep imagination. The power of the legend will awaken you.
Category: Fiction

The World Of Animals

Author : Joseph Wood Krutch
ISBN : 9781412843300
Genre : Social Science
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This collection of writings selected from a vast literature about animals contributes something to an over-all picture of human beings' relations with and attitudes toward the animal kingdom.
Category: Social Science

The New Biographical Dictionary Of Film

Author : David Thomson
ISBN : 9781101874707
Genre : Performing Arts
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For almost thirty years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island book” of art critic David Sylvester, not merely “a great, crazy masterpiece” (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian), but also “fiendishly seductive” (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone). This new edition updates the older entries and adds 30 new ones: Darren Aronofsky, Emmanuelle Beart, Jerry Bruckheimer, Larry Clark, Jennifer Connelly, Chris Cooper, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron, Richard Curtis, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Michael Gambon, Christopher Guest, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Spike Jonze, Wong Kar-Wai, Laura Linney, Tobey Maguire, Michael Moore, Samantha Morton, Mike Myers, Christopher Nolan, Dennis Price, Adam Sandler, Kevin Smith, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlize Theron, Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, Lew Wasserman, Naomi Watts, and Ray Winstone. In all, the book includes more than 1300 entries, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long. In addition to the new “musts,” Thomson has added key figures from film history–lively anatomies of Graham Greene, Eddie Cantor, Pauline Kael, Abbott and Costello, Noël Coward, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Gish, Rin Tin Tin, and more. Here is a great, rare book, one that encompasses the chaos of art, entertainment, money, vulgarity, and nonsense that we call the movies. Personal, opinionated, funny, daring, provocative, and passionate, it is the one book that every filmmaker and film buff must own. Time Out named it one of the ten best books of the 1990s. Gavin Lambert recognized it as “a work of imagination in its own right.” Now better than ever–a masterwork by the man playwright David Hare called “the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing.”
Category: Performing Arts