The Discount Detectives: Ben Unglesbee
The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask triumphantly solves an enduring puzzle that has stumped historians for centuries and seduced novelists and filmmakers to this day. Who was the man who was rumored to have been kept in prison and treated royally during much of the reign of Louis XIV while being forced to wear an iron mask? Could he possibly have been the twin brother of the Sun King? Like every other serious scholar, intrepid historian Paul Sonnino discounts this theory, instead taking the listener along on his adventures to uncover the truth behind this ancient enigma. Exploring the hidden, squalid side of the lavish court of France, the author uncovers the full spectrum of French society, from humble servants to wealthy merchants to kings and queens. All had self-interested reasons to hold their secrets close until one humble valet named Eustache Dauger was arrested and jailed for decades, simply because he knew too much and opened his mouth at the wrong time. Presenting his dramatic solution to the mystery, Sonnino convincingly shows that no one will be able to tell the story of the man in the iron mask without taking into account the staggering array of evidence he has uncovered over the course of decades. The book is published by Rowman & Littlefield. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael C. Jones. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086984/bk_acx0_086984_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Seven years ago, young Stella Pierce vanished from the face of the earth. Now her grieving, broken family - along with Detective Orson Cheever, who never stopped working her case - is stunned by her mysterious return. The now-teenage girl claims to have spent her missing years in the company of Travelers - extraterrestrial nomads - voyaging through space. Despite her family´s effort to keep Stella´s incredible tale secret, the story becomes a national sensation. Most people want to discount her story, saying it´s the result of trauma; only Detective Cheever seems to want the same thing Stella does: the truth. The enigmatic Stella finds herself in the eye of the storm while vying forces - some visible and some not - swirl around her. Is it her tale that is incredible, or is it Stella? As new questions surrounding the girl gain terrifying urgency, Cheever learns that there is nothing - and no one - he can trust. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luke Daniels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009031/bk_brll_009031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
V. I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it. When V. I. takes over coaching duties of the girls´ basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms, who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes. Through young Josie Dorrado, V. I. meets the girl´s mother, who voices her worries about sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works. The biggest employer on the South Side, discount-store behemoth By-Smart, pays even less, and Ms. Dorrado doesn´t know how she´ll support her four children if the flag plant shuts down. The elder Dorrado´s fears are realized when the plant explodes; V. I. is injured and the owner is killed. As V. I. begins to investigate, she finds herself confronting the Bysen family, who own the By-Smart company. Founder William ´´Buffalo Bill´´ Bysen, now in his eighties, has four sons who quarrel with each other and with him; the oldest, ´´Young Mr. William,´´ is close to sixty and furious that his father doesn´t cede more power to him. And then, there´s ´´Billy the Kid,´´ Young Mr. William´s nineteen-year-old son, whose Christian idealism puts him on a collision course with his father, his grandfather, and the company as a whole. When Billy runs away with Josie Dorrado, V. I. is squeezed between the needs of two very different families. As she tries to find the errant teenagers, and to track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the swamps that lie under the city of Chicago. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sandra Burr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001106/bk_brll_001106_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The carnal catch - that exquisite, sweet moment when a woman is seized with passion in a romantic encounter and committed to fulfilling her sexual desire without turning back. Jen Dawson is an emergency room physician in San Francisco who prides herself on an orderly and driven life. Tommy Vietti is an experienced detective who solves homicides quicker than any other cop. Amanda Hawthorne is a powerful, young District Attorney who is defined by loyalty and an unshakeable sense of justice. Their lives change forever when Jen´s colleague, Dr. Lane Wallace, becomes a murder suspect in the death of his paramour, an ultrasound technologist. Jen fiercely defends Dr. Wallace, but her lover, Tommy, discounts her opinions as misplaced loyalty. While working a shift, Jen unwittingly becomes a witness in the investigation when she provides medical care to one of the suspects, defending her actions against criticism from Tommy and Amanda. Tommy is determined to investigate beyond the obvious, even if it means unearthing cold, hard truths about crimes of passion in his own circle of friends from the North Beach neighborhood. A romantic man with a large Italian family, Tommy follows his intuition and creatively attacks the case, forcing the killer to make a mistake. Amanda clashes with Jen when their worlds collide during the investigation, but they soon discover they have more in common than just butting heads. As their relationship takes on a heightened intensity, Jen´s world is thrown deeper into turmoil, forcing Jen and Amanda to make a decision that will change the trajectory of all their lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pearl Rhein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105362/bk_acx0_105362_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.