The Crown of Thorns


Publisher:OUP Oxford


Total Pages:240



Books Description:

Most people believe that it is sometimes morally permissible for a person to use force to defend herself or others against harm. In Defensive Killing, Helen Frowe offers a detailed exploration of when and why the use of such force is permissible. She begins by considering the use of force between individuals, investigating both the circumstances under which an attacker forfeits her right not to be harmed, and the distinct question of when it is all-things-considered permissible to use force against an attacker. Frowe then extends this enquiry to war, defending the view that we should judge the ethics of killing in war by the moral rules that govern killing between individuals. She argues that this requires us to significantly revise our understanding of the moral status of non-combatants in war. Non-combatants who intentionally contribute to an unjust war forfeit their rights not to be harmed, such that they are morally liable to attack by combatants fighting a just war.

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The Mechanics of Claims and Permissible Killing in War

Author:Alec D. Walen

Publisher:Oxford University Press


Total Pages:264



Books Description:

According to the dominant account of rights, there are two ways to permissibly kill people: they have done something to forfeit their right to life, or their rights are outweighed by the significantly greater cost of respecting them. Contemporary just war theorists tend to agree that it is difficult to justify killing in the second way. Thus, they focus on the conditions under which rights might be forfeited. But it has proven hard to defend an account of forfeiture that permits killing when and only when it is morally justifiable. In The Mechanics of Claims and Permissible Killing in War, Alec D. Walen develops an alternative account of rights according to which rights forfeiture has a much smaller role to play. It plays a smaller role because rights themselves are more contextually contingent. They systematically reflect the different kinds of claims people can make on an agent. For example, those who threaten to cause harm without a right to do so have weaker claims not to be killed than innocent bystanders or those who have a right to threaten to cause harm. By framing rights as the output of a balance of competing claims, and by laying out a detailed account of how to balance competing claims, Walen provides a more coherent account of when killing in war is permissible.

Covert Kisses

Author:Jane Godman



Total Pages:288



Books Description:

Sons of Stillwater: Jane Godman's heart-stopping new miniseries where no one is who they seem… Coincidence? The beauty who washes up on Mayor Cameron Delaney's private beach eerily resembles his dead girlfriend, Carla. But Laurie Carter, Carla's lookalike cousin, is actually an undercover detective. She's on the job, investigating Cameron's connection to a human-trafficking ring. Laurie knows she must keep her cover—but she's struggling to deceive the man she finds irresistible… When Cameron discovers why Laurie is in town, he's furious to realize he's being framed—and stunned at his sudden feelings for the lovely agent. But as they uncover the traffickers, a savage serial killer targets Laurie. Can Cameron save the life of the woman he's come to care for…and unmask the threat haunting his family and Stillwater?

Harlequin Romantic Suspense April 2017 Box Set

Author:Marie Ferrarella,Karen Whiddon,Geri Krotow,Jane Godman



Total Pages:288



Books Description:

Looking for heart-racing romance and breathless suspense? Want stories filled with life-and-death situations that cause sparks to fly between adventurous, strong women and brave, powerful men? Harlequin® Romantic Suspense brings you all that and more with four new full-length titles in one collection! COLTON UNDERCOVER The Coltons of Shadow Creek by Marie Ferrarella Betrayed by her ex-lover, Leonor Colton, the daughter of a notorious escaped serial killer, returns home to Shadow Creek to lick her wounds. She catches the eye of Josh Howard, an undercover FBI agent investgating her mother’s jailbreak by keeping tabs on her children. But a hit man may force Josh to reveal himself—if Leonor doesn’t end up a victim first! THE TEXAN’S RETURN by Karen Whiddon Mac Morrison returns to his small hometown in Texas determined to clear his ill father’s name of murder and reconnect with Hailey Green, his high school sweetheart. When evidence begins to implicate him, will he be able to save the woman he loves from a vicious killer and convince her they belong together? SECRET AGENT UNDER FIRE Silver Valley P.D. by Geri Krotow The True Believers are still wreaking havoc in Silver Valley when a string of fires are found to be linked to the cult. Fire chief Keith Paruso is mesmerized by Trail Hiker secret agent Abi Redland, but with an arsonist on the loose and Abi’s own secrets between them, their love might turn to ash before it can even catch fire… COVERT KISSES Sons of Stillwater by Jane Godman Undercover cop Laurie Carter discovers two things when she starts investigating Cameron Delaney: that he is very attractive and that his girlfriend was murdered—by a serial killer! Cut off from the FBI, Laurie must turn to Cameron—a man she’s not sure she can trust—to uncover the killer before he makes her his next victim. Join to earn FREE books and more. Earn points for all your Harlequin purchases from wherever you shop.

McCarthy and the Coens: The Novel versus the Film No Country for Old Men: The Moral Framework of the Novel and the Film

Author:Inese Vicaka

Publisher:Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)


Total Pages:97



Books Description:

This book offers an original perspective on the narrative in the film and the novel No Country for Old Men, it also gives a good account on the issue of fidelity that plays an important role in the analysis of the relationship between the film adaptation and its source text, observing whether the Coens have not eradicated the novel’s complex and allegorical essence. The narrative analysis in the book as well involves an observation of the narrator’s point-of-view and its reliability. Besides, the book undeniably proves that the relation of narrative time and narrative space is vital in the comparison of the film adapatation and its source text. The contents of the book may serve as a valuable source for aspiring students and researchers in the area of literary and film studies.

The Happy Harrow Murder Trilogy

Author:B. F. Cayzer

Publisher:Green Dragon Books


Total Pages:396



Books Description:

Murder To Music Rick Harrow, a British racehorse trainer, and his Kentucky-born wife, Happy, are thrilled when twin opera stars, Fran and Carla Purcell, enter their yard. Shortly after the twins buy horses, Carla is murdered. Three more famous artists in the music world are murdered, as Happy hones her skills as a sleuth to find the serial killer, her quest taking her to Australia, Scotland and Monaco. Murder In Marriage Rick Harrow, now the father of three, and his wife, Happy, become embroiled in a double death, which the police cannot decide is a suicide/murder, or what? While working as a horse trainer and buyer in Miami, Rick had strayed from the marital bed while Happy gave birth to their third child. Rick has had a scorching affair with Lois Blair, a wanton wife from the central-Florida town of Sunblair. On Christmas morning, Lois's step-son arrives at the Harrow's rented Miami cottage, and accuses Rick of having murdered his father. Had Rick killed the Senior Blair, an eminent attorney and scion of the founders of Sunblair? Had he murdered Lois as a cover-up? Happy travels to the central-Florida horse country, to Disney World, and into a swamp area to do her sleuthing. Murdered Mothers Rick Harrow, who has come up in the world of valuable racehorses thanks to winning races, particularly one in Tokyo with his Kentucky-born wife Happy in the saddle, suffers through an excruciating experience in Miami before being thrust into the throes of a horrific series of murders in Kentucky. There, in what was the peaceful town of Honeyville, the Harrows are caught up in four murders by a serial killer who targets nursing mothers. Meanwhile, they attend the equine Olympic events in Hong Kong, travel to Dubai, where again a femme fatale enters their lives in the shape of Mafalda, an Egyptian seductress who veers from international playgirl to Muslim Fundamentalist. What readers are saying about this book: Bea Cayzer knows her horses. A great story - Pat Haig - wife of General Alexander Haig, Former U.S. Secretary of State Cayzer is expert in both developing characters and intriguing relationships. - Betty Stirling Woodcock, Psychotherapist, M.A., M.S.W., L.C.S. W. It Sizzles! - Mimi Duncan, Palm Beach Socialite Electrifying stories. - William Benson, sportsman and entrepreneur

The Head of the Snake

Author:Dick Carlsen



Total Pages:308



Books Description:

How do you know with any certainty that the person you marry is not going to torment you for the next twenty years? Dave Pedersen, an incurable romantic that writes poetry to his lady friends, gives up his long-held bachelorhood when he feels he has met the perfect lifetime mate, and he ties the knot with the cute little brunette, Carla. But Carla is not the sweet, demure girl that Dave believed her to be during their short courtship. The marriage plunges Dave into a painful proverbial marriage from hell with an adulterous, accusatory psycho, and he must decide how much of the controlling, lunatic Carla and her verbal and physical abuse he can tolerate to keep the family together. After a divorce, Dave must endure Carla’s maniacal, tormenting behavior and nonstop venom to keep communication lines open with his children. His marriage and divorce problems are juxtaposed against his once enchanting and memorable life as an unmarried man, which in itself results in torturous reflection as he deals with Carla. Enter Carla’s childhood neighbor, Billy of a criminal mind-set, an ex-convict with prison time, and the already unbearable situation becomes alarmingly provocative and dangerous. Carla and Billy unite to create a toxic duo to scheme revenge on Dave and his new wife, Maria. A cascade of troubling events unravels Carla’s world. Will Billy straighten out his life in the evil vortex of Carla’s manipulation? Will Carla’s incessant vengeful scheming lead to her comeuppance? Will Dave ever again enjoy peace of mind, realizing all too late that life has thrown him a wicked Sandy Koufax curveball?

Tidal Trap

Author:Derek Hart



Total Pages:290



Books Description:

Tidal Trap finds hero Jefferson Parker quickly embroiled in an international chase of global proportions. When invited to visit his friend at a Naval base in Maine, Parker is recruited to undertake a covert mission. At first he refuses, but after an attack on the station and the disappearance of his friend, Parker accepts his role. Parker and his schooner crew are drawn ever deeper into intrigue and betrayal. At stake, the security of America's submarine force and the lives of countless people. Behind the obvious conflict arises a secret past for both Parker and Taylor Stephenson, a beautiful but seemingly innocent bystander. Not to be so easily pushed aside, there's Carla Gianni too, who is a crewmember on Parker's schooner. She too is very much in love with Parker and isn't about to her man just slip away. Join Parker as he struggles to find solutions to a rogue submarine and environmental issues about dolphins used as weapons. Parker must come to terms with a mission betrayed, a crew to lead and protect, and a choice between two women he professes to love. Tidal Trap will take you on a journey into attack submarines, across storm-swept oceans in a fast sailing ship, and behind doors with political trade-offs.

Two Guys Detective Agency

Author:Stephanie Bond

Publisher:NeedtoRead Books


Total Pages:N.A



Books Description:

Two estranged sisters (whose last name is Guy) find themselves husbandless and broke and decide to take on a faltering P.I. agency in a strip mall. The women get off to a shaky start--their detecting styles are like oil and water, and every case seems to resurrect old family quarrels and distrust. But who better to deal with clients who have secrets than two women who harbor so many secrets of their own?

Morality in Cormac McCarthy's Fiction

Author:Russell M. Hillier



Total Pages:317



Books Description:

This book argues that McCarthy’s works convey a profound moral vision, and use intertextuality, moral philosophy, and questions of genre to advance that vision. It focuses upon the ways in which McCarthy’s fiction is in ceaseless conversation with literary and philosophical tradition, examining McCarthy’s investment in influential thinkers from Marcus Aurelius to Hannah Arendt, and poets, playwrights, and novelists from Dante and Shakespeare to Fyodor Dostoevsky and Antonio Machado. The book shows how McCarthy’s fiction grapples with abiding moral and metaphysical issues: the nature and problem of evil; the idea of God or the transcendent; the credibility of heroism in the modern age; the question of moral choice and action; the possibility of faith, hope, love, and goodness; the meaning and limits of civilization; and the definition of what it is to be human. This study will appeal alike to readers, teachers, and scholars of Cormac McCarthy.

The Dead Fathers Club

Author:Matt Haig

Publisher:Canongate Books


Total Pages:286



Books Description:

FROM THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR Philip Noble is an eleven-year-old in crisis. His pub landlord father has died in a road accident, and his mother is succumbing to the greasy charms of her dead husband's brother, Uncle Alan. The remaining certainties of Philip's life crumble away when his father's ghost appears in the pub and declares Uncle Alan murdered him. Arming himself with weapons from the school chemistry cupboard, Philip vows to carry out the ghost's relentless demands for revenge. But can the words of a ghost be trusted any more than the lies of the living?

The Second Mystery Megapack

Author:Ron Goulart,Mack Reynolds,Arlette Lees,John Gregory Betancourt,Jean Lorrah,Michael Hemmingson,Ray Cummings,John L French

Publisher:Wildside Press LLC


Total Pages:362



Books Description:

The Second Mystery Megapack selects 25 more tantalizing mystery tales, by modern and classic authors. Included are: FUNNY STUFF, by Ron Goulart PIT ON THE ROAD TO HELL, by John Gregory Betancourt WHAT IS COURAGE? by Mack Reynolds JUST THE FACTS, by Meg Opperman TEN GRAINS OF SAND, by Christopher B. Booth MORE ALLISONS THAN I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH, by Michael Hemmingson REFLECTION OF A DREAM, by Jean Lorrah GRIM REAPER'S HANDICAP, by Fergus Truslow CASH, by Arlette Lees SEAS OF MISUNDERSTANDING, by Ray Cummings HOCUS POCUS HOMICIDE, by Gene D. Robinson THE RIGHT BETRAYAL, by John L. French JEAN MONETTE, by Eugene Francois Vidocq THE SENDING OF DANA DA, by Rudyard Kipling PHANTOM GETAWAY, by Leon Mearson THE MURDER OF SILAS CORD, by Harold F. Sorensen A BOTTOMLESS GRAVE, by Ambrose Bierce DEAD WOMAN, by Dr. David H. Keller HOOK, LINE, AND SUCKER! by Robert Turner THE JUDGMENT OF THE GODS, by Robert Reginald WILL FOR A KILL, by Emil Petaja DYING FOR A CLUE, by C.A. Freeburn BODYGUARD, by James C. Glass THE MASKED ALIBI, by John Gregory DR. WATSON'S WEDDING PRESENT, by J. Alston Cooper If you enjoy this volume, check out other entries (including literature, mysteries, westerns, science fiction, ghost stories, and much more) in this best-selling series. Search on "Wildside Press Megapack" in your favorite ebook store to see the complete list. (Sort by date to see the most recent additions.)

Cousins Ii

Author:Clarence Mike Dunaway

Publisher:Xlibris Corporation


Total Pages:368



Books Description:

The story is about Connors futile attempt to find Rebecca, who deserted him in their senior year of high school. She literally destroyed his life by sneaking out and hiding in Florida. He meets a woman in her forties that helps him in his search, and after fourteen months, she admits that she had found Rebecca but was hesitant to reveal her secret. She wanted to keep Connor as long as she could. She told him after giving up on the idea of him staying with her that she found out through a beau of vital statistics that Rebecca was married and living in Georgia. Satisfied that he had done all he could, he headed home to reunite with his ex-wife, if she would take him back. With no more Rebecca in his life, he was sure that their marriage would endure.

A Healthy Homicide

Author:Staci McLaughlin

Publisher:Kensington Books


Total Pages:352



Books Description:

Normally the O'Connell Organic Farm and Spa in Blossom Valley, California, would welcome a little healthy competition. But it's no day at the spa when the rivalry with their chic opponent turns lethal. . . Blossom Valley is abuzz with excitement over The Pampered Life, a brand new spa with a trendy menu of decadent services and employees who look like they jumped off the pages of a fashion magazine--and Dana Lewis is worried it could ruin business. But when the swanky spa's owner is drowned in a mud bath, police suspect a healthy rivalry may have turned into deadly revenge. Now, with all eyes on the farm, Dana must sift through a tawdry list of suspects and catch a killer more fearsome than a botched chemical peel. . .

Bi-Curious |:

Author:Natalie Weber

Publisher:Urban Books


Total Pages:240



Books Description:

Serenity's days and nights may include the finer things in life, but she never pictured it like this. Her new surroundings come with limitations and expectations, destroying everything that was decent and innocent about her. Her soul is crushed, and there are no familiar faces around to comfort her. Memories of her past have led her into a bottomless pit of regret and hopelessness. Carla's search for Serenity begins with nothing promising, but her love for her sister keeps her pushing forward. When her suspicions turn into actions, she unknowingly triggers a chain of explosive events that threaten her sister's existence. Cass throws caution to the wind and continues to do business as usual. When his denial about Serenity creates coldness toward his sister Heaven, he struggles with a life-altering decision. His twisted lies are catching up to him in the worst way. Serenity is in over her head and sees only one way out. Will she end it all and give up without a fight, or will she be able to play the game of the streets and come out on top?

The Innocent and The Damned

Author:Wallace B. Collins

Publisher:Xlibris Corporation


Total Pages:421



Books Description:

Kevin is a police officer and his wife Carla is a school teacher, whose roles complement each others, and blends with their opposite functions; Kevin’s role is to maintain law and order in his community and in the streets he polices, while Carla’s role is to maintain learning and behavioral discipline among her young students in her classroom. Douglas, and Lydia are Carla’s parents. Their function in their community is compatible with each other, where Douglas, a mail clerk, and Lydia, a nurse, made positive contribution to their family and friends, until sadly, Lydia suffered a severe stroke and had a fall that left her a quadriplegic. After which, Douglas assumed the sad role of comforting his wife Lydia with his flashback narrative about the good times they had during their marriage. He recounts their yearly vacation abroad, as he tries to draw her attention to that happy time, compared to her stay in a nursing home, hoping she would get well of her serious injury. Kevin and his wife, Carla could not have known that they would become the victims of a viscous crime that took place before their front door. They thought it would be a happy home coming from their second honeymoon, and not be the victims of a car highjack. Kevin agonized later over his violent reaction to the car hijacker, Caprice, with his family’s antagonism to law and order of which Kevin had to deal with throughout the story, until the Caprice got his comeuppance in a failed robbery attempt. He has to cope with Caprice’s friends, as he does with his relatives, whose illegal behavior drew his police authority in the community. Kevin and Carla Brown are not as innocent of their past, as they are apprehensive of their future and their need to succeed. They function as authority figures, where Kevin, a police officer, controls and regulates the illegal behavior of lawbreakers. His job is to police the law breaker’s antagonism toward his community and to society, by illegal actions that preceded the youth’s hostility to the learning discipline in the classroom, misbehavior that leaks out into the community, and to the greater society. Kevin’s job then is to uphold the lawful function of society, by bringing such lawbreakers to justice. Carla grieved with her father over her mother, Lydia’s serious injury that left her a quadriplegic. Her support of her father revealed to Douglas, how essential his daughter had become to him maintaining his equilibrium during her mother’s nursing home confinement. She consoles him while he reminisces about his life with her mother and the good times they and their New York, travel, group, enjoyed on their yearly vacation trips abroad. They enjoyed a good life, until, his wife, Lydia’s tragic injury cut short their comfortable life style. Douglas, who worked as a Postal Worker, and Lydia, a Registered Nurse, made their living providing a service to the public. Carla knew that most parents entrust her with their children to educate them as she is to monitor their behavior and learning skills. She saw herself held responsible by parents for their grown-up actions in the classroom as she is with their learning from her what is good and what is not, and teaches them how to learn. Her job as teacher often conflicts with students who are experiencing the wonder and mystery of their raging hormones that inhibit her supervision of them. Yet she persists to instruct and guide students to a learning discipline as grounding for their future. If she achieves this, it will make her husband, Kevin’s role as a police officer, easier, if not, unnecessary. Kevin’s job, as a police officer, equips, him to coral lawbreakers and brings them to justice by detaining them and put them in custody of the law. It haunts him, nevertheless, whenever he has to arrest young “Innocents” who have assumed the role of the “Damned," because of their antagonism to the rule of law. They have become sucked into breaking th

The Philosophy of the Western

Author:Jennifer L. McMahon,B. Steve Csaki

Publisher:University Press of Kentucky


Total Pages:352



Books Description:

The western is arguably the most iconic and influential genre in American cinema. The solitude of the lone rider, the loyalty of his horse, and the unspoken code of the West render the genre popular yet lead it to offer a view of America's history that is sometimes inaccurate. For many, the western embodies America and its values. In recent years, scholars had declared the western genre dead, but a steady resurgence of western themes in literature, film, and television has reestablished the genre as one of the most important. In The Philosophy of the Western, editors Jennifer L. McMahon and B. Steve Csaki examine philosophical themes in the western genre. Investigating subjects of nature, ethics, identity, gender, environmentalism, and animal rights, the essays draw from a wide range of westerns including the recent popular and critical successes Unforgiven (1992), All the Pretty Horses (2000), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), and No Country for Old Men (2007), as well as literature and television serials such as Deadwood. The Philosophy of the Western reveals the influence of the western on the American psyche, filling a void in the current scholarship of the genre.

Soccer Mom

Author:Eve Langlais

Publisher:Eve Langlais


Total Pages:250



Books Description:

***A Bad Boy Inc. spin-off Can a woman with her past and secrets ever take a chance on love? Being a single mom is tough, but Carla doesn’t mind the minivan and the PTA meetings. What does concern her are the random acts of violence striking too close to home. Has someone discovered her secret alter ego? An assassin for hire, Carla’s done her best to cover her tracks. Is it enough? The coach who keeps flirting with her doesn’t appear to suspect that she’s more than she seems; however, when danger threatens, Carla won’t be able to hide the fact that she’s a killer mom. And she’ll do anything to keep her son safe. Genre: Romantic Suspense, single mother romance, handsome coach, romantic thriller, kick ass heroine, assassin romance

Status Quo

Author:Robert Williams Jr.



Total Pages:168



Books Description:

Status Quo is riveting and chilling on so many deferent levels! It is suspenseful, heart-wrenching fictional crime about 50 years of child abuse and murder at a Childrens Home. Inspired by a true story. Most all of the staff at the Childrens Home, local police (to include, Chief of Police), a local Priest, and a Senator; are all caught up in the child abuse and murder. Making it very difficult for children who endure the abuse on a daily basis, to run away and turn them in; who can they tell when most everyone is involved. Running away ultimately culminates in their death. Hence the Status Quo. A Department of Children Family Services (DCFS) Case Worker, a couple of children, and a brother who is a Special Agent of the FBI; diligently work together to make sure that everyone of the perpetrators get theirs!! And finally bring to a close the Status Quo.

A Killing in the Hills

Author:Julia Keller

Publisher:Minotaur Books


Total Pages:384



Books Description:

For only $6.99: In A Killing in the Hills, a powerful, intricate debut from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller, a mother and a daughter try to do right by a town and each other before it's too late. What's happening in Acker's Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter. Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker's Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow? One of the witnesses to the brutal incident was Carla Elkins, teenaged daughter of Bell Elkins, the prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, WV. Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw, but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she might be uniquely placed to help her mother do her job. After all, what better way to repair their fragile, damaged relationship? But could Carla also end up doing more harm than good—in fact, putting her own life in danger? *BONUS CONTENT: This edition of A Killing in the Hills includes a new introduction from the author and a discussion guide