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Cures for Hunger

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Growing up in rural British Columbia, Deni Béchard believes his charismatic father is infallible. Wild, unpredictable, even dangerous, André is worshipped by his young son, who believes that his father can do no wrong. When the boy discovers his father's true identity — and the crime sprees and prison sentences attached to it — his imagination is set on fire. Before long, he is imagining himself as a character in one of his father's stories. At once attracted and repelled, Deni can't escape the sense that his father's life holds the key to understanding himself and to making sense of his own passions, aversions, and motivations. Eventually he finds himself snared in the controlling impulses of his mysterious father and increasingly obsessed by his father's own muted recollections of the childhood he'd fled long ago — his birth to a poor family in the Gaspé, his hunger for excitement and a better life, his crimes spreading out from Québec to the American west, his identity as ephemeral as the wind. Cures for Hunger is a gripping memoir of a young man's quest to understand the hunger that burns for the unattainable, the story of the heart of a boy looking for the soul of a man and the darkness that he finds within.

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"A complex tale, full of bittersweet encounters, rage, love, and sorrow."

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"A coming of age story with rare and loving insights into the vulnerable hearts of men and boys — and the women that help shape them."

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"A moving story of rebellion, lost love, criminal daring, and restless searching. Driven above all by the need to grasp his father's secrets, Béchard has written his narrative in skillful, resonant prose graced with a subtle tone of obsession and longing."

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A "Best Book of the Year So Far" and "Best Biography/Memoir of the Year So Far"

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"Béchard powerfully evokes the ever-present tension between the author and his parents... as well as his own struggle to emulate and escape his father... Béchard's story is also one of personal discovery, and a teasing out of the function of memory: what it keeps, what it loses, and what it saves."

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"This powerful and haunting memoir is a must-read for anyone who has struggled to uncover their identity within the shadow of a parent. In exquisitely sharp prose, Béchard renders his attempts to understand his father's mysterious existence. This book is huge and achingly true."

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"Ragged and rough on the surface, tender and aching underneath, Bouchard's writing style reflects what may be the real subject of this memoir; his own youthful bravado."

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"A spare, raw, haunting memoir about living in the shadow of an enigmatic man. ... Deni Y. Béchard is a writer to watch."

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"Béchard writes that prison taught his father 'the nature of the self, the way it can be shaped and hardened.' As in a great novel, this darkly comic and lyrical memoir demonstrates the shaping of its author, who suffers the wreckage of his father's life, yet manages to salvage all the beauty of its desperate freedoms. Béchard's poetic gifts give voice to the outsiders of society, and make them glow with humanity and love."

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"You haven't read a story like this one, even if your father was the kind of magnificent scoundrel you only find in Russian novels. Béchard is the rare writer who knows the secret to telling the true story. Just because the end is clear doesn't mean the bets are off."

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"A poignant but rigorously unsentimental account of hard-won maturity."

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"Captivating and poignant memoir... Deni Y. Béchard's prose brims with nuance as his characters move across a continent and leave the reader richer for accompanying them. ... a must-read for anyone who has mused about the ways in which parents' actions can affect their children... a heartfelt depiction of the long road taken to a better understanding of the complexity of the parent-child bond."

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"Cures for Hunger illustrates the ways in which storytelling can act as a means of self-discovery... much more than a memoir of youthful misadventure, though it contains plenty of that. It's also an exploration of the oppression of lineage, of familial duty, wanderlust, and perennial dissatisfaction, and the most American theme of them all: personal reinvention."

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"Best book to bring on a soul-searching solo trip: ‘Beautifully written memoir.’ "

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"Béchard's memoir is alternately funny and poignant, with a meditative, leisurely pace. ... embedded with insights. The complexities of hunger are the core of this story. Hunger is not simply a clawing emptiness in the belly: It is the yearning ‘for truth, for love, for a single thing that we can trust’ it is ‘the perfect pleasure of wanting.’... Ultimately for Béchard, writing is freedom and Cures for Hunger is both a journey and a coming home."

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"Cures for Hunger is a poignant adventure story with a mystery... But it is also, perhaps even more so, the story of an artist coming of age. Readers will be reminded of James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man."

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"Béchard's whiplashing sentences have an intimacy. ... Clever, superbly paced and crafted, sincere and very affecting."

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Deni Béchard's first novel, Vandal Love, won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. His articles, stories, and translations have appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers, including the National Post, Maisonneuve, Le Devoir, the Harvard Review, and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin. He has done freelance reporting from northern Iraq as well as from Afghanistan, and he has lived in over 30 countries. When he's not travelling, he divides his time between Montreal, Québec, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 
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The Bastard of Fort Stikine

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Winner, Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History, Jeanne Clarke Memorial Local History Award, and Prince Edward Island Book Award for Non-Fiction

Is it possible to reach back in time and solve an unsolved murder, more than 170 years after it was committed?

Just after midnight on April 21, 1842, John McLoughlin, Jr. — the chief trader for the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Stikine, in the northwest corner of the territory that would later become British Columbia — was shot to death by his own men. They claimed it was an act of self-defence, their only means of stopping the violent rampage of their drunk and abusive leader. Sir George Simpson, the HBC's Overseas Governor, took the men of Stikine at their word, and the Company closed the book on the matter. The case never saw the inside of a courtroom, and no one was ever charged or punished for the crime. To this day, the killing remains the Honourable Company's dirtiest unaired laundry and one of the darkest pages in the annals of our nation's history. Now, exhaustive archival research and modern forensic science — including ballistics, virtual autopsy, and crime scene reconstruction — unlock the mystery of what really happened the night McLoughlin died.

Using her formidable talents as a writer, researcher, and forensic scientist, Debra Komar weaves a tale that could almost be fiction, with larger-than-life characters and dramatic tension. In telling the story of John McLoughlin, Jr., Komar also tells the story of Canada's north and its connection to the Hudson's Bay Company.

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"A rollicking read and a fresh contribution to the literature of the fur trade — scholarship and skulduggery in the same fine package."

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"The Bastard of Fort Stikine is a fine tale, and Komar has done a superb job in gathering the evidence and sorting out what happened the night McLoughlin was murdered."

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"This is what makes for a great history book for me: lots of supporting material, well presented with just enough narrative to make it cohesive and interesting to read."

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"History buffs and armchair detectives are sure to enjoy this absorbing time-machine tale of murder, mayhem, intrigue, and justice denied."

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"A fascinating biohistorical investigation by forensic anthropologist Debra Komar into one of Canada's coldest cases, the mysterious killing of a Hudson's Bay Company chief trader in 1842."

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"Thoroughly researched and in dramatic, evocative prose, Komar gives McLoughlin and HBC the trial they so justly deserved."

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"Who knew the history of the North America fur trade could be so riveting? In the hands of former forensic anthropologist Debra Komar, readers will be spellbound as the author unravels an unsolved murder case occurring at a Hudson's Bay Company post in 1842."

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"By laying out the facts and exploring them with relentless logic, Debra Komar does solve the mystery of who murdered John McLoughlin —; or at least makes a completely convincing case. Not only that: she does so with panache."

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Debra Komar is the author of The Ballad of Jacob Peck, The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, and, most recently, The Bastard of Fort Stikine, which won the 2016 Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History. A Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a practicing forensic anthropologist for over twenty years, she investigated human-rights violations for the United Nations and Physicians for Human Rights. She has testified as an expert witness at The Hague and throughout North America and is the author of many scholarly articles and a textbook, Forensic Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Practice.

 
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Ich liebte Pablo und hasste Escobar

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Virginia Vallejo ist auf dem Höhepunkt ihrer Fernsehkarriere, als sie Pablo Escobar kennenlernt. Der Drogenbaron bemüht sich gerade um einen Sitz im kolumbianischen Parlament, und Virginia unterstützt seine Ambitionen durch TV-Berichte. Zwischen der glamourösen Fernsehmoderatorin und dem verheirateten Schwerverbrecher entwickelt sich eine Liebesaffäre im Mahlstrom aus Dschungel, Koks und High Society. Virginia erlebt fünf Jahre lang die Machenschaften der Kartelle hautnah mit und blickt ins Zentrum des Narco-Terrorismus, bis sie sich für immer von Escobar verabschieden muss ...

 
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Shortlisted, Arthur Ellis Best Non-Fiction Crime Book Award

In 1869, in the woods just outside of the bustling port city of Saint John, a group of teenaged berry pickers discovered several badly decomposed bodies. The authorities suspected foul play, but the identities of the victims were as mysterious as that of the perpetrator. From the twists and turns of a coroner's inquest, an unlikely suspect emerged to stand trial for murder: John Munroe, a renowned architect, well-heeled family man, and pillar of the community.

Munroe was arguably the first in Canada's fledgling judicial system to actively defend himself. His lawyer's strategy was as simple as it was revolutionary: Munroe's wealth, education, and exemplary character made him incapable of murder. The press and Saint John's elite vocally supported Munroe, sparking a debate about character and murder that continues to this day. In re-examining a precedent-setting historical crime with fresh eyes, Komar addresses questions that still echo through the halls of justice more than a century later: is everyone capable of murder, and should character be treated as evidence in homicide trials?

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"An engaging and atmospheric account of a crime that shocked a mid-Victorian city. The Maggie Vail case lives on as a tale interwoven by deceit, lust, avarice, class privilege, and the 19th-century media's growing fascination with ‘true crime.’"

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"Debra Komar's latest foray into Canada's murderous past recreates a sensational Victorian-era morality tale that's brimming with intrigue, shady characters, forbidden sex, and high-stakes courtroom drama. Black River Road combines meticulous research, razor-sharp insight, and riveting storytelling to unearth a forgotten chapter in our legal history."

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"Fans of Komar's finely detailed forensic re-examinations will find much to enjoy here. No rock is left unturned, no assumption left to fester, in the search for truth. The complex moral ambiguities that arise will haunt your thoughts, but with Komar's calm manner deftly guiding proceedings, the readers are always in good hands. I can't recommend her books highly enough as much for the philosophical issues they raise as for the first-class storytelling. Black River Road serves to remind us, at a time when it is needed more than ever, that there simply is no reliable forensic test of character."

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Debra Komar is the author of The Ballad of Jacob Peck, The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, and, most recently, The Bastard of Fort Stikine, which won the 2016 Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History. A Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a practicing forensic anthropologist for over twenty years, she investigated human-rights violations for the United Nations and Physicians for Human Rights. She has testified as an expert witness at The Hague and throughout North America and is the author of many scholarly articles and a textbook, Forensic Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Practice.

 
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Shortlisted, Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

On a frigid February evening in 1805, Amos Babcock brutally murdered Mercy Hall. Believing that he was being instructed by God, Babcock stabbed and disembowelled his own sister, before dumping her lifeless body in a rural New Brunswick snowbank.

The Ballad of Jacob Peck is the tragic and fascinating story of how isolation, duplicity, and religious mania turned impoverished, hard-working people violent, leading to a murder and an execution. Babcock was hanged for the murder of his sister, but in her meticulously researched book, Debra Komar shows that itinerant preacher Jacob Peck should have swung right beside him. The mystery lies not in the whodunit, but rather in a lingering question: should Jacob Peck, whose incendiary sermons directly contributed to the killing, have been charged with the murder of Mercy Hall?

In this epic saga, media accounts of what happened in the aftermath of the murder have taken on a life all their own, one built of half-truths, conjecture, and narrative devices designed to titillate, if not inform. A forensic investigation of a crime from the Canadian frontier, the tale of Jacob Peck, Amos Babcock, and Mercy Hall remains as controversial and riveting today as it was more than two hundred years ago.

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"R;ich, feisty prose ... Komar has produced a grippingly good account of this notorious chapter in maritime history, one chockablock with intriguing side characters who — with names such as Dorcas Babcock, Hezekiah King and Mercy Hall — wouldn't be out of place in a Dickens novel (had he been around to write one). ... The compelling character portraits with which Komar fleshes out this gruesome central event build a vivid sense of the social and political realities of the day. ... Tempting as it is to view The Ballad of Jacob Peck as CSI for the archivist set, the questions it raises, and which Komar explores with such energy and aplomb, are ultimately philosophic and legal ones; ones necessarily resolved in a class or courtroom, not a laboratory."

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"Constructing The Ballad of Jacob Peck as though she's a prosecutor — dividing chapters with terms such as Res Gestae, scienter, et cetera — Komar builds a case against Jacob Peck for his role in the murder to highlight how current law continues to struggle with prosecuting such accomplices. ... The Ballad of Jacob Peck branches out to not only document the murder, but contextualize the players and era, offering a history of early crime in New Brunswick, and legal proceedings and court in early Canada. ... Her due diligence also does what it can to shape the murdered Mercy Babcock, and other women of the time, into a person, not only providing a sense of justice, but also documenting their lives like no one cared to do at the time or really ever since. ... Komar's voice, skill and insight defibrillate regional history, providing a professional perspective to the underserved genre."

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"Komar is both a skilled researcher and writer transporting readers back to a sparsely populated Canadian frontier in a time when law and order was in short supply. A non-fiction thriller, it is a firestorm of a book that explains why religious mania drove a decent man to kill."

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"[A] potent mix of history and true crime. ... a well-told tale that nicely evokes a time and place, its people, and past events."

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"The Ballad of Jacob Peck, by Debra Komar, is a nonfictional account of family, religion, murder, a charlatan, and early-nineteenth-century Canadian law that is as riveting as a good novel. . . . This book will appeal to a wide audience, including those with interests in true crime, history, law, and human behavior. ... By simultaneously corroborating and refuting old media accounts of the murder, Komar allows the reader to act as a juror, and provides all available information to decide the verdict."

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>"Impeccable research, a deft writing hand, and a comprehensive understanding of the legal and forensic worlds. A haunting and compelling archival journey."

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"The Ballad of Jacob Peck is wonderfully written with historically correct information. It is a very fascinating and informative read. Debra Komar did a wonderful job with this book. This is a must read and I highly recommend it."

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"Komar's narrative is fast paced and grounded in extensive genealogical and historical research, giving it a surefootedness not always found in true crime writing. ... [T]he major thrust of her argument remains grounded and her imaginative recreation of events, which may make hide-bound historians wince, kept me turning the pages."

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"Komar's voice, skill and insight defibrillate regional history, providing a professional perspective to the underserved genre. Digging up the bones of history, Komar has no use for ghost stories and legend, and neither will you after The Ballad of Jacob Peck."

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"At story's end, however, there is much more than Peck's malignant spirit to ponder in this richly woven tale from Canada's past."

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"The result is a seamlessly written narrative that evokes life on the Canadian frontier. ... Komar draws on her legal experience as an expert witness in The Hague to build a compelling case for the prosecution against Jacob Peck. ... As terrorist actions carried out in the name of religion continue to make headlines, there is a timely and timeless message to this book: religion can be a powerful weapon in the hands of those who would pervert its message for their own purposes."

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"Komar's prowess for investigation is well balanced with her ability to pen a page-turner ... Komar's respect for her readers' intelligence, combined with her compelling history lesson flavoured by the intrigue of murder, makes her work an engrossing read."

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"She plans to write a series of books on Canadian cold cases. If subsequent publications are as engaging as this one, she will soon have a devoted following and perhaps even a television series."

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"Komar takes a no-nonsense approach to the retelling of this bit of Canadian history, differentiating between rumor and fact while keeping context in perspective. The sense of injustice here is palpable, as is the sorrow suffered by those taken in by Peck's deception."

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"A genre-defying journey through two centuries, back to a time when law, religion, social order, and even murder were crude and brutish. Komar';s story is a remarkably detailed re-creation of a bloody crime, an execution, and the failure of a nascent judicial system."

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Debra Komar is the author of The Ballad of Jacob Peck, The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, and, most recently, The Bastard of Fort Stikine, which won the 2016 Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History. A Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a practicing forensic anthropologist for over twenty years, she investigated human-rights violations for the United Nations and Physicians for Human Rights. She has testified as an expert witness at The Hague and throughout North America and is the author of many scholarly articles and a textbook, Forensic Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Practice.

 
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Er hatte die besten Voraussetzungen für ein Leben als Krimineller: aufgewachsen in Neukölln, meistens bekleidet mit Trainingshose und Rippenshirt, zwei Mal sitzengeblieben, und Mitglied einer Straßengang war Yigit Muk auch noch. Mit der Hauptschulempfehlung sollte es direkt an eine bekannte Brennpunktschule im Bezirk gehen. Eine gute Adresse für alle, die ihre berufliche Zukunft in der Schutzgelderpressung sehen.

Und trotzdem hat Yigit Muk 2012 Berlins bestes Abitur geschrieben! Wie ein Kanake zum Einserschüler wird, was an Deutschlands Problemschulen wirklich los ist, und welche Rolle Lehrer und Gesellschaft dabei spielen, erzählt dieses Buch - ehrlich, ungeschönt und sehr lustig.

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"Eine Kampfansage an die Pirinccis und Sarrazins dieser Nation, die soziale Aufstiege von Migranten für unmöglich halten." Jürgen Klöckner, Huffington Post, 11.11.2015

"Es sind solche Einblicke in eine Parallelwelt jenseits von Klischees und Political Correctness, die die Lektüre von Muks Buch interessant machen." Julia Schaaf, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 15.11.2015

"Ermutigend." Markus Reiter, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 05.12.2015

 
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Deutschland hat die Nase voll: Ein Drogenboss packt aus!

Kokain, einst Treibstoff der Elite, ist zur neuen Volksdroge geworden. Neun von zehn Geldscheinen, die hierzulande um Umlauf sind, weisen Spuren des Stoffs auf.

Das weiß niemand besser als Stefan Liebert. Der Spross einer Hamburger Kiez-Familie ist gerade mal achtzehn Jahre alt, als das weiße Pulver ihm zum ersehnten Aufstieg in die Upper-Class verhilft. Jahrelang versorgt er Ärzte, Manager und Politiker, aber auch Bankangestellte, Kellner und Handwerker mit Kokain. Er wird zu einem der einflussreichsten Drogendealer der Republik. Doch dann lässt er sich mit der albanischen Mafia ein - und das kostet ihn beinahe das Leben.

Ein atemberaubender Insiderbericht aus der geheimen Welt der Drogendealer.

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"Ein rundum gelungener Insiderbericht, nicht zum Nachahmen." cute and dangerous

"Ein atemberaubender Insiderbericht aus der geheimen Welt der Drogendealer" SuchtMagazin

 
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Jagd auf El Chapo

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Andrew Hogan ist der Special Agent, der den mächtigen und legendären Drogenboss Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán-Loera, kurz El Chapo, ins Gefängnis gebracht hat. Zunächst kannte Hogan El Chapo nur aus eingängigen mexikanischen Liedern über den Mann, den keine Gefängniswände halten können und der an der Spitze des größten Drogenkartells Mexikos die Fäden zieht. Aber während der acht Jahre dauernden Undercoverarbeit gelangt Merell in den inneren Kreis - und bringt El Chapo schließlich auf spektakuläre Weise zu Fall.

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Andrew Hogan ist der Special Agent der amerikanischen Drogenvollzugsbehörde DEA, der die Ermittlungen gegen El Chapo Guzmán geleitet und ihn verhaftet hat. Hogan arbeitet jetzt in der Privatwirtschaft und lebt an einem geheimen Ort. Douglas Century ist Autor und Co-Autor von verschiedenen Bestsellern, er war 2003 Finalist für den Edgar Eward in der Kategorie Bestes Sachbuch Kriminalität.

 
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Mit siebzehn verliebt sich Souad in einen jungen Mann und wird schwanger. Für ihre Dorfgemeinschaft im Westjordanland ein Skandal. Die Ehre der Familie ist unwiderruflich beschmutzt. Das Gesetz kennt nur eine Konsequenz: Souad muss sterben. Ihr Schwager Hussein verbrennt sie bei lebendigem Leib. In den Augen der Dorfgemeinschaft ist dieser Mann ein Held. Und seine Tat ein >>Ehrenmord

 
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Im Alter von nur zwanzig Jahren verändert sich Giuseppe Grassonellis Leben dramatisch: Sein Onkel und sein Großvater werden auf brutalste Weise von Mafiakillern der Cosa Nostra erschossen. Um die Verantwortlichen zur Rechenschaft zu ziehen, schließt Giuseppe sich mit anderen jungen Männern zusammen und wird selber Mafiaboss. Sein Rachefeldzug gegen die Cosa Nostra wird der blutigste Mafiakampf der italienischen Nachkriegsgeschichte.

Seine Erinnerungen sind ein Lehrstück über die Spirale der Gewalt und die Grenzen von Selbstjustiz, aber vor allem auch ein hoffnungsvolles Beispiel dafür, dass es nie zu spät ist, ehrlich zu bereuen.

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"Der ehemalige Mafioso schildert so intensiv, dass beim Lesen schon im Kopf der Film zum Buch entsteht." Patrick Arnold, Deutschlandradio Kultur "Lesart - Das politische Buch", 19.09.2015 "Die Biografie bietet aufschlussreiche Einblicke in Strukturen, in denen Blutrache, ein zweifelhafter Begriff von Ehre und ein tiefes Misstrauen in die Justiz scheinbar zwangsläufig in einem Strudel der Gewalt münden." n-tv.de, 13.02.2016

 
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