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Das Paradies der kleinen Sünder

Bastei Lübbe | Commissario Montalbano


Wenn es 8:8 steht und nicht der Stand eines Fußballspiels gemeint ist, sondern die tödliche Bilanz zweier verfeindeter Mafia-Familien. Wenn ein angesehener Arzt, der sich einen Fehltritt mit einer streng behüteten Zwanzigjährigen erlaubt, plötzlich deren gesamte Sippe am Hals hat und spurlos verschwindet. Wenn eine nicht unvermögende, bereits über neunzigjährige Dame ungebetenen Besuch erhält und der Täter der Teufel selbst ist - dann kann man mit Sicherheit davon ausgehen, dass dich diese Dinge irgendwo in Sizilien ereignen und Commissario Montalbano nicht weit ist...

 
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Aroma des Todes

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Östersund in Schweden. Die junge Künstlerin Sylvia Bönnemark findet vor ihrer Haustür ein seltsames Buch - und kann kaum glauben, was sie darin liest: In allen schrecklichen Einzelheiten wird beschrieben, wie Sylvia ihren Freund Mats ermordet, von dem seit Wochen jede Spur fehlt. Autor des Buches ist - sie selbst!

Doch Sylvia kann sich weder an den Mord erinnern, noch daran, das Buch geschrieben zu haben. Als Mats verschwunden bleibt, will Sylvia gemeinsam mit ihrer Freundin herausfinden, was es mit dem Buch auf sich hat. Spielt hier jemand bloß ein böses Spiel mit ihr oder hat sie Mats tatsächlich ermordet und ihr Gedächtnis verloren? Oder handelt es sich bei dem Buch gar um eine Prophezeiung?

Sylvias Suche führt sie zurück in die eigene Kindheit - nichtsahnend, dass der Verfasser des Buches genau das beabsichtigt hat -

Der Roman "Aroma des Todes" ist der Gewinner-Titel des von Bastei Entertainment und BookRix 2015 durchgeführten Thriller-Wettbewerbs "Hochspannung garantiert".

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Die dunkle Wahrheit des Mondes

Bastei Lübbe | Commissario Montalbano


Montalbano sieht sich mit einem rätselhaften Mordfall konfrontiert, als er Angelo Pardo in obszöner Position tot in dessen Wohnung auffindet. Alles deutet auf ein Verbrechen aus Leidenschaft hin, gab es doch mehrere Frauen, die um Pardos Gunst buhlten. Aber auch wenn die weiblichen Zeugen alles daransetzen, dem Commissario die Sinne zu verwirren, verliert er doch nie den Blick für das Wesentliche ...

 
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Journey of a Thousand Miles

University of Ottawa Press | Biographies et mémoires


Born into poverty in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, Ruey Yu overcame near-starvation during the Second World War. Destiny, however, had other plans for him: he was to become an award-winning biochemist, then the co-founder of what would soon become the multi-million-dollar skin care company NeoStrata.

After living through the Second World War and the post-war military dictatorship of General Chiang Kai-Shek, Dr. Yu won a coveted post-graduate scholarship to study chemistry at the University of Ottawa. He subsequently took up a research position at the renowned Skin and Cancer Hospital (Temple University) in Philadelphia, where he collaborated with pre-eminent dermatologist Dr. Eugene Van Scott to develop treatments for serious skin diseases.

In 1972, Dr. Yu and Dr. Van Scott discovered that fruit acids, known as AHAs, could effectively treat the disfiguring skin disease ichthyosis, changing the lives of thousands of people who suffered from this debilitating illness. Their further research into the biochemical properties of AHAs led to the discovery of the anti-wrinkle and anti-aging effects of these natural substances—a discovery that was licensed by skin care companies around the world, sparking the multibillion-dollar cosmeceutical industry.

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Every tube of skin cream with AHA, the wildly popular anti-wrinkle ingredient, exists because of a half-starved boy in wartime Taiwan who travelled to university in Ottawa and went on to fortune. […] Yu’s life “is the classic story of constant optimism, moving forward in the face of adversity, overcoming all odds.”

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Now in his 80s, Dr. Ruey J. Yu continues to work in the lab every day, hunting for biomarkers that

could be used for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other diseases. In 2016, Dr. Yu and Dr. Van Scott sold NeoStrata to Johnson & Johnson, which is expanding the company’s research labs into a centre of excellence for dermatological research.

 
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Sea Change

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Lucas and his father are not close. In fact they hardly see each other, which is just fine with Lucas. When he travels to the remote fishing lodge his father manages, Lucas is left once again, this time with a lodge worker, a girl named Sumi. She makes it pretty clear that Lucas is on his own. But she does take him fishing and seems to be warming up to him. Then, in a horrible sequence of misjudgments, Sumi is shot in the foot. With no radio and no phone, Lucas and Sumi are truly alone. Fog rolls over the islands and it's up to Lucas to get Sumi to medical help, a day's journey by boat up the inlet.

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"A well-written and entertaining story which will hold the attention of the reluctant teenage male reader. Sea Change would be a good addition both public and junior high and high school libraries."

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"Tullson has really captured the teen voice, and her main characters are ones that teens will connect to and understand. Sea Change is a fast paced tale of how a momentary lapse in judgment can prove fatal unless you are willing to make a supreme effort to go outside your comfort zone…Highly Recommended."

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"The story is exciting and will hold the attention of the reader...A good story for middle school students or struggling readers in high school."

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"Teens will relate to the tension between Lucas and his father."

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"[There is a] consistent quality of writing in these Orca Soundings books....and their messages withstand their own edgy currency. For readers in a ruthlessly visual age, this is no mean accomplishment."

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"[A] fast-paced, plot-driven novel."

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Diane Tullson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a trained technical writer. She is a member of the Canadian Children's Book Centre, the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable, Children's Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia and the Writers Union of Canada. Diane has been nominated for many awards, including the Stellar Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. Diane lives near Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.dianetullson.com.

 
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Das Labyrinth der Spiegel

Bastei Entertainment | Commissario Montalbano


Zwei mysteriöse Bombenattentate bereiten Commissario Montalbano ebenso Kopfzerbrechen wie seine neuen Nachbarn in Marinella: Liliana Lombardo kreuzt beinahe jeden seiner Wege, ihr Ehemann ist nie zu sehen. Weitere mafiöse Vorfälle und nächtliche Rendezvous der Signora mit dubiosen Galanen lassen einen Zusammenhang mit den Attentaten erahnen. Außerdem scheint jemand geschickt falsche Fährten zu legen, sodass Montalbano sich irgendwann an das mörderische Labyrinth in Orson Welles' Film Die Lady von Shanghai erinnert fühlt...

 
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Viral

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Mike has fallen deeply in love with his best friend, Lindsay. And he's pretty sure she feels the same way…until a simple misunderstanding destroys Lindsay's trust. Devastated and feeling betrayed, Lindsay leaves town for the summer. In the fall, she returns to school a different person and she's suddenly tight with the "in" crowd.

When Lindsay gets intoxicated at a party and ends up in a compromising situation, she has no idea that someone is filming the whole thing on his phone. When the footage goes viral around their school, Mike has to dig deep within himself to find the courage to help Lindsay in her time of greatest need.

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"Lots to like here—the story is easy to follow and full of ripped from the headlines issues. I especially liked Mike's willingness to ask his mom for advice and for her non-judgmental, love and logic responses."

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"Any reader will be able to relate to this story through its fast paced storyline and interesting plot, and it will not only captivate reluctant readers, but all readers across all spectrums. Van Tol's use of technology within the story aids the plot and adds to the horror within the novel, as Mike's peers misuse technology to destroy another. I was captivated by this novel, and the ending was phenomenal! I highly recommend this for all reluctant readers, but advise everyone to read it as the interest level and moral themes are for everyone. Five stars."

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"A good title for reluctant readers, especially boys. This short, soap-opera like novel is timely, fast-paced and interesting...Today's teens will be able to relate to all the technology used by the characters...A good starting off place for discussion."

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"Packed with violent drama, this entry in Orca's Soundings line of books for reluctant readers is intense...Many teens will be drawn to the contemporary high-school story about enemies, friends, and lovers that explores headline issues."

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Alex Van Tol grew up reading a wide range of books, from Enid Blyton to Stephen King. She taught middle school for eight years, then made the switch to writing for a living. She has published numerous titles with Orca. Alex lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family. For more information, visit www.alexvantol.com.

 
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Sleight of Hand

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


On a dare from his girlfriend's brother, Javvan steals a neighbor's car. Now he’s got a criminal record and a bigger problem: get a job or violate his parole. Endless interviews later and no one will hire him because of his criminal record. Whatever happened to a second chance? Finally, he gets a gig with a contractor named Kevin, and Javvan figures his life is on an upswing. Too bad Kevin’s a thief and he’s given Javvan one choice. Help him steal, or he’ll make sure Javvan ends up back in jail.

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"A compelling story...Addressing issues of learning from making mistakes, the danger of making snap judgments about people, and the importance of standing up for oneself, Deen’s Sleight of Hand encourages critical thinking and compassion between the pages of an exciting story of crime. She has done a beautiful job of relating to youth and getting “on their side” while subtly weaving in valuable life lessons that readers can take away and apply to their own lives...An entertaining addition to any young reader’s library!"

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"It is easy to sympathize with Javvan...The repartee between the two boys [brothers Javvan and Sammy] is realistic and delightful...This feel-good story also demonstrates fallibility in the justice system."

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"Deen keeps her prose simple but the suspense clicking along in this brief novella. Javvan comes across as a nicely believable character, too flustered by his dilemma to think straight much of the time. She adds depth with Javvan's family, as his dishonorable act has earned him extra opprobrium. A brief but powerful look at a teen in trouble."

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"Focusing on tough themes and subjects that will resonate with adolescents...this title will immerse readers; the writing is to the point and immediate, the print size large, and the cover darkly enticing."

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"A fast-paced narrative with some interesting plot twists. It explores the possibilities of abuse and corruption in our criminal justice system."

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"A fast-paced, high-interest offering for reluctant young adult readers. Here, too, are serious lessons to learn: how to be responsible, knowing whom to trust, and how the restorative-justice process works."

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Award-winning author Natasha Deen loves stories: exciting ones, scary ones and, especially, funny ones! As a kid of two countries (Guyana and Canada), she feels especially lucky because she gets a double dose of stories. When she's not working on her books or visiting schools, she spends a lot of time trying to convince her dogs and cats that she's the boss of the house.For more information, visit natashadeen.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @natasha_deen.

 
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50 SERIAL KILLERS

Cooltura


Serial killers are nothing like the ones we know through films or literary texts. They are not crime geniuses, but tormented beings with mental disorders and an exacerbated narcissism. Discover the behavior patterns and the stories of the most terrible criminals.

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"It's hard to believe that humans are capable of such evil" [SOURCE: Robert Ludrup]

"A brilliant introductory analysis and a compilation that causes terror" [SOURCE: Surveillance Project] "A stunning journey through the stories of the worst criminals" [SOURCE: Claude Kramer]

 
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50 ASESINOS SERIALES

Cooltura


Los asesinos en serie no se parecen a los que conocemos a través del cine ni de los textos literarios. No son genios del crimen, sino seres atormentados, con trastornos mentales y un narcisismo exacerbado. Descubre los patrones de conducta y las historias de los criminales más terribles.

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"Es difícil creer que los seres humanos sean capaces de tanta maldad" [Source: Robert Ludrup]

"Un buen análisis introductorio y una recopilación que provoca espanto" [Source: Surveillance Project]

"Un viaje impactante por las historias de los peores criminales" [Source: Claude Kramer]

 
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