The favorite book of William Burroughs. A journey into the hobo underworld, freight hopping around the still Wild West, becoming a highwayman and member of the yegg (criminal) brotherhood, getting hooked on opium, doing stints in jail or escaping, often with the assistance of crooked cops or judges. Our lost history revived. With an introduction by Burroughs. A BookSense 77 selection.
"The Original Hobo Narrative"
Miami attorney Jack Swyteck finds himself in the middle of an international legal battle over a Cuban oil spill that sets him on a deadly mission. Three summers after the Deepwater Horizon environmental catastrophe, oil is spewing into the ocean again, this time from a drilling explosion in Cuban waters just 50 miles from the Florida Keys. The slick is headed straight for the United States, but the Cubans refuse American offers to assist with the cleanup, and threaten to fire on "hostile" U.S. vessels entering their waters.
"A Love Story"
Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....
"Jack Sawyer delivers"
As a boy, William Bellman commits one small, cruel act: killing a bird with his slingshot. Little does he know the unforeseen and terrible consequences of the deed, which is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to be a man blessed by fortune - until tragedy strikes and the stranger in black comes. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, William enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business.
"A 'Slow Burn' Gothic Tragedy"
Recklessly, joyously, Black Jack had ridden into town to see his infant son. Then a shotgun fired from a window had blasted him from his horse and flung him to his death in the street.
Er starb im Krieg - so glauben alle. In Wahrheit lag er 100 Jahre im Kälteschlaf. Nun feiert man ihn wegen seiner Kriegsverdienste als lebende Legende. Er erhält das Kommando über eine Flotte, die im feindlichen Territorium gestrandet ist. Sein Auftrag: Möglichst alle Schiffe lebend nach Hause bringen. Die Realität: Unzählige Feinde auf dem Weg. Und eine Meuterei in den eigenen Reihen, die ihn 40 Schiffe kostet.
As an immense cloud of gas enters the solar system, it blocks the sun, threatening to wipe out most of life on Earth. In Britain, a team of scientists gathers at a secret location to deal with the crisis. But as the months pass, what they learn will challenge everything they believe about the nature of life and the universe.
"Exceptional old-school British Sci-fi!"
A lethal plague resurrected from the bones of the dead is stolen from a secret biological warfare lab hidden in the mountains of North Korea. There's no cure, and it's 100 percent fatal. If it gets loose, millions will die. The men who have it want to reduce the world's population and bring down the global economy as part of a plan to establish world dominance.
"The Project's back, and it's a must-hear!"
John Norton er afdelingschef i den engelske efterretningstjeneste MI6, leder og koordinator for Mellemøsten og Nordafrika i det, der i daglig tale bliver kaldt "Araberhuset". Han er på en så hemmelig rejse i Sydafrika, at ingen, ikke engang hans chef i MI6, ved det, men nu har nogen forsøgt at slå ham ihjel ved at skubbe hans bil ud over en klippekant. Hvem? Et halvt år før: John er på ferie i Skotland, og et lig, der strander et helt forkert sted i den lille bugt, vækker hans nysgerrighed.
They found Whit Mosley's missing friends at Black Jack Point - dead and buried, along with bones and relics from a legendary past. When Whit opens an inquest into the murders, he's plunged into a shadowy world of ruthless treasure hunters, double-crossing tycoons, and money-hungry sharks - all chasing a long-lost fortune in emeralds and gold. His only ally, police detective Claudia Salazar, is kidnapped at sea and held hostage in a deadly game of betrayal and greed.
"The golden age of piracy" generally refers to the era when history's most famous pirates roamed the seas of the West Indies from 1670-1720.
"Kind of a ripoff"
A powerful telling of the first African-American heavyweight champion, this story portrays how a shy, fearful young man learned to fight back and become one of history's more compelling personalities. Children will be awed and inspired by the boxer's energy and drive which is duly reflected through the rhythmic text and excellent narration.
Actor Jack Black on this edition of Fresh Air. He's best known for his scene-stealing performance in High Fidelity as a sarcastic record store clerk opposite John Cusack. He is also the lead singer of the rock-folk comedy group Tenacious D.
Jack Black, superstar clown, rocks out live and sings a cappella in our studio. Diana Krall tells Kurt Andersen how she pulled 78 rpm records out of the closet at random to find material for her new album. Rocky and Bullwinkle make the Cold War kid-friendly. And an art dealer helps Costco.com and other big retailers get into the fine art market.
A world expert on crop viruses is brutally murdered, along with two of his colleagues. The murders get the attention thedirector of the Project. The leader Nick Carter suffers with PTSD. He struggles with conflicting thoughts about his lover and teammate, Selena Connor. She's having a hard time dealing with her feelings for Nick and the mayhem that goes with her job. They follow a bloody trail through Greece, Bulgaria and America as they uncover a deadly plan that will kill millions if it succeeds.
"Exciting international thriller"
Set in Los Angeles and starring Jack Webb as the stoic Sergeant Joe Friday, Dragnet is perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama of all time, having made extensive runs on both radio and television. Webb, also the producer of the show, took the series to new highs, insisting on realism in every facet of the program. The dialogue was clipped and sparse, taking its cue from hard-boiled crime fiction à la Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.
Are you scared of the dark? You will be....Jack Pagan might as well be four months old. He awoke in a hospital after suffering a head injury that left him dead for over 67 minutes. All of his longterm memories were destroyed. Now he has to start his life again. But his accidental flirt with death left him a special gift. In those few minutes as he fades off to sleep each night, and in those early hours of the morning as he numbly awakens, he sees them.
Welcome to The Little Shop of Monsters! Do you want a SNEEZER? A TICKLER? Or one of the CREEPIEST monsters of all? Come on in and choose your favorite, if you dare (before one of them chooses YOU!).
In 1946, a young couple set off on their honeymoon. Fired by their ideals and passion for one another, they plan an idyllic holiday, only to encounter an experience of darkness so terrifying it alters their lives for ever.
Jack Williamson, Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master, takes listeners to the near future, where humankind's Project Starseed uses faster-than-light quantum-wave technology to send colonists to distant star systems.