Since leaving the Army to launch a private security company and raise his younger sister, David Burke doesn't have time for women outside of business. He swears by casual and uncomplicated, and satisfies his needs within the walls of a friend's club - until business and pleasure cross paths in one of the club's exclusive Blue Rooms.
Deidre McIntosh is a woman with it all... a successful business, a doting fiancé, a baby on the way. But business is getting busier, Kevin is always on the road and Deidre's future mother-in-law has hijacked the wedding plans. To make matters worse, Kevin's sullen goddaughter, Claire, has been expelled from boarding school and has ended up in Deidre's care, a temporary arrangement that seems more permanent by the day.
Jeff Resnick is definitely out of his element when he and Maggie take a working vacation at a quaint Vermont inn. For most people, the chance to spend time with a beautiful woman in a romantic, isolated setting would be a plus, but the moment Jeff crosses the Sugar Maple Inn's threshold, his sixth sense warns him that someone is about to meet a violent death. His anxiety intensifies when he travels on one of the local roads and is nearly overwhelmed by feelings of impending doom.
During a school presentation, Ruthie and Jack discover that their classmate Kendra is descended from Phoebe Monroe, the young slave they befriended when they traveled to 19th-century South Carolina. Kendra tells them that long ago her family lost their good name and their business selling herbal remedies when mobsters accused them of stealing the recipes! Only Ruthie and Jack know the truth - because only they know about the secret ledger that Phoebe wrote the recipes in long ago!
This is a gorgeous room. So white and tranquil and glamorous, like something from a '30s movie set. From his pocket, Simon retrieves a white plastic rectangle. It's an invitation to a very exclusive private function, extended only to certain guests. The white card was in our welcome basket, along with the sex toys, and neither of us was quite sure whether we'd accept tonight - until now....
What's it like to see yourself in a picture you never knew was taken? John Knox is an expert at surveillance and delicate, international dealings. So he is understandably thrown when David "Sarge" Dulwich, his contact at Rutherford Risk, hands him a photo of a transaction he recently facilitated in the Middle East. More curious to him, he's shown that photo while in the Red Room, the private security company's highly secure underground bunker, where eavesdropping is impossible and privacy ensured. Why all the cloak-and-dagger?
Some people say we live in a society that is experiencing an obesity epidemic, a negative health trend that is crippling our country and hurting the future. In The Fattest Guy in the Room, Big Mike Sangiamo turns this topic on its head with an often humorous and occasionally serious account of his life as a 32-year-old overweight man in today's America. While it may sound like a "scared fit for the fat man" type of book, its real target is society as a whole. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll laugh!
Eighteen mutilated women in a Shanghai mass grave. But this is only the beginning of a horrific case for Investigator Li Yan and Mei Ling, head of Shanghai's serious crime squad. Ling is a formidable woman, and she appears to threaten Li Yan's relationship with pathologist Margaret Campbell. But when Campbell discovers that the victims were subjected to live autopsies, she knows she'll need all the help she can get.
Dom sits with Thea Vidale as she reminisces on the old days with Sam Kinison, Bill Hicks, and other dead guys. He also gets philosophical with Tom Papa as they agree that being retarded is the key to being happy every day. You'll also hear from Bill Dawes.