In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise’s death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy. Taylor provides portraits of the friends, writers, artists, producers, and marketers who labored behind the scenes to turn Lucas’s idea into a legend.
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Federal Agent Clayton Munro, a criminal profiler with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), has been called upon to assist in hunting down a vicious murderer who is intent upon carving up his victims while they are still alive. Guilt-stricken over his wife's suicide, Clayton is forced to set aside his personal issues in order to focus on the case. Detective Ellie Cooper is also no stranger to heartache. Pregnant and abandoned at the altar by a fiancé intent on pursuing a career with the AFP, her opinion of the AFP isn't good.
Then Lily becomes a victim of a school shooting and is left fighting for her life. Then Lily becomes a victim of a school shooting and is left fighting for her life. Tom's beside himself with fear. What will he do if she dies? How will he live without her? And what about the suspicious lump he's found in his breast? Does he have the courage to find out if it's serious?
"The Shooter "
At 14, Kate Collins ran away from home. Ten years later, her mother has disappeared without a trace. Faced with no other choice, she returns home. Kate is convinced her stepfather is responsible, but he is a highly decorated police officer. Who will take her accusations seriously? Banished to a small country town after reporting his city superiors for corruption, Detective Riley Munro is never going to accuse the town's recently retired police commander of murder. But Kate's fear and distress seem genuine.
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When Australian Federal Agent Brandon Munro walked out on his wife without a word of explanation, he had no idea the price would be so high. Alex Cavanaugh's world fell apart the night Brandon told her their marriage was over. Devastated over his refusal to tell her why and unwilling to keep him by her side out of a sense of duty, she conceals from him her pregnancy.
When Ellie Cooper married Clayton Munro six years ago, she hoped his daughter Olivia would accept her into her life. But despite all of Ellie's efforts, the 10-year-old has rejected her at every turn. When Olivia is kidnapped while shopping with Ellie, she's beside herself with guilt.. Detective Senior Sergeant Lane Black of the Chatswood State Crime Command is put in charge of the case. A child is missing and time is of the essence.
When much decorated Australian Federal Police officer Declan Munro is accused of illegally accessing confidential police files containing child pornography, his world is turned upside down. Fronting the investigation into his alleged criminal behavior is Senior Internal Affairs Investigator Chloe Sabattini. A veteran investigator, Chloe is taken aback to discover that not only is Declan likable, but his protestations of innocence are believable. Furthermore, despite her best efforts, she finds herself drawn to him.
Detective Sergeant Chase Barrington has never forgotten his high school sweetheart. He and Josie Munro planned to marry as soon as she graduated, but fate stepped in and Chase made the painful decision to end it. Unable to find the courage to tell her the truth, he left town without a word of explanation. A decade after graduating high school, Doctor Josie Munro, child psychologist, has recently returned to her hometown.
"The Defendant "
Chanel Munro has landed her dream job as a junior resident doctor at the prestigious Sydney Harbour Hospital. Only two years out from medical school, she can't believe she's been chosen by the highly respected Doctor Leo Baker to be part of his elite team. But an esteemed position on Doctor Baker's team doesn't come without sacrifice. It soon becomes clear her boss expects her to provide him with certain favors and he's not talking about volunteering for the coffee run.
When 10-year-old Andy Warwick witnesses the murder/suicide of his sister and father, his world is torn apart. Twenty years later, despite his tragic childhood, Andy's a highly respected police negotiator based in North Sydney. He's living a comfortable life, but still suffers from guilt-ridden nightmares from his past and yearns for a family to replace the one he lost.
Ambitious newspaper journalist Savannah O'Neill will do anything for a story, even if it means pretending to be a prostitute in Sydney's most exclusive brothel. She's there on a tip-off that underage girls are being held illegally and kept compliant with illicit drugs. What's more, unidentified bodies of young women have turned up in Sydney Harbour, and at least one of them is linked to the brothel. Detective Will Rutledge has vowed to destroy the man he holds responsible for his brother's suicide.
When former New South Wales District Court judge Duncan Munro is found lying unconscious in a hotel room surrounded by evidence incriminating him in an affair, his close-knit family is rocked to their core. Marguerite Munro is unwilling to believe her husband of 40 years has been cheating on her, but the evidence doesn't lie. Roses, champagne, massage oils, lingerie. It's obvious he was expecting a woman and she knows darn well it wasn't her.
"The Christmas Vigil"