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Trade Mission
Andrew Pyper
0743234227
February 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The ad copy on the back of the proofs for Pyper's second novel (after Lost Girls) points out just what's right, and what's wrong, with the book: "The Trade Mission is a gripping, ingeniously plotted thriller with an underlying literary interest in social criticism...." The novel does grip, and while its plot-two young North American software entrepreneurs and their colleagues visiting Brazil are kidnapped by extortionists in the jungle, then escape for a chase-isn't quite ingenious, it's clever enough; so far so good. The problem is the "underlying literary interest in social criticism." One supposes the copywriter mentioned "literary" as a pointer to Pyper's prose, which is lush and suffused with psychological insight, but which too often draws attention to itself at the expense of the story. The "social...


The Wildfire Season
Andrew Pyper
0312354541
Nov 2006
Hardcover
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Lost Girls
Andrew Pyper
0440235464
June 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Bartholomew Crane's first homicide trial ought to be an easy win for the young, arrogant Toronto attorney. The bodies of two missing teenagers--the Lost Girls--have never been found, and there's slight forensic evidence to tie the chief suspect, a high school English teacher, to their disappearance. Dispatched to the Canadian north woods to defend Thomas Tripp against a murder charge, Crane packs his omnipresent flask of cocaine and begins preparing to demolish the Crown's flimsy, highly circumstantial case. Crane doesn't care whether Tripp is guilty; his only job is to get him off. But Crane's client won't cooperate in his own defense, and the citizens of the small, depressed town are clamoring for his conviction.

Within days, Crane's waking and sleeping hours are haunted by odd occurrences: the disturbing apparitions...



Dark Descent
Andrew Pyper
0743453239
April 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) A thrilling, dread-inducing, edge-of-the-seat climax....It's a thriller with a serious center.

Book Description
#1 international bestselling author Andrew Pyper, critically acclaimed for his novel Lost Girls, returns with a gripping story of raw courage, crippling fear, and the overwhelming human instinct for survival. At the dawn of the new millennium, twenty-something dot-com millionaires Wallace and Bates travel to Brazil to market their breakthrough product, Hypothesys -- a "morality machine" designed to help people make the best decisions of their lives. But when they impulsively join an eco-tour deep into the Amazon rain forest, they may have sealed their own dire fates....In the dead of night, their boat is attacked, and Wallace and Bates are...


Lost Girls
Andrew Pyper
1567409148
April 2000
Audio
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Book Review
Bartholomew Crane's first homicide trial ought to be an easy win for the young, arrogant Toronto attorney. The bodies of two missing teenagers--the Lost Girls--have never been found, and there's slight forensic evidence to tie the chief suspect, a high school English teacher, to their disappearance. Dispatched to the Canadian north woods to defend Thomas Tripp against a murder charge, Crane packs his omnipresent flask of cocaine and begins preparing to demolish the Crown's flimsy, highly circumstantial case. Crane doesn't care whether Tripp is guilty; his only job is to get him off. But Crane's client won't cooperate in his own defense, and the citizens of the small, depressed town are clamoring for his conviction.

Within days, Crane's waking and sleeping hours are haunted by odd occurrences: the disturbing apparitions...



Public Management and Modernisation in Britain (Contemporary Political Studies Series)
Andrew Massey
0333739191
June 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This comprehensive work starts by charting the origins and evolution of the shift from public administration to public management and moves on to assess the main theories and debates about its character, benefits and problems. After consideration of the party political issues, debates, continuities, and discontinuities between the approaches of Thatcher, Major and Blair, the core of the book discusses change in public sector organization more broadly.


Raveling (4 cassettes)
Peter Moore Smith
1570429103
August 2001
Audio
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Book Review
"Things fall apart, the center cannot hold." Yeats's words seem fitting for the slowly disintegrating Airie family and their son Pilot, a schizophrenic. Twenty years ago, Pilot's little sister, Fiona, disappeared. In the aftermath, the Airie family fell apart--"unraveled," Pilot observes. Old sins have long shadows, and Pilot both welcomes and fears the darkness those shadows offer. His memories of Fiona's disappearance haunt him, but they are also an anchor to a past that seems more authentic than the present.

Pilot's schizophrenia is all the more poignant contrasted with the poise of his older brother Eric, a prominent neurosurgeon. Eric is the one who comes to his mother's rescue when she is stranded on the highway, unable to see to drive home after Pilot's attempt to help her devolves into a terrifying,...


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