The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town’s namesake river. In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the 60-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice: a young boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast-growing tumors that had decimated his body from birth; a nurse who fought to bring the alarming incidence of childhood cancers to the attention of authorities who didn’t want to listen; and a mother whose love for her stricken child transformed her into a tenacious advocate for change. A gripping human drama rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, Toms River ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Woren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003429de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Janet Evanovich´s number one New York Times best-selling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her latest captivating thriller where mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey. It´s a pretty routine week for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Headless bodies have started appearing across town in Trenton, New Jersey. At first, it´s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. Then a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church. Stephanie Plum knows that she´s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer. If that´s not enough, Diesel´s back in town. The six-foot-tall, blond-haired hunk accepts no limits - that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton´s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, isn´t pleased at his arrival, nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant with his own plans for Stephanie. Jersey´s favourite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel´s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lorelei King. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/head/000625de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Janet Evanovich´s sleuth Stephanie Plum is back in action as mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey. Raves for Evanovich´s novels: ´Smart and sassy´ (Time Out); ´Witty and fast-paced´ ( Sunday Times); ´Romantic and gripping´ ( Good Housekeeping). Headless bodies have started appearing across town in Trenton, New Jersey. At first, it´s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. Then a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church. Stephanie Plum knows that she´s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer. If that´s not enough, Diesel´s back in town. The six-foot-tall, blond-haired hunk accepts no limits - that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton´s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, isn´t pleased at his arrival, nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant with his own plans for Stephanie. Jersey´s favourite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel´s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?
Walk the field with Butkus, Ditka, and Payton and share in the great Chicago victories! The Chicago Bears are more than a football team - they are a legend. Founded in 1919, the Bears have won more regular season games than any other NFL franchise. With 26 players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and thirteen retired jerseys, it’s no wonder the Bears can be defined by three phrases: Big, tough, and full of characters. The Bears, like Chicago, are not just people. They are personalities. In Amazing Tales From the Chicago Bears Sideline, Bears fans can hear about the men who have made the Bears one of the greatest franchises in pro football - George Halas, Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka, Walter Payton, and many others. Former Bears star Steve McMichael takes a front row seat in this collection of stories. Listeners get to walk through the most vibrant years of a charter NFL franchise - as seen through the eyes of a legendary player. McMichael covers it all, from training camp misadventures in Lake Forest, Illinois, and Platteville, Wisconsin, and Ditka’s locker room tirades to nights on the town with Dan Hampton and friends and behind-the-scenes glimpses of extraordinary teammates. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Craine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008670de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tracie thinks Johnny, her partner in the bar they own, is taking her for granted. She doesnt care that hes banging other women, but hes cutting her out. So, when her cop friend Sean gets her a gig going after a bail jumper she invites him along to provide backup and to keep her from being horny and frustrated. The job should be straightforward, but she has to play the role of a hooker in a strip club to get close to her guy-closer than she might like. And the act gets far more realistic than she intended. ----- Excerpt ----- The traffic from the airport was a mess and the taxi had some kind of problem so I was breathing more fumes than air all the way. As much as I travel Ive wondered if it would make more sense to get rid of my apartment and get a long-term lease on an airport hotel room. Of course, then Id have the worlds worst commute to my office, which is situated in a crappy part of town. It has to be there. After all, the cardinal rule of business is that the three things that matter most are location, location, and location. Naturally, the bail bondsmen and such who are my bread and butter do not cluster in the financial district. The kind I have for clients are in located the neighborhoods. They are my market because their clients, in turn, are reasonable candidates for skipping out on bail, and Im a bounty hunter. Their unsuccessful attempts to get away from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune is my meal ticket. Im Tracie Dumas, bounty hunter. You want more detail? Okay, Im five one, hovering around 105 lbs. and extremely good at tracking down bad guys. If its needed, muscle is cheap. Not that Id run from a fight, but discretion is the better part of valor and it helps me retain my good looks if I avoid getting my teeth knocked out. Id been in Chicago. Ever visit Chicago? If you have you probably didnt get near the section Id been in. It was pretty bad. Not catching the bad guy. Seeing me flash a warrant broke his heart, I think. Any fight he had went out of him immediately and hed been all nice and docile all the way home. I didnt even cuff him for the flight back, although Jerrys guys werent as nice when they met us at the airport and took him off my hands. Now I was headed for Jerseys Bar on Sixth. I am part owner, along with Johnny Jersey. I didnt miss the bar much, but it had been a long week at the office and I was sure as hell eager to see Johnny. Hes quite a stud, and some of the time hes mine. At least enough to keep me pretty satisfied when Im there. Id called him and left a message, hoping hed get someone to tend bar so he could drag me up to his apartment above the bar and rip my clothes off me. I needed to get rid of some tension and that was my favorite way to do it. The cabbie stopped in front of the bar and I paid him. His look told me that he clearly didnt share my opinion on what makes for a decent tip, but I was going to have to deal with my own bag, so I didnt care. Its different going into a bar when you own the place, or part of it, even when you are a silent partner like I am. Instead of seeing who is hanging out, what the scene is like, you automatically do head counts, make a quick look at the place to see if its inviting, that sort of thing. Johnny is great at his job, which is running the place, and I never find anything wrong. But I guess its like buying a stock. Even if you cant afford to change your portfolio, cant do anything about the market, it gets you reading the financial papers and checking the price. Just a compulsion. Johnny was behind the bar, looking good as ever. He looked like he was fresh out the shower. He smiled when he saw me and came over to pour me a welcome glass of my favorite scotch. Hey, Tracie, glad you are back. He leaned across the bar and kissed me. Id been hoping hes come around the bar and grab me. I wanted those big arms wrapped around me. Actually, I wanted his hands tearing my clothes off, but I could wait a few minutes.