The Rendition, a spy thriller
The brutal secret war to win Kosovo’s freedom from Serbia is in full swing when The Rendition takes readers behind the headlines for an inside look at the involvement of the United States.
Alex Klear, a veteran intelligence officer, is sent to the Balkans on a hastily planned mission to extract a high ranking Kosovan military officer for questioning, the rendition goes terribly bad. Alex decides it’s time to retire. However, when he is persuaded to go to Germany as part of an operation connected to the rendition, he finds himself caught between two dynamic women, an old girlfriend and the female colonel running the 'op.' While there, he becomes a target of the Kosovo Liberation Army, a murder suspect to the German police, and for his superiors the perfect fall guy to take the heat for a badly botched secret operation.
With Kosovo’s independence declaration coming closer by the day, the secret war heats up and Alex comes to realize that he is at the center of a murky conspiracy aimed at making the United States an international pariah. (Buy the book)
Thomas Henry Huxley,
Thomas Henry Huxley, who was widely known as "Darwin's Bulldog," was one of the few great scientists who was also an influential writer and thinker. This book evaluates the significant early influences on Huxley's life -- his voyage on the Rattlesnake, one of the great scientific expeditions of the 19th century; his apprenticeship as a writer of scientific articles, and his friendship with Charles Darwin. Over the course of his career Huxley, in addition to writing about science, addressed himself to a variety of questions -- education, politics, theology and art. This book describes Huxley's life and discerns Huxley's attitude toward the relationship between science and the humanities, a question we recognize to be of crucial importance today.
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Murder After the Fact, a mystery
When Clint Ball, a mild-mannered computer engineer and Army veteran, returns to Murcer for the funeral of his Aunt Phyllis, he plans to wrap up her affairs quickly and clear out for good. His aunt, a quiet spinster who raised him after the untimely deaths of his parents, is his last link to the dreary industrial city in which he grew up. But Clint unexpectedly finds his aunt's seemingly ordinary legacy is the key to an ugly scandal, a murder and a series of other unladylike activities. A trail of long-buried crimes leads from the city's exploited workers and petty criminals into the highest levels of society and government. As Clint attempts to solve a mystery that is nearly as old as he is, he not only finds that someone wants him dead but finds himself facing a shocking discovery about his own past. (Buy the book)
—Peter Lovesey, award-winning author of Another One Goes Tonight