Wyoming's new governor isn't sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. A prominent female British executive never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard. Pickett knows that happens sometimes-these ranches are stocked with handsome young cowboys, and "ranch romances" aren't uncommon. But no sign of her months after she vanished? That suggests something else. At the same time, his friend Nate Romanowski has asked Joe to intervene with the feds on behalf of falconers who can no longer hunt with eagles even though their permits are in order. Who is blocking the falconers and why? The more he investigates both cases, the more someone wants him to go away. Is it because of the missing woman or because he's become Nate's advocate? Or are they somehow connected? The answers, when they come, will be even worse than he'd imagined.
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A decorated former Air Force pilot. A pregnant flight attendant. A dedicated TSA agent. The fates of these three, and many others, converge in Danielle Steel's gripping new novel-a heart-stopping thriller that engages ordinary men and women in the fight of their lives during a flight from New York to San Francisco. On a beautiful May morning at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco-one a 757, another a smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous-perhaps ominous-message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent, still grappling with guilt after a disastrous operation in which hostages were killed, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean? As Ben scans the passenger manifests, his focus turns to the A321, with Helen Smith as its senior pilot. Helen's military service and her tenure with the airline have been exemplary. But her husband's savage death in Iraq was more than anyone should bear, leaving her widowed with three children. A major film star is on board. So is an off-duty pilot who has just lost his forty-year career. So is a distraught father, traveling with the baby son he has abducted from his estranged wife. Sifting through data and relying on instinct, Ben becomes convinced that someone on Helen's plane is planning something terrible. And he's right. Passengers, crew, and experts on the ground become heroes out of necessity to try to avert tragedy at the eleventh hour. In her stunning novel Danielle Steel combines intense action with stories of emotionally rich, intertwined lives. As the jet bears down on its destination of San Francisco, strangers are united, desperate choices are made, and futures will be changed forever by a handful of accidental heroes.
Steven Pinker argues that despite the rampant pessimism about the state of the world today, the facts prove that we are on a significant path upward.
The future of humanity : terraforming, interstellar travel, immortality, and our destiny beyond Earth / Michio Kaku.
Happiness in this life : [a passionate meditation on earthly existence] / Pope Francis ; translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky.
A collection of homilies, speeches, and "messages of the day" that brings together Pope Francis's wisdom on finding happiness in the here and now.
Louisa Clark arrives in New York to start a new life and a long-distance relationship with Ambulance Sam while working for the super-wealthy Gopniks, a job that introduces her to New York high society and a secretive man who reminds her of her own past.
The music shop : a novel / Rachel Joyce, New York times bestselling author of The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
With the talent for connecting customers to their music, Frank, the owner of a music shop in a suburban community, resists the chance of a relationship with a young woman who could heal the old wounds from his past.
A spy thriller set against a backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of 1938 follows the experiences of a rising star in the British diplomatic service who is on a disastrous collision course with an Oxford friend, a secret member of the anti-Hitler resistance.
When the man who raised and trained him warns him that secret government forces are trying to eliminate all surviving members of the Orphan Program, Evan Smoak is challenged to track down and protect his teacher's last protégé from a brutal new Program leader.
The flame bearer : a novel / Bernard Cornwell, New York times bestselling author of The last kingdom.
Aspiring to reclaim the home stolen by his traitorous uncle after a truce is forged between the Vikings and Saxons, the warrior Uhtred of Bebbanburg confronts new enemy Constantin of Scotland, who resolves to claim or annihilate coveted lands.
Retells the events of "Fifty Shades Darker" through the eyes of the dominant Christian Grey.
Journey to a lavish city rich with opportunity, but where the stakes couldn't be higher, featuring four interconnected novella-length adventures of the exotic aliens and creatures who frequent the captivating casino.
Two lovers are locked in a passionate game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals, and cold-blooded murder.
Former CIA agent John Wells is sent to Colombia--an old asset there has information to share--and it will ultimately lead Wells to a Russian plot to take over the government of the United States.
Robbed of the powerful object she needed to save her mother, time traveler Etta Spencer is stranded far from home and the privateer she loves before resolving to destroy the astrolabe, a mission that is challenged by a shattering revelation.
Following the shattering of the glass castle and the deaths of his men, Chaol pursues recovery by searching for healers in the southern continent while trying to convince Dorian and Aelin to ally with him and Nesryn in order to avoid war.
Follows the true story of Dita Kraus, a fourteen-year-old girl from Prague who, after being sent to Auschwitz, is chosen to protect the eight volumes prisoners have smuggled past the guards.
Hunting Prince Dracula / Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper.
Fleeing London and its memories, Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell journey to Romania, where murders in Prince Vlad the Impaler's castle raise questions.
When the scary, magical world in her grandmother's book of dark feminist fairy tales becomes real, seventeen-year-old Alice, partnered with Ellery, an obsessed fan of the fairy tales, must enter the world to rescue Alice's kidnapped mother.
Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.
Spring 1940. With Britons facing what has become known as "the Bore War," Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a government contract. At the same time, a boy Maisie knows and loves goes missing too.
Katie LeClair has finally settled down as the new doctor in Baxter, Michigan. After years of moving, schooling, and training, she wants nothing more than to find a place she can call home, and a small town outside of Ann Arbor seems perfect. But that idyllic dream is immediately shattered when one of her patients is found dead.
Separately they may be a mess, but together Harper and Stacey can survive anything: their indomitable mother, overwhelming maternity stores, and exes' weddings. This is a delightful look at sisters, mothers, and daughters in today's fast-paced world, told with Susan Mallery's trademark warmth and humor.
She's everywhere. Ex-wife. Love of his life. The last person in the world he wanted to see, ever. And now that he's working beside her every day, he can't escape her.
China's great wall of debt [sound recording] : shadow banks, ghost cities, massive loans, and the end of the Chinese miracle / Dinny McMahon.
A stunning inside look at how and why the foundations upon which China has built the world's second largest economy have started to crumble. Over the course of a decade reporting on the ground in China as a financial journalist, Dinny McMahon gradually concluded that the widely held belief in China's inevitable economic ascent is dangerously wrong. In this unprecedented deep dive, McMahon shows how, lurking behind the illusion of prosperity, China's economic growth has been built on a staggering mountain of debt. While stories of newly built but empty cities, white-elephant state projects, and a byzantine shadow-banking system have become a fixture in the press, McMahon goes beyond the headlines to explain how such waste has been allowed to flourish, and why one of the most powerful governments in the world has been at a loss to stop it. Through the stories of ordinary Chinese citizens, McMahon tries to make sense of the unique--and often bizarre--mechanics of the Chinese economy, including the state's addiction to appropriating land from poor farmers, why a Chinese entrepreneur decided it was cheaper to move his yarn factory to South Carolina, why ambitious Chinese mayors build ghost cities, and how the Chinese bureaucracy stared down Beijing's attempts to break up the state's pointless monopoly on the distribution of table salt. Debt, entrenched vested interests, a frenzy of speculation, and an aging population are all pushing China toward an economic reckoning. [This book] unravels an incredibly complex and opaque economy, one whose fortunes--for better or worse--will shape the globe like never before.