When a young Pakistani bride falls to her death from a window, Rosie has to navigate the story with care, trying not to upset the girl's devastated family or the local Pakistani community. After talking to the family, however, Rosie becomes convinced that there is more to the story than a tragic accident, and that something is being kept from her and the police. Meanwhile, on the other side of Glasgow, Nikki and Julie, two prostitutes, find themselves in trouble when a client dies during an assignment and it looks like one of them is to blame. Their problems become far worse though, when a briefcase they steal from the dead man turns out to contain some very valuable rough diamonds and several fake passports. It's clear it belonged to some serious criminals, and now they have much more to worry about than a dead body. Investigating the Pakistani girl's death, Rosie has been talking to Laila, another young girl from the community, who has voiced her fears of being forced into marrying a much older man in Pakistan. When Laila disappears, Rosie is sure her fears have been realised. Then Nikki contacts her asking for help, and Rosie senses a parallel with her current case. Sure enough, as Rosie flies to Pakistan to try and rescue Laila, it becomes clear that the 'accidental' death, Laila's disappearance and the briefcase are all linked - and once back in Glasgow, she, Julie and Nikki discover just how much danger they are in...
In his second book of poetry, Thomas Swiss explores issues of identity and dislocation. Marshaling craft and wisdom, Rough Cut engages the mystery of relationships - troubled, familial, haunted - with urgency and a rare articulateness.
When a New York dealer in gemstones discovers a number of top quality synthetic diamonds in a batch he has bought, industry watchdog, the Federation of International Diamond Traders calls in Belizean, Carter Jefferson to trace their origin. Carter, a synthetic diamond specialist who recently quit working or the FIDT to concentrate on writing but who still works for them on an ad hoc basis, is reluctant to take the case until he finds a reference in the file which takes him back 25 years to the time he was a geology student at Oxford University. Old relationships are revived and family secrets emerge as an attractive English girl and a passionate young Frenchman are sucked into the web of deceit and death surrounding the illicit gems.
An abandoned Cold War experimental project gets hijacked by an unscrupulous international corporation. On offer is a disposal programme for wealthy people who wish to divest themselves of wives, husbands, lovers, business partners - whomsoever. This yarn is not a fantasy and does not read as such. It is quirky; the reader cannot relax into what is around the next bend in the canal. The action owes much to the unlikely setting of the English Inland Waterways and the live-aboard life on a canal narrowboat (of which the author has had many years of experience). Can you have a fast pace on a slow moving canal boat? This book certainly thinks you can. To say more could spoil the plot...
Rebecca Lamond is traumatized by the vicious murder of her husband during their honeymoon in Paris. She is shocked to learn that his last request is that she journey to the war-torn nation of Sierra Leone, in West Africa, to locate some medical supplies. Although her employers grant her leave from her job at a museum, they demand that on the same trip she also find and acquire three ancient wooden carvings. In Sierra Leone, the civil war is over but a far more lethal war is just beginning, and Rebecca is quickly surrounded by the violence and corruption of postwar Africa. Her main support and protection comes from Aaron Cavanaugh, a man to whom she is passionately drawn, but whose violent nature she fears. When she stumbles across the real reason for her husband's murder, Rebecca realizes that her two tasks are linked and that her own life is in danger. One of the carvings that she has acquired gives the location of a hidden al-Qaeda camp in the rainforest of Sierra Leone, and Rebecca discovers that the terrorists are developing the perfect biological weapon to unleash on the world.
Horror legend Harry Tuttle is desperate for a hit. Harry’s career has been on a painful slide ever since he directed a couple of box office winners in the 1980s. Enter Marcus Stegman, a young unknown with a horror picture of his own. It’s not only a brilliant debut — it’s the movie Harry always dreamed of making. A rivalry ensues — and it’s about to become bloody. A suspicious film critic, beautiful young starlet, and deranged fan become entangled in the cut-throat competition where hungry hopefuls will go to any means necessary to break into the big-time...and no one is safe.
The router is the most versatile and resourceful power tool in the woodworking shop, capable of shaping profiles, making duplicate copies, flush-trimming, and cutting nearly every joint used to build cabinets and furniture. Add a router table to the mix, and you can do all these tasks with precision and ease. But wait--there's still one other critical tool necessary to be armed and ready to take on any project: Routers & Router Tables! In this all-new collection of 20 great articles from America's premier woodworking magazine, Routers & Router Tables gathers the most up-to-date information on routers and router tables, bits and jigs, tips and techniques for router joinery, and much more. Whether your focus is precision, space savers, versatility, or all of the above, this guide will show woodworkers the smartest route to routers for accomplishing their best work.
Rough Cut is a murder mystery thriller set mostly on the French Riviera and involving synthetic diamonds. Carter Jefferson is brought in by the Federation of International Diamond Traders to find the source of some gem quality synthetic diamonds which have been fed into the natural diamond distribution chain. Old relationships are revived and family secrets emerge as an attractive English girl and a passionate young Frenchman are sucked into the web of deceit and death surrounding the illicit gems.
The death of a young Pakistani bride in Glasgow gets Rosie Gilmour's antennae twitching. She is sure this tragic accident was anything but - but she is not prepared for where her investigation will take her... Rosie has her hands full navigating the sensitivities of this case - the girl's grieving family and the tensions between the white and Pakistani communities in the city - when she is contacted by two prostitutes in serious trouble. One of their clients has died on the job, and they've gone on the run - with his briefcase. The briefcase contains dozens of rough diamonds, and now some thoroughly brutal people are on their trail. On the surface this has nothing to do with the death of the young girl. But Rosie has spent years looking beneath Glasgow's surface into its murky depths, and if anyone can discover the connection between one girl's forced marriage and a ring of diamond smugglers, it's her. 'Chilling and compelling' Kimberley Chambers
Sam Sloane is an over-the-hill foreign correspondent still plagued by painful memories of his reporting days in Vietnam. He has refused to adapt to the cheapening of TV news and is called home to be fired. Back in the mahogany foxholes of New York, he finds himself confronting not only today’s corporate America, but the demons of his own past. A wounded cameraman helps him to deal with the nightmares and face the future. It’s a story of the intense friendship of comrades who live together and come close to dying together. It is also a poignant tale of Americans and Vietnamese, frightened men and lonely women, and of one little girl who is the symbol of wartime Vietnam. There is tragedy and profanity and dark humor but this story tells of more than man’s inhumanity to man. It speaks of man’s humanity to man.
An invisible entity exists, hiding inside your computer devices gnawing at your flesh causing insidious injuries, known as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis or inflammation. This unseen being can destroy your health and ability to work, leaving you in unfathomable pain. From a lifetime of fixing computer related injuries and taking away worker's pain, the author, a Certified Professional Ergonomist has identified an unseen, untouchable, ethereal being hiding in your computer and computer devices causing this debilitating pain and injury. You are about to meet and identify it. Make no mistake the damage to your body is real. The pain is real. This entity, known as BYTR, bites at your flesh one micro-molecule at a time until enough damage is done, making your body scream. Debilitating pain, numbness and tingling are earmarks of this BYTR. All users of any computer device are susceptible through intensive use, repetitive motion, static postures and ignoring the pain. (Surviving) Your Computer as Predator shows you how to successfully avoid, heal and cure this pain and these injuries with knowledge, methods and specific computer input hardware and devices. Real life descriptions of how pain is generated by breakneck computer usage shows the root cause of all your discomfort. Real life solutions are also shown as well as proper applications. These solutions are gleaned from real situations of successfully addressing and reducing computer injuries. Read on to know this enemy and understand your defenses, to battle it and save your health, career, ability to work and means to support your family. It is a book written for anyone who has or knows someone suffering from of pain resulting from intensive computer usage. The methods, understanding, stories and solutions will help you save your health, career and help you support your family.
In the movie industry, the rough cut is defined as the raw, first edition of a movie, which provides an idea of what the finished product will look like, giving indications of where it has problems and where it excels.
Much like a rough cut movie, Rough Cut Men are not the “finished product”. We are a work in progress. Philippians 1:6 reads: “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Men today have hundreds of acquaintances, but most have no real friends. Men are isolated and struggling alone. And while the Bible says we are to “Pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.” (Ecc. 4:10), most guys go into the battles of life with no covering fire. Every man needs a battle buddy.
Rough Cut Men utilizes a strategic blend of “guy” movie scenes, real world tales of men, Biblical Truth and even throws in some of the author’s personal testimony to accomplish one focused mission: To get men talking to each other about what’s really going on in their lives. Each chapter contains hard-hitting questions designed to drive men deeper in their walk with other men and with Christ.
Rough Cut Men is real, raw and authentic. And it will equip you for the battle.