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–> The King of Swords by Nick StoneThe King of Swords

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. At the start of Stone’s chilling second thriller, set in the early 1980s and the prequel to Mr. Clarinet (2007), Det. Sgt. Max Mingus and his black partner, Det. Joe Liston, think a decomposed body discovered in a primate park in Miami, Fla., is just one of the city’s more bizarre murders. But when a tarot card—the ominous King of Swords—is found in the victim’s stomach and his entire family killed, it’s clear something darker is at work. The detectives are soon hot on the trail of a young Haitian pimp and his fortune-teller mother, who are thought to be linked to voodoo gang leader Solomon Boukman. Rumors abound about Boukman’s human sacrifices and allegiance to the voodoo god of death, Baron Samedi, but few have actually seen his face. With police corruption rampant, Mingus and Liston realize that in order to take down Boukman, they’ll have to hunt him alone. The violence is every bit as gruesome as in Clarinet, but Stone expertly harnesses it to propel his multilayered saga of good, evil and everything in between.

 

–> Know It All: The Little Book of Essential Knowledge by Elizabeth King Humphrey, Julie Whitaker, Susan Aldridge

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From the Publisher

Refresh your memory, make new discoveries, and quiz yourself on facts you once learned and may have long forgotten-just pick up this handy reference to have all the answers at your fingertips.

Wish you were that person who could answer any question? Can’t find just the right thing to say to start a conversation at a cocktail party?

This book offers hours of fact-finding pleasure with a huge collection of intriguing and useful facts, plus quizzes to improve your knowledge. You can gain valuable information about a myriad of subjects-with just a page or two devoted to each topic-presented in clear, easy-to-understand language. And, best of all, you will be on your way to becoming a Know It All!

There are 10 sections-Understanding the Universe, The Story of the Earth, The Story of Life, Exploring the World, Invention and Discovery, Conflicts of the Modern Age, Structure of Society, Religion and Philosophy, Artistic Endeavors, and Quizzes. Sidebars such as “Conversation Starters,” “In the Know,” and “In Fact” provide at-a-glance tidbits of information. At the end of each chapter are “Test Yourself” quizzes that can be taken at any time to give your brain a workout and prove how much you’ve learned. Each quiz has “Research Notes” sidebars that point you to the pages in the book that discuss the subjects covered in the quiz.

All of the content has been thoroughly researched and written by a team of experts to convey the basic elements of knowledge across a variety of topics and areas of interest. Know It All provides the essential knowledge for every subject and then some.

About the author

Kevin Holtsberry

I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season - oh, and watching golf too).

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