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Mystery Discussion Group

Title: March Violets

Author: Philip Kerr

Berlin Noir: The First Three Bernie Gunther Novels (A Bernie Gunther Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140231700
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 1st, 1994

Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin. But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. And even after the war, amidst the decayed, imperial splendour of Vienna, Bernie uncovered a legacy that made the wartime atrocities look lily-white in comparison...

About the Author

Philip Kerr is the author of many novels, but perhaps most important are the five featuring Bernie Gunther—A Quiet Flame, The One from the Other, and the Berlin Noir trilogy (March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem). He lives in London and Cornwall, England, with his family.

The History Discussion* Group

Title to be Discussed: Ghost Map: London's Cholera Epidemic

Author: Steven Johnson

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A National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year

It's the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure-garbage removal, clean water, sewers-necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time.

In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking, Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of disease, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in.

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About the Author

Steven Johnson is the author of the national bestsellers Everything Bad Is Good for You and Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, as well as Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software and Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate.

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594482694
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2007

The Mystery Discussion* Group

Title to Be Discussed: Return to the Same City

Author: Ignacio Paco Taibo

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Hector Belascoaran Shayne has danced with the dead. Luke Estrella does the rumba in white patent leather shoes. Together, they make the perfect pair to lead each other into an inferno under an azure Acapulco sky: a hell populated by mariachis and machine guns, incompetent bikini contest judges, and at least one killer who is closer to Hector than he thinks....

Praise for Return to the Same City…

"Taibo's novels...are an addicting import. ...part of a beguiling worldview in which everything, including crime and love, are elements in a cosmic joke."--Publishers Weekly

Return to the Same City: A Hector Belascoaran Shayne Detective Novel (Hector Belascoaran Shayne Detective Novels) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590581360
Availability: Special Order
Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 15th, 2005

The G.K. Chesterton Society of Chicago

Title to be Discussed: Characters of the Reformation

Author: Hillaire Belloc

This may well be Belloc's most interesting work. It includes Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, St. Thomas More, Cranmer, Calvin, Mary Tudor ("Bloody Mary"), Mary Stuart ("Queen of Scots"), Cardinal Richelieu and many others--23 in all--analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, motives and mistakes and showing how this or that seemingly insignificant factor actually changed the course of history. An amazing book!

Characters of the Reformation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780895554666
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tan Books - June 27th, 2005


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