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  1. 10.8 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged

    One decision can end everything … or lead to unlikely redemption.Millions watched the CBS 60 Minutes special on Jack Barsky in 2015. Now, in this fascinating memoir, the Soviet KGB agent tells his story of gut-wrenching choices, appalling betrayals, his turbulent inner world, and the secret life he lived for years without getting caught.On October 8, 1978, a Canadian national by the name of William Dyson stepped off a plane at O’Hare International Airport and proceeded toward customs and immigration.Two days later, William Dyson ceased to exist.The identity was a KGB forgery, used to get one of their own―a young, ambitious East German agent―into the United States.The plan succeeded, and the spy’s new identity was born: Jack Barsky. He would work undercover for the next decade, carrying out secret operations during the Cold War years—until a surprising shift in his allegiance challenged everything he thought he believed.Deep Undercover reveals the secret life of this man without a country and tells the story no one ever expected him to tell.

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    Deep Undercover

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    10.8 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.7 hrs • Mar/01/2017 • Unabridged

    Keeping the church on track in a secular worldThe church today faces great challenges, from outside and from within. Popular culture tempts Christians to compromise truth in the name of relevance and to ignore sin under the guise of tolerance. At the same time, serious doctrinal errors threaten to undermine the authority of God’s word, leading to all sorts of unbiblical practices.Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray offers responses from trusted evangelical voices on fifteen timely issues. With a careful look at God’s word, you’ll gain wisdom and insights on highly relevant topics such as measuring true success in ministry,countering the church’s celebrity culture,responding biblically to homosexuality,reclaiming the essentials of the Christian faith, anddiscerning God’s ultimate priority for the church.With biblical guidance on these and other vital matters, this resource provides much-needed clarity for today’s church.

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    Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray

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    7.7 hrs • Mar/01/2017 • Unabridged
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  3. 5.6 hrs • Sep/02/2014 • Unabridged

    An ax-wielding monk hacks at the door. Toby Peters is on the other side, running as fast as his recently broken leg will allow. Alongside him is Salvador Dali, dressed in a rabbit suit, emphatically muttering “grasshoppers” as they try to make their escape. Dali insists on being carried across the lawn, so Peters hobbles along with the surrealist in his arms. They get in the car just as the monk chops down the front door. The car doesn’t start, and the monk charges silently, ax held aloft. And this isn’t even the strangest thing that has happened to Toby Peters this week.Life has been peculiar ever since the call came from Dali’s wife. Peters, suffering from post–New Year’s celebration malaise, was happy to look into the theft of three of Dali’s paintings. He had no idea, however, that the investigation might end with his face being literally turned into something resembling abstract art.

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    The Melting Clock

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    5.6 hrs • Sep/02/2014 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.2 hrs • Aug/05/2014 • Unabridged

    Shortly after Hollywood private eye Toby Peters receives a call from General Douglas A. MacArthur, he is whisked to the palatial military headquarters by Army escort. The general is planning a political career; his wartime successes have made him a popular figure to shoot for the United States presidency. But one of his aides has absconded with the money MacArthur had been planning to launch his campaign … as well as with papers that could destroy the general’s plans to take and occupy the White House.

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    Buried Caesars

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    6.2 hrs • Aug/05/2014 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.0 hrs • Aug/05/2014 • Unabridged

    When Miami homicide detective Hoke Moseley receives an unexplained order to let his beard grow, he doesn’t think much about it. He has too much going on at home, especially with a man he helped convict ten years before moving in across the street. Hoke immediately assumes the worst, and considering he has his former partner, her newborn, and his two teenage daughters living with him, he doesn’t like the situation one bit. It doesn’t help matters when he is suddenly assigned to work undercover, miles away, outside of his jurisdiction and without his badge, his gun, or his teeth. Soon he is impersonating a drifter and trying to infiltrate a farm operation suspected of murdering migrant workers. But when he gets there for his job interview, the last thing he is offered is work.In this final installment of the highly acclaimed Hoke Moseley novels, Charles Willeford’s brilliance and expertise show on every page. Funny, thrilling, and disturbing in equal parts, The Way We Die Now is a triumphant finish to one of the most original detective series of all time.

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    The Way We Die Now

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    7.0 hrs • Aug/05/2014 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.6 hrs • Jul/22/2014 • Unabridged

    Hoke Moseley has had enough. Tired of struggling against alimony payments, two teenage daughters, a very pregnant and very single partner, and a low-paying job as a Miami homicide detective, Hoke moves to Singer Island and vows never to set foot on the mainland again. But on the street, career criminal Troy Louden is hatching plans of his own with a gang that includes a disfigured hooker, a talentless artist, and a clueless retiree. But when Louden’s simple robbery results in ruthless and indiscriminate bloodshed, Hoke quickly remembers why he is a cop and hurls himself back into the world he meant to leave behind forever.A masterly tale of midlife crisis and murder, Sideswipe is a page-turning thriller packed with laughs, loaded with suspense, and featuring one of the most truly original detectives of all time.

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    Sideswipe

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    8.6 hrs • Jul/22/2014 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.7 hrs • Jul/01/2014 • Unabridged

    The year 1942 is a bad time to stage Madame Butterfly. Although Puccini’s masterpiece is a perennial favorite of the San Francisco opera crowd, its sympathetic depiction of a Japanese girl causes tension in the dark months following Pearl Harbor. Newspaper editorialists rage against the production, opera buffs picket the theater, and a note appears nailed to the house door, threatening violence against the cast and crew. When the first workman dies, the maestro calls Toby Peters, a Los Angeles detective who works discreetly for Hollywood’s rich and famous.Two days remain before the opening night, and the body count continues to rise. As he hunts for this self-styled phantom of the opera, Toby falls for one of the company starlets. They must tread lightly, or risk a death more dramatic than anything Puccini ever dreamed up.

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    Poor Butterfly

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    5.7 hrs • Jul/01/2014 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.7 hrs • Jun/17/2014 • Unabridged

    Homicide detective Hoke Moseley is called to a posh Miami neighborhood to investigate a lethal overdose. There he meets the alluring stepmother of the decedent and begins to wonder about dating a witness. Meanwhile, he has been threatened with suspension by his ambitious new chief unless he leaves his beloved, if squalid, suite at the Eldorado Hotel and moves downtown. With free housing hard to come by, Hoke is desperate to find a new place to live. His difficulties are only amplified by an assignment to reinvestigate fifty unsolved murders, the unexpected arrival of his two teenage daughters, and a partner struggling with an unwanted pregnancy. With few options, and even fewer dollars, he decides that the suspicious and beautiful stepmother of the dead junkie might be a compromised solution to all of his problems.Packed with atmosphere and humor, New Hope for the Dead is a classic murder mystery by one of the true masters of the genre. Charles Willeford’s tour de force is an irresistible invitation to become acquainted with one of the greatest detective characters of all time.

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    New Hope for the Dead

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    7.7 hrs • Jun/17/2014 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.4 hrs • May/06/2014 • Unabridged

    After a brutal day investigating a quadruple homicide, Detective Hoke Moseley settles into his room at the un-illustrious Eldorado Hotel and nurses a glass of brandy. With his guard down, he doesn’t think twice when he hears a knock on the door. The next day, he finds himself in the hospital, badly bruised and with his jaw wired shut. He thinks back over ten years of cases, wondering who would want to beat him into unconsciousness, steal his gun and badge, and most importantly, make off with his prized dentures. But the pieces never quite add up to revenge, and the few clues he has keep connecting to a dimwitted hooker, her ex-con boyfriend, and the bizarre murder of a Hare Krishna pimp.Chronically depressed, constantly strapped for money, always willing to bend the rules a bit, Hoke Moseley is hardly what you’d think of as the perfect cop, but he is one of the greatest detective creations of all time.

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    Miami Blues

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    6.4 hrs • May/06/2014 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.3 hrs • May/06/2014 • Unabridged

    Hollywood detective Toby Peters is asleep on his floor when the dentist who shares his office calls, wailing that his wife has left him. While on the one hand, Toby is shocked that a woman as unpleasant as Mildred could ever attract a suitor, he’s even more surprised by the name of the alleged Lothario: Peter Lorre, the scaly-voiced, bug-eyed Hollywood character actor.Though he can’t imagine why the dentist would want her back, Toby agrees to track down his missing wife. He finds Lorre in a greasy spoon near the Warner Brothers’ lot, but the actor doesn’t know a thing about the missing Mildred. Her boyfriend turns out to be a Peter Lorre impersonator, and by the time Toby finds him, he’s doing a very credible imitation of a dead man. The bullet was meant for the real Lorre, who has just become Toby’s client—whether Toby likes it or not.

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    Think Fast, Mr. Peters

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    6.3 hrs • May/06/2014 • Unabridged
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  11. 5.3 hrs • Apr/01/2014 • Unabridged

    It’s summer in New York, and the city is boiling. Unable to stand the heat, Dan Fortune’s girlfriend Marty asks him to pawn her diamond ring in order to buy them a few weeks by the seashore. Fortune does as told but picks up some business while at the pawnshop. There he meets Claude Marais, brother of the pawnbroker and veteran of the humiliating French defeats in Vietnam and Algiers. Fearing her husband’s life is in danger, Claude’s wife hires Fortune to guard him against a mysterious German with a years-old wartime grudge.Because money is tight, Fortune violates his own policy of avoiding suspicious cases and agrees to spend a night standing guard outside Claude’s hotel room. In the morning Claude is fine, but the pawnbroker hangs from a rope in his shop’s back room. To avenge the pawnbroker, Fortune’s vacation will have to be postponed.

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    Shadow of a Tiger

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    5.3 hrs • Apr/01/2014 • Unabridged
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  12. 7.2 hrs • Mar/04/2014 • Unabridged

    A dentist dangles from the window of a swanky Park Avenue hotel, while Toby Peters, a Los Angeles detective who’s very far from home, clutches the man by his jacket, which is tearing slowly, stitch by stitch. Across the room, a dead man lies on the bed, his killer pounding on the hotel room door, which sounds like it’s going to give way as quickly as the dentist’s jacket. Somehow, this entire mess is Albert Einstein’s fault.Two nefarious groups have been threatening the great physicist. One is a ring of blackmailers who claim to have evidence that he has been passing nuclear secrets to Russia. The other, a gang of Nazi assassins intent on doing away with one of the most famous threats to the Third Reich. Einstein hires Toby Peters to solve both problems, his life dependent on Peters being smarter, at least in this case, than he is.

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    Smart Moves

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    7.2 hrs • Mar/04/2014 • Unabridged
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  13. 10.0 hrs • Nov/05/2013 • Unabridged

    From the author of hard-boiled detective fiction classics The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man comes a collection of 21 unknown works stories and screen treatments. Includes the full-length screen treatments of On the Make, which became

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  14. 7.1 hrs • Jul/30/2013 • Unabridged

    You can’t trust a man who’s dressed as Mae West, especially not in Mae West’s house. One of Hollywood’s earliest sex symbols, the whip-smart blonde’s star has fallen since the Hays Code cracked down on the racy repartee that made her famous. Her latest project is a thinly veiled autobiographical novel, whose only copy is stolen just after she finishes her first draft. Tonight she’s having a Mae West party, with every guest a man dressed as her. The thief is among those in drag, and PI Toby Peters has come to tear off his wig. He’s there as a favor to his brother, a brutal cop who had a fling with West when she first moved to Hollywood. But this is more than a theft. The crook wants to destroy Mae West, and he has murder on his mind.

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    He Done Her Wrong

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    7.1 hrs • Jul/30/2013 • Unabridged
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  15. 5.5 hrs • Jul/01/2013 • Unabridged

    Her corpse would be the hottest news in town. May Laval was as brilliant as a ten-carat diamond—and just as cold. As the calculating ruler of a social set, she influenced generals, politicians, and big businessmen. Slowly and shrewdly, she learned the intimate details of everyone’s life and recorded the seamy facts in a diary so as not to forget a single sordid detail. One day, May Laval threatened to publish her diary.Now it’s up to PR man Jake Harrison to find out who killed May and—while he’s at it—why his wife left him.

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    Very Cold for May

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    5.5 hrs • Jul/01/2013 • Unabridged
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  16. 9.2 hrs • Jun/04/2013 • Unabridged

    A young American operative is caught in a web of intrigue between the U.S. and Chinese governments, where nothing is as it seems, no one can be trusted, and the balance of world power may be at stake.

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    The Shanghai Factor

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    9.2 hrs • Jun/04/2013 • Unabridged
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