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The Spy and the Traitor (USED)

The Spy and the Traitor (USED)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.

"The best true spy story I have ever read."--JOHN LE CARRÉ

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Economist - Shortlisted for the Bailie Giffords Prize in Nonfiction


If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.

Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.

The Year We Disappeared (USED)

The Year We Disappeared (USED)

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The extraordinary true crime story of a family, a brutal shooting, and the year that would change their lives forever.

When Cylin Busby was nine years old, she was obsessed with Izod clothing, the Muppets, and a box turtle she kept in a shoebox. Then everything changed overnight. Her police officer father, John, was driving to his shift when someone leveled a shotgun at his window. The blasts that followed left John's jaw on the passenger seat of his car-literally. While clinging to life, he managed to write down the name of the only person he thought could have pulled the trigger. The suspect? A local ex-con with rumored mob connections. The motive? Officer Busby was scheduled to testify against the suspect's family in an upcoming trial. Overnight, the Busbys went from being the "family next door" to one under 24-hour armed guard, with police escorts to school, and no contact with friends. Worse, the shooter was still on the loose, and it seemed only a matter of time before he'd come after John-or someone else in the family-again. With few choices left to them, the Busby family went into hiding, severing all ties to the only life they had known.

Through the Window (USED)

Through the Window (USED)

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The true story of Tommy Lynn Sells, considered one of the worst serial killers in history, and one of his victims--a ten-year-old girl--who survived her vicious attack and led authorities to the arrest of the 35-year-old drifter. photos. Original.
Till Death Us Do Part (USED)

Till Death Us Do Part (USED)

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On December 11, 1966, a mysterious assassin shot Henry Stockton to death, set his house on fire, and left the scene without a trace. A year later, when a woman was found brutally killed, shreds of evidence suggested a connection between the two murders.

In the Palliko-Stockton trial, prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi offered a brilliant summation that synthesized for the jury the many inferences and shades of meaning in the testimony, fitting all the pieces together in a mosaic of guilt. But will the jury be persuaded?

True Blue: The Real Stories Behind NYPD Blue (USED)

True Blue: The Real Stories Behind NYPD Blue (USED)

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A unique collaboration between David Milch, the co-creator of the Emmy-winning NYPD Blue, and Bill Clark, a former New York homicide detective and now the show's creative consultant, True Blue tells the stories on which NYPD Blue is based, as well as those considered too controversial even for this groundbreaking series. of photos.
True Crime Stories Vol 1: 12 Terrifying True Crime Murder Cases (USED)

True Crime Stories Vol 1: 12 Terrifying True Crime Murder Cases (USED)

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You are about to witness how 12 deranged individuals turned their darkest fantasies into a reality!

What drives a mother to shoot her two daughters at the dinner table? Why would a petite woman shoot-up the grocery store where she worked and murder one of her co-workers? And why would on-duty police officers commit three murders and an armed robbery?

List of Twelve Volume 1 examines these and other horrific crimes and delves deep into the grotesque thinking of the monstrous individuals who perpetrated them.

Twelve murders are profiled, and each profile offers a personal background of the offender, a detailed description of the crime, the investigation that ensued and the eventual sentencing.

Included are profiles of Robert Beaver, an 18-year-old who massacred his entire family, and the bizarre life of Luke Magnotta, who videotaped himself stabbing a man to death with an ice pick and then mailed his body parts to political offices and schools.

Unlike other books on the subject, List of Twelve Volume 1 takes the reader right into the dark minds of the murderers, so you can better understand why they committed their crimes.

Read on if you dare. But be aware that you're about to witness their darkest fantasies...

Underboss; Sammy the Bull Gravano's Story of Life in the Mafia (USED)

Underboss; Sammy the Bull Gravano's Story of Life in the Mafia (USED)

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Sammy the Bull Gravano is the highest-ranking member of the Mafia in America ever to defeat. In telling Gravano's story, Peter Maas brings us as never before into the innermost sanctums of the Cosa Nostra as if we were there ourselves-- a secret underworld of power, lust, greed, betrayal, and deception, with the specter of violent death always waiting in the wings.

War of the Godfathers (USED)

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Who Killed These Girls?: The Unsolved Murders That Rocked a Texas Town (USED)

Who Killed These Girls?: The Unsolved Murders That Rocked a Texas Town (USED)

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"A true-crime page-turner.... Lowry exhausts every possible scenario behind the shocking, unsolved quadruple murder ... and offers a theory on what really happened." --New York Post

"Gripping, moving, and as good as any depiction of a murder case since In Cold Blood.... Brilliant." --Ann Patchett, award-winning, bestselling author


The facts are brutally straightforward. On December 6, 1991, the naked, bound-and-gagged, burned bodies of four girls--each one shot in the head--were found in a frozen yogurt shop in Austin, Texas.

Grief, shock, and horror overtook the city. But after eight years of misdirected investigations, only two suspects (teenagers at the time of the crime) were tried; their convictions were later overturned and detectives are still working on what is now a very cold case. The story has grown to include DNA technology, coerced false confessions, and other developments in crime and punishment.

But this story belongs to the scores of people involved, and from them Beverly Lowry has fashioned a riveting saga that reads like a novel, heart-stopping and thoroughly engrossing.

Why They Kill (USED)

Why They Kill (USED)

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Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, brings his inimitable vision, exhaustive research, and mesmerizing prose to this timely book that dissects violence and offers new solutions to the age old problem of why people kill.

Lonnie Athens was raised by a brutally domineering father. Defying all odds, Athens became a groundbreaking criminologist who turned his scholar's eye to the problem of why people become violent. After a decade of interviewing several hundred violent convicts--men and women of varied background and ethnicity, he discovered "violentization," the four-stage process by which almost any human being can evolve into someone who will assault, rape, or murder another human being. Why They Kill is a riveting biography of Athens and a judicious critique of his seminal work, as well as an unflinching investigation into the history of violence.