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“TOKYO UNDERWORLD” – THE FAST TIMES AND HARD LIFE OF AN AMERICAN GANGSTER IN JAPAN.

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The author tells the story of Japan, particularly of Tokyo, post-WW2.

He chooses to weave it around the life of an ex-Marine from East Harlem who was part of the U.S. occupational forces right after Japan surrendered. An interesting character who tried several varied business ventures, some legal, some not.

He, Nicola Zappetti of Italian heritage, set up the first American pizza restaurant in Japan, in an area of Tokyo that became very upscale. He was so much into the Japanese lifestyle there at the time that he became a naturalization Japanese citizen and gave up his U.S. citizenship.

He died in 1992, having suffered from poor health for years. The criminal file on him by the Tokyo metropolitan police department is the thickest they've ever had on an American. Zappetti made and lost more money in Japan than any American. He married and divorced more Japanese women than any American. He was involved in more civil lawsuits in Japan than any American. One of his wives became fabulously wealthy after divorcing him and acquiring many of his properties, including restaurants. The author delves into the shadow universe in Japan of an assortment of characters, including gangsters, corrupt entrepreneurs, seedy sports promoters, streetwise opportunists, intelligent agents, political fixers, financial manipulators. He discusses the postwar black market, the Wall Street cabal that subverted official U.S. policy in Japan, the professional wrestling boom promoted by political leaders and underworld bosses, a ruthless Korean gang chief vying for control of Tokyo in a secret connection with the CIA, a pro wrestler and jewel thief, nightclub hostesses trained in the art of international espionage, the Lockheed aircraft scandal, gold smugglers, assorted con men. Tokyo hosted the summer Olympics in 1964. That catapulted Japan into a global economic giant. Money flowed from West to East. Many years later the flow went the other way. The author graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo. He did extensive research for this book and conducted nearly 200 interviews. By the way, Zappetti's restaurant, Nicola's Pizza House, remained in business long after his death, though not as the fashionable place to dine for political and business and sports and even gangster elites. It drew the more common folks for its pizza and burgers. It got mixed reviews on TripAdvisor. It finally closed down for good in 2018.

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G/day Dave We have added the large sofa in the lounge and large armchair and recliner in the bedroom although the recliner can be moved anywhere, also a large Smart TV, its had a paint job a

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Falling by John Connor..

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A stunning thriller that sees DC Karen Sharpe brought to the very edge of her sanity. . .

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Pantheon by Sam Bourne (Pseudonym), Jonathan Freedland

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The darkest Secrets of World War II! finally revealed.
The number one bestseller returns with his most explosive book to date. 

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The Trial by Franz Kafka...

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Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information.

Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, The Trial has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers.

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Ambush by James Patterson & James O. Born..

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An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a set-up, taking an officer down-and it's not Michael Bennett. The life of New York's top cop is not the only one at risk. One of Bennett's children sustains a mysterious injury. And a series of murders follows, each with a distinct signature, alerting Bennet to the presence of a professional killer. Investigators chase leads that turn out to be phantoms, and this master killer entices one officer into compromising Bennett. He then goes a step further, luring another member of Bennett's family into even graver danger. Michael Bennett can't untangle what's driving the assassin-but he can tell it's personal. And he needs to determine exactly how he figures in the killer's logic, before there is one fewer Bennett in the world.

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The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh by Sanjaya Baru...........
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When The Accidental Prime Minister was published in 2014, it created a storm and became the publishing sensation of the year. 
The Prime Minister’s Office called the book a work of ‘fiction’, the press hailed it as a revelatory account of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s first term in UPA. 
Written by Singh’s media adviser and trusted aide, the book
describes Singh’s often troubled relations with his ministers, his cautious equation with Sonia Gandhi and how he handled the big crises from managing the Left to pushing through the nuclear deal. 
Insightful, acute and packed with political anecdotes, The Accidental Prime Minister is one of the great insider accounts of Indian political life.

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Four Hours in My Lai: A War Crime and Its Aftermath by BILTON.

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Early in the morning of 16 March 1968, a company of around 120 US infantrymen, later to be described as a "normal cross section of American youth", entered a village on the central coastal plain of South Vietnam and killed hundreds of unarmed and unresisting women, old men and children. Later the same day, another party of US soldiers massacred nearly 100 more defenceless citizens in another village less than two miles away. Together, these two related actions became known as the My Lai Massacre. This is an account of this war crime. Throughout the US and Vietnam, the authors have tracked down and interviewed survivors of the massacre, perpetrators and bystanders, to describe the culture of a war which turned the young men of Charlie Company, after only three months in Vietnam, into the brutal killers of My Lai.

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Operation Man Hunt: The Hunt for the Richest, Deadliest Criminal in History by Damien Lewis. .. ...

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By 2007 Viktor Bout had become the world's foremost arms dealer. Known as the 'Merchant of Death' he was both "Public Enemy No. 1" to the global intelligence agencies and a ruthless criminal worth around six billion dollars.

For years Bout had eluded capture, meanwhile building up a labyrinthine network of airlines selling weapons to order to dictators, rebels, despots and terror groups worldwide. He was hunted by the CIA, NSA, MI6, as well sought by the United Nations for being their top global sanctions buster.

Holed up in Moscow - from where he ran a suite of offices selling anything from AK47s to state-of-the-art helicopter gunships and anti-aircraft missiles - he was shielded by a Russian state that was a partner in his dark dealings. In short, Bout appeared utterly invulnerable and beyond any hope of capture.

Step forward former SAS man Mike Snow - after serving in the Regiment, Snow had worked as a bush pilot in Africa, where he'd got to know Bout well. Via its own secretive, shadow network, Snow was approached by the US DEA, the Drugs Enforcement Agency. The DEA agents had one question for him: was Snow able to get to Viktor Bout?

This is the incredible tale of OPERATION RELENTLESS, the top-secret mission that Snow and a handful of DEA operatives launched to entrap Viktor Bout - a story that ranges from the steamy jungles of Colombia to the ice-bound streets of Moscow, and from horrific bloodshed and tyranny in the Congo, to a snatch operation like no other. It may read like an implausible thriller, but every word of Operation Man Hunt is true.

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Hawaii by James A. Michener. . . ....

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Pulitzer Prize winning author James A. Michener brings Hawaii’s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in 1959. As the volcanic Hawaiian Islands sprout from the ocean floor, the land remains untouched for centuries - until, little more than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers make the perilous journey across the Pacific, flourishing in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions.

Then, in the early nineteenth century, American missionaries arrive, bringing with them a new creed and a new way of life. Based on exhaustive research and told in Michener’s immersive prose, Hawaii is the story of disparate peoples struggling to keep their identity, live in harmony, and, ultimately, join together.

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A Woman of Bangkok by Jack Reynolds..
 
Acknowledged as one of the most memorable novels about Thailand, “A Woman of Bangkok” was first published to critical acclaim in London and New York in the 1950's and is a classic of Bangkok fiction. ...available @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop - Cafe - Guesthouse.

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Liquid Luck: The Good Fortune Handbook by Joseph Gallenberger.........

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Manifestation expert, Dr. Joe Gallenberger distilled decades of wisdom about creating your dreams into a quick and effective meditation called Liquid Luck. He wanted to give people a simple and fun way to access heart-based manifestation and see immediate results in the form of days filled with synchronicity, serendipity, and good fortune. Delightful tales came flooding in describing instant success.

People reported receiving money from unexpected sources, winning lotto and raffle tickets, selling houses in an hour, having businesses take off, solving intractable problems easily, receiving brilliant ideas for inventions and many more wonderful stories of manifestation.

The book Liquid Luck: The Good Fortune Handbook shares these inspiring stories in the explorer's own words, interwoven with exploration of the vital components for powerful abundance creation. Gallenberger delves into the meat and potatoes of how these principles work. He covers why happiness, gratitude, compassion, praise, love, and feeling abundant are essential and how these qualities can be increased in practical ways.

Gallenberger reveals how to transcend the limiting beliefs and emotions that usually keep us confined to old patterns. His knowledge and the stories show us that we can indeed be miracle workers in our own lives. Liquid Luck is an essential handbook that will be consulted repeatedly, offering a clear path toward our dreams lit with humor and heart.

DR. JOE GALLENBERGER is a clinical psychologist with 30 years experience. He is in demand internationally as a psychokinesis and manifestation workshop provider. He is a senior trainer at The Monroe Institute and created its highly successful MC² program. He developed SyncCreation®: a Home Study Course in Manifestation and has taught over 70 Inner Vegas Adventure™ workshops. His book Inner Vegas: Creating Miracles, Abundance and Health receives rave reviews.

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Blue Moon: (Jack Reacher 24) 29 Oct 2019 by Lee Child...

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In a nameless city, two rival criminal gangs are competing for control. But they hadn’t counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch. Reacher is trained to notice things. He’s on a Greyhound bus, watching an elderly man sleeping in his seat, with a fat envelope of cash hanging out of his pocket. Another passenger is watching too ... hoping to get rich quick. As the mugger makes his move, Reacher steps in. The old man is grateful, yet he turns down Reacher’s offer to help him home. He’s vulnerable, scared, and clearly in big, big trouble. What hold could the gangs have on the old guy? Will Reacher be in time to stop bad things happening? The odds are better with Reacher involved. That's for damn sure.

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1Q84: Books 1 and 2 by Haruki Murakami..

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Haruki Murakami is an international phenomenon. When Books One and Two of his latest masterpiece, 1Q84, were published in Japan, a million copies were sold in one month, and the critical acclaim that ensued was reported all over the globe. Readers were transfixed by the mesmerising story of Aomame and Tengo and the strange parallel universe they inhabit. Then, one year later, to the surprise and delight of his readers, Murakami published an unexpected Book Three, bringing the story to a close.

In order to reflect the experience of 1Q84's first readers, Harvill Secker is publishing Books One and Two in one beautifully designed volume and Book Three in a separate edition. A long-awaited treat for his fans, 1Q84 is also a thrilling introduction to the unique world of Murakami's imagination. This hypnotically addictive novel is a work of startling originality and, as the title suggests, a mind-bending ode to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. (The number 9 in Japanese is pronounced like the letter 'Q').

The year is 1984. Aomame sits in a taxi on the expressway in Tokyo.

Her work is not the kind which can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver proposes a solution. She agrees, but as a result of her actions starts to feel increasingly detached from the real world. She has been on a top-secret mission, and her next job will lead her to encounter the apparently superhuman founder of a religious cult.

Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange affair surrounding a literary prize to which a mysterious seventeen-year-old girl has submitted her remarkable first novel. It seems to be based on her own experiences and moves readers in unusual ways. Can her story really be true?

Both Aomame and Tengo notice that the world has grown strange; both realise that they are indispensable to each other. While their stories influence one another, at times by accident and at times intentionally, the two come closer and closer to intertwining.

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The Will to Power by Friedrich Nietzsche. . .

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The Will to Power is a book of notes drawn from the literary remains of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche by his sister Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche and Peter Gast.

The title derived from a work that Nietzsche himself had considered writing.

The work was first translated into English by Anthony M. Ludovici in 1910, and it has since seen several other translations and publications.

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The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa. . . .

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When the beautiful teenage Lily arrives in Lima in 1950, fifteen-year-old Ricardo falls instantly in love with her.

She claims to be from Chile - but vanishes the moment it becomes clear that she has lied about both her name and her nationality.

A decade later, now living in Paris, Ricardo falls in love with a woman named Comrade Arlette, who is incredibly similar to Lily but refuses to acknowledge that she is the same person.

For his whole life - Ricardo seems doomed to keep running into 'Lily', and to keep falling in love with her. Will he ever discover who she really is?

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The Amber Room by Steve Berry....

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The Amber Room is one of the greatest treasures ever made by man: an entire room forged of exquisite amber, from its four massive walls to its finely crafted furniture. But it is also the subject of one of history's most intriguing mysteries.

Originally commissioned in 1701 by Frederick I of Prussia, the Room was later perfected Tsarskoe Selo, the Russian imperial city. In 1941, German troops invaded the Soviet Union, looting everything in their wake and seizing the Amber Room. When the Allies began the bombing of Germany in August 1944, the Room was hidden. And despite the best efforts of treasure hunters and art collectors from around the world, it has never been seen again." Now, two powerful men have set their best operatives loose in pursuit, and the hunt has begun once more. . . . Life is good for Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler. She loves her job, loves her kids, and remains civil to her ex-husband, Paul.

But everything changes when her father, a man who survived the horrors of World War II - died under strange circumstances and leaves behind clues to a secret he kept his entire life . . . a secret about something called the Amber Room. Desperate to know the truth about her father's suspicious dealings, Rachel takes off for Germany, with Paul close behind. Shortly after arriving, they find themselves involved with a cast of shadowy characters who all claim to share their quest. But as they learn more about the history of the treasure they seek - Rachel and Paul realize they're in way over their heads. Locked in a treacherous game with ruthless professional killers and embroiled in a treasure hunt of epic proportions, Rachel and Paul suddenly find themselves on a collision course with the forces of power, evil, and history itself. A brilliant adventure and a scintillating tale of intrigue, deception, art, and murder, "The Amber Room" is a classic tale of suspense and the debut of a strong new voice in the world of the international thriller.

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The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney. .. ...

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The Quaker is watching you…

In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Liam McIlvanney, a serial killer stalks the streets of Glasgow and DI McCormack follows a trail of Secrets to uncover the truth…

Winner of the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year

A city torn apart. It is 1969 and Glasgow has been brought to its knees by a serial killer spreading fear throughout the city. The Quaker has taken three women from the same nightclub and brutally murdered them in the backstreets.

A detective with everything to prove. Now, six months later, the police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. They call in DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands. But his arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair.

A killer who hunts in the shadows. Soon another woman is found murdered in a run-down tenement flat. And McCormack follows a trail of Secrets that will change the city - and his life - forever…

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Perfect Crime by Helen Sarah Fields . . .

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Your darkest moment is your most vulnerable… Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed… As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be. Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…

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The Basement by Stephen Leather . . .

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New York City.

With a population of almost nineteen million people, it's easy to remain anonymous even if you're a serial killer, torturing and murdering beautiful young women.

The killer has another victim right now, locked in a basement somewhere in the city. For NYPD detectives Turner and Marcinko, it's their job to sift through those nineteen million and narrow their list to the one before it's too late.

And they're sure they have the right man in their sights. Fusing alternating viewpoints with devastating precision, Leather's top-notch thriller dives deep into the mind of a demented killer as tension mounts immeasurably. Turner and Marcinko's prime suspect is screenwriter wannabe Marvin Waller.

He is becoming increasingly frustrated by his lack of success and the cops think he might be channeling his anger into murder ? yet he doesn't seem to be at all concerned that they are hot on his trail. As Turner and Marcinko close in on Waller they have to wonder: is he the killer? And if he isn't ? who is? Only time will tell ? and time is one thing they do not have. An unrelenting vice-grip of suspense and fear, The Basement is the ultimate shocker with a shattering climax that will leave you battered, bruised, and broken.

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Gypsy Boy: The bestselling memoir of a Romany childhood by Mikey Walsh. . .

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MIKEY WAS BORN into a Romany Gypsy family.

They live in a closeted community, and little is known about their way of life - after centuries of persecution Gypsies are wary of outsiders and if you choose to leave you can never come back.

This is something Mikey knows only too well. Growing up, he rarely went to school, and seldom mixed with non-Gypsies. The caravan and camp were his world.

But although Mikey inherited a vibrant and loyal culture, his family's legacy was bittersweet with a hidden history of grief and abuse. Eventually Mikey was forced to make an agonising decision - to stay and keep Secrets, or escape and find somewhere he could truly belong.

Mikey's amazing story is continued in the sequel Gypsy Boy on the Run.

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Bali Undercover by Malcolm Scott.. . .

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In this follow-up to his chart-topping "Bali Raw", Malcolm Scott strips off the island’s sunny veneer to reveal its dark and dirty underbelly, taking the reader where no tourist guide ever will.

Take a walk through the night streets of Kuta Beach to meet its wild and willing hookers, its dolled-up trannies and desperate college girls, and discover first hand all the sexy and sleazy Secrets that the island hides by day - creep through grimy alleyways awash with drugs and thugs and corrupt cops, and hang out in seedy bars full of cheap booze, rowdy pimps and bloody fist fights. Sneak a peek into the private lives of shifty locals and wide-eyed Australian tourists and enjoy a voyeur’s view of the deceit, drama and everything else the island is afraid to show us. In yet another steamy exposé of Bali and its sins and Secrets, Bali Undercover suggests why the island may no longer be paradise, but a paradise lost.

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson.. .

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This groundbreaking inspirational guide - a classic in the self-help genre - shows you how to put challenges in perspective, reduce stress and anxiety through small daily changes, and find the path to achieving your goals.

Among the insights it reveals are how to:

Think of your problems as potential "teachers"

Do one thing at a time

Share glory with others

Learn to trust your intuitions

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Carved In Blood (Evan Lane Mystery #1) by E.R. Fallon......

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Evelyn Lane had a complicated childhood… That happens when your mother kills your best friend, then goes on to kill other young men. Wanting a clean break, Evelyn joins the Navy and afterwards goes to college. It is around that time that Evelyn becomes Evan Lane and fully embraces being a man. Now, Evan lives in Seven Sisters, a big city a few states over from Freedom Village, where he grew up. He has a lovely girlfriend Sammie, a dog named Paige and a job cleaning up crime sites.

No one knows he’s transgender, or that his mother was the serial killer Alice Lane. And that’s just the way he wants it. Until the bodies of young men start showing up and Evan learns they have a message for Evelyn carved in their flesh. But Evan’s mother is in prison. So who is killing young men in Seven Sisters? One day Evan wakes to find that someone he thought he could trust has sold his story and also divulged information about the investigation.

When it goes viral, Chief Gilani is furious and he is suspended. With time on his hands, Evan figures he can clear his name before things get any worse… He travels to his hometown of Freedom Village seeking answers. For the first time in twenty years, Evan sees his mother and learns she might be innocent after all. And he might be in the killer’s sights. Carved in Blood is the gripping first installment of the Evan Lane Mystery Series .

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The Ipcress File by Len Deighton

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Len Deighton’s classic first novel, whose protagonist is a nameless spy - later christened Harry Palmer and made famous worldwide in the iconic 1960s film starring Michael Caine. The Ipcress File was not only Len Deighton’s first novel, it was his first bestseller and the book that broke the mould of thriller writing. For the working class narrator, an apparently straightforward mission to find a missing biochemist becomes a journey to the heart of a dark and deadly conspiracy. The film of The Ipcress File gave Michael Caine one of his first and still most celebrated starring roles, while the novel itself has become a classic.

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Angel of Darkness: The True Story of Randy Kraft and the Most Heinous Murder Spree by Dennis McDougal...

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Randy Kraft was highly intelligent, politically active, loyal to his friends, committed to his work and the killer of 67 people - more than any other serial killer known.

This book offers a glimpse into the dark mind of a living monster. "To open this book is to open a peephole into hell."

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