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Paul Adam is a journalist and the author of several novels. He has recently returned to the city of his birth after spending several years in Nottingham.
A thriller with a refreshingly different slant for here the chase, the mystery, the duplicity and skulduggery all revolve around a multi-million pound world of musical instruments, in particular a Stradivarius. Comparison: Paul Carson, Robert Harris, Philip Hook. Similar this month: Ann Granger, Lisa Gardner.
This is the third book in Paul Adam's fast and furious Max Cassidy thriller series. Teenage escapologist, Max Cassidy, knows for sure that his mother did not kill his father, his father is not even dead . . . But somebody seems very determined to prevent Max from discovering the truth - in fact, somebody wants him dead. In this, the final instalment of the thrilling Max Cassidy series, Max travels across the world; from London to San Francisco to Russia in his quest to be reunited with his family.
Paul Auguste Marie Adam1, ne le 6 decembre 1862 a Paris ou il est mort le 2 janvier 1920, est un ecrivain francais et critique d'art. Partisan du general Boulanger, il milite dans les mouvements nationalistes et traditionalistes et, pendant la Premiere Guerre mondiale, il se rend aupres des troupes pour soutenir leur moral et fonde la Ligue intellectuelle de fraternite latine. Parallelement, il publie de tres nombreux ouvrages : essais, romans, nouvelles, recits de voyage, parmi lesquels on peut citer les romans de son cycle napoleonien : La Force (1899), L'Enfant d'Austerlitz (1901), Au soleil de juillet (1903), ainsi que La Ruse (1903) et Stephanie (1913). (Excerpt from Wikipedia)
The second exciting title in the Max Cassidy action-adventure series. 'Be careful, Max . . . They will try to destroy you, as they are trying to destroy me . . .' His father is missing presumed dead and his mother is serving a twenty-year sentence for his murder, but teenage escapologist Max Cassidy is certain everybody is wrong - about both things . . . And now, his quest to find the truth has become very dangerous . . . Max learns that his dad was part of a secret global organisation, the Cedar Alliance. Desperate to find him alive, he seeks help from the other members of the group. But they are scattered across the world - and then they start disappearing one by one . . . Escapology is dangerous but not nearly as dangerous as real life . . .
'My mum killed my dad, then dragged his body all the way along the beach . . . I don't believe a word of it' Max Cassidy is a teenage escapologist, so good he's nicknamed the Half-pint Houdini. His father disappeared two years ago and his body has never been found. His mother is now serving a life sentence for her husband's murder. Max's mission to learn the truth about his family takes him on an thrilling journey, from London to the horrors of the terrifying Shadow Island in central America. Escapology is dangerous but not nearly as dangerous as real life . . . The first book in Paul Adam's fast and furious Max Cassidy thriller series.
Paganini - showman, womanizer, dazzling virtuoso - is one of the most charismatic characters in the history of classical music. His violin, il Cannone (the Cannon), is now kept in Genoa, Italy, where it is played only once every two years in a sold-out concert by the winner of an international competition.This year, though, a Parisian art dealer is found dead in his hotel room the day after the concert. In his wallet is a scrap of sheet music, torn from a page that belongs to the competition's winner. But how did the dead man get hold of it? And why?Detective Antonio Guastafeste asks violin maker Gianni Castiglione to help him navigate the curious world of classical musicians, their priceless instruments, and the unsavory dealers who prey upon them. Together, Antonio and Gianni must unravel another mystery that has gone unanswered for over a century, one that may hold the answer to the modern-day murder. Filled with remarkable history and musical lore, Paganini's Ghost plays at a breathtaking tempo that will keep you reading until the very last page.
Max is an ordinary north London schoolboy by day, but at night he performs sell-out public shows as an escapologist - nicknamed The Half-Pint Houdini by the tabloid press. His father, Alexander, was also a world-renowned escapologist, who disappeared two years earlier in the Central American state of Santo Domingo. His body was never found, but Max's mother, Helen, was convicted of murdering her husband by a Santo Domingan court. One evening, after his show, Max receives a visit from a mysterious man from Santo Domingo - Lopez-Vega tells Max that his mother's trial was rigged and, if Max comes to his hotel room the following night, he has something to give him.When Max goes to the hotel, he finds Lopez-Vega dead, shot through the head. The room has clearly been searched by the killer, but what was he looking for? By chance, Max finds a piece of paper hidden under Lopez-Vega's wig. Written on the paper is a sequence of eight numbers - 83521113. What do the numbers mean? Are they a code, or maybe the combination for a lock or a safe? Could they be the key to unlocking the mystery of his father's disappearance and getting his mother out of prison?
Who would want to kill Tomaso Rainaldi, an elderly, unassuming violin-maker in the quiet Italian city of Cremona? For his friend and fellow violin-maker Gianni Castiglione, the murder is as mysterious as it is shocking. Rainaldi had few possessions, no enemies and little money. No one - least of all the police - can fathom a motive for murdering him. All he really had was an obsessive love of violins and an encyclopedic knowledge of them. But what if he knew more than anyone else - not just about famous violins, but about missing violins? Ones of the caliber of the fabled Messiah, Stradivari's most sublime creation, the Mona Lisa of the music world. A violin now in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford - and worth millions...Aided by his friend, policeman Antonio Guastafeste, Gianni starts to investigate the dead man's affairs. Affairs that reveal an appointment in Venice with the eccentric and exceedingly rich violin-collector Enrico Forlani, and a trail that winds back to a mysterious musical past - and a far from harmonious future.Retracing Rainaldi's steps, the two men find themselves involved in a sequence of startling events -- another murder, a mysterious Englishman, and an unscrupulous violin-dealer. A chain of events that careers across Italy and England as they become players in a game where musical instruments change hands for millions, forgery is an art form, and the preferred method of negotiation is murder.Accompanied by two centuries of myth, music, and mystery, The Rainaldi Quartet provides a fascinating glimpse into a closed world - played at a rhythm that is fast-paced, furious, and unforgettable.
This glossary, published in 1888, is the only work of its kind produced by Decadent and Symbolist writers themselves, and is full of `definitions' as mystifying as the words they claim to define. It offers both a scholarly and a humorous examination of linguistic innovation and succeeds in showing how literary language remains subtler and more alive than any of the instruments designed to explain it. A parody of a glossary as much as a glossary proper, and produced as a response to critical accusations of obscurity and preciosity, it assembles an extraordinary array of evocative, hermetic, and often bizarre examples of Symbolist and Decadent writing, including luminaries such as Mallarme, Rimbaud, Laforgue and Verlaine as well as such writers as Feneon, Moreas and Rene Ghil. This is a volume in the series Textes litteraires/Exeter French Texts. The text, introduction and essential notes are all in French.
This book provides a broad introduction to saltmarsh ecology, concentrating on plants, although much of the information should also be of interest to zoologists. Particular attention is given to the geographical diversity of saltmarsh vegetation and to the ecophysiological mechanisms which permit tolerance to the major challenges of high, but variable, soil salinities and of frequently waterlogged soils. The importance of saltmarshes as functioning ecosystems is discussed and issues relevant to the long-term conservation and management of saltmarshes are considered. Saltmarsh Ecology will be useful to upper level undergraduates and wetland scientists.
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