The first English-language book to document the men who emerged from the gulags to become Russia´s much-feared crime class: the vory v zakone Mark Galeotti is the go-to expert on organized crime in Russia, consulted by governments and police around the world. Now, Western readers can explore the fascinating history of the vory v zakone, a group that has survived and thrived amid the changes brought on by Stalinism, the Cold War, the Afghan War, and the end of the Soviet experiment. The Vory-as the Russian mafia is also known-was born early in the twentieth century, largely in the gulags and criminal camps, where they developed their unique culture. Identified by their signature tattoos, members abided by the Thieves´ Code, a strict system that forbade all paid employment and cooperation with law enforcement and the state. Based on two decades of on-the-ground research, Galeotti´s captivating study details the Vory´s journey to power from their early days to their adaptation to modern-day Russia´s free-wheeling oligarchy and global opportunities beyond.
Tom Wade is a determined cop and a relentless man of action - equal parts Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher - who battles police corruption and a ruthless crime lord, against impossible odds. Once part of King City’s elite Major Crimes Unit, Sergeant Wade secretly worked with the Justice Department to nail seven of his fellow detectives for corruption…costing him his marriage and making him a pariah in the police department. So he’s exiled by his superiors to one of King City’s most notorious and violent neighborhoods - a poverty-stricken, gang-ridden hellhole known as Darwin Gardens. It’s a de facto death sentence. But Wade doesn’t fight the potentially fatal reassignment. With just two rookie officers to help him, Wade does the only thing he’s wired to do: his job. He moves into an apartment above the substation and then, vastly out-numbered and out-gunned by local gangs, sets out to enforce the law anyway with courage and an unwavering moral code, slowly earning the respect of his newbie officers, the neighborhood residents, and even Darwin Gardens’ most feared crime lord. When a young woman’s brutally beaten corpse is dumped in a Darwin Gardens parking lot, Wade uncovers a history of similar killings ignored for years by a police department more interested in politics than justice. So he embarks on an investigation that leads from the squalor of the inner city to the manicured enclaves of the privileged, revealing the complex, sordid, and deadly ways that the two worlds are intertwined….and making him even more hated by those determined to crush him. But for Wade the only thing that matters, in the words of his father, is ´´what you stand for and how strong you stand for it.” With that motto long ago etched into his psyche, there’s no backing down; there’s only what’s right - even if it means sacrificing his life. King City brings the sensibility of a classic western to the contemporary crime novel, and t 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Lawlor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/003827/bk_brll_003827_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bruno Johnson, a tough street cop, member of the elite violent-crime task force, feared by the bad guys, admired by the good, finds his life derailed when a personal tragedy forces him to break the law. Now he´s an ex-con, and his life on parole is not going well. He is hassled by the police at every opportunity, and, to make matters even more difficult, his former partner, Robby Wicks, now a high-ranking detective, bullies him into helping solve a high profile crime...unofficially, of course. Meanwhile Bruno´s girlfriend, Marie, brings out the good, real Bruno, and even though they veer totally outside the law, he and Marie dedicate themselves to saving abused children and creating a type of underground railroad for neglected kids at risk - disposable kids. What they must do is perilous as they take matters into their own hands, battling a warped justice system and Bruno´s former partner, who has his own evil agenda. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Branden Mckenzie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031777/bk_acx0_031777_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Once the most feared member of an Italian Mafia crime family, Gabriel Moretti returns to New York at the request of his mentor, Russian crime boss Vasily Tarasov. Vasily needs someone he can trust in Seattle to protect his estranged daughter, Eva Jacobs, while he avenges the murder of the young woman’s mother. Gabriel is unstoppable in a fight, whether he’s using fists, blades, or bullets; but innocent, onyx-haired Eva may just be the most dangerous - and beautiful - thing he’s come up against. Intense sparks fly between the two, tempting Gabriel to mix business with pleasure while in the Emerald City. But once word gets around that Gabriel has shown up in New York, Stefano - his vengeful brother and the de facto head of the family - decides that Eva is the key to ending the feud between them... permanently. In this pulse-pounding romantic thriller set against the backdrop of New York City’s storied underworld, loyalties will be tested, secrets will be told, and mob justice will be served. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Schumaker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/006628/bk_brll_006628_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of the wildest and most beautiful regions in Italy, known for its rugged coastline and mountains, Calabria is also home to the deadly ´Ndrangheta´. An organised Mafia crime operation more feared in Italy than the Cosa Nostra or the Camorra, it is shrouded in mystery. Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of Italy’s elite Anti-Mafia Investigation Department is tasked with investigating the deaths of several Calabria citizens – some in New York, some in the small, isolated villages that dot the Calabrian countryside. To get to the bottom of the case, Ferrara has to infiltrate the village of San Piero d’Aspromonte, deep in the Calabrian mountains. And there, he must put his life on the line to learn more about a family at the centre of an ancient, bloody feud… 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000306/bk_twuk_000306_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Luke Winters has spent his whole life straddling two worlds, Lakota and White, belonging in neither. He isn´t complaining. He feels richer for the twin heritages and for the struggle to be an authentic human being. He has learned to accept himself whether or not he is accepted by anyone else. Enter the murky, dangerous world of a Native American Noir thriller with undercurrents of forbidden love. A meld of Romeo and Juliet and The Godfather as seen through the eyes of a disgraced Lakota psychologist back in his home town. The woman he has loved all his life has become the feared donna of the crime family which controls the state. She has mastered all her enemies but one - the disease that is now killing her. As she fights rival crime bosses sensing her weakness, can the psychologist save her from herself? And at what cost to himself? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Peterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030200/bk_acx0_030200_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Biology teacher Andy Farmer desperately wished his friend Chuck Cleveland was lisping over the phone on that fateful morning, but when he arrived at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings High to find the building wrapped in crime scene tape, he feared the worst. With Chuck missing and the principal dead - stabbed with a scalpel meant for rendering biology lab frogs brain dead - Andy now agonizes over possible accessory charges as he plays coy with Detective Robert French, all the while encouraging Chuck to own up for what he has done...when he is able to talk to his elusive friend. Andy feels a sense of urgency, too, when French´s investigation reveals Andy himself is a more likely suspect than Chuck in Principal Horace Shelton´s murder! Though Andy´s alibi is tight and he is innocent, a tense history with Shelton leads the police to think otherwise. It is enough Andy has to deal with his bum hip, fading hearing, and threats to force him into retirement from his superiors; he doesn´t want to worry about it in prison. Besides, who would feed and walk the dog that Andy´s son brought home from Tallahassee? This is Pithed, the first installment of the Andy Farmer Mystery series, set in Jacksonville, Florida. Pithed is based upon an idea by Kathryn´s father, a science and math teacher of 30-plus years, with characters and settings inspired by Kathryn´s own high school years. Everybody knows high school was murder, Andy Farmer would agree, and his story - a tale of revenge, public school bureaucracy, and a dog named Steely Dan - will make the listener anything but ´´pithed´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scot Wilcox. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/006462/bk_acx0_006462_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lucas Rocha has become the right hand to Rio de Janeiro’s most-feared drug lord, Dez. But Dez is incarcerated, awaiting trial for multiple crimes. Money is no longer a problem for Lucas; staying alive is. Rival gangs want him dead. The one person who can help him, undercover DEA agent Daniel Burke, has returned to Brazil to rejoin the woman he loves. Daniel owes Lucas his life, but now his cover hangs in the balance. Lucas, meanwhile, is determined to leave the life of a journeyman drug lord behind. But no one ever retires from a gang; death is the only way out. Now Lucas and Daniel must find a way to beat the odds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ryan Curtis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/132558/bk_acx0_132558_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.