Reluctant bank robber Jack Burn is on the run after a heist in the United States that left $3 million missing and one cop dead. Hiding out in Cape Town, South Africa, he is desperate to build a new life for his pregnant wife and young son. But on a tranquil evening in their new suburban neighborhood they are the victims of a random gangland assault that changes everything.
Benny Mongrel, an ex-con night watchman guarding a building site next to Burn's home, is another man desperate to escape his past. After years in the ghetto gangs of Cape Town he knows who went into Burn's house. And what the American did to them. He also knows his only chance to save his own brown skin is to forget what he saw.
Burn's actions on that night trap them both in a cat-and-mouse game with Rudi "Gatsby" Barnard—a corrupt Afrikaner cop who loves killing almost as much as he loves Jesus Christ—and Disaster Zondi, a fastidious Zulu detective who wishes to settle an old score. Once Gatsby smells those missing American millions, the four men are drawn into a web of murder and vengeance that builds to an unforgettable conclusion.
A split-second decision with no second chance: get it wrong and you wake up dead.
On a blowtorch-hot night in Cape Town, American ex-model Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe lying in a pool of blood. As the carjackers make their getaway, Roxy makes a fateful choice that changes her life forever.
Disco and Godwynn, the ghetto gangbangers who sped away in Joe's convertible, will stop at nothing to track her down. Billy Afrika, a mixed-race ex-cop turned mercenary, won't let her out of his sight because Joe owed him a chunk of money. And remorselessly hunting them all is Piper, a love-crazed psychopath determined to renew his vows with his jailhouse "wife," Disco.
As these desperate lives collide and old debts are settled in blood, Roxy is caught in a wave of escalating violence in the beautiful and brutal African seaport. With savage plotting and breakneck suspense that ends in a shattering cataclysm of violence, Wake Up Dead confirms Roger Smith as one of the world's best new thriller writers.
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His familys sons and daughters fought the Revolutionary War against the most powerful army on Earth, and two generations later refused to bow to their perception of a tyrannical Federal government that threatened to take away their newly found freedom during the Civil War. Stewarts dreams come full circle when his twin great-grandsons, Hiram and Martin, are faced with a heart wrenching dilemma: do they fight against the very country their ancestors established by supporting the Confederacy or do they defend their families on the horrific home front in North Carolina?
American Spirit tells the fascinating story of these early Americans through touching scenes of love, humor, sad farewells, and faith in God combined with action-packed and detailed descriptions of battles and home front dilemmas. Author Roger Smith shares years of research along with maps, photographs, illustrations, and a detailed bibliography to create both a delightful story based on facts and a historically accurate portrait of a pivotal time in American history. In doing so, he poses an underlying, yet poignant question to the reader: Do the noble virtues our forefathers displayed in meeting the many challenges they faced still exist in American society today?
The first part, devoted to forensic toxicology, contains reviews on forensic relevant groups of compounds, like: Opiate agonists, cocaine, amphetamines, hallucinogens, cannabinoids, sedatives and hypnotics, antidepressive and antipsychotic drugs, analgesics, antidiabetics, muscle relaxants, and mushroom toxins.
In these parts, the preliminary immunochemical tests were also included, together with separation methods.
Screening procedures used in forensic toxicology were presented in separate chapters on forensic screening with GC, GC-MS, HPLC, LC-MS, CE, and LC-ICP-MS.
In the part on actual and emerging problems of forensic toxicology, following chapters were included: Analytical markers of alcohol abuse, toxicological aspects of herbal remedies, drugs and driving, analysis in alternative matrices, doping analysis, pharmacogenomics in forensic toxicology, and quality assurance.
The second part presents application of separation methods in forensic chemistry, and comprises chapters on: Explosives, chemical warfare agents, arson analysis, and writing media.
Third part on forensic identification contains chapter on forensic genetics.
All chapters are written up-to-date and present specific information up to 2006. The authors of each chapter are known not only from their scientific activity, but are also reputed experts, proven in everyday forensic casework.
- Wide spectrum of topics presented
- Up-to-date presentation of topics
- Data are presented in comparative mode
- Special stress put on screening procedures
The book is split into three sections:
Part 1 focuses on young people, their attitudes and behaviour; Part 2 considers the way in which their behaviour is constructed as criminal and then addressed; Part 3 considers the limitations of current practices and potential alternatives.
Within this broad framework, the differentiated and contested nature of young people’s experiences and our (and their) ideas of ‘youth’ can be counterposed to prevailing one-sided and often discriminatory assumptions about them; in order then to open up questions about the nature and purposes of the youth justice system, and to introduce some possibilities for reconstructing it according to fundamental principles of rights, welfare and social justice.
Doing Justice to Young People will be essential reading for anybody working in or studying youth crime and youth justice.
Some of the key areas examined are:
* staff development
* recruiting and managing staff
* the school as an organisation
* managing a successful inspection.
As well as acting as a guide to best practice for those tasked with the role of headship, this comprehensive and straightforward handbook will also assist governors, deputies, senior teachers, those studying for NPQH, to understand how an effective head can create and sustain an effective school.
Extensive coverage in this book includes:
* using organisation and leadership to create a positive ethos
* developing good relationships and creating teams
* managing the curriculum and raising pupil achievement
* the role of targets and planning in raising achievement
* fostering successful teaching and good classroom management and relationships
* working with the inspection process
* performance management
* dealing effectively with stress and time management.
Launching the new Kogan Page Primary Essentials series, this book will be welcomed by any primary leader who is seeking to develop their pupil's and their school's strengths and expectations.
Gonfl aux stéroïdes, le fils de Mike Lane, un riche Blanc du Cap, vient d’assassiner la fille qu’il a ramenée chez lui. Pas question pour sa mère que la police l’arrête et l’expédie à Pollsmoor, une prison dont il n’aurait que très peu de chances de ressortir vivant. Sans vergogne, elle accuse le fils de sa femme de ménage. Faible, Mike ne dit rien. Quant à la police, elle est trop heureuse de résoudre le meurtre et marche dans la combine.
Mais la femme de ménage a aussi une fille... et cette fille, elle, ne lâchera pas tant qu’elle n’aura pas rétabli la vérité. Dans une Afrique du Sud où les rapports Noirs-Blancs sont toujours tendus et où la police n’aime pas trop qu’on mette le nez dans ses affaires, l’histoire risque fort de mal finir...
Roman noir empli de pièges et de personnages perdus, Pièges et Sacrifices est une toile d’araignée machiavélique.
Smith's argument brings together historical and contemporary debates concerning materialism and human nature and the relations of the different fields of knowledge. He draws on classic writings from across the human sciences, touching on sociology, anthropology, brain sciences, history, philosophical hermeneutics, and critical theory, and demonstrates that there is no position outside history for an absolutely objective or eternally valid view of human nature. The question "what is human?" does not have and could not possible have one answer. Instead, there exists a variety of answers for different purposes, and there are good reasons for the many conceptions of what it is to be human.
Smith does not treat human nature as only biological, economic, or moral, but as a multidimensional subject that should be considered in its proper historical context. By understanding this context, Smith believes, we can come to a truer understanding of ourselves. Persuasively and elegantly written, Being Human takes an important new turn in the philosophical study of being human.
The book maintains its critical analysis of the underlying assumptions and ideas behind youth justice, as well as its policy and practice, laying bare the inadequacies, inconsistencies and injustices of practice in the UK. This edition will offer an important update in light of intervening changes, as reflected in a change of government and shifting patterns of interventions and outcomes.
This book will be an important resource for youth justice practitioners and will also be essential to students taking courses in youth crime and youth justice.
The Washington Post
Cela fait dix ans que l’homme d’affaires John Turner et son épouse Tanya ont quitté Johannesburg pour s’installer près de Tucson en Arizona. Ils ont une fille de neuf ans et le couple prospère grâce à un brevet d’aspirateur de piscine. Le tableau paraît idyllique, mais ne l’est absolument pas-: John, qui est tombé amoureux de son assistante, veut divorcer. Tanya, qui déteste et son mari et sa nouvelle vie américaine, refuse catégoriquement et menace de le faire chanter.Le couple partage en effet un lourd secret-: John a été complice d’enlèvement et de meurtre en Afrique du Sud et Tanya, qui sait tout de l’affaire, pourrait facilement le faire tomber. John, bien décidé à recouvrer sa liberté, tente alors d’utiliser les grands moyens pour arriver à ses fins. Et tout semble lui sourire jusqu’au moment où les tueurs qu’il a embauchés commettent l’erreur qui change tragiquement la donne...
Dans ce roman noir d’une violence extrême, Roger Smith donne à voir les conséquences terrifiantes d’un désir inassouvi lorsque, véritable dieu vengeur, le hasard s’en mêle.
* explores the extent to which European Industrial Relations systems are converging
*explores what has been the unions' reaction to changes in the economic environment
* includes studies from key sectors: electronics, food manufacturing, banking and public administration
* compares trade unions in these sectors in five of Europes most important economies: Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy and Denmark
Sie hat gerade die Ruinen des alten Roadhouse erreicht, als sie das dunkle Grummeln eines Motors hinter sich hört. Scheinwerfer beleuchten den Sand zu ihren Füßen. Sie geht schneller, während der Fahrer gerade so viel Gas gibt, um mit ihr mitzuhalten. Sie spielen mit ihr. Sie lassen sie rennen, halten sich immer dicht hinter ihr. Der Wagen beschleunigt erst, als sie die Straße verlässt, um hinaus in die Wüste zu fliehen. Da weiß sie, dass es kein Entkommen gibt. Das Unvermeidbare wird geschehen. Ihre Verfolger werden sterben.
« Roger Smith [vit] au Cap, où il a rencontré sa femme, originaire du ghetto des Flats. On sait donc d’où parle et écrit le Terminator du polar sud-africain. »
Alain Léauthier, Marianne
« Dans cet univers redoutable, l’écriture syncopée de Smith fait merveille [...]. Le lecteur passe rapidement [...] d’un point de vue à l’autre avant que tous convergent dans un final apocalyptique. »
Didier Hassoux, Le Canard enchaîné
With an emphasis on working collaboratively with fellow professionals, service users and the community, and developing an holistic approach to working, this is an essential resource for anyone studying on courses in social work, nursing, education, health, medicine, social policy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and dentistry, and for all those with an interest in the human services.
«Roger Smith, grande révélation du thriller sudafricain depuis Deon Meyer.»
Le Figaro Magazine
«[...] le plus explosif auteur sud-africain du moment livre un portrait apocalyptiquement réjouissant de la contrée où les hommes-debonne- volonté-se-donnent-la-main-pourdépasser- les-divisions-du-passé...»
«L’écriture incisive et rythmée de Smith est hypnotique.»