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The Killing Joke - Anthony Horowitz
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Scribner, 2003 Near-new condition - Price inside dustcover: $24.00 - NO remainder marks or price clippings. Tight spine - Bright pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 261 pages. FROM THE PUBLISHER Now a Major Motion Picture from Universal Pictures New York Times bestselling author Anthony Swofford weaves his experiences in war with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the mythos of the marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family. When the U.S. Marines — or "jarheads" — were sent to Saudi Arabia in 1990 for the first Gulf War, Anthony Swofford was there. He lived in sand for six months, he was punished by boredom and fear, he considered suicide, pulled a gun on a fellow marine, and was targeted by both enemy and friendly fire. And as engagement with the Iraqis drew near, he was forced to consider what it means to be an American, a soldier, a son of a soldier, and a man. FROM THE CRITICS The Los Angeles Times Swofford's book is about the man who feels cheated because the Gulf War was over so quickly, and he was, perhaps, both relieved and horrified. "I am not well," he writes, "but I am not mad." He describes what it was like getting ready for the war, and his book, he wants us to know, "is neither true nor false but what I know." He knows an immense amount as a member of the Surveillance and Target Acquisition Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. In short, he was a scout-sniper and a good one. Although it might be said snipers are often very peculiar people. — Gloria Emerson The Washington Post Swofford's war ends in a strangely appropriate fashion, as he and a colleague are sent out on a mission far from their battalion. The Iraqi army quits, the fighting stops. And no one remembers the men who have been left out in the desert. That's a story Philip Caputo and James Webb would have understood well. — Chris Bray The New Yorker In 1990, Swofford, a young Marine sniper, went to Saudi Arabia with dreams of vaporizing Iraqi skulls into clouds of "pink mist." As he recounts in this aggressively uninspiring Gulf War memoir, his youthful bloodlust was never satisfied. After spending months cleaning sand out of his rifle -- so feverish with murderous anticipation that he almost blows a buddy's head off after an argument -- Swofford ends up merely a spectator of a lopsided battle waged with bombs, not bullets. The rage the soldiers feel, their hopes of combat frustrated, is "nearly unendurable." Swofford's attempts at brutal honesty sometimes seem cartoonish: "Rape them all, kill them all" is how he sums up his military ethic. He is better at comic descriptions -- gas masks malfunctioning in the desert heat, camels picked off during target practice -- that capture the stupid side of a smart-bomb war. Publishers Weekly A witty, profane, down-in-the-sand account of the war many only know from CNN, this former sniper's debut is a worthy addition to the battlefield memoir genre. There isn't a bit of heroic posturing as Swofford describes the sheer terror of being fired upon by Iraqi troops; the elite special forces warrior freely admits wetting himself once rockets start exploding around his unit's encampment. But the adrenaline of battle is fleeting, and Swofford shows how it's in the waiting that soldiers are really made. With blunt language and bittersweet humor, he vividly recounts the worrying, drinking, joking, lusting and just plain sitting around that his troop endured while wondering if they would ever put their deadly skills to use. As Operation Desert Shield becomes Desert Storm, one of Swofford's fellow snipers-the most macho of the bunch-solicits a hug from each man. "We are about to die in combat, so why not get one last hug, one last bit of physical contact," Swofford writes. "And through the hugs [he] helps make us human again." When they do finally fight, Swofford questions whether the men are as prepared as their commanders, the American public and the men themselves think they are. Swofford deftly uses flashbacks to chart his journey from a wide-eyed adolescent with a family military legacy to a hardened fighter who becomes consumed with doubt about his chosen role. As young soldiers might just find themselves deployed to the deserts of Iraq, this book offers them, as well as the casual reader, an unflinching portrayal of the loneliness and brutality of modern warfare and sophisticated analyses of-and visceral reactions to-its politics. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information. Library Journal In his memoir on life as a U.S. Marine, Swofford starts out by admitting that what he describes "is neither true nor false, but what I know." This is in no sense a chronicle of the Gulf War but instead an interior monolog reflecting Swofford's inner journey from despised childhood to coming of age as an enlisted marine and finally coming somewhat to terms with the man he has become. For Swofford, warfare was the culmination of everything he had experienced, so that his existential narrative hangs on his pivotal nine-month tour of duty. The boredom, frustration, fear, physical exertion, and relentless training all contributed to his sense of self, but in the end he felt capable of backing away from the total absorption of combat to live in the real world. Unfortunately, reconnection with civilian life turned out to be no easier than living in the combat zone. Many libraries may be put off by the book's pervasive sex and profanity, but it is an eloquent depiction of the martial enthusiasm of young men. Recommended for comprehensive military collections.-Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information. . Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall., Scribner, 2003, Simon & Schuster, 1999 Near-new condition. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Price inside dustcover: $25.00. Tight spine, bright pages. Previous owner's name label (small) in book front on blank page (Jeanne M. Sherwood - Pocatello, Idaho). Date written above the label (10-00). NO other writing or marks inside book. NO tears inside book. 272 pages. Ed McBain is the only American winner of the coveted Diamond Dagger Award, and he is also a past recipient of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. So, when a reader picks up the latest installment of McBain's 87th Precinct series, the bar is set pretty high. But with The Big Bad City, McBain meets expectations. In the opening pages, Steve Carella and Artie Brown return to the department with 9 basketball players (the 10th player was murdered) only to discover a knife fight erupting in a holding cell. It's a steamy August night, and Carella and Detective Parker end up having to shoot one of the fighters to cool things down. Then Meyer and Kling enter the scene; they're hot in pursuit of the Cookie Boy, a thief who leaves chocolate-chip cookies at every crime sight. Before the interminable day is done, Carella and Brown are called out to Grover Park to investigate a homicide. A nun has been strangled to death, but she's no ordinary Sister. She's got signs of a breast augmentation operation that hint at a sordid past. Finally, readers are privy to a conversation between Juju and Sonny. Sonny killed a cop's dad, and Juju is convinced that the police will bend the rules to see that Sonny winds up dead. Juju insists that the only way out of the death trap is to kill the cop first. The officer's name is Steve Carella. And all of this happens in the first 15 pages. McBain is one of the artists of the police procedural. Though his city is fictional, it breathes with the darkness and gritty reality of many American cities. He enters the minds and hearts of his characters to uncover the daily insecurities that accompany the work of policemen. Readers new to the 87th Precinct will want to venture back to such tales as 1956's Cop Hater, 1964's Ax, and 1965's Doll, among the 47 installments in this series. Those who've been along for the ride will be happy they did not give up their seat. --Patrick O'Kelley From Publishers Weekly: McBain has been writing his 87th Precinct stories since 1956, but Isola's cops and crooks remain as fresh as rain. In the 49th book in the series, detectives Steve Carella and Artie Brown are searching for the killer of a nun. An autopsy reveals that the strangled woman had breast implants and an unconventional background, moving between her pious, charitable order and a freewheeling secular life. Other oddities are plaguing the 87th, too. The hood who recently murdered Carella's father is walking around loose because an inept prosecutor blew the case. Now the thug is stalking Carella, and Carella's sister wants to marry the prosecutor. Meanwhile, detectives Meyer Meyer and Bert King are tracking the Cookie Boy, a burglar who leaves a little box of home-baked chocolate chip cookies at his victims' homes. His crimes escalate to felony murder when he interrupts a tryst and things go very bad, very quickly. As always, McBain invests the many story lines with off-the-wall humor (nun jokes abound), a startlingly real cast of suspects and witnesses and a terrifically entertaining mix of cop dialogue, gritty city atmosphere and action. McBain is so good, he ought to be arrested. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. . Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall., Simon & Schuster, 1999, New York, NY, U.S.A.: MJF Books. 1998. F First Edition. H Hard Cover. Very Good. Brief summary of content available upon request by e-mail., MJF Books, 1998, Williamsport, PA: Grit. 1937. Magazine. Very Good with no dust jacket; Stories include All on Account of Peter, Rangers is Powerful Hard to Kill, Church Wedding, Hills of Destiny, Triangle, Sing for Your Supper, Cartoons, Poetry, Jokes and more. Filled with period advertising and illustrations. Magazine is complete and in Very Good condition, wear at edges and light staining at top edge. ; B&W Illustrations; 31 pages ., Grit, 1937, Gramercy, New York, 1958. Octavo, hardcover, near fine in lightly edgeworn red and yellow pictorial dj. 190 pages, 190 pp. The stories, jokes, and anecdotes Myron Cohen liked to tell on the Ed Sullivan Show, The Sands, The Flamingo in Las Vegas, the Copacabana and The Latin Quarter in New York, The Five Hundred Club in Atlantic City-hundreds of other night clubs. Twelve chapters titled "Garment Gaieties, Comedy at the Copa, Cats Kill Capers, Las Vegas Laugh, There's No People Like Show People and others. Illustrated with 63 fracturing line drawings.. Very Good/Unknown. Illus. by Greenwald, Sheila., Gramercy, New York, 1958., London: Dark Arts Ltd. / Miranda Yardley, 2010. Terrorizer has been around since 1993, catering to devotees of all the various permutations and sub-genres of metal music, with articles, reviews, interviews, and a bunch of other stuff, including, in this issue, Part 2 of '200 Essential Albums." Its slogan these days is "Extreme music -- no boundaries." Lacks the CDs. Moderate general wear.. Magazine. Very Good. Small Quarto -- from 9¾" to 12" tall., Dark Arts Ltd. / Miranda Yardley, 2010, Orion Publishing, 2004-08-01. Hardcover. Good. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available., Orion Publishing, 2004-08-01

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[SR: 506403], Hardcover, [EAN: 9780752857244], Orion, Orion, Book, [PU: Orion], 2004-08-12, Orion, Anthony Horowitz is a very busy man. The Killing Joke, a grimly hilarious black comic novel, may be his first book for adults, but his Alex Rider series (in which a junior James Bond repeatedly saves the world) is a publishing phenomenon, selling millions to young readers – and shortly to be rendered into a film series. Horowitz has written a film for Christina Ricci, and has scripted such TV series as Foyle’s War and The Midsomer Murders. All of this varied experience has fed into The Killing Joke, and produced a novel that will have you laughing quite as often as it raises your pulse (and that's on Horowitz’s agenda, too). Guy Henderson is a struggling actor recently dumped by his girlfriend. Getting drunk in a downmarket North London pub, he overhears builders telling a sick joke about a recently deceased actress – who just happens to be Guy’s long-lost mother. He objects, and is viciously headbutted for his pains. But does he seek revenge? No – the incident sends him on torturous quest for the source of jokes such as the one that offended him – and he encounters both shadowy, sinister figures and bizarre characters who appear to have stepped right out of jokes -- and don’t have his welfare at heart.The one-liners here are, to quote the title, killingly funny, and the hapless Guy is a wonderfully shambolic hero; If the final revelation doesn’t quite match the brilliantly sustained build up, few will complain. It looks like Horowitz has another career – first-rate comic novelist – to a, 270419, Thrillers, 72, Crime, Thrillers & Mystery, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books, 590756, Contemporary Fiction, 62, Fiction, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books, 426359031, Humour, 62, Fiction, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books, 274121, Fiction, 89, Humour, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books

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[SR: 506403], Hardcover, [EAN: 9780752857244], Orion, Orion, Book, [PU: Orion], 2004-08-12, Orion, Anthony Horowitz is a very busy man. The Killing Joke, a grimly hilarious black comic novel, may be his first book for adults, but his Alex Rider series (in which a junior James Bond repeatedly saves the world) is a publishing phenomenon, selling millions to young readers – and shortly to be rendered into a film series. Horowitz has written a film for Christina Ricci, and has scripted such TV series as Foyle’s War and The Midsomer Murders. All of this varied experience has fed into The Killing Joke, and produced a novel that will have you laughing quite as often as it raises your pulse (and that's on Horowitz’s agenda, too). Guy Henderson is a struggling actor recently dumped by his girlfriend. Getting drunk in a downmarket North London pub, he overhears builders telling a sick joke about a recently deceased actress – who just happens to be Guy’s long-lost mother. He objects, and is viciously headbutted for his pains. But does he seek revenge? No – the incident sends him on torturous quest for the source of jokes such as the one that offended him – and he encounters both shadowy, sinister figures and bizarre characters who appear to have stepped right out of jokes -- and don’t have his welfare at heart.The one-liners here are, to quote the title, killingly funny, and the hapless Guy is a wonderfully shambolic hero; If the final revelation doesn’t quite match the brilliantly sustained build up, few will complain. It looks like Horowitz has another career – first-rate comic novelist – to a, 270419, Thrillers, 72, Crime, Thrillers & Mystery, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books, 590756, Contemporary Fiction, 62, Fiction, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books, 426359031, Humour, 62, Fiction, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books, 274121, Fiction, 89, Humour, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books

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The Killing Joke
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Horowitz, Anthony

Title:

The Killing Joke

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075285724X

Hilarious adult novel from the author of the bestselling children's series "Alex Rider". Guy Fletcher decides to trace a bad joke back to its original source. His journey takes him across the UK, and includes run-ins with an Englishman, Scotsman and Irishman, and an unfortunate accident with a banana skin. A darkly comic thriller which will appeal to fans of Jasper Fforde, Ben Elton and Stephen Fry.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780752857244
ISBN (ISBN-10): 075285724X
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Publishing year: 2004
Publisher: Orion Publishing

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