Smoke in Mirrors

A con artist and seductress, Meredith Spooner lived fast—and died young.

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101214597

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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A con artist and seductress, Meredith Spooner lived fast—and died young. But her final scam—embezzling more than a million dollars from a college endowment fund—is coming back to haunt Leonora Hutton. The tainted money is stashed away in an offshore account for Leonora. And while she wants nothing to do with the cash, she discovers two other items in the safe-deposit box: a book about Mirror House—the place where Meredith engineered her final deception and a set of newspaper stories about an unsolved murder that occurred there thirty years ago. Now Leonora has an offer for Thomas Walker, another victim of Meredith’s scams and seductions. She’ll hand over the money—if he helps her figure out what’s going on. Meredith had described Thomas as “a man you can trust.” But in a funhouse-mirror world of illusion and distortion, Leonora may be out of her league…

Smoke and Mirrors

Explore a new reality, obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible, in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.

Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061795291

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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The astonishing and impressive first collection of short stories from New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat in a second-hand store . . . A stray cat fights and refights a nightly battle to protect his adoptive family from an unimagiable evil . . . A young couple receives a wedding gift that will reveal a chilling alternate history of their marriage . . . Beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks, a frightened little boy bargains for his life with a most persistent troll . . . Such miraculous inventions and more await within Neil Gaiman’s first collection of short fiction, a gift of wonder and delight from one of the most unique literary artists of our day. In his capable hands, magic is no mere illusion, but a powerful means to reveal the nature of our humanity obscured in the smoke of our fears and anxieties . . . and reflected in the funhouse mirrors of our dreams.

Beyond Smoke and Mirrors

This book provides an essential "user's manual" for readers seeking a historical, theoretical, and substantive understanding of how U.S. policy on Mexican immigration evolved to its current dysfunctional state, as well as how it might be ...

Author: Douglas S. Massey

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 9780871545909

Category: Social Science

Page: 209

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Migration between Mexico and the United States is part of a historical process of increasing North American integration. This process acquired new momentum with the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, which lowered barriers to the movement of goods, capital, services, and information. But rather than include labor in this new regime, the United States continues to resist the integration of the labor markets of the two countries. Instead of easing restrictions on Mexican labor, the United States has militarized its border and adopted restrictive new policies of immigrant disenfranchisement. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors examines the devastating impact of these immigration policies on the social and economic fabric of the Mexico and the United States, and calls for a sweeping reform of the current system. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors shows how U.S. immigration policies enacted between 1986–1996—largely for symbolic domestic political purposes—harm the interests of Mexico, the United States, and the people who migrate between them. The costs have been high. The book documents how the massive expansion of border enforcement has wasted billions of dollars and hundreds of lives, yet has not deterred increasing numbers of undocumented immigrants from heading north. The authors also show how the new policies unleashed a host of unintended consequences: a shift away from seasonal, circular migration toward permanent settlement; the creation of a black market for Mexican labor; the transformation of Mexican immigration from a regional phenomenon into a broad social movement touching every region of the country; and even the lowering of wages for legal U.S. residents. What had been a relatively open and benign labor process before 1986 was transformed into an exploitative underground system of labor coercion, one that lowered wages and working conditions of undocumented migrants, legal immigrants, and American citizens alike. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors offers specific proposals for repairing the damage. Rather than denying the reality of labor migration, the authors recommend regularizing it and working to manage it so as to promote economic development in Mexico, minimize costs and disruptions for the United States, and maximize benefits for all concerned. This book provides an essential "user's manual" for readers seeking a historical, theoretical, and substantive understanding of how U.S. policy on Mexican immigration evolved to its current dysfunctional state, as well as how it might be fixed.

Smoke and Mirrors

When research uncovers a way to reverse the genetic mutation responsible for mutant powers, the government tries to use the procedure to eliminate the X-Men, who soon discover that the procedure's true source is their enemy, Sinister.

Author: Eluki Bes Shahar

Publisher: Berkley

ISBN: 9781572972919

Category: Fiction

Page: 341

View: 384

When research uncovers a way to reverse the genetic mutation responsible for mutant powers, the government tries to use the procedure to eliminate the X-Men, who soon discover that the procedure's true source is their enemy, Sinister. Original.

Smoke and Mirrors

Offering historical, contemporary and cross-national perspectives, this volume provides a refreshing new approach to understanding how air pollution policies have evolved over time.

Author: E. Melanie Dupuis

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814719619

Category: Law

Page: 360

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From the sixteenth to early-nineteenth century, four times more Africans than Europeans crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. While this forced migration stripped slaves of their liberty, it failed to destroy many of their cultural practices, which came with Africans to the New World. In Working the Diaspora, Frederick Knight examines work cultures on both sides of the Atlantic, from West and West Central Africa to British North America and the Caribbean. Knight demonstrates that the knowledge that Africans carried across the Atlantic shaped Anglo-American agricultural development and made particularly important contributions to cotton, indigo, tobacco, and staple food cultivation. The book also compellingly argues that the work experience of slaves shaped their views of the natural world. Broad in scope, clearly written, and at the center of current scholarly debates, Working the Diaspora challenges readers to alter their conceptual frameworks about Africans by looking at them as workers who, through the course of the Atlantic slave trade and plantation labor, shaped the development of the Americas in significant ways.

Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors takes you on a journey of self-reflection through the mind of a teenage DJ as she navigates her way through a smoky haze of music, drugs and partying.

Author: Trishina

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 1649517424

Category: Fiction

Page: 88

View: 945

Smoke and Mirrors takes you on a journey of self-reflection through the mind of a teenage DJ as she navigates her way through a smoky haze of music, drugs and partying. To the outside world, she appears to be a 19-year-old having the time of her life. But on the inside, she’s battling hurdles that most people wouldn’t experience in a lifetime. She’s eventually forced to look in the mirror, past the thick smog of the illusion, and ask, “Who am I when the smoke clears?”

Smoke and Mirrors

But what if this advice is wrong? By reading this book, you will learn the truth about these myths.

Author: David Trahair

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781771802864

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 134

View: 915

If you read the papers and listen to the "experts," you've heard the usual pitches about retirement: you'll need a million dollars or more so you better start an RRSP early and maximize your contributions, trust the stock market and mutual funds for the best returns and put your faith in a financial advisor. But what if this advice is wrong? By reading this book, you will learn the truth about these myths. You will also be given six free spreadsheets to figure out where you really stand, including the latest "Retirement Optimizer" that allows you to compute your retirement income year-by-year and the "Personal Rate of Return Calculator" so you can determine just how well your investments have done. Find out how much you'll really need to save. Smoke and Mirrors dispels the five main retirement myths: If I had $1,000,000 I could retire. Find out why you might be fine with much less. RRSPs are the holy grail of retirement. Discover what is more important than the size of your RRSP. Don't worry about your investments; you'll be fine in the long run. Learn how to figure out the truth about how well your investments are really doing. Income taxes are the enemy. We're all interested in reducing our taxes, but find out why tax shelters and donation schemes may be dangerous to your financial health. Buy permanent life insurance to secure your financial future. Find out who needs life insurance, who doesn't and how to get it cheap.

Smoke Mirrors

Michael Faudet’s latest book takes the reader on an emotionally charged journey, exploring the joys of falling madly in love and the melancholy world of the brokenhearted.

Author: Michael Faudet

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 1449490069

Category: Poetry

Page: 240

View: 541

Michael Faudet’s latest book takes the reader on an emotionally charged journey, exploring the joys of falling madly in love and the melancholy world of the brokenhearted. Beautifully captured in poetry, prose, and short stories, Faudet's whimsical and sometimes erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of readers from around the world.

Muscle Smoke and Mirrors

Author: Randy Roach

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467038407

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 728

View: 532

The research for this extensive, two volume project. represents a comprehensive effort to establish a complete context from which the sport of bodybuilding arose. "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is the rise and fall of what was truly once an extraordinary discipline associated with a term known as "Physical Culture." Experience what bodybuilding was originally and learn just exactly what "Physical Culture" really is. See what growing philanthropic power flexed its financial and political muscles to foster its corporate agenda, compromising human health internationally. Read how the merger of technology and politics culminated in the industrialization, commercialization, federalization, internationalization and finally the STERILIZATION of a nation's food supply, rendering it suspect not only to the general public; but also to the most elite of athletes. Whether you are a novice, an elite bodybuilder or simply sports-nutrition minded, learn how the emerging forces of the Iron Game evolved. Ultimately, the factions of this industry would grow powerful and manipulative while fighting for control over the Game. It took the running of several parallel histories on bodybuilding, nutrition, supplements and the role of drugs to offer a complete, first-time unraveling of the web of confusion and politics that still permeates the sport into the 21st century! Volume I of "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is truly the untold stories surrounding "Bodybuilding's Amazing Nutritional Origins."

Smoke and Mirrors

In the sequel to Smoke and Shadows, Tony Foster, a production assistant on the syndicated TV series Darkest Night, is forced to draw on his magical ability to see and hear the dead when the show goes on location to shoot an episode at ...

Author: Tanya Huff

Publisher: Daw Books

ISBN: 9780756402624

Category: Fiction

Page: 374

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In the sequel to Smoke and Shadows, Tony Foster, a production assistant on the syndicated TV series Darkest Night, is forced to draw on his magical ability to see and hear the dead when the show goes on location to shoot an episode at Caulfield House, an actual haunted house filled with dark forces that can destroy the living.

Smoke and Mirrors

The further I fall, the more she pulls away. I want it all, but she has to want it too.Can I be enough to show her that this is real, or is she living in a past filled with nothing but smoke and mirrors?

Author: Norma Marie

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 235

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NatalieWhen my supposedly perfect life falls apart, I turn to my best friend Lucas and relocate to BoothBay Harbor with my sole reason to push on; my daughter Savannah. Being around Lucas again makes the voices that tell me I'm not good enough fall quiet. But just as I start to heal, my past and his present threaten to tear us apart.LucasIn high school, Natalie was my best friend... and my secret crush. With her back in my life, she's reawakening feelings I thought were long gone. When things start spiraling, it takes all I have to prove to her that I won't walk away again. The further I fall, the more she pulls away. I want it all, but she has to want it too.Can I be enough to show her that this is real, or is she living in a past filled with nothing but smoke and mirrors?

Smoke and Mirrors

A car is a vehicle not just for transport but for our hopes, desires and dreams. In Smoke and Mirrors, a selection of world-renowned and up-and-coming photographers come together to pay tribute to the car.

Author: Hoxton Mini Press

Publisher: Particular Books

ISBN: 9781846149443

Category: Photography

Page: 240

View: 873

Car photography often evokes the same recycled tropes. Predictably slick, hi-spec images on the front pages of glossy magazines, or huge blow-ups on giant billboards which have one designed aim: to sell a lifestyle. But our relationship to cars is so much more meaningful than these images might suggest. Like the camera, the car has changed the way we explore the world. With cars came road trips, and with road trips came some of the most important photographic documentaries of our time. A car is a vehicle not just for transport but for our hopes, desires, and even values. In Really Good Car Photography, a selection of world-renowned and up-and-coming photographers come together to pay tribute to the car from the 60s to the present day. From images of lonely car parks and cars 'sleeping' at night under tarpaulins, moody shots from New York City in the 70s to witty close-ups of badly-repaired cars and painterly landscapes shot through wet windscreens, these photographs display cars at their most playful, introspective and meaningful, reminding us that there is more to them than just metal and machinery - for cars are emotionally intertwined with the lives we live.Moving away from the one-dimensional imagery that has become synonymous with car photography and offering a selection of penetrating, unusual and poignant pictures in return, Really Good Car Photography is an utterly iconoclastic look at cars that reinvents what is possible for the genre.

Smoke and Mirrors

This book will come with you to meetings, on vacations, and be there in your book case when you need an honest reflection and some solid inspiration to continue working toward your dream.

Author: Elizabeth Dulberger

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781546328858

Category:

Page: 170

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"Resurface with Renewed Clarity" What is Strategic Self-Awareness? Does it include being aware and in tune with every environment and circumstance you encounter and how it affects your progress? YES. Does it include being acutely aware of where power lies, where and how power shifts and when your potential is being limited? YES. Does it include understanding your weakest areas and using every resource and project to stir away from showcasing those weaknesses? YES. Does it help manage and empathize with your team members, see what motivates them and align them with their strengths? YES. Does it expose the realities of your inevitably tough road ahead, your denials and allow you to tackle your blind spots? YES. Does it help eliminate people from your life that stifle your progress and attract those who support, sponsor, motivate, challenge, and invigorate you? YES. This unique, easy to follow leadership guide filled with point-form take-away's and quick-to-find tips and tricks was written for those at various levels in their careers: those starting out, entrepreneurs, established executives, CEO's, and those still in college who will be beginning their journey. This book will come with you to meetings, on vacations, and be there in your book case when you need an honest reflection and some solid inspiration to continue working toward your dream. This will be a ride toward true and honest awareness of self, awareness of those around you and their motives, their influence and your desired destination. When you know yourself, know your unique strengths, know your weaknesses and surround yourself with the right influences and supporters, the sky is the limit. May you continue to serve humanity the best way you know how, continuously help those around you grow, develop and manifest your and their desired futures!

Beyond Smoke and Mirrors

This book is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist's assessment of options for switching to sustainable energy provision to avert potentially disastrous consequences of climate change.

Author: Burton Richter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107673720

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 379

View: 505

This book is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist's assessment of options for switching to sustainable energy provision to avert potentially disastrous consequences of climate change.

Smoke and Mirrors

Argues that despite increasing levels of government action, illicit drugs are more readily available than ever, and analyzes the failure of our drug policy

Author: Dan Baum

Publisher: Little Brown

ISBN: 9780316084123

Category: Social Science

Page: 396

View: 736

Argues that despite increasing levels of government action, illicit drugs are more readily available than ever, and analyzes the failure of our drug policy

Smoke and Mirrors

Sixteen-year-old Simon has always been considered odd.

Author: Lesley Choyce

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781550025347

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 200

View: 912

Sixteen-year-old Simon has always been considered odd. Three years ago, a skateboarding accident caused some minor brain damage and made him a little stranger. He spends much of his time living in his imagination. When Andrea appears to Simon in class, he strikes up a friendship, even though he knows she may be pure hallucination.-Simon strikes up a friendship with Andrea, even though he knows she may not be real. Andrea says she's there to save him, but Simon discovers it's he who must save her.

Smoke and Mirrors

This book is an intimate look at a society evolving at double-digit pace. In the process, Pallavi Aiyar breaks down many cliches, and opens new gateways through the Great Wall of China.

Author: Pallavi Aiyar

Publisher:

ISBN: 9788172238469

Category: China

Page: 273

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Smoke Mirrors

Author: Lifehouse

Publisher:

ISBN:

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Smoke and Mirrors

Education • Sociology praise for Smoke Mirrors the hidden context of violence in schools and society edited by stephanie urso spina " While policy makers are demanding zero tolerance , metal detectors , high stakes testing ...

Author: Stephanie Urso Spina

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847695614

Category: Education

Page: 280

View: 209

Many of our countryOs children face daily a threat to their personal safety and well-being. As school boards, law enforcement officials, and policymakers continue to look for ways to stop youth violence in urban and suburban schools, not enough attention is paid to eradicating the socioeconomic and cultural conditions that give rise to these acts. In this timely and thought-provoking collection, seasoned educators and cultural theorists emphasize this connection between youth violence and the realities faced by many children-poverty, racism, unequal opportunity, and the mediaOs glorification of violence.

Smoke and Mirrors

Author: Bulldog Publishing Company, Incorporated, The

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780978724719

Category:

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