Steve Martini ranks among the top authors of legal thrillers.
You like Law & Order? Or even a John Grisham novel? Well, Steve Martini is one of the best of the best when it comes to crime thrillers.
The reasons why Steve Martini is one of the most popular thriller writers around are abundantly clear in Trader of Secrets: an ingenious plot, great characters, gripping storytelling that combines the legal expertise of John Lescroart, Brad Meltzer, and Scott Turow with the heart-pounding political intrigue of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Superstar crime novelist Linda Fairstein says, Take it from a prosecutorSteve Martini has created one of the most charismatic defense attorneys in thriller fiction, referring to Martinis fearless yet very human series protagonist, defense attorney Paul Madriani. In Trader of Secrets the crusading lawyer is on the trail of dangerous criminals who are trying to steal state-of-the-art weapons technology
with nothing less than the future of America at stake.
Technology stocks crashing, dotcom disasters, telecoms in trouble, banks reeling... Durlacher, Marconi, Railtrack... an overvalued Pound and a strong Dollar strangling domestic industry... a Euro with a huge question mark attached - these are the stuff of investors' nightmares, and in recent months they've come true. How bad was it for you?Chris Dunn's expert eye deconstructs the financial news and sorts out the facts, figures and spin in this zippy diary for a roller-coaster year, matching his 'Good Trader's Guide to the Markets' with a facts-at-a-glance 'Ahead of the Session' section - everything you need to know about global rates, stocks, bonds and currency movements, including how not to lose it.For the professional and private investor, this is essential reading as the world stands maybe on the brink of recession - or boom! We should wonder if what Chris Dunn asks about America will shortly apply to us: Has the US consumer woken up to the stunning realisation that his decade-old conjuring trick of turning income into capital and then back into spending power is finally over?Is it all up for the boomers? Is an unpredictable Bank of England slowly being counted out? Time to retire with a six-pack and a video? Read The Good Trader and quake as you find out.
This is a history of fur trading in the North American colonial period, which was often carried out by French settlers and Native Americans. From the intro:"The history of the West is still largely the story of discovery, exploration, survey, colonization, and the like; for aught else is of comparatively recent development-is contemporaneous, or nearly such. The bison was the original engineer, who followed the lay of the land and the run of the water; the Indian followed the bison; the white man followed the Indian; the gun and trap, the pick and shovel, the whiskey-jug, plow, and locomotive followed the white man, at little if any interval: this is the order of empire westward. Every step of this succession is of absorbing interest and momentous consequence; perhaps none more so than those taken during what I may style the picturesque period, when the plain was furrowed not by the plow but by the hoof of the bison, when no Indian war-whoop had been silenced by a steam-whistle, when the trapper and trader were romantic figures in scenes untamed to more prosaic industries. Such times as these call for chroniclers; and it is the purpose of the American Explorer Series, of which the present volumes form a continuation, to traverse this historic ground, perhaps to cultivate some corners of this fruitful field. What results may be expected are instanced in the case of the Journal of Jacob Fowler, with which the series began. Whoever heard of it, or of its author, till this year of grace 1898? A floating paragraph in one or two not well-known books was to the vague effect that a trader named Glenn took a party to Santa Fe in 1822-that was all. Now we have the narrative of that enterprise, complete in every detail, in an authentic, genuine, original, contemporaneous human document-and of such is the kingdom of history.Few persons now living may measure the full importance of the Fur Trade as a factor in the development of what has been called the " wild and woolly-West "-thereby giving occasion for Lummis' witty retort upon a " tame and cottony East." Fewer still can be aware of what iniquities and atrocities the seamy side of that indispensable industry reveals. Those who have read the Journals of Alexander Henry and David Thompson have had their eyes opened to the systematic swindling and debauching of Indians which characterized the traffic as conducted in Canada and some portions of the United States, and may readily believe that the pursuit of pelf in pelt was always tarred with the same stick. This identical subject-intrinsically important, in some respects repellent, never failing of tragic interest, albeit sordid and squalid-is continued in the autobiography of Charles Larpenteur.As Fowler's Journal and Fowler himself were until this year, so have Larpenteur and his narrative been hitherto-unknown. The latter, like the former, will be found composed of the very fiber that goes to the web of history. It is a notable and entirely novel contribution to our knowledge of the Fur Trade of the Upper Missouri for a period of more than an average lifetime, by one who lived the life and worked his way through it, from the position of a mere hand to that of one of its heads. Among other conclusions we may draw from this narrative, it would appear that the unpalliated and unmitigated evils were inherent in the system of traffic itself, red and white natures being what they respectively were; that there was a smoother than the seamy side of the business; that a good, kindly man might be about it, and die poor but honest; and that it called out some of the best as well as the worst of human qualities-some of the most manly, even heroic, traits, remote from cupidity and cruelty."
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