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Lord High Executioner: An Unashamed Look at Hangmen, Headsmen, and Their Ki…



A grisly tour of hangings, electrocutions, beheadings—and other state-sanctioned deaths that are part of the long history of the death penalty.

In Lord High Executioner, award-winning writer Howard Engel traces the traditions of capital punishment from medieval England and early Canada to the present-day United States. Throughout “civilized” history, executioners employed on behalf of the kingdom, republic, or dictatorship have beheaded, chopped, stabbed, choked, gassed, electrocuted,…

Tommy Robinson Enemy of the State



The explosive story of Tommy Robinson, former leader of the English Defence League. Tommy describes growing up in a town blighted by Islamic extremism and criminal gangs. How he was persecuted by the British state, thrown to the Muslim underworld that runs British prisons – and finally blackmailed by the police.

Sleeping in the Ground: DCI Banks 24


A terrible crime. No obvious motive.
Banks is on the case.

‘Top-notch police procedure’ – Jeffery Deaver

A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course.

But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks…

Venice: A History



Rarely in history has a great city arisen in a less likely place than the islands and mud flats of the Venetian lagoon. But they provided the city’s founders with a refuge from the barbarians who had invaded their mainland homes.

With energy and ingenuity, these displaced people created a maritime empire of unequaled splendor. At its height, the Republic of Venice was said to encompass “one quarter and one half of one quarter” of the known world. During those years, its merchant princess…

Shockaholic



Bad news . . . for anyone who thought Carrie Fisher had finally stopped talking about herself. This time, the electro-convulsive shock therapy she’s been undergoing is threatening to wipe out (what’s left of) her memory.

But get ready for a shock of your own. Not only doesn’t she mind paying the second electric bill, she loves the high-voltage treatments. But before she can truly commit herself to it, she’d better get some of those more nagging memories of hers on paper.

It’s been a roller…