The Onion Field

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A fascinating account of a double tragedy: one physical, the other psychological.”—Truman Capote This is the frighteningly true story of two young cops and two young robbers whose separate destinies fatally cross one March night in a bizarre execution in a deserted Los Angeles field. “A complex story of tragic proportions . . . more ambitious than In Cold Blood and equally compelling!”—The New York Times “Once the action begins it is difficult to put the book down. . . . Wambaugh’s compelling account of this true story is destined for the bestseller lists.”—Library Journal

Bienvenue à Hollywood

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De jeunes cambrioleurs connus sous le nom de « Clique du Clinquant » s’en prennent aux demeures des célébrités d’Hollywood. Le vétéran de la police de Los Angeles, « Hollywood Nate » – ainsi surnommé parce qu’il meurt d’envie de faire du cinéma – est alors chargé d’enquêter. Devenu ami avec Rudy Ressler, un producteur de séries B, et sa fiancée Leona Brueger, une très riche et encore très jolie veuve, il accepte de surveiller la maison de cette dernière pendant que les deux amoureux s’envolent pour l’Italie. Ce qu’il ignore, c’est que Nigel Wickland, le marchand de tableaux de Leona, a concocté un vilain plan pour piquer les œuvres d’art de la dame qui, à l’entendre, ne comprend rien à la peinture. Entre la Clique du Clinquant et un couple de jeunes drogués qui rêvent de faire fortune, la tâche d’Hollywood Nate risque de ne pas être des plus faciles, et ce, même avec l’aide du « Bris » et du « Débris » – deux flics surfeurs en superforme – et de tous leurs collègues du commissariat d’Hollywood.

San Pedro, la nuit

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San Pedro, port de Los Angeles. Décors de rève, mais aussi théâtre de la guerre impitoyable que livre le commissariat d'Hollywood à plusieurs gangs mafieux impliqués dans la mort horrible d'immigrants clandestins importés dans des containers. C'est au milieu de ce chaos que Dinko Babitch, un jeune docker au chômage d'origine croate, se voit confier par la pègre locale la mission de conduire Lita Melinda, une jeune danseuse et prostituée d'origine mexicaine, d'un bouge de deuxième zone à un night-club huppé d'Hollywood. Seulement voilà imprévu de taille, il en tombe éperdument amoureux. Très méfiante au début, Lita se laisse peu à peu charmer tandis que le docker décide enfin de se remettre au travail pour ètre à la hauteur de la belle. Hélas, rien n'est simple, et quand l'amour finit par s'imposer, les tourtereaux sont rattrapés par de grosses embrouilles. S'engage alors une véritable course contre la mort dans ce roman plein de cruauté et de violence, mais aussi de portraits savoureux et d'une tendresse souvent déchirante. « Joseph Wambaugh trouve dans le quotidien des fl ics de terrain le moteur macabre d'une charge aussi cruelle que cocasse. » Les Inrockuptibles

Creative Photography

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First authoritative, comprehensive study of photography from a purely aesthetic point of view, spanning its history from daguerreotypes to modern photo-reportage. 240 superb photographs. First inexpensive paperback edition.

Roger Ebert's Four Star Reviews--1967-2007

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Presents a collection of the critic's most positive film reviews of the last four decades, arranged alphabetically from "About Last Night" to "Zodiac."

Soleils noirs

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La réédition d'un classique du roman noir Tous les soirs, après leur service, les flics de l'équipe de jour de la Rampart Division de Los Angeles vont s'abreuver chez Leery, dans son bar qu'ils ont baptisé La Maison des souffrances. Entre deux cuites, ces mêmes flics sillonnent les rues du quartier pour, sinon maintenir l'ordre, au moins limiter le désordre, n'hésitant pas à tabasser les petits délinquants. Mais ils s'attaquent aussi parfois à des mystères qu'on ne résout pas à coups de matraque. Qui a tué Missy, la petite prostituée camée qu'on a balancée du toit d'un bouge ? Pourquoi Lester, le vieux privé, est-il mort d'une crise cardiaque dans un motel ? Quel rapport entre ces deux morts, de même qu'entre l'Institut de technologie de Californie et l'accident du sous-marin soviétique échoué dans les eaux suédoises ? La vie de flic est tout sauf un long fleuve tranquille...

American Desperado

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Jon Roberts naît en 1948 au coeur du Bronx, dans une famille de la mafia new-yorkaise, les Gambino. À 7 ans, il assiste à un assassinat commis par son père. Ce jour-là, il décide de suivre la même voie, celle du crime organisé. Après un passage au Vietnam, il connaît une ascension fulgurante au sein de la mafia : racket, trafic de cocaïne pour le compte du cartel de Medellín, meurtres... C’est une effrayante épopée de réussite criminelle qu’il bâtit dans les années 1970 et 1980. Roberts est enfin arrêté en Colombie mais réussit à s’évader. Rattrapé par la police américaine, il accepte de coopérer avec la justice. Evan Wright est un journaliste et écrivain américain reconnu. American desperado est le fruit de leurs échanges. Une lecture hallucinante.

The Philosophy of Neo-Noir

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Film noir is a classic genre characterized by visual elements such as tilted camera angles, skewed scene compositions, and an interplay between darkness and light. Common motifs include crime and punishment, the upheaval of traditional moral values, and a pessimistic stance on the meaning of life and on the place of humankind in the universe. Spanning the 1940s and 1950s, the classic film noir era saw the release of many of Hollywood’s best-loved studies of shady characters and shadowy underworlds, including Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep, Touch of Evil, and The Maltese Falcon. Neo-noir is a somewhat loosely defined genre of films produced after the classic noir era that display the visual or thematic hallmarks of the noir sensibility. The essays collected in The Philosophy of Neo-Noir explore the philosophical implications of neo-noir touchstones such as Blade Runner, Chinatown, Reservoir Dogs, Memento, and the films of the Coen brothers. Through the lens of philosophy, Mark T. Conard and the contributors examine previously obscure layers of meaning in these challenging films. The contributors also consider these neo-noir films as a means of addressing philosophical questions about guilt, redemption, the essence of human nature, and problems of knowledge, memory and identity. In the neo-noir universe, the lines between right and wrong and good and evil are blurred, and the detective and the criminal frequently mirror each other’s most debilitating personality traits. The neo-noir detective—more antihero than hero—is frequently a morally compromised and spiritually shaken individual whose pursuit of a criminal masks the search for lost or unattainable aspects of the self. Conard argues that the films discussed in The Philosophy of Neo-Noir convey ambiguity, disillusionment, and disorientation more effectively than even the most iconic films of the classic noir era. Able to self-consciously draw upon noir conventions and simultaneously subvert them, neo-noir directors push beyond the earlier genre’s limitations and open new paths of cinematic and philosophical exploration.

100 American Crime Writers

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From Edgar Allan Poe to James Ellroy, crime writers have provided some of the most popular, controversial, acclaimed and disturbing works in American literature. 100 American Crime Writers provides critical biographies of some of the greatest and most important crime writers in American history. Both an important scholarly work and an enjoyable read accessible to a wider audience, this addition in Palgrave's Crime Files series includes discussion of the lives of key crime writers, as well as analysis of the full breadth and scope of the genre - from John Dickson Carr's Golden Age detective stories to Raymond Chandler's hardboiled Philip Marlowe novels, Ed McBain's 87th Precinct police procedurals to Megan Abbott's modern day reimagining of the femme fatale. Drawing on some of the best and most recent scholarship in the field, all of the key writers and themes of the genre are discussed in this comprehensive study of one of the most fascinating and popular of literary genres.

Farmers' Bulletin

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Control of the Onion Thrips

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Le Passage

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Attention à la morsure mortelle du lézard à tâches jaunes! Stanley Yelnats a hérité de la terrible malédiction familiale qui se transmet depuis l'horrible-abominable-vaurien-d'arrière-arrière-grand-père-voleur-de-cochon. Toujours au mauvais endroit, au mauvais moment. Accusé — injustement — de vol, Stanley est envoyé au Camp du Lac vert, un camp de redressement perdu dans le désert du Texas. Ici, la vie est un enfer pour les mauvais garçons comme lui, X-Ray, Calamar, Zéro et tous les autres. Pourquoi faut-il creuser des trous, toute la journée sous un soleil brûlant?

Onion Seed Production in California

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Lines and Shadows

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The true story only Joseph Wambaugh could tell. A band of California cops set loose in no-man’s-land to come home heroes. Or come home dead. Not since Joseph Wambaugh’s bestselling The Onion Field has there been a true police story as fascinating, as totally gripping as Lines and Shadows. The media hailed them as heroes. Others denounced them as lawless renegades. A squad of tough cops called the Border Crime Task Force. A commando team sent to patrol the snake-infested no-man’s-land south of San Diego. Not to apprehend the thousands of illegal aliens slipping into the U.S., but to stop the ruthless bandits who preyed on them nightly—relentlessly robbing, raping, and murdering defenseless men, women, and children. The task force plan was simple. They would disguise themselves as illegal aliens. They would confront the murderous shadows of the night. Yet each time they walked into the violent blackness along the border, they came closer to another boundary line—a fragile line within each man. And crossing it meant destroying their sanity and their lives. Praise for Lines and Shadows “With each book, it seems, Mr. Wambaugh’s skill as a writer increases. . . . In Lines and Shadows he gives an off-trail, action-packed true account of police work and the intimate lives of policemen that, for my money, is his best book yet.”—The New York Times Book Review “A saga of courage, craziness, brutality and humor. . . . One of his best books, comparable to The Onion Field for storytelling and revelatory power.”—Chicago Sun-Times

A Practical Method of Fighting Cut-worms in Onion Fields

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Dust to Dust to Dust

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When Henry Parker and Thomas Thompson arrived in Virginia Colony aboard the sailing ship Endeavor, 1765, their altercation aboard ship was forgotten. Each went his separate way, never expecting to meet again. Each, for his own reason, was anxious to depart the dock. Thomas Thompson, with his wife Elinor and son James, headed for the dusty coal mines of West Virginia. Thomas was jumping ship to avoid a return trip to England as promised to the captain. Henry Parker was heading west to look for suitable farm land that could be claimed free, if possible. He was anxious to get settled so that he could send for his bride, with whom he had only three days before being ordered to leave England forever, by King George III. Henry was to have a long three year wait before seeing his bride again. The next meeting between the Parkers and Thompsons took place in a military hospital during the revolutionary war, each had been wounded at the second battle of Yorktown. Over the next many years chance meetings occurred between the two families through the dust of Texas trail drives, wars, and homesteading in Oklahoma Territory. Then in 1922 the two families were forever joined as Arthur William Parker courted and wed, Lena May Thompson. In 1935 and 1936 the Parker sharecrop farm was devastated by the depression, drought, and choking dust storms of the 1930s. In 1937 Most members of both extended families joined the long trail of okies headed for California in search of a better life.

Population Dynamics of the Onion Thrips, Thrips Tabaci Lind., on Onions

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