death in the rainy season

Book Title : Death in the Rainy Season
Author : Anna Jaquiery
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
Release Date : 2015-04-09
Pages :
ISBN : 9781447244462
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the rainy season. When a French man, Hugo Quercy, is found brutally murdered, Commandant Serge Morel finds his holiday drawn to an abrupt halt. Quercy - dynamic, well-connected - was the magnetic head of a humanitarian organisation which looked after the area's neglected youth. Opening his investigation, the Parisian detective soon finds himself buried in one of his most challenging cases yet. Morel must navigate this complex and politically sensitive crime in a country with few forensic resources, and armed with little more than a series of perplexing questions: what was Quercy doing in a hotel room under a false name? What is the significance of his recent investigations into land grabs in the area? And who could have broken into his home the night of the murder? Becoming increasingly drawn into Quercy's circle of family and friends - his adoring widow, his devoted friends and bereft colleagues - Commandant Morel will soon discover that in this lush land of great beauty and immense darkness, nothing is quite as it seems . . . A deeply atmospheric crime novel that bristles with truth and deception, secrets and lies: Death in the Rainy Season is a compelling mystery that unravels an exquisitely wrought human tragedy.

Book Title : Blood Relations
Author : Chris Knight
Publisher : Yale University Press
Release Date : 2013-10-15
Pages : 592
ISBN : 9780300186550
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

The emergence of symbolic culture is generally linked with the development of the hunger-gatherer adaptation based on a sexual division of labor. This original and ingenious book presents a new theory of how this symbolic domain originated. Integrating perspectives of evolutionary biography and social anthropology within a Marxist framework, Chris Knight rejects the common assumption that human culture was a modified extension of primate behavior and argues instead that it was the product of an immense social, sexual, and political revolution initiated by women. Culture became established, says Knight, when evolving human females began to assert collective control over their own sexuality, refusing sex to all males except those who came to them with provisions. Women usually timed their ban on sexual relations with their periods of infertility while they were menstruating, and to the extent that their solidarity drew women together, these periods tended to occur in synchrony. The result was that every month with the onset of menstruation, sexual relations were ruptured in a collective, ritualistic way as the prelude to each successful hunting expedition. This ritual act was the means through which women motivated men not only to hunt but also to concentrate energies on bringing back the meat. Knight shows how this hypothesis sheds light on the roots of such cultural traditions as totemic rituals, incest and menstrual taboos, blood-sacrifice, and hunters’ atonement rites. Providing detailed ethnographic documentation, he also explains how Native American, Australian Aboriginal, and other magico-religious myths can be read as derivatives of the same symbolic logic.

Book Title : Life and Death in Early Colonial Ecuador
Author : Linda A. Newson
Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
Release Date : 1995
Pages : 505
ISBN : 0806126973
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

"Historical demography for 16th- and 17th-century Ecuador. The book's regional framework reveals major differences in mortality rates. Calculates that depopulation in the Sierra during the 16th century was four times that of the Coast"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

Book Title : A Rainy Season
Author : Nnaziri Ihejirika
Publisher : FriesenPress
Release Date : 2014-08-05
Pages : 280
ISBN : 9781460244975
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

It is the rainy season of 1998. An autocratic and corrupt ruler has just died in the arms of courtesans at the presidential villa leaving one hundred million citizens of Africa’s most populous country in comingled states of joy, grief and uncertainty. Through the eyes of eight fictional characters, A Rainy Season tells the story of Nigeria’s latest journey to democracy. Hamed, the government contractor. Ekei, the desperate fashionista. Jude, the underground radical. Kurdi, the womanizing pastor. Tamara, the ambitious divorcee. Elechi, the inquisitive schoolboy. Mutiu, the disillusioned guard. Nonye, the blossoming idealist. The sprawling metropolis of Lagos is the junction where their stories intersect. In this most chaotic of cities, they are as divided by ethnicity, religion, gender and social class as they are united by a desire to survive at any cost.

Book Title : Rainy Season
Author : Amy Wilentz
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release Date : 2012-07-24
Pages : 448
ISBN : 9781476706818
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

Considered the best book ever written about Haiti, now updated with a New Introduction, “After the Earthquake,” features first hand-reporting from Haiti weeks after the 2010 earthquake. Through a series of personal journeys, each interwoven with scenes from Haiti’s extraordinary past, Amy Wilentz brings to life this turbulent and fascinating country. Opening with her arrival just days before the fall of Haiti’s President-for-Life, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, Wilentz captures a country electric with the expectation of change: markets that bustle by day explode with gunfire at night; outlaws control country roads; farmers struggle to survive in a barren land; and belief in voodoo and the spirits of the ancestors remains as strong as ever. The Rainy Season demystifies Haiti—a country and a people in cruel and capricious times. From the rebel priest Father Aristide and the street boys under his protection to the military strongmen who pass through the revolving door of power into the gleaming white presidential palace—and the buzzing international press corps members who jet in for a coup and leave the minute it’s over—Wilentz’s Haiti haunts the imagination.

Book Title : Life and Death in Shanghai
Author : Cheng Nien
Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release Date : 2010-12-14
Pages : 560
ISBN : 9780802145161
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

A woman who spent more than six years in solitary confinement during Communist China's Cultural Revolution discusses her time in prison. Reissue. A New York Times Best Book of the Year.

Book Title : Fields of Desire
Author : Holly High
Publisher : NUS Press
Release Date : 2014-02-17
Pages : 232
ISBN : 9789971697709
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

In this important new book, High argues that poverty reduction policies are formulated and implemented in fields of desire. Drawing on psychoanalytic understandings of desire, she shows that such programs circulate around the question of what is lacking. Far from rational responses to measures of need, then, the politics of poverty are unconscious, culturally expressed, mutually contradictory, and sometimes contrary to self-interest. Based on long-term fieldwork in a Lao village that has been the subject of multiple poverty reduction and development programs, High's account looks at implementation on the ground. While these efforts were laudable in their aims of reducing poverty, they often failed to achieve their objectives. Local people received them with suspicion and disillusionment. Nevertheless, poverty reduction policies continued to be renewed by planners and even desired locally. High relates this to the force of aspirations among rural Lao, ambivalent understandings of power and the "post-rebellious" moment in contemporary Laos.

Book Title : Cheating Death
Author : George Marrett
Publisher : Pen and Sword
Release Date : 2003-02-06
Pages : 272
ISBN : 9781473813120
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

The colourful characters and daring rescues of downed pilots engaged in the Secret War in North Vietnam and Laos are vividly captured by one who was there, in some of the most exciting stories ever written about aerial combat. Sandy Marrett and his squadron colleagues flew some of the most dangerous air missions of the war as on-scene commanders, in charge of rescuing the scores of US Navy and Air Force pilots shot down over North Vietnam and Laos.

Book Title : Selling Our Death Masks
Author : Yesenia Barragan
Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
Release Date : 2014-12-12
Pages : 101
ISBN : 9781782792697
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

A radical historical ethnography on the meaning of a fundamentally new physical landscape of our age of austerity: cash-for-gold shops that numerically exploded in the wake of the worst economic crisis of our times.

Book Title : Love and Death in Silicon Valley
Author : Joseph D. McNamara
Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
Release Date : 2012-03-27
Pages : 243
ISBN : 9781469176550
Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

In booming high tech Silicon Valley, Sheriff Rusty Carter loses interest in police work when his wife dies of cancer. After he retires, the Sureos gang, for unknown reasons, almost succeeds in murdering Rusty, who kills two gang-bangers in self-defense. Rusty turns to his former Department for help only to fi nd that the Sheriff s Department may be complicit. And a sleazy D.A. may be about to indict him for murder. As if that isnt enough, its also not clear to Rusty whether or not a young, hot, sexy female lieutenant heading the Homicide Squad wants to bed him or put him on death row in San Quentin. Aware that he and his closet friends are in danger of assassination by the gangs, Rusty turns to his former allies in the FBI and the DEA. They inform him that Mexican Drug Cartels and the local Sureos have put out a contract on him. They advise him to disappear. But Rusty isnt about to be run out of town by gangsters. Working to fi nd out who has marked him for death and why, the ex-sheriff finds himself pondering preemptive strikes against his powerful enemies. Whack them before they whack you!