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Legal Highs: Inside Secrets of the World's Newest and Deadliest Drugs

Legal Highs: Inside Secrets of the World's Newest and Deadliest Drugs

Wensley Clarkson


Legal Highs are without doubt the biggest drug scourge to blight the world since recreational drugs first hit the streets more than 100 years ago. Their growing menace opens up a new front in the drug war, shifting the battle line from the Colombian jungles, Moroccan valleys, Afghan hills and the Winnebagos of New Mexico to specially constructed laboratories on the outskirts of Shanghai and other cities across the globe. But who are the shadowy characters behind the extravagant new drugs such as 'bath salts' and 'Miaow Miaow'? The scientists, the rogue boffins, the factory sweat-shop workers, the smugglers, the suppliers, and, ultimately, the dealers who sell tens of millions of packets of these substances every week? Why are so many people from all walks of life now consuming Legal Highs in such large quantities?

This book will go inside the lives of all these people to reveal for the first time the true stories behind the emergence of the most deadly narcotics the world has ever seen.
Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic

Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic

Kate Colquhoun


In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick.

'The Maybrick Mystery' had all the makings of a sensation: a pretty, flirtatious young girl; resentful, gossiping servants; rumours of gambling and debt; and torrid mutual infidelity. The case cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability, shocking and exciting the public in equal measure as they clambered to read the latest revelations of Florence's past and glimpse her likeness in Madame Tussaud's. Florence's fate was fiercely debated in the courtroom, on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlours and backyards across the country. Did she poison her husband? Was her previous infidelity proof of murderous intentions? Was James' own habit of self-medicating to blame for his demise?

Historian Kate Colquhoun recounts an utterly absorbing tale of addiction, deception and adultery that keeps you asking to the very last page, did she kill him?
Kidnapping Mr Heineken (Film Tie-in)

Kidnapping Mr Heineken (Film Tie-in)

Peter R. de Vries


The year is 1983. Ronald Reagan is president, Michael Jackson is doing the Moon Walk and The Police's 'Every Breath You Take' is topping the charts.

A group of childhood friends decide they want money. Real money. The best way to do it is simple, they agree, all they have to do is commit the perfect crime. So they draw up a list.

So begins an astonishing true story of an audacious kidnapping carried out in broad daylight by a group of twenty-something lads with few priors...

Told from the compelling perspective of Cor van Hout, the brains behind the crime, this book reconstructs the meticulous planning behind the kidnap, the delivery of the ransom - and reveals what finally led everything to unravel...

With unique access to the kidnappers, Peter R. De Vries' story is not to be missed.
History's Worst Crimes and the People Who Solved Them

History's Worst Crimes and the People Who Solved Them

Bill Price


History's Worst Crimes takes an informative look at fifty of the world's most notorious robberies, murders, frauds, forgeries, kidnappings, and hijackings, and explains how they were solved-or, in some cases, why they remain unsolved.

From the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the Watergate burglary, the most infamous crimes continue to hold public attention long after they were committed. History's Worst Crimes takes you on a journey through 50 of them, taking in acts of treason, meticulously planned heists, and the most shocking examples of corporate fraud.

Step inside the fateful last moments of Gandhi, Lincoln, and King before their assassins struck. Walk the mist-shrouded streets of Victorian London in pursuit of a notorious serial killer. Follow a group of British men as they plan possibly the most audacious robbery in history. And take a look inside Enron: the largest corporate crime of the twentieth century.

Some of these cases have been solved, some still await a resolution, and some may remain a mystery forever. All of their stories are recounted here, with fascinating historical context surrounding those involved, from the people who committed the crimes to the individuals charged with bringing the perpetrators to justice.
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