The Road

The Road

Jerry Thompson

Nonfiction / Science

The Road is a Short Allegory. Like all of us, Chris is walking on the Road. The Road is a metaphor for life. He loses his parents, but he finds friends. The Road is easy and comfortable, but Chris can hear the mountains calling to him and he is curious about the secrets held there. Chineka feeds this curiosity and they eventually strike off into the wild lands.Let Dr. Rex Chartreaux, a mysterious professor and raconteur, take you on a journey through 9 stories of wonder, adventure, mystery, and terror, in which cats play a major role. From the tale of a young girl who embarks on a journey to find her missing cat and ends up discovering much more, to the tale of a merciless criminal who discovers he is being hunted down by a mysterious and seemingly invincible vigilante known as THE CAT, to the story of a falsely accused man who is saved from a life in jail thanks to the help of a feline, 9 LIVES is a collection of stories for the whole family that will surely thrill, inspire and move you. A must for fans of Lillian Jackson Braun, Rita Mae Brown, Agatha Christie and Frances Hodgson Burnett.
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Berkeley Noir

Berkeley Noir

Jerry Thompson

Nonfiction / Science

"My mom went to Berkeley in the 60s (my main tangential claim to hippiedom), so I'm psyched to see her favorite town get the Akashic noir treatment. San Francisco's hippie silo has long captured the imagination of artists and writers, and I can't wait to read the many stories in this collection, including new works from cult faves such Barry Gifford, Aya de Leon, Summer Brenner, and more."—CrimeReads, included in CrimeReads' Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020"Berkeley, California: home of a world-class university with a parking lot for Nobel laureates, politically active and correct, volatile, and, yes, a bit seedy, too, if you know where to look. The stories in Akashic's latest noir anthology expose the underbelly of this lovely city...All get their just rewards eventually, and readers will be entertained as they find out how it happens."—Booklist"Readers will be glad that many of these tales are fun in a way that...
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Oakland Noir

Oakland Noir

Jerry Thompson

Nonfiction / Science

Brand-new stories by: Nick Petrulakis, Kim Addonizio, Keenan Norris, Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder, Katie Gilmartin, Dorothy Lazard, Harry Louis Williams II, Carolyn Alexander, Phil Canalin, Judy Juanita, Jamie DeWolf, Nayomi Munaweera, Mahmud Rahman, Tom McElravey, Joe Loya, and Eddie Muller.In the wake of San Francisco Noir, Los Angeles Noir, and Orange County Noir—all popular volumes in the Akashic Noir Series—comes the latest California installment, Oakland Noir. Masterfully curated by Jerry Thompson and Eddie Muller (the "Czar of Noir"), this volume will shock, titillate, provoke, and entertain. The diverse cast of talented contributors will not disappoint.From the introduction:Jerry Thompson: Discovering the wang-dang-doodle jams of the Pointer Sisters shifted my entire focus. Stunning black women were scatting and bebopping all the way into my soul. I think what we've put together in Oakland Noir is a volume...
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Cascadia's Fault

Cascadia's Fault

Jerry Thompson

Nonfiction / Science

There is a crack in the earth’s crust that runs roughly 31 miles offshore, approximately 683 miles from Northern California up through Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia. The Cascadia Subduction Zone has generated massive earthquakes over and over again throughout geologic time—at least thirty-six major events in the last 10,000 years. This fault generates a monster earthquake about every 500 years. And the monster is due to return at any time. It could happen 200 years from now, or it could be tonight.The Cascadia Subduction Zone is virtually identical to the offshore fault that wrecked Sumatra in 2004. It will generate the same earthquake we saw in Sumatra, at magnitude nine or higher, sending crippling shockwaves across a far wider area than any California quake. Slamming into Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver, it will send tidal waves to the shores of Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, damaging the economies of the Pacific...
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