[Free eBook] Private Spies: The Secret World of Industrial Espionage by Ronald Payne [Vintage Business & Crime History]

Private Spies: The Secret World of Industrial Espionage by the late British author Ronald Payne, a journalist who was a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and considered a world authority on espionage and terrorism topics, is his vintage history and then-current affairs topical analysis of industrial spying, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1967 by Arthur Barker.

The book was a contemporary hot topic exploration (circa the 1960s), focusing primarily on then-recent case examples of industrial espionage, but also referring back to its roots among the historical attempts to uncover trade secrets of old silk and pottery industries, with some speculation and suggestions about methods, motivating rationale, prevention, and deterrence.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult Horror Novel, Crime & Social Issues Non-Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 25th, are as follows:

  • Shadow House: The Gathering by Dan Potocki, the 1st novel in a tween/young adult horror adventure trilogy trapped in an eerie haunted house, trying to find a way out; from Scholastic Audiobooks, read by Dan Bittner
  • In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do To Stop It by Nita Belles, a non-fiction book and advice guide which provides background information and true stories about human trafficking, as well as tips on how to recognize it when it occurs around you and fight back by taking action in various ways; from Oasis Audio, read by Nicol Zanzarella

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 25th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Scotland Yard Casebook by Joan Lock [19th-20th C British Police History]

Scotland Yard Casebook by British author Joan Lock, a former policewoman, is her history of early policing in the UK, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1993 by Robert Hale under the title Scotland Yard Casebook: The Making of the CID, 1865-1935.

This history of British law enforcement focuses especially on the creation of Scotland Yard’s Criminal Investigation Department which replaced the previous scandal-ridden Detective Branch, and covers some of its early cases, as well as the decades following its formation during which various crime-solving technologies and innovations were adopted, and social changes such as the introduction of women detectives and the difficulties they faced.

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[Free eBook] dozens of freebies during Smashwords Read an Ebook Week sale [Fiction & Non-Fiction]

Today is the last day of the annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Sale, and dozens of previously-published free ebooks are being given away (alongside thousands more by indie authors). These are all DRM-free, available worldwide, and will require signing up for an account with them (no payment info needed), ending midnight tonight (March 11th), probably Eastern Time (possibly Pacific).

For free, Canadian backlist publisher BevEditions has an excellent selection of Canadian fiction and non-fiction in many genres, including history, biography, true crime, mysteries, historical and literary fiction, mostly previously published during the 1980s and 1990s by major publishers such as Doubleday and HarperCollins, including works by historian Marian Fowler, Arthur Ellis Award-winning mystery author Lyn Hamilton, Jewish-Canadian Order of Canada recipient Morley Torgov (whose works have been adapted into film), and many more. I’ve read several of these in the past, and highly recommend picking up the lot if you can get it.

I apologize for the very short notice on this. My internet has been down, and I’m posting this from the library. NB: Smashwords’ site is currently buggy, so to get the freebies (or purchase discounted books), you’ll have to add the book to your cart by choosing to ignore the expired coupon warning, then manually apply the coupon code (e.g. SFREE) from the book’s product page, to see the discount price appear before checking out. For the most efficient “shopping”, add a bunch of stuff to your cart first, and then copy-paste the coupon code into their respective boxes, and hit “Apply Coupon” at the bottom to have them all discount at once.

To browse the other freebies offered, start here at the Smashwords Read an EBook Week Sale dedicated promo page, then you can pick a genre category from the sidebar, and use the price/coupon categories to refine your results. I advise checking the SFREE 100% off category first, as the regular Free page will pull up things which are not necessarily part of the limited-time promo, but offered free as their usual price.

Also, if you are interested in reprints of 1980s/1990s science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery, the following imprints are offering 50% off previously-published works by authors such as Craig Shaw Gardner (humorous light fantasy formerly out from Ace Books), Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (Nebula-nominated, and one of my favourite fantasy authors), Bill Pronzini, Melissa Scott (John W. Campbell Best New Writer winner, and also a Lambda Literary Award-nominee), World Fantasy Award winner Robert Holdstock, and many more: Crossroad Press, Untreed Reads, Infinity Plus, Gypsy Shadow Publishing

If you happen to miss something, many of these publishers also participate in the Smashwords July sale, and will probably also do Read an Ebook Week next year as well.

[Free eBook] Lincoln’s Constitution by Daniel Farber [US Law & Political Issues History]

Lincoln’s Constitution by author and historian Daniel Farber, the Sho Sato Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, among other honours, is his history of constitutional law issues related to the US Civil War, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the University of Chicago Press.

This is an accessibly-written history cum analysis of how the titular president dealt with constitutional issues arising from the US Civil War, placing them into their historical context with the assorted events and political pressures surrounding Lincoln’s decisions, and extrapolating the lessons to be learned in their applicability to current interpretations of the law today (as of circa 2003, when this was originally published).

Offered worldwide throughout the month of March, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Fallen Order: Intrigue, Heresy, and Scandal in the Rome of Galileo and Caravaggio by Karen Liebreich [History]

Fallen Order: Intrigue, Heresy, and Scandal in the Rome of Galileo and Caravaggio by Karen Liebreich, an historian and former producer at the BBC and The History Channel, is is her history book about a 17th century scandal in the Catholic Church, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2004 by Grove Press. This accessibly-written history examines a scandal in 17th century Rome, having to do with accusations of child abuse in schools which the Catholic Church ran and the ensuing investigations, with a lack of punishment and cover-ups for the persons responsible, akin to similar Catholic institutional scandals which have been revealed in recent decades.

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[Free eBook] Murder, Suicide or Accident: The Forensic Pathologist at Work by Bernard Knight [True Crime Professional Memoir]

Murder, Suicide or Accident: The Forensic Pathologist at Work by Welsh author Bernard Knight, who has also written the popular Crowner John mystery series, is his vintage non-fiction professional overview cum memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Robert Hale using the Bernard Picton pseudonym. This is a combination of Q&A and true crime memoir about forensic pathology in Britain in the decades leading up to the 1970s, drawing upon the author’s own personal experience, which he would later incorporate into his bestselling mystery novels. Although this has not been updated to cover developments in the years since, the original information about investigative procedures and medical knowledge still provides a nifty snapshot of everything you might want to know about what could be detected from potential crime scenes and how it was handled back then.

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