Ladendiebstahl ist nicht länger ein Kavaliersdelikt - jetzt wird es mit dem Tod bestraft! Dennis hat einige Jugendstrafen auf dem Kerbholz, doch sein Bewährungshelfer verschafft ihm trotzdem einen Job als Wachmann im örtlichen Shopping-Center. Sein Vorgesetzter ist der besessene Wachmann Harley, dessen makellose Bilanz bei der Verbrechensaufklärung auf Erpressung und Mord beruht. Dennis kommt dahinter, dass nicht nur Gelder des Centers, sondern auch Ladendiebe spurlos verschwinden. Dafür tauchen immer mehr Schaufensterpuppen auf, die niemand bestellt hat! Als Harley Dennis mit Claire, die vor einiger Zeit Harley abgewiesen hat, beim Küssen erwischt, verschwindet diese ebenfalls. Dennis muss den psychopathischen Harley finden, um für Gerechtigkeit zu sorgen...
A bold argument that our ´´quest for cool´´ shapes modern culture and the global economy. Like it or not, we live in an age of conspicuous consumption. In a world of brand names, many of us judge ourselves and others by the products we own. Teenagers broadcast their brand allegiances over social media. Tourists flock to Rodeo Drive to have their pictures taken in front of luxury stores. Soccer moms switch from minivans to SUVs to hybrids while hip beer connoisseurs flaunt their knack for distinguishing a Kölsch from a pilsner. How did this pervasive desire for ´´cool´´ emerge, and why is it so powerful today that it is a prime driver of the global economy? In Cool, the neuroscientist and philosopher Steven Quartz and the political scientist Anette Asp bring together the latest findings in brain science, economics, and evolutionary biology to form a provocative theory of consumerism, revealing how the brain´s ´´social calculator´´ and an instinct to rebel are the crucial missing links in understanding the motivations behind our spending habits. Applying their theory to everything from grocery shopping to the near-religious devotion of Harley-Davidson fans, Quartz and Asp explore how the brain´s ancient decision-making machinery guides consumer choice. Using these revolutionary insights, they show how we use products to advertise ourselves to others in an often unconscious pursuit of social esteem. Surprising at every turn, Cool will change the way you think about money, status, desire, and choice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Patrick Cronin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024660/bk_adbl_024660_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Like Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and other (best-selling) co-stars, Judy Greer is taking pen to paper and in her honest, self-deprecating, and hilariously relatable way reminding us why she´s not America´s sweetheart but America´s best friend. You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you´re like most women in America, you feel like she´s already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend. How a midnight shopping trip to CVS can cure all. What it´s like to have stepchildren. And how she really feels about her mother. Yes, it´s all in there. But Judy Greer isn´t just a regular friend - she´s a celebrity friend. Want to know which celebs she´s peed next to? Or what the Oscars were actually like? Or which hot actor gave her father a Harley Davidson? Don´t worry - that´s included, too. Besides being laugh-out-loud funny, you´ll love her because she makes us genuinely feel like she´s one of us. Because even though she sometimes has a stylist and a make-up artist, she still wears (and hates!) Spanx. Because she starts her book like this: ´´This is who I am. This is what I think about things. This is stuff that happened to me, that could have just as easily have happened to you. I´m not that special, and we´re probably not that different. I think I am really lucky to be where I am in life, but I´ve never really lost that feeling that I don´t fit in, and if you have, will you please email me and tell me how you did it? I´m serious.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Judy Greer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003806/bk_rand_003806_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Harley knows shes in big trouble when she is caught misusing company funds for her own pleasures. Her alpha male boss isnt going to hand her over to the police. No, he has other plans for her. She is blindfolded and punished in front of her peers for her indiscretions. Then, to add further humiliation to her punishment, he offers her to her colleagues to do to her as they wish. The worst part of it all isnt how rough they are, or how disgraced she is. The worst part of it all is how much she loves it. ----- PG Excerpt ----- Dress shopping receipts total $543. What about that? Thats not a business expense, he said, deadpanned. Youll be liable for them. What? That means youll have to pay for the expenses. Her cheeks burned red. I know what liable means. I meant how am I supposed to pay for that? You shouldve thought of that before you spent all that money, he said, making a note in his folder. She felt her blood boil. He was being so unreasonable. There wasnt even a chance for her to defend herself! She thought she was just going to get fired and that would be the end of it. Instead he was enjoying himself pointing out all her indiscretions. There was no way for her to pay for that. She didnt have that much money to begin with. And he wasnt done. She didnt have time to feel sorry for herself since he started talking again. $246 for lingerie is not company expense. She cringed, but didnt respond. He stared at her, his face an expressionless mask that made her anxious and angry at the same time. It occurred to her that he was enjoying this a whole lot. She clenched her hands into tight fists. She wanted to punch the man in the face to shut him up. Do you have anything to say? he asked, though it sounded like taunting to her ears. She shook her head. Good, because Im not done, he said. She drew a deep breath and made herself comfortable in her seat. Her fingers fiddled with the buttons on her shirt and she found herself getting incredibly warm. She undid the button on her collar, opening up her shirt a little so she could breathe. The company certainly doesnt need a new violin or a sound system, he continued. She ignored him and slowly undid the second button. The shirt was beginning to feel too suffocating. She wanted it off. She waited for him to stop her but when he didnt, she continued. The third button revealed the cleavage between her breasts. A thought occurred to her and she spoke before she could tell her mouth to stop. Did Jennifer get in trouble too? His eyes dip down and she felt her chest flush in response to the attention. Let him look. He would be easier to deal with if he found her attractive. Yes, he said simply. So Jennifer had been stealing company cash too. How much did she spend? she asked despite herself. Too much. More than I did? she asked. His perfect full lips curved into a wicked grin that made her shiver. What you spent is peanuts compared to the amount Jennifer took. Oh, she gasped. Her heart swelled as she started believing she could get away with it. From his own words, he didnt think she took a lot. What did you do? she asked. Seized all her assets and threw her out on the streets, he said as if he was commenting on the weather. Cold sweat trickled down the sides of her face. Maybe she wasnt going to get away with it after all. What do you want me to do? she asked, her voice barely a whimper now. He closed the folder and put it down in front of him. Thats a good sign. Looks like were finally getting somewhere, he said.