Initially set in post Gulf War Iraq, A Pound of Flesh tells the tale of a middle class family and their struggle to leave Iraq for the freedom of the West. Drawing upon real life events, the family: Karim (father), Zaffer (son) and Sami (daughter) eventually escape with Karim's concubine Qozay. The family end up in Manchester and struggle as asylum seeking foreigners in trying to adjust and make a new life in the UK. Zaffer and Sami are gifted students who enrol in medical school and sixth form college respectively. Karim and Qozay now together in a new and free society eventually get married, finally laying the memories of Karim's missing wife to rest. Eventually Karim with the aid of his cousin Ali who is already in the UK is presented with an opportunity to buy a takeaway business: The Chippy which is located in the heart of Moss Side. Although initially proud to be business owners, the daily grind sets in and they discover that the business is not without it's problems. They are tormented by a gang of drug dealing youths whose actions are progressively getting worse. Karim and Qozay lament about the irony that they have everything they wished for whilst in Iraq but are still not happy. Karim is forced to close The Chippy after a serious assault and while off ill and depressed, a twist of fate resurrects a perverse plan that Karim has harboured to alleviate his suffering. Getting his son and cousin on side, the trio put Karim's plan into action to combat their tormentors. Karim's miscreant solution to his problems eventually backfires in a twisted and unexpected fashion.
Orange Is the New Black meets Jennifer Probst’s New York Times bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy, featuring a strong-minded prison tutor who discovers that her sexy bad-boy student is far more than he appears to be. Haunted by nightmares of her father’s street murder fifteen years ago, Kat Lane decides to face her fears and uphold his legacy of helping others by teaching inmates at a New York prison. There she meets arrogant Wesley Carter, who’s as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick-witted, and with a reputation that ensures people will keep their distance. As teacher and student, Kat and Carter are forced to leave their animosities at the door and learn that one should never judge a book by its cover. As Carter’s barriers begin to crumble, Kat realizes there’s much more to her angry student than she thought, leaving them to face a new, perilous obstacle: their undeniable attraction to one another. When Carter is released and Kat continues to tutor him on the outside, the obstacles mount. Can they fight the odds to make their relationship work? Will Kat’s family and friends ever accept her being with someone of his background? And will Kat’s discovery of Carter’s role on the night her father died force them apart forever...or unite them?
Over seven million Americans are either incarcerated, on probation, or on parole, with their criminal records often following them for life and affecting access to higher education, jobs, and housing. Court-ordered monetary sanctions that compel criminal defendants to pay fines, fees, surcharges, and restitution further inhibit their ability to reenter society. In A Pound of Flesh, sociologist Alexes Harris analyzes the rise of monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system and shows how they permanently penalize and marginalize the poor. She exposes the damaging effects of a little-understood component of criminal sentencing and shows how it further perpetuates racial and economic inequality. Harris draws from extensive sentencing data, legal documents, observations of court hearings, and interviews with defendants, judges, prosecutors, and other court officials. She documents how low-income defendants are affected by monetary sanctions, which include fees for public defenders and a variety of processing charges. Until these debts are paid in full, individuals remain under judicial supervision, subject to court summons, warrants, and jail stays. As a result of interest and surcharges that accumulate on unpaid financial penalties, these monetary sanctions often become insurmountable legal debts which many offenders carry for the remainder of their lives. Harris finds that such fiscal sentences, which are imposed disproportionately on low-income minorities, help create a permanent economic underclass and deepen social stratification. A Pound of Flesh delves into the court practices of five counties in Washington State to illustrate the ways in which subjective sentencing shapes the practice of monetary sanctions. Judges and court clerks hold a considerable degree of discretion in the sentencing and monitoring of monetary sanctions and rely on individual values—such as personal responsibility, meritocracy, and paternalism—to determine how much and when offenders should pay. Harris shows that monetary sanctions are imposed at different rates across jurisdictions, with little or no state government oversight. Local officials’ reliance on their own values and beliefs can also push offenders further into debt—for example, when judges charge defendants who lack the means to pay their fines with contempt of court and penalize them with additional fines or jail time. A Pound of Flesh provides a timely examination of how monetary sanctions permanently bind poor offenders to the judicial system. Harris concludes that in letting monetary sanctions go unchecked, we have created a two-tiered legal system that imposes additional burdens on already-marginalized groups.
The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation
Author: Daina Ramey Berry
Publisher: Beacon Press
Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE
"Groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life, from birth to death and beyond, in early America The Price for Their Pound of Flesh is the first book to explore the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives--including from before birth to after death--in the American domestic slave trades. Covering the full "life cycle" (including preconception, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, the senior years, and death), historian Daina Berry shows the lengths to which slaveholders would go to maximize profits. She draws from over ten years of research to explore how enslaved people responded to being appraised, bartered, and sold. By illuminating their lives, Berry ensures that the individuals she studies are regarded as people, not merely commodities. Analyzing the depth of this monetization of human property will change the way we think about slavery, reparations, capitalism, and nineteenth-century medical education"--
Sister Kate, an ex-nun, is the owner of Holy Spirits, a run-down bar in Key West where two retired Michigan lawmen hang out in "A Pound of Flesh." Their worlds change drastically when a twisted wild man from the cops' past breaks out of prison and heads south bent on absolute revenge! Suntans and boat drinks will have to wait while the nightmare from another time litters the emerald waters with bodies as his calling card to lure them out. Ricochet across the islands with the crew of Holy Spirits to a finish that is out of control!
A Measure of Love is the fifth title in the A Pound of Flesh series from fan-fiction superstar Sophie Jackson. From the fanfic phenomenon whose debut A Pound of Flesh had over 4.5 million reads. Fans of Samantha Young, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Jamie McGuire, Katy Evans and Prison Break will find Sophie Jackson's powerful love stories utterly addictive and unforgettable. Can true love heal the deepest scars? Riley Moore: Ex-con Riley Moore never forgot the pain of losing his first love. But he doesn't hesitate to return to Michigan when his family needs him - even though it's inevitable he'll see the girl who broke his heart. Lexie Pierce: Lexie has a secret she's hidden from Riley for five years. As much as she wants to reconnect with him, she doesn't know if he will ever be able to forgive her when he finds out. Yet when they meet again, memories of their love burn as brightly as ever, despite the pain they both suffered. Can they finally overcome the sorrow of the past and share their life together? Loyalty. Redemption. All-consuming love against the odds. Prepare to fall for the powerful storytelling of Sophie Jackson. Check out the whole A Pound of Flesh series: A Pound of Flesh, Love and Always, An Ounce of Hope, Fate and Forever and A Measure of Love.
In the depths of a freezing winter, Glasgow finds itself at the mercy of not one, but two serial killers. This is Detective Inspector Lorimer's worst nightmare and beyond anything he's faced in his years on the force. Can he find a link between the brutal slaying of prostitutes in the back streets of the city and the methodical killing of several unconnected businessmen? When the latest victim turns out to be a prominent Scottish politician, the media's spotlight is shone on Lorimer's investigation. Psychologist and criminal profiler Solly Brightman is called in to help solve the cases, but his help may be futile as they realise that someone on the inside is leaking confidential police information. Meanwhile two killers haunt the snowy streets and Lorimer must act fast, before they strike again... Evoking the gritty truth of Glasgow like no other writer, Alex Gray has created in Lorimer the most dynamic Scottish detective since Rebus.
Fate and Forever is the fourth title in the A Pound of Flesh series from fan-fiction superstar Sophie Jackson. Fans of Samantha Young, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Jamie McGuire, Katy Evans and Prison Break will find Sophie Jackson's powerful love stories utterly addictive and unforgettable. Tutor and prison student - their love was forbidden but their attraction was impossible to deny. And now Kat Lane is excitedly planning her wedding to the brooding, dangerously tempting love of her life, Wes Carter. Kat and Carter couldn't be happier to be man and wife and start their life together - but it's not long before they realise married life isn't all plain-sailing. Everywhere they turn, couples are becoming parents, and the longing in Kat's eyes worries Carter. After his rough childhood, he's not so sure he has what it takes to be a good parent. But fate has brought Kat and Carter together - can their love survive forever? Loyalty, redemption and all-consuming love against the odds. Check out the whole A Pound of Flesh series: A Pound of Flesh, Love and Always, An Ounce of Hope, Fate and Forever and A Measure of Love.
Love and Always is the second title in the A Pound of Flesh series from fan-fiction superstar Sophie Jackson. Fans of Samantha Young, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Jamie McGuire, Katy Evans and Prison Break will find Sophie Jackson's powerful love stories utterly addictive and unforgettable. Carter and Kat's story of love and redemption continues in Love and Always - a novella in the sensational A Pound of Flesh series. Theirs was a love that broke every rule. But the searing attraction between Wes Carter and Kat Lane was instant and impossible to deny. Against all the odds, this all-consuming love between prison tutor Kat and her dangerous, brooding student flourished and healed the deep scars borne by each of them. But as they face real life together and share the news of their engagement with those closest to them, Kat and Carter realise that they will still have to fight for their love if it is to survive forever and...always. Loyalty, redemption and all-consuming love against the odds. Check out the whole A Pound of Flesh series: A Pound of Flesh, Love and Always, An Ounce of Hope, Fate and Forever and A Measure of Love.
About two incidences that occurred in two Izon villages respectively in the Bomadi Local Government area, Delta State, Nigeria; in the mid 19th century. the true names of the actual villages and the characters are unknown. Like the legends of ancient Greece and King Pharaoh of Egypt, these stories may well have occurred. If any parts of both stories are true, any additions and/or omissions are from my own imagination.
Birth weight by Dalton Conley,Kate Strully,Neil G. Bennett
Using Twin Differences to Estimate the Effect of Birth Weight on Life Chances
Author: Dalton Conley,Kate Strully,Neil G. Bennett
Category: Birth weight
Recent research into the implications of low birth weight may be plagued by unobserved variable bias. It is unclear whether the later-life consequences found to be associated with low birth weight are a true effect of poundage' at birth, or whether this association results from underlying factors related to birth weight such as genetics, gestational age, pregnancy-related behavior, or prenatal environment. In this study, we employ twin comparisons to rule out such unobserved factors and to isolate more precise effects of birth weight on infant mortality. Using data from the 1995-1997 Matched Multiple Birth Database and deducing zygosity based on the sex ratio of twin births, we examine the effects of birth weight for both fraternal and identical twins on both neonatal and post-neonatal mortality. Results suggest that in the neonatal period, low birth weight may partially be acting as a proxy for underlying genetic conditions, but in the post-neonatal period birth weight per se increases the risk of mortality. Thus, it appears that after an initial weeding-out' period in which the more severe ailments associated with genetics may be behind birth weight effects, poundage' itself has a significant impact on life chances net of genes and other pregnancy-specific health or social conditions
While she has never felt the need to change her figure, Mrs Pargeter is happy enough to accompany her friend Kim to a health farm. Until, in the night, she sees a body being wheeled out. What Mrs Pargeter doesn’t realise is that this suspicious death will set her on a trail of detection which will bring her into direct conflict with her late husband’s business associates.
As a pleasure slave for the house of Vidaris, Marja submitted to the whims of her master, Lexander, offering no resistance to his desires. But she could still see the good within her master’s heart—and set him free with her love. To atone for his sins, Lexander has sworn to free all slaves by destroying pleasure houses throughout the world. He razes Vidaris to the ground, knowing that word of his betrayal will reach his fellow masters, and that he will be branded a renegade and hunted down. Determined to aid Lexander at any cost, Marja accompanies Lexander into one den of iniquity after another, infiltrating the slave quarters, willing to endure hardship and pain and even the loss of Lexander’s love in order to sow the seeds of revolution.
A Pound of Flesh, Book 4 in the Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse series, picks up the day after "In Harm's Way: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse" left off. Outbreak - Day1 Like a fragile house of cards in a hurricane, Presidents, Premiers, entire governments and their ruling bodies disappeared instantly. Some had ensconced themselves in deep underground bunkers or remained holed up in fortified strongholds, but history would tell that most had been swallowed up by the dead - never to be heard from again. WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD Outbreak - Day 9 Reeling from a surprise attack, and with two fires burning out of control, Schriever AFB goes on high alert. Former CDC Scientist Sylvester Fuentes, the apparent target, is killed along with his assistant Jessica Hanson, Brook's brother Carl and a handful of others. Destroyed in the conflagration was the Omega antiserum Fuentes had been working to perfect, and just hours prior had tested successfully on one of the newly infected. Meanwhile, returning prematurely from a mission to set off two nukes in the path of an advancing horde of living dead numbering several hundred thousand strong, and with his Delta Force commander Mike Desantos infected and dying from the Omega virus, Cade Grayson was forced to do something no friend should have to. Then, shortly after taking Desantos's life, and while still cradling the hard charging operator's corpse, the low rumble of the two nuclear detonations signaling the mission's likely success rolled over Schriever. Immediately, Delta Force Captain Cade Grayson begins to formulate a plan that will send him hurtling on a collision course with the parties responsible for the terrorist attack. Six hundred miles away in Eden, Utah, Duncan Winters, Vietnam-era aviator, hopes to recuperate and ride out the apocalypse in his survivalist/ Doomsday prepper brother Logan's compound. In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the New American capitol and fiefdom of Robert Christian, well-connected billionaire and self-appointed President, Daymon Bush, former BLM firefighter, bides his time with one burning desire: to find his girlfriend Heidi even if it ultimately kills him. Will Cade successfully lobby President Clay and embark on a new mission in order to extract a pound of flesh for Carl and Mike Desantos? Will Brook Grayson and her eleven-year-old daughter Raven continue to temper themselves against the new dangers inside and outside the wire at Schriever? Will Daymon accomplish his goal and survive Jackson Hole? Can the much older Duncan find a way to fit in with his younger brother Logan's prepper friends? Will newly promoted General Ronnie Gaines fit in with the late Commander's fractured Delta team? Can the human race find a way to survive the legions of migrating zombies?
Terror feeds them. Rage drives them. Only fury lasts forever... A ghost town, isolated from civilization by miles of scorching desert, has become a killing ground. Blood taints the sand and the stench of rot hovers on the humid air. It's a small patch of hell that Aleksandr Sokolovsky was born into. The son of the world's most prolific serial killers, he yearns for a freedom he'll never have. He comforts himself with the knowledge that death eventually comes for everyone. But he had never considered the Furies. Summoned by years of pain and rage, the three demonic sisters have descended upon the ghost town. The creatures of Greek legend are real. Consumed by their desire for blood and vengeance, they rain down a reckoning. They delight in ripping their victims' minds and bodies to shreds before offering a merciful death. For most of his life, Aleksandr has been ready to die. But he'll fight to his last breath to spare his younger brother and sister the same fate. Unable to battle the hellish creatures alone, Aleksandr is forced into an uneasy truce with Evelyn Figueroa, the woman his parents chose to be his first female victim. Together they face an ancient rage that can't be reasoned with or destroyed. Burning with an inferno of hatred, the Furies won't stop until they've collected their debt in full. A pound of flesh for every sin.
My name is Roy Morgan, and I'm not your average Atlanta cop. For one, most of them don't have to kill people to stay alive. I do. It's a half-demon thing. Yep, that's right, half-demon. It's awesome, especially since I'm half-warlock too, and those two sides don't much get along. Still, that and a buck will get you a candy bar. So it's all good. Or at least it was. See, I had this dumb idea to stop a robbery in progress and have myself a snack. Turns out these weren't your run of the mill robbers. No, these were demonic slavers, there to capture the district attorney and sell her off to the highest bidding demon in Hell. Now if I want to stop them, I'm going to have to fight my way through a city full of hellfire-flinging, gun-toting, spell-weaving demons. My name is Roy Morgan, and I think I'll have seconds.