By S. R. Schwalb, Gustavo Sánchez Romero
Utilizing biology and heritage to shut the case on a string of grisly and unexplained murders within the sixteenth century French geographical region.
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Word spread. ,” the voice of AmEx vice president Peter Grote crackled over a transatlantic phone line from lower Manhattan. “Yeah, yeah, I’m telling you, it sounds awful possible. I’m sitting here in my office, and it comes over the loudspeaker intercom we have hooked up to our traders over on the COMEX floor. ” “The dollar is going to collapse,” hectored the German metal trader in a harshly clipped voice during a hastily arranged conference call with his associates in New York, Düsseldorf, and London.
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Beast: Werewolves, Serial Killers, and Man-Eaters - The Mystery of the Monsters of the Gévaudan by S. R. Schwalb, Gustavo Sánchez Romero