Author: Dave Grossman, Genre: Social Science, Total Page: 312, Publisher: Open Road Media, ISBN: 9781497629202

A controversial psychological examination of how soldiers’ willingness to kill has been encouraged and exploited to the detriment of contemporary civilian society. Psychologist and US Army Ranger Dave Grossman writes that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to pull the trigger in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The mental cost for members of the military, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The sociological cost for the rest of us is even worse: Contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army’s conditioning techniques and, Grossman argues, is responsible for the rising rate of murder and violence, especially among the young. Drawing from interviews, personal accounts, and academic studies, On Killing is an important look at the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence.

Author: Dave Grossman, Genre: History, Total Page: 403, Publisher: Human Factor Research Group Incorporated, ISBN: PSU:000063120769

Looks at the effect of deadly battle on the body and mind and offers new research findings to help prevent lasting adverse effects.

Author: Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Phelps, Genre: History, Total Page: 342, Publisher: Little, Brown, ISBN: 9780316628273

A “can’t-miss for anyone interested in current military affairs,” On Killing Remotely reveals and explores the costs—to individual soldiers and to society—of the way we wage war today (Kirkus Reviews, starred). Throughout history society has determined specific rules of engagement between adversaries in armed conflict. With advances in technology, from armor to in the Middle Ages to nerve gas in World War I to weapons of mass destruction in our own time, the rules have constantly evolved. Today, when killing the enemy can seem palpably risk-free and tantamount to playing a violent video game, what constitutes warfare? What is the effect of remote combat on individual soldiers? And what are the unforeseen repercussions that could affect us all? Lt Col Wayne Phelps, former commander of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft unit, addresses these questions and many others as he tells the story of the men and women of today’s “chair force.” Exploring the ethics of remote military engagement, the misconceptions about PTSD among RPA operators, and the specter of military weaponry controlled by robots, his book is an urgent and compelling reminder that it should always be difficult to kill another human being lest we risk losing what makes us human.

Author: David Hewson, Genre: Fiction, Total Page: 720, Publisher: Pan Macmillan, ISBN: 9781447213574

David Hewson's The Killing 1 is the novelization of the first series of the hit Danish crime drama, The Killing. 'Through the dark wood where the dead trees give no shelter Nanna Birk Larsen runs . . . There is a bright monocular eye that follows, like a hunter after a wounded deer. It moves in a slow approaching zigzag, marching through the Pineseskoven wasteland, through the Pentecost Forest. The chill water, the fear, his presence not so far away . . . There is one torchlight on her now, the single blazing eye. And it is here . . .' Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen police department before moving to Sweden. But everything changes when nineteen-year-old student, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered in the woods outside the city. Lund's plans to relocate are put on hold as she leads the investigation along with fellow detective Jan Meyer. While Nanna's family struggles to cope with their loss, local politician, Troels Hartmann, is in the middle of an election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen. When links between City Hall and the murder suddenly come to light , the case takes an entirely different turn. Over the course of twenty days, suspect upon suspect emerges as violence and political intrigue cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.

Author: Elle Cosimano, Genre: Fiction, Total Page: 292, Publisher: Minotaur Books, ISBN: 9781250242204

"Getting the job done" for one single mom takes on a whole new meaning in Finlay Donovan is Killing It. One of Suspense Magazine's "Best Thrillers of 2021" One of New York Public Library's Best Books of 2021 Nominated for the Left Coast Crime 2022 Lefty Award for the Best Humorous Mystery “Funny and smart, twisty and surprising.”—Megan Miranda Finlay Donovan is killing it . . . except, she’s really not. She’s a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: the new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors. When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet . . . Soon, Finlay discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation. Fast-paced, deliciously witty, and wholeheartedly authentic in depicting the frustrations and triumphs of motherhood in all its messiness, hilarity, and heartfelt moment, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first in a brilliant new series from YA Edgar Award nominee Elle Cosimano.

Author: Kevin Flynn, Genre: True Crime, Total Page: 432, Publisher: Penguin, ISBN: 9781101619391

Their friendship would kill her… Weaver and fiber artist Edith “Pen” Meyer knew her friend Sandy Merritt’s relationship with a married man was wrong. She had even urged Sandy to take out a restraining order against Kenneth Carpenter. Which was why her call to Sandy on February 23, 2005, seemed to come from out of the blue. During it, she told Sandy to drop the restraining order and get back together with Ken. Pen was never seen again. One man stood to gain from Pen’s disappearance: Ken Carpenter. But evidence was bleak: no blood, no DNA, no body. Until detectives found notes hidden beneath a leather chair that turned out to be a playbook for murder… INCLUDES PHOTOS

Author: Merit Clark, Genre: Fiction, Total Page: 414, Publisher: Whitaker Press, ISBN: 9781736919804

KILLING INNOCENCE, the second installment in Merit Clark’s award-winning Denver-based mysteries, takes homicide detective Jack Fariel deep into the world of human trafficking. “How could four young women simply disappear? One similarity between them—girls no one cared about, no one would look for, no one would miss. Perfect prey.” A minister with deadly secrets. A brutal zealot for hire. A sadistic manipulative millionaire. And dead girls discarded in Denver’s back alleys. The body of a young woman, murdered and discarded in a snowstorm, leads Jack to the discovery of a vicious criminal network with ties to the Middle East. From the elegant mansions of Denver’s elite to the despair of young, undocumented girls with no future, Jack must unravel a complex sex trafficking operation that reaches into all levels of society. As Jack gets closer to the truth, he’s hunted by an adversary with no remorse, no conscience, no hesitation. But Jack won’t let these young innocents down. He’ll stop the trafficking even if it costs him his life. “The author treats the topic of human trafficking with intelligence and respect. While parts of the story may make some readers uncomfortable (like a 12-year-old victim), Clark brings awareness to the issue without resorting to graphic or excessive violence.” ~Kirkus Reviews “Merit Clark has crafted a superb work of mystery and detective fiction with plenty of clever twists and exciting plot points for fans of the genre to follow. . . . The work crosses over the gritty and cozy genres really well to produce a read that all kinds of mystery fans are sure to love.” ~Readers’ Favorite Five Stars “This fictional account of sex trafficking has one of the most complex and well-developed plots on this subject that I have ever read. It also has some of the nastiest characters committing crimes against young women, some still children, for the most unexpected reasons i.e. not every offender or murderer who is killing innocents is doing it just for money.” ~Readers’ Favorite Five Stars

Author: Wyatt Williams, Genre: Cooking, Total Page: 128, Publisher: UNC Press Books, ISBN: 9781469665498

Drawing on years of investigative reporting, Wyatt Williams offers a powerful look at why we kill and eat animals. In order to understand why we eat meat, the restaurant critic and journalist investigated factory farms, learned to hunt game, worked on a slaughterhouse kill floor, and partook in Indigenous traditions of whale eating in Alaska. In Springer Mountain, he tells about his experiences while charting the history of meat eating and vegetarianism. Williams shows how mysteries springing up from everyday experiences can lead us into the big questions of life while examining the irreconcilable differences between humans and animals. Springer Mountain is a thought-provoking work, one that reveals how what we eat tells us who we are.

Author: Ronald J. Sider, Genre: Religion, Total Page: 224, Publisher: Baker Books, ISBN: 9781441238689

What did the early church believe about killing? What was its view on abortion? How did it approach capital punishment and war? Noted theologian and bestselling author Ron Sider lets the testimony of the early church speak in the first of a three-volume series on biblical peacemaking. This book provides in English translation all extant data directly relevant to the witness of the early church until Constantine on killing. Primarily, it draws data from early church writings, but other evidence, such as archaeological finds and Roman writings, is included. Sider taps into current evangelical interest in how the early church informs contemporary life while presenting a thorough, comprehensive treatment on topics of perennial concern. The book includes brief introductions to every Christian writer cited and explanatory notes on many specific texts.

Author: Bob Torres, Genre: Nature, Total Page: 195, Publisher: AK Press, ISBN: 9781904859673

Using Marxism, anarchism, and social ecology to explore domination, power, and hierarchy, the author criticizes the use and abuse of animals in capitalist society and argues for the abolition of animal involvement in industry and as a human food source.