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Against the Odds (The Raines of Wind Canyon, Book 7) by Kat Martin

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By Kat Martin

"Mr. Justice! Mr. Justice, are you able to provide us a second of your time?"

Sabrina Eckhart stared on the news bulletin on KTRK-TV. She had watched the section run on an previous version, yet chanced on herself gazing it again.

The reporter, a small guy with darkish hair and a made up our minds expression, moved quickly to maintain with Alex Justice's lengthy strides as he walked out of the downtown Houston Police division construction. "Mr. Justice!" on the sight of a number of television cameras, Alex's steps reluctantly slowed.

"Everyone within the urban is thankful for what you did," the reporter acknowledged. "People are calling you a hero. What do you consider that?" the guy thrust a microphone into Alex's good-looking face. Six , darkish blond hair and blue eyes, consistently dressed as though he'd simply stepped out of a GQ journal, Alex Justice used to be an amazing-looking man.

"I'm a personal investigator," Alex stated. "I did what i used to be paid to do--find proof that may determine the killer of a ten-year-old lady. i used to be fortunate sufficient to make that take place. There's not anything heroic approximately it."

"It's been acknowledged you'll do something to trap your guy. Is that true?"

Alex simply saved jogging. There wasn't a glimpse of the deep dimples bracketing his mouth that Rina remembered so good. She hadn't obvious him in additional than six months, no longer because the day her ally, Sage Du-mont, married Jake Cantrell, certainly one of Alex's most sensible friends.

Rina watched him stride away till he disappeared offscreen, then the digital camera lower to the reporter, who relayed the tale of the little lady who have been kidnapped, sexually abused and murdered 3 years in the past. Ten-year-old Carrie Wiseman's killer had by no means been found--not until eventually Alex Justice had get a hold of DNA facts that at once associated the lady to a neighbor who lived down the road from her home.

Two days in the past, the neighbor, Edward Bagley, was once arrested, which took at the very least one killer off the streets.

As the newscast got here to an finish, Rina hit the button at the distant, turning off the television. She crossed her lounge to the fragile old French writing table within the nook. Her condo was once a mix of cozy modern furnishings and French antiques: rosewood armoires, gilt mirrors and marble-topped tables, many items from the 16th century.

The condominium used to be softly female yet no longer crowded, and it acceptable her character perfectly.

Reaching down, she picked up the pile of debts from the table, started to sift during the stack. within the six months seeing that she had final obvious the good-looking deepest investigator with the fantastic dimples, much had changed.

She had damaged up along with her live-in boyfriend, Ryan Gosford, and moved again into her personal condominium. She had cherished Ryan; she simply hadn't enjoyed him, and issues have been starting to get sticky.

During these months, her funds had dropped sharply. The inventory industry had taken one other dive and this time burnt up the final of the money she had invested in her retirement account. Her activity as a stockbroker at Smith Barney Morgan Stanley had turn into progressively more tough as her consumers pulled their funds out of the industry and positioned it into gold and silver, genuine property deals and anything they thought of a more secure wager than wildly fluctuating stocks.

Alex's photograph popped again into her head as she looked after throughout the bills--utilities that might begin to start as summer season approached and the warmth rose into the loads in Houston, the tax money on her mother's small apartment in Uvalde that Rina had taken over paying a number of years again; miscellaneous money owed simply to pay the prices of residing in Houston. In per week, the lease may be...

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How did consumers come to value Nike so much compared to its competitors? Nike is a seminal cultural innovation. Yet, conventional explanations avoid grappling with the cultural aspects of Nike’s innovation and, as a result, fail to explain why Nike was so successful. Many experts view Nike as a better-mousetraps poster child: Nike engineered the best shoes and earned a reputation for great performance as a result. But, as we demonstrate, this argument does not align with the historical facts. Nike’s famed shoe innovations happened early on and do not coincide with the brand’s takeoff.

The company was having trouble getting consumers to pay attention to its air-cushion technology. Jordan flew through the air in superhuman fashion on the way to his patented dunks. Therefore, Nike management reasoned, he was a natural spokesman for ‘‘air’’ (never mind that the technology was to cushion shocks, not to propel mere mortals toward the rim). Nike went to the trouble of designing a unique Jordan shoe for this purpose—Air Jordans. What set them apart was the flashy red and black design, echoing the team colors of the Chicago Bulls, in contrast to the white shoes everybody else in the league wore.

Ideologically speaking, the order of the day was a demand not only to revive the original industrious version of the American Dream, but to push these ideals even harder in the face of the economic challenges of the day. As the economy came to a halt, and along with it the increases in standard of living that had become a birthright, Americans struggled to find out what went wrong and how they should respond. The emerging rough-and-tumble free-agent economy demanded a very different mentality from what they were used to.

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