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Her job is to insure that your wrongs are righted. Sydney Simone, herself a type of casualty, is dedicated to helping those whose wrongs can´t be righted by orthodox means. Via a cloaked website and identity, she first verifies the client´s story and then accepts payment: half up front, half on completion of her work. Usually it´s a form of human pest control. For cover, Sydney works as an assistant at the Rose Madder Gallery in West Palm Beach run by Oscar Leopold. Oscar, a sculptor, has left his law practice behind. But now Roy, his former partner, has been arrested for murdering Big Jack, an attorney with a sleazy television advertising presence. At the same time, Sydney is dealing with a client who has seemingly penetrated her defenses and demands she complete a job, namely, rubbing out Big Jack - an assignment for which she has already pocketed an unusually large fee. So now, to save herself, Oscar, and Roy, Sydney must switch gears, even as she continues to operate HumanPestControl.com. Teaming with Oscar isn´t easy, since she can´t tell him all she knows, but soon their investigation leads to a complex scheme of insurance fraud that implicates Roy - perhaps he really is guilty. But Oscar becomes an investigative target himself, and as he tries to find the true killer, he is arrested, kidnapped, and assaulted. Whether in the corporate offices of south Florida or the backwaters of the panhandle, the perpetrators are dangerous and desperate to keep their careers, their freedom, even their lives. Oscar and Sydney, with their own lives and livelihoods at stake, must up their game - a game that Sydney may have to reveal to survive. R. F. Sharp, an attorney and professional sculptor, practiced law for thirty-four years and wrote two nonfiction books in the legal field before beginning to write fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bernadette Dunne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005363/bk_blak_005363_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this book, the world´s foremost experts on pricing integrate theoretical rigor and practical application to present a comprehensive resource that covers all areas of the field. This volume brings together quantitative and qualitative approaches and highlights the most current innovations in theory and practice. Going beyond the traditional constraints of ´´price theory´´ and ´´price policy,´´ the authors coined the term ´´price management´´ to represent a holistic approach to pricing strategy and tactical implementation. They remind us that the Ancient Romans used one word, pretium , to mean both price and value. This is the fundamental philosophy that drives successful price management where producer and customer meet. Featuring dozens of examples and case studies drawn from their extensive research, consulting, and teaching around the world, Simon and Fassnacht cover all aspects of pricing following the price management process with its four phases: strategy, analysis, decision, and implementation. Thereby, the authors take into account the nuances across industry sectors, including consumer goods, industrial products, services, and trade/distribution. In particular, they address the implications of technological advancements, such as the Internet and new measurement and sensor technologies that have led to a wealth of price management innovations, such as flat rates, freemium, pay-per-use, or pay-what-you-want. They also address the emergence of new price metrics, Big Data applications, two-sided price systems, negative prices, and the sharing economy, as well as emerging payment systems such as bitcoin. The result is a ´´bible´´ for leaders who recognize that price is not only a means to drive profit in the short term, but a tool to generate sustained growth in shareholder value over the longer term, and a primer for researchers, instructors, and students alike. Praise for Price Management ´´This book is truly state of the art and the most comprehensive work in price management.´´ - Prof. Philip Kotler , Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University ´´This very important book builds an outstanding bridge between science and practice.´´ - Kasper Rorsted , CEO, Adidas ´´This book provides practical guidelines on value creation, communication and management, which is an imperative for businesses to survive in the coming era of uncertainty.´´ - Dr. Chang-Gyu Hwang , Chairman and CEO, KT Corporation (Korea Telecom)