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Comic Thriller “Death and Taxes” Pits an IRS Repo Squad Against the Mongolian Mob, Radioactive Cows and a Murderous Eunuch

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Mark Douglas is an IRS accountant, a former Marine content to hide out in his cubicle and audit suspicious tax returns. His latent thirst for action is satisfied by occasional forays into the field, armed with tear gas, a bull horn, and a rental truck to haul in whatever pays the back taxes of the most egregious evaders. Life is good for Mark. After long days at the office courting carpal tunnel syndrome, he joins his co-workers at their local watering hole to relive past glories deciphering fraudulent tax returns, ponder unexpected consequences of tax loopholes, and ogle busty barmaids. Mark’s boss, Lila, is a beautiful and sexy tax prodigy. One day, she discovers “odd jiggles” in three seemingly unconnected…

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Looking for Heffalumps: life lessons from Winnie the Pooh

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All of us want an exciting name all to ourselves. Even stuffed bears from Harrod’s in London, who started out life as Edward Bear under the trusted care of one Christopher Robin. And so Edward became Pooh and Pooh became legend. There are few symbols of childhood as universally recognizable as Winnie the Pooh and his posse from the Hundred Acre Wood. And today the gang’s creator, A. A. Milne, turns a whopping 134 years old. As Pooh would say, “many happy returns of the day.” Between 1924 and 1928, Milne wrote four collections featuring Pooh and friends, many of the titles as indelible today as they were in the roaring twenties: When We Were Young (1924), Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), Now…

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