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By Christopher Fowler

On a rainswept London evening, the rich unscrupulous Robert Kramer hosts a celebration in his penthouse simply off Trafalgar sq.. yet whatever is incorrect. the ambience is uncomfortable, the visitors are on part. And whilst Kramer's new younger spouse is going to examine on their child boy, she unearths the nursery door locked from the interior. Breaking in, the Kramers are confronted with an open window, an empty cot, and a gruesome vintage puppet of Mr Punch mendacity at the ground. apparently younger Noah Kramer was once thrown from the development, however the baby used to be strangled, and the marks of the puppet's fingers are truly on his throat...what's extra, there has been a witness. It's an ideal case for the odd Crimes Unit. As John may possibly and his workforce interrogate the visitors, Arthur Bryant heads into the key global of automata and stagecraft, illusions and results. His suspicions fall at the employees of Kramer's corporation, who've been hired to degree a grotesque new mystery within the West finish. As a moment very unlikely demise happens, the detectives discover forgotten museums and London eccentrics, and make a journey to a seashore Punch & Judy express. Then Bryant's biographer without warning dies. used to be it a sad coincidence, or might the situations of her dying be concerning the case? There's only one hour left to resolve the crime, yet Bryant has buried himself away along with his esoteric books. The level is determined for a race opposed to time with a stunning twist...

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According to social identity theory a group member usually takes on the beliefs and values of the group, in part through the natural desire to be liked (Brown and Abrams, 2003) and not cause social friction (Coady, 1996). Group members emulate the ethics of their peers and prefer them, even over those of direct authority figures (Granitz and Ward, 2001). Consequently, a person feels they will ‘join in’ and act unethically rather than letting their friends down (Beck, 1999; Grossman, 1995; Weber, Kurke, and Pentico, 2003).

The network then grows as new members are encouraged to join. According to Williams (2001) some networks defend themselves by developing buffers at the periphery to protect the core from police investigation. The low-ranked members do the high-profile criminal work whilst the core members keep such activity at arm’s length to ensure deniability of any criminal action and to reduce their visibility to observers outside the network. Thus the network leadership may not be at the core. Carley, Lee and Krackhardt (2002) demonstrate that the leaders may not have the most contacts in the network; a leader may only communicate with one lieutenant who then interacts with agents and allies.

The need to communicate quickly, easily and effectively is a basic requirement for any business operating across large distances, either domestically or internationally. As such, for criminal enterprises – a business unto themselves, albeit illegitimate – the need to communicate their activities is just as important (Grabosky and Smith, 1998). It is no longer viable for criminals to conduct clandestine meetings in isolated locations to exchange products or information; they require instantaneous communication that spans the globe amongst their networks of contacts, and the very sophistication and complexity that dictates their business activities also makes them highly susceptible to high quality intelligence attacks.

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