September 29, 2014
One of the local authors book talking her work at the Feast of Authors this weekend was artist Rebecca Chaperon of Vancouver, whose Eerie Dearies is something I failed to capture in my usual net but is worthwhile on close inspection. I’ve ordered several copies. A beautifully macabre picture book for adults, Eerie Dearies highlights 26 excuses for girls missing school starting with Astral Projection and continuing through Mononucleosis and Narcolepsy all the way to Zombie Apocalypse. I’ve got a signed copy from the program if you’d like to examine. Comment or contact me. Most of the finished works I picked up will go into the collection but this one has a bit of scruff on the outside so I’d rather just pass around.
September 15, 2014
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Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect
A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr. and his fellow Campus agents’ precious time. Time they don’t have.
Lackey, Mercedes/ Giguere, Veronica/ Martin, Cody/ Lee, Dennis
“Destroying the Thulian North American Headquarters has not made life easier for ECHO, or the world. The Thulians continue their attacks against ECHO headquarters around the world.
Woman With a Gun
In this thriller with a difference, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph “Woman with a Gun”, showing a bride facing an expanse of ocean with a six-shooter held behind her back, sparks the imagination of aspiring novelist Stacey Kim–especially when she learns that the woman in question was suspected of killing her millionaire husband on their wedding night. What does the photographer know? Especially intriguing because this photograph actually exists.
Riley Cowan’s father-in-law infamously foisted a huge financial fraud on the world, and now Riley’s estranged husband is found dead–a victim, she suspects, of an angry investor who lost out big. Now she’s uniting with an old flame, FBI agent Finn Bradley, to track down the killer before more people in the family feel his wrath.
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August 25, 2014
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Annotations from Baker & Taylor or IngramListed by Author Let Sleeping Dogs Lie Brown, Rita Mae The chase is on in “New York Times” bestselling author Rita Mae Brown’s gripping new foxhunting mystery, featuring the irrepressible “Sister” Jane Arnold and the wily antics of her four-legged friends. In “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, “a century-old crime reawakens bad will–and stirs up a scandal that chills Sister to the bone. The Burning Room Connelly, Michael In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel Cornwell, Patricia Daniels In her 22nd outing, Dr. Kay Scarpetta goes after the Copperhead, a serial sniper who kills seemingly random victims with a single deadly shot delivered at such a distance that there’s really no crime scene, only odd bits of copper left behind as a memento. What does Kay’s techie-brilliant niece, Lucy, have to do with it? The Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel Crais, Robert When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case – until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown. Revival King, Stephen King offers his expected unmatchable suspense in a novel that certainly sounds deeper than your average chillfest. Sometime in the mid- to late 20th century, Rev. Charles Jacobs arrives in young Jamie Morton’s small New England town with his alluring wife and wows the community. Then, when tragedy strikes Jamie’s family, Jacobs lashes out violently at God and religious belief and is therefore banished. Years later, Jamie, a drug-addicted rocker still running from familial woe, encounters Jacobs and enters into a relationship that turns positively Faustian. The conclusion promises to rock us to our bones while echoing Hawthorne and Poe. The Drop Lehane, Dennis While rescuing an abused puppy from a trash can on the streets of Mystic River, a lonely bartender meets a damaged woman, who is looking for something to believe in, and as their relationship grows, they encounter the Chechen mafia, stick-up artists, a relentless cop and the original owner of the puppy who now wants it back. Inspired the forthcoming film. Private India Patterson, James / Sanghi, Ashwin No annotation at this time. A New York Christmas Perry, Anne Anne Perry’s new Christmas novel is an irresistible tale of love, betrayal, greed, murder, and selfless devotion. For the first time, Perry’s annual yuletide offering is set in New York City’s sparkling young metropolis bursting with life, promise, and subtle menace. Blue Labyrinth Preston, Douglas / Child, Lincoln A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast’s most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California’s desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family’s sinister past. In short order, Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot, which will leave him stricken in mind and body…and may well end with his death. The Girl Next Door Rendell, Ruth Three-time Edgar Award winner Rendell returns to tingle our spines with suspense about a tin box containing the skeletal remains of a male and a female hand, uncovered near an earthen tunnel where decades before a group of London children played during World War II. The youth now come together as aging adults to offer up memories that might help in the investigation. Posted by Jenifer Brown
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Annotations from Baker & Taylor or Ingram Listed by Author Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel Macomber, Debbie Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store. Leaving Time Picoult, Jodi Jenna Metcalf was three years old when her mother, Alice, disappeared from the elephant sanctuary where she worked as a researcher. Ten years later, Jenna is ready to launch a search. After poring over her mother’s research journals, consulting the Internet, and visiting her father in the mental institution where he’s been since shortly after the disappearance, she enlists outside assistance from Serenity Jones, a once-famous psychic whose gift appears to have deserted her, and Virgil Stanhope, the gruff, alcoholic ex-police detective who was once assigned to Alice’s case. With their help, Jenna finds new evidence at the now-closed sanctuary and begins to piece together the events of the night her mother disappeared, leading her to a few uncomfortable truths about the past, but bringing much-needed closure to her and her dad. Bones Never Lie Reichs, Kathy Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common – the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue – unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath. Deadline Sandford, John In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. “Issues” is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor. Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier–a team of dognappers supplying medical labs–when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found–and the victim is a local reporter. Paris Match Woods, Stuart Stone Barrington has returned to Paris to attend to some business concerns, and finds himself embroiled in high-stakes trouble on both sides of the pond. An old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he might have a powerful local resource on his side: a gentleman with his own ax to grind against Stone. And back in the United States, the swirling rumor mill threatens to derail a project of vital importance not just to Stone but to the nation. Though Stone is no stranger to peril, never before has he faced threats from so many directions at once. Posted by Jenifer Brown