Talking Book Tribbles January 2012
January 5, 2012
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Brown, Rita Mae. Murder Unleashed
Summary: Settling into ranch life outside Reno, Nevada, with her gregarious great-aunt Jeep Reed and Jeep’s German Shepherd, King, former Wall Street trader Mags and her dachshund Baxter witness the cutthroat world of investment banking here in the remote Silver State. The foreclosure crisis has taken a huge bite out of the local real estate market, where rows of homes sit unsold and forsaken- but not empty. A group of squatters, including desperate single mothers with children, are living under the radar in the houses on Reno’s Yolanda Street, without water or electricity. Big-hearted real estate broker Babs Gallagher enlists Jeep and Mags to start a community outreach program, but that means going up against uncaring utility companies, corrupt officials, ruthless politicians- and a merciless murderer. When a former banker is found brutally slain in one of the abandoned homes, the notion of “cutthroat business practices” takes on a whole new meaning.
Cook, Robin. Death Benefit (2 copies)
Summary: Behind the prim gates of the Greenwich, Connecticut, McMansions, Wall Street whizzes turn their attentions from mortgages to another possible profit source: the $25 trillion life-insurance industry. By securitizing the policies of the old and sick, they hope to make another financial killing. At the same time, Pia Grazdani and George Wilson, two exceptional yet aloof medical residents, are working closely with their medical center’s premier scientist on cutting-edge diabetes research. When their mentor dies suddenly, they launch a quiet investigation. As they dig deeper, it becomes clear that the scientist’s death was not from natural causes. Is it possible someone is manipulating private life insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?
Cussler, Clive. The Race
Summary: Bell has never encountered a case- and an enemy- quite like the one before him now, though. It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than fifty days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates- an intrepid aviatrix named Josephine Frost- and that’s where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in. Frost’s violent-tempered husband has just killed her lover and tried to kill her, and he is bound to try again. Bell has tangled with Harry Frost before, and knows the man has made his millions leading gangs of thieves, murderers, and thugs in every city across the country. He also knows Frost won’t be after just his wife, but after Whiteway as well. And Bell knows that if he takes the case, Frost will be after him, too.–From front book jacket.
Cussler, Clive. Devil’s Gate
Summary: A Japanese cargo ship cruises the eastern Atlantic near the Azores- when it bursts into flames. A gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster-when their boat explodes. What is happening in this part of the world? As Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team rush to investigate, they find themselves drawn into the extraordinary ambitions of an African dictator, the creation of a weapon of almost mythical power, and an unimaginably audacious plan to extort the world’s major nations. The penalty for refusal? The destruction of their greatest cities.
Eco, Umberto. The Prague Cemetery
Summary: “19th-century Europe–from Turin to Prague to Paris–abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. In Italy, republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. In France, during the Paris Commune, people eat mice, plan bombings and rebellions in the streets, and celebrate Black Masses. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating conspiracies and even massacres. There are false beards, false lawyers, false wills, even false deaths. From the Dreyfus Affair to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Jews are blamed for everything. One man connects each of these threads into a massive crazy-quilt conspiracy within conspiracies. Here, he confesses all, thanks to Umberto Eco’s ingenious imagination–a thrill-ride through the underbelly of actual, world-shattering events. “– Provided by publisher.
Griffin, W. E. B. Victory and Honor
Summary: One war may be over, the fight continues for Cletus Frade and the members of the OSS. Politics are getting involved with the very existence of the OSS as various government entities try to break up the unit. But a larger threat looms in the Soviet Union as Joe Stalin begins to make his visions a reality. Frade and his men must now embark on a top-secret mission, one that cannot be discovered. If their mission is uncovered, it could be deadly for all.
Mccall Smith, Alexander. The Forgotten Affairs of Youth
Summary: Isabel Dalhousie helps a new friend discover the identity of her father. But Isabel also manages to find time for her own concerns: her young son, Charlie, already walking and talking; her housekeeper, Grace, whose spiritualist has lately been doubling as a financial adviser; her niece Cat’s latest relationship; and the pressing question of when and how Isabel and Jamie should finally get married.
Sandford, John. Shock Wave
Summary: When protests about a superstore chain’s plans to build a location in a Minnesota river town escalate into bombing attacks at the construction site and the company’s headquarters, Virgil Flowers races against time to find and stop the bomber.
Woods, Stuart. D. C. Dead (2 copies)
Summary: “Stone Barrington, his former NYPD partner Dino Bachetti and CIA agent Holly Barker investigate a possible serial killer with ties to the White House”– Provided by publisher
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