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Books I Read, Spring 2002
Darden, Christopher and Lochte, Dick
I wondered what to expect with this mystery. Its a legal thriller, the second in the Nikki Hill series. Totally absorbing and enjoyable. You know Dick Lochte from Sleeping Dog, etc. and you know what a delectable writer he is. Give this series a try when you can stay up very late, reading. You have, of course, read Dardens take on his O.J. trial, right? Penguin Putnam Signet book, 2002, pb. Hardcover published by Warner books.
Suitable for Framing
My favorite reporter and her alter ego, Britt Montero, are involved in a classic All About Eve situation, with the new, young, eager employee out to take over Britts desk. Miami gang life and enormous pressure make Britts true grit save the day. Bravo! Hyperion, 1995.
A wonderful read, the gripping mystery of two dead young men in China, one the son of the American ambassador, the other the son of one of the richest industrialists in China. Chinese gangs, an American agent sent over to work on the case, emotional baggage, exotic settings, intrigue and people around every corner . If this doesnt get made into a movie, nothing ever will! I cant wait for the next Lisa See book. Harper Collins, 1997.
Four Corners of
A police procedural with a twist, alternate chapters cover a present kidnapping and a previous kidnapping. The setting is Toledo, Ohio. This plot has more turns than any book Ive read. Even when its over, it isnt over, and thats fine. Island Books, 1999 pb. Craig Holden has also written The River Sorrow as well as The Last Sanctuary. I look forward to reading them.
This one got rave reviews and held my attention, but I didnt learn anything. I feel ripped off when that happens. Good escape reading. Warner Books, 1998, pb.
.The Walls of Jericho
Im reading all I can about the Middle-East these days. This book parallels Lisa Sees Flower Net in that it too has detectives from two different countries, in this case Israel and Palestine. They have to stop a serial killer whose murders will prevent peace talks from happening. Palestine and Israel have had a full year of peace until these political killings start. I gained much insight into the refugee camp horrors and the political machinations of both countries.
Subtitled "An AIDS Journal," this remarkable diary of Elizabeths life while her husband lives with AIDS will stay in your memory. Her husband was Keith Avedon, a cousin of the famous photographer Richard Avedon. . The edge to this book is Betsys anger and how she, in her 20s, copes with her son, her husbands career and deterioration, relatives, neighbors, friends, extreme money problems and all the overwhelming emotions that could drive anyone mad.
Harper and Row, 1990.
Lemon, Meadowlark and Jenkins, Jerry B.
A must read sports bio long on the struggle of a child to learn a sport, short on the complicated lovelife. If you mentor boys in sports, read this book. Well, girls too. Thomas Nelson publishers, 1987.
Yoder, Samuel A
Yoder went to Egypt and Ethiopia as a Mennonite relief worker right after WW II. This book, published in 1951, gives another view of the refugee plight after the second World War. Though now politically incorrect, Yoders descriptions of the places he visited, mentioned in the Bible, are amazing. Published by Herald Press, Scottsdale, Pennsylvania. Ive met people who had been in refugee camps, but I didnt know what they were like. Yoder knows.
Watkins, Ronald J
Against Her Will
True crime, the murder of 12 year-old Kelly Ann Tines in Valley Stream, New York. The effect on the neighborhood is the strangest part of this book. The convicted killer, a neighborhood young man four doors away from Kellys house, has never said a word about it all. Creepy to read. Makes you look at your neighbors oddly for a while. Pinnacle Books, 1995 pb.
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