In Eve, Johansen’s gripping 11th Eve Duncan novel, and the first of a trilogy, the forensic sculptor zeros in on the kidnapper and serial killer who years earlier abducted and murdered her seven-year-old daughter, Bonnie.
Connelly, author of the long running Harry Bosch series, enters the legal thriller field with flash and panache in The Lincoln Lawyer, introducing Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, Mickey Haller. Mickey regularly represents lowlifes, but he’s no slickster trolling for loopholes. He’s haunted by how he mishandled the case of a (probably innocent) client; he’s twice divorced, but on good terms with his ex-wives; one manages his office, and the other, an ambitious assistant DA, occasionally tumbles back into bed with him. He can’t help seeing dollar signs when he signs on to defend a young real estate agent, Louis Roulet, against charges of assault, but he finds a far darker picture as he delves into Roulet’s past.
Left Neglected deals with a little known, but devastating injury. Sarah Nickerson is a 37-year-old, overachieving multitasker with a Harvard MBA and a demanding job as vice-president at a Boston consulting firm. Her husband works at a struggling tech start-up and shares in the upbringing of their three children. Then…a car accident…and a traumatic brain injury that leaves Sarah with left neglect, a lack of awareness of anything to her left, includng the left side of her own body. Sarah struggles parallel those of her 7-year-old son, just diagnosed with ADHD. She comes to a healing of body, mind and finally the acceptance that normal is overrated. Lisa Genova (Still Alice, 2009) once again personalizes an actual disabling brain condition to create moving fiction.
Five-year-old Jack was born in Room and has never known anything of life outside Room, the 11-square-foot space he shares with his mother. Jack has learned to read, count, and process an imaginary world “Outside” through television. Worried about his growing curiosity, Ma finally tells Jack that she was kidnapped by “Old Nick” and has been held secluded in Room for seven years. At night Jack sleeps in a wardrobe to avoid Old Nick when he comes to visit, bringing their only supplies. Hiding out-of-sight, hearing noises and talk he doesn’t understand, Nick’s visits are a frightening intrusion. Facing her own desperation, Ma reveals to Jack that the “Outside” is real and that they must escape.
Told in the poignant voice of five year old Jack, Room is a story of unconquerable love and harrowing circumstances.
Fragile begins in Hollows, a quaint little town near New York City where everybody knows everybody. Or do they? When Charlene, a young local teen goes missing, her disappearance strikes uncomfortably close to home for psychiatrist Maggie and Jones, her policeman husband.
Oogy, a severly injured puppy, finds a chance for a new life when Larry Levin and his twin sons, Noah and Dan, take their very ill family pet cat to a local vet. The family did not expect to return with another pet, much less a young puppy who was nearly torn apart by a fighting dog.
In Running Scared, Kate is stunned by the offer to adopt an unwanted newborn baby. Still suffering after the loss of her husband and child, she finds the newborn baby boy perfect. And he is hers for the asking. All Kate has to do is agree to one condition–she must leave Boston and never tell about the adoption. Fifteen years later, Kate has built a good life for herself and her son, Jon, in Oregon, but she is still haunted by the fear that someone will find them. Daegan O’Rourke befriends Kate and her son, but he has his own past to hide–one with shocking ties to hers. And the one man Kate is tempted to trust has dangerous secrets that will change her world forever.
Lost Laysen is a short novel, written by Margaret Mitchell in 1916. Mitchell, who is best known as the author of Gone With the Wind, was believed to have written only one full book during her lifetime.
In Dog Tags, Andy is a lawyer who would prefer doing anything but working. In a moment of compassion and a love for dogs, he decides to represent Milo, a retired German shepherd police dog who witnesses a murder. His owner, Billy Zimmerman, a crippled Iraqi war veteran and ex-cop, is unable to find work since his return from Iraq. Billy has turned Milo into the perfect snatch-and- grab thief. Witnesses place Milo at the murder scene with Billy and Billy is charged with the crime. Milo is caged and may be put down if Billy is convicted. Always a sucker for a dog, Andy comes to his rescue and also ends up representing Billy. In the eighth book in the Andy Carpenter series, Rosenfelt’s dry wit can be laugh-out-loud funny.
An Eagle Named Freedom; My True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, begins when a malnourished eaglet with two broken wings was brought to the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Washington State. It was hoped, if she could survive, that she would be a part of the raptor education program. Jeff, a volunteer, became her devoted caretaker and formed a special bond with her. Though Freedom would never fly, she had Jeff as her wings.
You are a ten year old girl having breakfast with your Maman, Papa and little brother. A loud knock on the door! Police! Open up! She was afraid—her Papa had use strange words—roundups, early morning arrests. What could it mean?
Tatiana de Rosnay’s novel, Sarah’s Key, revolves around an actual historic event in German-occupied Paris, in the spring of 1942. The Vel’ d’ Hiv’ (Operation Spring Breeze) was a “round-up” of more than 13,000 Parisian Jews (mostly women and children) by the French police responding to a demand from the Nazis. Few, if any, of these Parisians would return from the death camps.
This story is told in alternating chapters by two people: One living in 1942 and the other living in modern day Paris.
In 1942, Sarah is a ten-year-old Parisian girl, born to Jewish parents. Her family is abruptly and brutally forced from their home and forever torn apart.
Julia, an American reporter, married to a modern day Frenchman, is assigned to investigate “the roundup” on the 60th Anniversary of the Vel’d’Hiv. She is shocked to find how little she, or anyone, knows about the roundup, and eventually the deaths of thousands of Parisian families.
Pivotal to this novel is the key in ten-year-old Sarah’s pocket. It opens the cupboard in which she has hidden her younger brother to hide him from the roundup. He’d be safe there, she was sure. The girl murmured his name and laid her palm flat on the wooden panel. “I’ll come back for you later. I promise.” -From Sarah’s Key, page 9-
As Julia pursues her research, she discovers that she and her French family may have connections to Sarah and her family; connections that will cause Julia to question her own life.
Known for her mystery novels, Lisa Scottoline is shrewd, tart, sensitive, and hard to resist in Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, the Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman.
In Witch Way to Murder, by Shirley Damsgaard, you will enjoy a light touch of the paranormal. In this cozy mystery, Ophelia Jensen is a sassy, savvy librarian who just happens to be a reluctant witch, an unwanted “gift” she considers inconvenient at best and at worst downright dangerous.
Her kindly old grandmother Abby, however, has no compunctions about the paranormal, being a practicing witch with unique abilities of her own. And sometimes the otherworldly arts do come in handy — like when the arrival of a mysterious, good-looking stranger seems to trigger an epidemic of catastrophes, from the theft of bomb-making materials to a corpse dumped in Abby’s backyard. Luckily Ophelia and Abby are on the case and determined to make things right. But it’ll take more than magick to get out of this boiling cauldron of lethal trouble.
Hey Mister – Your Alligator’s Loose! is Gary’s collection of stories from his time in “zoobiz” – starting at the Kansas City Zoo at Swope Park, to Fort Worth, Texas, to the World Famous Topeka Zoo. Gary shares some unbelievable zoo moments – like a somersaulting giraffe, the “missed cue” at the opening of the Gorilla Encounter, a lion cub attack, a near-lethal snake bite, rolling out the red carpet for noted dignitaries, and the terrific support the zoo had from the Topeka community as it grew. Gary will share these memories as a thank-you to the citizens of Topeka, who were the real force behind the Topeka Zoo becoming the World Famous Topeka Zoo. Topeka Public Library