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Garden of Beasts by Jeffery Deaver

October 31, 2014

Garden of BeastsMob button man Paul Schumann is sure he’s doomed when he’s caught by the feds, but he’s given a choice – the electric chair, or one last job. The catch – his target is Col. Reinhardt Ernst, a bigwig in Hitler’s organization, which means going undercover in Nazi Germany to achieve his goal. Paul has been wanting to get out of the mob anyway, and the feds promise he’ll be free of charges and given a cash bonus when he’s finished. Dreaming of a normal life with the girl of his dreams, he heads for Germany.

This is a fascinating time in history, when a culture of fear led neighbors to betray each other and paranoia reigned. It was a time when citizens were trapped between duty to country and their own consciences, and Deaver portrays them with sympathy and humanity. Watching Paul navigate this complicated time and place, you really feel like you’re in 1936 Germany with him. He’s undercover as a journalist covering the Berlin Olympics, but spies are everywhere. After uncovering one spy while still en route, he dispatches a second almost immediately after arrival and finds himself pursued by the police. This is cat and mouse at its best, with Paul playing both roles in his quest for Col. Ernst. Deaver is a master of the plot twist, and he doesn’t disappoint here. The beauty of his stories is, even knowing there will be a twist, it’s nearly impossible to guess. I challenge you to try!

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Meet popular fiction writer Jeffery Deaver at Cameron Village Regional Library on Sunday, November 9th at 2:30 pm. He will discuss his novels, characters, writing style, and more. Q & A to follow discussion. Registration requested.

The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart

January 23, 2014

Dirty NYC cop Anthony Xavier Ricci is about to get a second lease on life, after being caught up in a Federal sting. If he cooperates with the Feds, he will not be charged with any crime and will be given a new persona, a new name and he will be placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program. And so Ricci becomes Tony Solaia and is born anew and relocated to San Francisco.

And thus begins John Lescroart‘s latest novel, ” The Ophelia Cut .” Meanwhile our main protagonist, attorney Dismas Hardy is facing a mid-life crisis. The kids are grown, the practice is shrinking and a six-year old secret may yet raise it’s ugly head. His brother-in-law Moses McGuire and his best friend, Detective Abe Glitsky are all nervous about this secret. Only six people know the secret and from time to time it threatens to come to the surface. But everything is soon going to become more complicated. Moses McGuire’s daughter, Brittany is brutally raped by Rick Jessup,a councilman’s chief of staff. McGuire roughs up Jessup and a couple of months later, Jessup ends up dead…..and McGuire is the prime suspect. Hardy will defend McGuire but his friendship with Glitsky will also be called into question and the 6-year old secret involving all of them may yet surface ! John Lescroart’s latest book starring all his leading characters may be his best yet.

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Dead Man’s Grip by Peter James

March 13, 2012

It’s a bad day for an accident, it’s raining and people are hurrying to work. Carly Chase is rushing, having dropped off her son at school late and knowing she has an important client waiting for her. Stuart Ferguson is overtired and has had little sleep but is trying to make his truck delivery on time. Suddenly a man on a bike dives into Portland Road from the wrong direction. Carly swerves to miss him and crashes into a store front. Stuart’s lorry misses the biker also, but a white van clips the man on a bike driving him under the lorry and then takes off. The rider dies at the scene.

And so starts Peter James’ latest thriller. The area is cordoned off and the police take over the investigation in the Brighton suburb of London. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace knows it is going to be a long day. The situation becomes a whole lot more complicated when the victim is identified as Tony Revere, an American student studying at Brighton University. Grace asks his team members if the name Revere means anything to them and they all answer in the negative. Grace then tells them that Revere’s grandfather is Sal Giordino….the current New York Godfather!!

After Lou and Fernanda Revere arrive from New York to identify the body, things get even more complicated. Fernanda Revere, Giordino’s daughter, who is beside herself in grief, puts up a $100,000 reward to help to capture whomever has killed her beloved son. This is not what the police needed for a case that is already going to be difficult to solve. And to add one further problem, there is the invisible ‘hit man’ known as ‘Tooth ‘ who may also play a role in this tragic affair.

Peter James’ fast paced thriller will leave you breathless as Roy Grace races against the clock to solve this case before there are more bodies for the overburdened Sussex police.

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