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Nancy's Notes February 14, 2008

“Stone Cold” by David Baldacci, “Escape” by Carolyn Jessop, “Double Cross” by James Patterson,

I really hate to repeat this but out of necessity, if the weather is bad, call to see if we are open at night. We will probably close at dark. The sidewalks and stairs have been so icy this winter that when the wind is blowing and snow is falling we will most likely close up shop early so no one is taking a risk coming out when it is too cold and and you can’t see the slippery patches.

Novelist David Baldacci’s “Stone Cold” is filled with suspense and adventure. Oliver Stone is the leader of a group known as the Camel Club. The group is both feared and respected as they keep a vigilant watch over our leaders in Washington, D.C. The club has won over some allies, but it has also earned enemies, including those in power who will do anything to prevent Stone and his friends from uncovering the secret work of the government. Annabelle Conroy is an honorary member of the Camel Club and one of greatest con artist of her time. Who has swindled forty million dollars from a casino owner who murdered her mother. Now he’s on her trail with Annabelle as his next victim. Stone and the Camel Club try to protect Annabelle when a new opponent
suddenly arises.

“Escape” is the story of Carolyn Jessop a member of the
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
This sect is an off-shot of the Mormon Church, which settled along the Arizona-Utah border. When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn was forced into an arranged marriage with a man thirty-two years her senior who already had three wives.
Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children. She endured her husband’s psychological abuse as well as the constant battle among the wives for supremacy. Her husband dictated her every move and had contol of the money she earned as a schoolteacher. A wife’s compliance with her husband determined how much status both she and her children hold in the family. She knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her.

Who is more popular than James Patterson? He brings Alex Cross back in “Double Cross”. Alex rejoins the D.C. police force to help catch a criminal mastermind whose elaborate murders have stunned Washington, D.C. This maniac adores an audience and stages his killings as spectacles in public. His need for attention is so great he sets up his own web site with live video showing his madness.

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