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Nancy's Notes, March 20, 2008

“Lady Killer” by Lisa Scottoline, “Honor Thyself” by Danielle Steele, “The First Patient” by Michael Palmer

Mary DiNunzio is the hero in Lisa Scottoline’s “Lady Killer”. DiNunzio is a big-time businesswoman at Rosato & Associates. The last person she expects to walk into her office is super-sexy Trish Gambone, her high school rival. Back then Mary was becoming the straight-A president of the Latin Club and voted most likely to succeed while Trish was head the Mean Girl.

            Trish’s life has taken a horrifying turn. She’s terrified of her live-in boyfriend, who’s an abusive drug dealer. There’s only one problem, Mary remembers the guy from high school. When Trish vanishes, a dead body turns up in an alley and Mary is plunged into a nightmare that threatens her job, her family, and even her life.

            Danielle Steel newest book is entitled “Honor Thyself”. Carole Barber has come to Paris to find herself after a lifetime in the spotlight. A legend of film and stage, Carole has set a standard of beauty and grace, devoting herself to her family and causes around the world. On a November evening her taxi speeds into a tunnel past the Louvre, a fiery instant of terror shatters hundreds of lives and leaves Carole alone, unconscious and unidentified in a Paris emergency room.

            At the Ritz, they wonder where their famous guest has gone. Carole’s friends and family begin to make inquiries. Then comes a moment of shock as they realize that Carole is far from home and fighting for her life. In the days that follow as Carole slowly awakens finds the details of her life must be pieced together. She finds she is given a second chance to count her blessings and honor others, even herself.

            Those of you who enjoy a good suspense novel will enjoy “The First Patient” by Michael Palmer. Story revolves around Gabe Singleton and Andrew Stoddard, former roommates at the Naval Academy. Today, Gabe is a country doctor and Andrew has gone from war hero, to governor, to President of the United States. One day, President Stoddard’s plane lands on Gabe’s Wyoming ranch and he delivers a startling request. His personal physician has suddenly disappeared and he needs Gabe to take the man’s place. Despite his misgivings Gabe agrees to come to Washington. It is not until he is ensconced in the White House medical staff that Gabe realizes there is strong evidence that the President is going insane. As the President’s physician, he has the power to invoke the twenty-fifth Amendment to transfer presidential power to the Vice President, however Gabe uncovers increasing evidence that his friend’s condition may not be due to natural causes. The President’s life is at stake and a small-town doctor suddenly finds himself in the most powerful position on earth.

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