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Nancy's Notes - February 5, 2009

"First Daughter" by Eric Van Lustbader, "Into the Fire" by Suzanne Brockman, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer

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Eric Van Lustbader has become famous for writing the Bourne series which was also popular in movie theaters.  He has a new book, "First Daughter", which although full of suspense is not included in that series. The stories main character is Jack McClure who has had a troubled life. An accident took the life of his only daughter Emma and then his marriage fell apart. Jack blames himself and emerses himself in work to forget the pain. He receives a call from his old friend Edward Carson. Carson is weeks away from becoming the president of the United States when his daughter, Alli, is kidnapped. Because Emma was Alli's best friend, Carson turns to Jack, the one man he can trust, to find his daughter. 


Another tale of suspense new to the library is "Into the Fire" by Suzanne Brockman. Vince Murphy, a onetime operative for the elite security firm Troubleshooters Incorporated, has been MIA ever since his wife, Angelina, was caught in a crossfire and killed during what should have been a routine bodyguard assignment.  Overcome with grief, Murphy blames the neo-Nazi group, known as the Freedom Network, for her death. Years later the Freedom Network leader, Tim Ebersole, has been murdered and the FBI suspects Murphy may have pulled the trigger.  To prevent further bloodshed, Murphy's friends at Troubleshooters scramble to find him and convince him to surrender peacefully.  Murphy himself can't be sure what he did or didn't do during the years he spent mourning and lost in an alcohol-induced fog.


It seems like so many of the books now are mysteries or suspense.  I do know that not everyone is a big fan of these types of books, myself included.  Perhaps you would be more interested in "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society". This is a first novel for Mary Ann Shaffer and reviews have been good. It begins in January of 1946 as London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War.  Writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject.  She inadvertently finds it in a letter from a man she'd never met, a native of Guernsey, the British island once occupied by the Nazis.  He'd come across her name on the flyleaf of a secondhand book written by Charles Lamb and wondered if she could tell him where to find more books by this author.  As Juliet and her new pen-pal exchange letters, she is drawn into the world of this man and his friends, all members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club formed by its members as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans.  Through the letters she learns about their island, their taste in books and the impact the German occupation had on their lives.


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