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Nancy's Notes - June 11

"Nightwalker" by Heather Graham, "Mr. and Miss Anonymous" by Fern Michaels, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford.

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Drive past the new building, there are lots of changes. They've put the new block on the bottom portion and are working on the brick. It's incredible how closely they can match the exterior when there is a one hundred year timeline.

Heather Graham is back with "Nightwalker". The story is set in Vegas where Jessy Sparhawk learns how gambling can ruin people's lives. Desperate for money she places a bet that will change her life. As she's collecting her winnings, a man stumbles through the crowd with a knife protruding from his back. He crashes into Sparhawk pinning her to the craps table. Hired to investigate the murder, private detective Dillon Wolf finds himself fascinated by Jessy and by the single word the victim had whispered in her ear, Indigo.

Fern Michaels "Mr. and Miss Anonymous" centers around two college students. Lily Madison is a senior desperate to pay for her last semester of school. With nowhere to turn, she makes the decision to donate her eggs to a fertility clinic. Peter Kelly is also a penniless student who supplements his tuition money by visiting a sperm bank. one day, Lily and Pete meet at the clinic. Despite their attraction Lily and Pete go their separate ways. Nineteen years have passed and Lily often wonders is she has a child somewhere in the world. She also thinks a lot about Pete. Pete never forgot Lily either and when he sees her in an airport one day, he falls for her once again. While they enjoy their reunion, a story on the news has them riveted. Two teenage boys are missing and their disappearance may be linked to the fertility clinic they visited in college. One of the boys looks exactly like Pete. The pair are now determined to find out what really went on at the clinic all those years ago.

Someone recently read and recommended "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet". In the opening pages Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made a discovery: the belongings of Japenses families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol. This takes Henry back to the 1940s when his world was filled with confusion. His father, who was obsessed with the war in china and having Henry grow up American sent him to an exclusive elementary school. The white kids ignored him and his only friend is Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Their bond of friendship and love is broken when Keiko and her family are evacuated to an internment camp. Forty years later, Henry Lee, certan that the parasol belonged to Keiko, searches the hotel's dusty basement for sings of the Okabe family's belongings.

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