Nancy's Notes - August 13, 2009
I thought I'd start with a small update on the library. There is now flooring in part of the basement. Second coats of paint have been applied to several areas. They are now busy staining the original woodwork and will carpet that area as soon as the woodwork is finished. The parking lot and sidewalks have also been poured. There is now an end in sight.
John Hart's, "The Last Child", brings suspense to readers. Thirteen-year-old Johnny Merriman had the perfect life with loving parents and twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared a special bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is, confident in a way he can't explain. Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. Detective Clyde Hunthas never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.
Stuart Woods is always a popular choice and his "Loitering With Intent" should be no exception. Stone Barrington is back: low on cash and unlucky in love. However, after a night with a ladyfriend, his luck seems to be changing. He's hired to do some detective work in Key West. Despite the palm-lined streets, Key West proves to be more dangerous than Stone had anticipated. Drugs, fraud and a mysterious death from the past may be linked to what had seemed an open-and-shut case.
We purchased "Columbine" at the request of a patron and it has received very good reviews. On April 20, 1999, two boys left their stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school and leave "a lasting impression on the world". Their bombs failed, but the ensuing shooting defined a new era of school violence. Author Dave Cullen has delivered a profile of teenage killers. He discusses the psychopathology of mastermind Eric Harris and suicidal Dylan Klebold. It is the account of two good students with lots of friends, who were secretly stockpiling a basement cache of weapons, recording their hatred and manipulating every adult who got in their way. They left signs everywhere. The author drew on hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of police files, FBI psychologists, and the boys' tapes.
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