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Nancy's Note - April 14, 2010

"The Postmistress" by Sarah Blake, "The Last Surgeon" by Michael Palmer.

If you've come in after school this past week, you were able to join in on our chaotic afternoons. We generally have all our computer stations filled after 4:00, but this week high school students had reports due and the entire building was busy. It's great to see the library so full, but it isn't too conducive to a quiet place to read. All three staff members were searching in the stacks with people also waiting at the front desk. If you ever wondered about the success of our building project, this was the time to check us out.

One recent best seller ,"The Postmistress", is available in both large and regular print. The story takes place in 1940 and President Roosevelt is promising he won't send American's to fight in "foreign wars". American radio personality, Frankie Bard, is the first woman to report from the Blitz in London. She wants to bring the war home. Her radio dispatches beg listeners to pay attention as the Nazis bomb London and Jewish refugees stream across Europe. Frankie is convinced, if she gets the story right, Americans will wake up and join the fight. The story shows that as war goes on around us, ordinary lives continue.

Michael Palmer is well known for his surgical suspense novels. His latest is entitled "The Last Surgeon". It pits Dr. Nick Garrity, a vet suffering from PTSD, against ruthless psychopath Franz Koller. Garrity spends his days and nights dispensing medical treatment from a mobile clinic to the homeless. Psychiatric nurse Jillian Coates wants to find her sister's killer. The police ruled her death a suicide, but Jillian does not believe Belle took her own life. Belle left a subtle clue that connects her with Nick Garrity, a clue only Jillian can decipher. Together, Nick and Jillian determine that each of those involved in a fatally botched case in an operating room three years ago is dying one by one. Their discoveries pit them against Koller the master of the "non-kill" sort of murder that does not look like murder. As they move closer to finding the secret behind these killings, Koller lets the two know his mission is not complete until Coates and Garrity are dead.

Stop in and see us this week as we celebrate National Library Week. We are open Monday through Wednesday between: noon and 8:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.