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Nancy's Notes - January 20, 2011

“Hell’s Corner” by David Baldacci, “Port Mortuary” by Patricia Cornwell,

Once again the weather was not the best last week. If the snow is falling and the wind is blowing, call ahead and make sure we are open. We will usually be open during the day, but we may close at dark if the streets and sidewalks are in bad shape.

David Baldacci is back with his twentieth best selling novel. Oliver Stone and the Camel Club return in “Hell’s Corner”. Oliver Stone once the most skilled assassin his country ever had, stands in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk mission. Even though he’s fought to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Stone’s mission changes drastically before it even begins. It’s the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister. As he watches the prime minister’s motorcade leave the White House that evening, a bomb is detonated, an apparent terrorist attack against both leaders. Stone takes on a new, more urgent assignment:  find those responsible for the bombing.

Patricia Cornwell is also very popular with our mystery readers. Her Kay Scarpetta series has a huge following. Cornwell brings Dr Kay Scarpetta back in, “Port Mortuary”. At the beginning of her professional career, Scarpetta accepted a scholarship from the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt. She found herself in the middle of a gruesome case that seemed to be a racially motivated hate crime against two Americans in South Africa. Now, twenty years later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy, a procedure the White House has mandated that she introduce into the private sector. As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally.

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