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Nancy's Notes - June 16, 2011

“Betrayed” by Robert Tanenbaum, “What the Night Knows” by Dean Koontz, “Heartwood” by Belva Plain.

 We had 125 in attendance for our Blank Park Zoo presentation. I think everyone enjoyed the afternoon and the chance to pet an alligator and a cockroach! Our next summer program will be at 1:00 p.m. on June 30. Wonder Weavers, storytellers from Minneapolis, will be on hand to entertain participants. They will tell interactive stories from their “Passport to Fun” program.
    Robert Tanenbaum’s latest thriller, “Betrayed”, centers around District Attorney Butch Karp. Sharif Jabbar is awaiting trial in Manhattan’s criminal detention complex. The founder of a Harlem mosque, he had terrorism charges dismissed once but now New York District Attorney Roger “Butch” Karp is determined to bring him down. Attorney Megan O’Dowd, an activist enthralled with revolutionary rhetoric, is going to the mat with the conviction that Jabbar is being railroaded by the NYC police.
    If you like to read books that will keep you up at night try “What the Night Knows”, by Dean Koontz. In a summer years ago, a killer arrived in a small town. In just a few months, Alton Turner Blackwood, murdered four families. His killing spree ended when the lone survivor, a fourteen-year-old boy killed him. Two decades later, in another continent, someone is murdering families again, re-creating Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family will soon become targets, just as his parents and sisters were victims when he was fourteen and killed the slayer.
    Belva Plain is one of my favorite authors. Her latest is entitled, “Heartwood”. The main character, Iris Stern, considers herself a modern woman. She has a successful career and a happy marriage while still holding onto her old-fashioned sensibilities. As the mother of three adult children, she often finds those sensibilities called into question when confronted with the choices her children have made. Through separations and reunion, the changes we cannot avoid and the love that sustains, Iris will weather whatever lies ahead.
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