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Nancy's Notes - April 5, 2012

“Death Benefit” by Robin Cook, “Trader Of Secrets” by Steve Madrini, “Gun Games” by Faye Kellerman.
 We have three fairly recent additions to our suspense collection. The first is, “Death Benefit” by Robin Cook. Pia Grazdani is a medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center’s scientists on research that could revolutionize health care by creating replacement organs for critically ill patients. Through her work with molecular geneticist Dr. Tobias Rothman, Pia knows she will be given the chance to fulfill her ambition to participate in medical discoveries that can help millions. But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of classmate George Wilson, must investigate an unforeseen calamity in the hospital’s supposedly secure biosafety lab.
    Steve Madrini’s “Trader Of Secrets”, is the latest in his Paul Madriani series. Defense attorney Madriani is embroiled in a case that involves an angry killer who will stop at nothing, and two missing NASA scientists who are holding secrets that a hostile government desperately wants to purchase. Madriani’s daughter, Sarah, has evaded the man known as Liquida, who has stalked her all the way across the country. For her own safety, she is being kept under armed guard. But one morning, wanting to shake off tension with a run, Sarah slips away from her protectors. At the same moment her assailant is outside, waiting patiently in the dark. Meanwhile two men in a parked car argue over millions in cash that could be slipping through their fingers and a scheme involving government technology. Paul Madrini, his companion Joselyn Cole, and his longtime law partner, Harry Hinds, track Liquida, not knowing that their quest will carry them into the middle of international terror. From the nation’s capital to Paris and on to Mexico, Madriani and his party race against time to find Liquida and the scientist who is the “trader of secrets” before he can unleash the weapon that could set the world ablaze.
    Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus are back in, “Gun Games”, by Faye Kellerman. LAPD detective Decker and his wife, Rina have welcomed fifteen-year-old Gabriel Whitman into their home. The son of a troubled former friend, the teen seems to be adapting well. Decker knows that adolescents keep secrets, a fact proven when local teen Gregory Hesse, a student at a local prep school commits suicide. Gregory’s mother, Wendy, refuses to believe her son shot himself and convinces Decker to look deeper. What he finds disturbs him. The gun used in the tragedy was stolen. But the case becomes complicated by the suicide of another student, a death that leads them to uncover a nasty group of privileged students with a love for guns and violence. 
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