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Nancy's Notes - August 16, 2012

“Lullaby” by Robert Parker, “The Innocent” by David Baldacci’s, “Guilty Wives” by James Patterson.

 Robert Parker’s, “Lullaby”, is the latest in his Spenser novel series. When fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is street-smart and wise beyond her years. She lives in a South Boston apartment with her alcoholic grandmother, raising her younger siblings. Her need for closure and her determination hit a chord with Spenser and he agrees to help the young woman. Mattie believes the man convicted of the crime is innocent, and points Spenser to a South side thug she saw carrying her mother away hours before her murder. As Spenser becomes more involved in the case, he starts to realize that Mattie may be on to something.
    David Baldacci’s newest begins with a hit gone wrong. In, “The Innocent”, hitman Will Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target in Washington, D.C. Something about this mission doesn’t seem right to Robie and he refuses to kill. Now Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people. Fleeing the scene, he crosses paths with a four-teen-year-old run away. The girl is not an ordinary runaway, her parents were murdered and her own life is in danger. Robie finds he can’t desert her, and the more he learns about the girl, the more convinced she is at the center of a cover-up that may explain her parent’s deaths.
    James Patterson has written his latest book with David Ellis. “Guilty Wives” begins minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three friends step off a private helicopter. They enter a luxurious home where they will stay for the next four days. The three are  transported into a life of the rich until, in light of morning, Abbie and her friends awaken and find themselves surrounded by police.
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