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Nancy's Notes - July 12, 2012

Karen Robards: “Sleepwalker”, John Sandford: “Shock Wave”, Michael Connelly: "The Drop".

  Our final summer reading program will be held at 1:00 p.m. on July 18. Our theme for the day will be camping adventures. Join us for a story or two and enjoy activities in the cool, climate-controlled basement. We have had great success with our other sessions and hope participants will enjoy our finale.
    Karen Robards thriller, “Sleepwalker”, begins when Micayla Lange hears clanking coming from the first floor mansion where she is housesitting for her uncle Nicco. Lange is a cop so the noises don’t bother her. Wielding a gun she investigates the sounds coming from her uncle’s office. Jason Davis steals things for a living. He never expects to get caught red-handed, stealing from a supposed gangster’s empty house. Unfortunately he is caught on camera and Mick got a good look at him. Her “uncle” might love her like family, but if he knows she’s seen evidence that implicates him in the murder of a city councilman, she doesn’t like her chances.
    John Sandford’s, “Shock Wave”, is the latest in his Virgil Flowers series. The superstore PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: the local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and the environmentalists predicting ecological disaster. The protests don’t seem to be slowing the project down, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.
   In "The Drop", by Michael Connelly,  Harry Bosch is facing the end of his career. He’s been put on the Deferred Retirement Option Plan and given three years before he must retire from the LAPD. Seeing the end, Bosch wants cases more than ever, and soon two drop in his lap. First, DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches that of a twenty-nine-year-old convicted rapist. Was he involved in the crime when he was only eight, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter could compromise all of the lab’s DNA cases currently in court. Then Bosch and his partner are called by the chief of police to a death scene. The son of Councilman Irving jumped or was dropped from a window at the glamorous Chateau Marmont. Irving, Harry’s longtime nemesis, now demands that no one but Bosch handle the investigation. Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a sadistic killer operating unknown in the city for more than two decades, and a political conspiracy going back into the dark history of the police department.
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