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Nancy's Notes March 7, 2013

“Alex Cross, Run” by James Patterson, “Out of Warranty” by Haywood Smith, “Here We Go Again” by Jen Lancaster.

James Patterson is one of our most prolific writers. His newest, “Alex Cross, Run”, involves top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem who is known for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild parties, where he brings in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's parties and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A woman has been found murdered in her car and a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window. When a third mutilated body is discovered, rumors of three serial killers on the loose send Washington D.C. into an all-out frenzy. Alex is under so much pressure to solve these three cases that he hasn't noticed that someone is investigating him, someone so obsessed they'll do anything to get the vengeance they require.

Several of our patrons enjoy reading a humorous story. If this genre is of interest to you, stop in and pick up Haywood Smith’s, “Out of Warranty”. In this novel Smith pokes fun of the healthcare system. When widowed Cassie Jones is written off by countless doctors, she finally finds one who diagnoses her with a rare genetic form of arthritis. The condition is manageable, but not curable, however her health insurance refuses to pay for most of her expensive medications and treatment. So widowed Cassie, still in mourning and facing destitution because of her medical bills, decides she has to remarry for better health coverage. She meets one-legged hermit Jack Wilson, on the same appointment schedule at their specialist’s, who’s rude and obnoxious, but eventually tries to help by setting up e-dating for Cassie. After a crazy round of fix-ups and e-dating, Cassie’s left with no hope and no prospects.  That’s when Jack offers a strictly business marriage that could solve both their problems.

You may also find Jen Lancaster’s, “Here We Go Again”, entertaining. During Lissy Ryder’s high school years she was the Prom Queen and Mean Girl who spent her teen making everyone miserable. Twenty years after ruling the hall of her school, Lissy doesn’t understand why her glory days have ended. At that time she was worshipped and feared. Now days she finds herself with a pink slip from her high paying job, a husband who dumped her, and living with her parents after being kicked out of her condo. She wonders if her present, miserable life is pay-back for her past.

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