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Nancy's Notes - October 24, 2013

“Practice to Deceive” by Ann Rule, “Inherit the Dead” by Lee Child, “Jacob’s Oath” by Martin Fletcher

Author Ann Rule is known for her “true crime” books. Her latest is entitled “Practice to Deceive”. The story takes place in Puget Sound, on Whidbey Island, accessible only by ferry and Deception Pass Bridge. It is known for its artistic communities and natural beauty, a place where everyone tends to know one another’s business. But when the bloody body of Russel Douglas was discovered the day after Christmas in his SUV  near Whidbey’s most exclusive mansions, the whole island was shocked. A single bullet between his eyes was the cause of death, but no one could imagine who could plot such a cold-blooded crime. At first, police suspected suicide but when they found no gun in or near the SUV, Russel’s manner of death became homicide. A host of Whidbey residents soon fell under suspicion.        
        Perry Christo is a PI in Lee Child’s, “Inherit the Dead”. He is a former cop who lost his badge and his family when a corruption scandal left him broke and disgraced. When wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla summons him one cold February night, he grabs what seems to be a straightforward, lucrative case. The socialite is looking for her aimless daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young woman. But as Christo digs deeper, he discovers there’s more to “Angel” than meets the eye. Her father, her best friend, her boyfriends all have agendas of their own. Angel, he soon realizes, may be in grave danger . . . and if Christo gets too close, he just might get caught in the crossfire.
    Martin Fletcher is the author of “Jacob’s Oath”. The story begins as World War II winds to a close. Europe's roads are clogged with twenty million exhausted refugees walking home. Among them are Jacob and Sarah, Holocaust survivors who meet in Heidelberg. Jacob is consumed with hatred and cannot rest until he has killed his brother’s murderer, a concentration camp guard nicknamed "The Rat." Now he must choose between revenge and love, between avenging the past and building a future.
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