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Nancy Notes - May 10, 2012

“A Devil is Waiting” by Jack Higgins, “Stay Close” by Harlan Coben, “Defending Jacob” by William Landay.

Jack Higgins has become popular for the “thrillers” he writes. His latest, “A Devil is Waiting”, begins in London where the President arrives to a not entirely warm welcome. A fanatical mullah is offering a blessing to anyone who will assassinate him. Most of London thinks the mullah has crossed the line, but a few think otherwise. Sean Dion, General Charles Ferguson, and a small band known as the “Prime Minster’s private army” are called in along with Sara Gideon. Gideon, an Afghan war hero, has her own contacts. The more she explores the threat, the more she discovers herself in a very dark place. For the assassination plan is only the beginning.
    Harlan Coben is back with, “Stay Close”. It involves a dissatisfied soccer mom, a talented photographer stuck in a dead-end job, and a detective who can’t let go of a cold case. The three, living lives they never wanted, are hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect. They also find that the past never truly fades away, and events of long-ago can resurface in the present and threaten to ruin lives. The three will soon discover that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.
    William Landay’s, “Defending Jacob”, is a legal thriller about a murder trial. Andy Barber has been a highly respected assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He lives a happy life his wife and son, Jacob. When a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided when he discovers fourteen-year old Jacob is charged with the murder of a fellow student. Andy rallies to protect his son, who claims his innocence. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, Andy must decide between loyalty and justice.
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