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Nancy's Notes - March 14, 2013

“Downton Abbey” PBS series, "The Racketeer" by John Grisham, “Suspect” by Robert Crais.

The PBS series “Downton Abbey” has gotten endless press in magazines and on talk shows. Currently ending its third season on television, the library decided to purchase the first two seasons on DVD. I must admit it becomes an obsession once you get involved with the characters. It is basically an English soap opera, but they have the best costuming and its fun to see how the aristocrats lived in the early 1900s. If you are interested in watching the two seasons make sure to set aside plenty of time as there is several hours of viewing.
"The Racketeer", known as Malcom Bannister, is currently housed in the Federal Prison Camp near Frostmburg, Maryland. And what does he have to do with the Judge Fawcett’s demise? On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. A large, secure safe was found opened and emptied. What was in the safe? The FBI wants to know and Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them, for a price—especially information relating to the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death.
We have purchased, “Suspect”, by suspense writer, Robert Crais.    
LAPD cop Scott James is not doing well eight months after a night time assault by unidentified men who killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty, until he meets his new partner. Maggie, she is also struggling. A German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler to an IED, her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance when they set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie.  What they begin to find is nothing like what Scott has been told.
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