Christine's Choices

Christine
Christine (CVS) reads a smidgen of all genres. She states that after joining the MG staff, she has had the great privilege of expanding her appreciation by speaking with other staff members and customers, all of whom are willing to share their enthusiasm for authors new and old. Christine is also our Fearless Book Discussion Group Leader.


 

 

 

Book List
$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780316220064
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Published: Orbit, 3/2013

Speculative Fiction 

Welcome to the Freezone and the fourth book in the SamuilPetrovitch series. Sam’s adopted daughter Lucy has gone missing in the Alaskan wilderness. Not content with the US handling of the situation, Petrovitch travels to America to conduct his own inquiries into her disappearance. He is hindered along the way by disinformation and stonewalling. Sam is not always a likeable person. He is at times threatening, manipulating and violent. He is part Cyborg, a computer genius and right 95% of the time. The remaining 5% is almost his undoing. You do not have to have read the previous books, but it will give you a better insight into the characters. I tore through this novel as I have the previous three in the series. Simon Morden was awarded the 2011 Philip K. Dick Award for the trilogy.

– Christine


Murder Season (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780312366179
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Published: Minotaur Books, 12/2011
The book’s dust jacket will give you the nitty gritty, but there is so much more to the story than that.

There are many reasons why I recommend this series (City of Fire, Lost Witness) -- strong, interesting and dysfunctional characters, a good mix of old fashioned detective work with heart pounding action, and protagonist Lena Gamble, a Homicide Special detective in the elite Robbery Homicide Division for the city of Los Angeles.

The character of Lena Gamble as established by Robert Ellis is a homicide detective without the drawbacks sometimes associated with female police officers – sexual harassment, not being accepted by other detectives, etc. Granted, she does seem to have her fair share of run-ins and stone walling by higher ups but that comes with the territory.

Murder Season certainly lives up to its title. The homicides actually begin before the first chapter and continue throughout, each a careful response to a perceived threat to our villain. The investigation is hampered by the District Attorney’s office and lost evidence. Just when you think you know the who and the why, you don’t. Just when you think you know a character (alive or dead), you’re wrong again.

There is one character in particular who totally blindsided me and Lena. And the emotional rollercoaster that comes with this character’s revelation becomes the crux of the last third of the story. The story does come to a most fitting conclusion with the very last sentence (but please don’t cheat yourself and read ahead).

If you are looking for a cozy, this is not it. However, should you favor Michael Connelly or T. Jefferson Parker, you should enjoy Murder Season.

--CVS


The Weight (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780307379191
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Published: Pantheon, 11/2010

Andrew Vachss returns with a mesmerizing novel about a hard-core thief who’s about to embark on a job that will alter his life forever.

Sugar is that rarest of commodities: an old-school professional thief, tough and loyal as a pit bull, packing 255 pounds of muscle. When he’s picked out of a photo array in a vicious rape case, the cops find his apartment empty. A stakeout catches Sugar when he returns . . . carrying a loaded pistol. The sex-crime cops get nothing from their interrogation, but a streetwise detective figures out why Sugar offers no alibi: at the time of the rape, a holiday-weekend break-in job was being pulled at a jewelry store. The DA offers Sugar two options: give up his partners in the jewelry heist and walk, or plead to the rape he didn’t commit—and he’ll toss in the gun charge. For Sugar, that’s not two options; he takes the weight.

When Sugar finishes his time, his money is waiting for him, held by Solly, the mastermind behind the jewelry heist. But Solly tells Sugar that one of the heist crew was actually sent by another planner—and that planner has just died. In Sugar’s world, all loose threads must be cut. He suspects that there’s more to this job than what Solly is telling him. But nothing he suspects or imagines can prepare him for what he finds . . .


Book of Shadows (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780312384715
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Published: St. Martin's Press, 6/2010

Homicide detective Adam Garrett is already a rising star in the Boston police department when he and his cynical partner, Carl Landauer, catch a horrifying case that could make their careers: the ritualistic murder of a wealthy college girl that appears to have Satanic elements. 

The partners make a quick arrest when all evidence points to another student, a troubled musician in a Goth band who was either dating or stalking the murdered girl. But Garrett’s case is turned upside down when beautiful, mysterious Tanith Cabarrus, a practicing witch from nearby Salem, walks into the homicide bureau and insists that the real perpetrator is still at large. Tanith claims to have had psychic visions that the killer has ritually sacrificed other teenagers in his attempts to summon a powerful, ancient demon.  

All Garrett's beliefs about the nature of reality will be tested as he is forced to team up with a woman he is fiercely attracted to but cannot trust, in a race to uncover a psychotic killer before he strikes again.


The Accidental Sorcerer (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780316035422
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Published: Orbit, 1/2009

Gerald Dunwoody is a wizard. Just not a particularly good one. He's blown up a factory, lost his job, and there's a chance that he's not really a Third Grade wizard after all. So it's off to New Ottosland to be the new Court Wizard for King Lional.

It's a shame that King Lional isn't the vain, self-centered young man he appeared to be. With a Princess in danger, a talking bird who can't stay out of trouble, and a kingdom to save, Gerald soon suspects that he might be out of his depth. And if he can't keep this job, how will he ever become the wizard he was destined to be...

THE ACCIDENTAL SORCERER is the first novel in the Rogue Agent trilogy, from one of fantasy's newest stars.


Graceling (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780547258300
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Published: Graphia, 9/2009
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.      When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Sandman Slim (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780061976261
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Published: Harper Voyager, 5/2010
Life sucks, then you die. Period. Unless you're James Stark, a hitman in Hell for eleven years before escaping back up to Hell-on-earth L.A.—looking for revenge, absolution . . . love, maybe. But Hell's not through with Stark. Heaven's not either.