Allison Public Library Notes 5/07
“THE 20TH VICTIM” by James Patterson . . . Three victims, three bullets, three cities. The shooters' aim is as fearsomely precise as their target selection. When Lindsay realizes that the fallen men and women excel in a lucrative, criminal activity, she leads the charge in the manhunt for the killers. As the casualty list expands, fear and fascination with this suspicious shooting gallery galvanizes the country. The victims were no angels, but are the shooters villains . . . or heroes?
“THE WEDDING DRESS” by Danielle Steel . . . The Parisian design houses in 1928, the crash of 1929, the losses of war, the drug culture of the 1960's; history holds many surprises, and lives are changed forever. For richer or for poorer, in cramped apartments and grand mansions, the treasured wedding dress made in Paris in 1928 follows each generation into their new lives, and represents different hopes for each of them, as they marry very different men.
“SEA WIFE” by Amity Gaige . . . A gripping tale of survival at sea, but that's just the beginning. It is a transporting novel about marriage, family and love in a time of unprecedented turmoil. It is unforgettable in its power and astonishingly perceptive in its portrayal of optimism, disillusionment, and survival.
“WALK THE WIRE” by David Baldacci . . . When Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are called to London, North Dakota, they instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted an onslaught of newcomers all hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has also brought a slew of problems with it, including drugs, property crimes, prostitution -- and now murder.
“THE TOURIST ATTRACTION” by Sarah Morgenthaler . . . After only two weeks in Moose Springs, Alaska, Zoe Caldwell falls in love with the mountains and the wilderness and possibly also the grumpy owner of a local diner called The Tourist Trap. When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he's stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless parade of resort visitors who couldn't interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way...
“FATAL STRIKE” by Diann Mills . . . There’s a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible. Their best lead is an eyewitness who identifies a young man dumping the third body on a church doorstep. But their suspect has gone into hiding, and those closest to him are reluctant to reveal anything that might help investigators find him.
“A TRAIL OF CRUMBS” by Susie Finkbeiner . . . Pearl Spence has been through more in her young life than most folks could handle. But through it all, her family has been by her side. They may not be perfect, but they love her and they all love each other, come what may. Now her family is fleeing their Oklahoma wasteland. Pearl isn’t sure she’ll ever see home or happiness again. Are there any crumbs powerful enough to guide her back to the dependable life she once knew?
“IGNITE ON CONTACT” by Jaci Burton . . . A self-proclaimed bachelor, firefighter Rafe Donovan unexpectedly finds someone he wants to spend the rest of his life with in ER nurse Carmen Lewis—if only he can convince her that what they have is the real deal.
“MY NAME IS TANI” by Tanitoluwa Adewumi . . . Do you believe in miracles? Tani Adewumi does. An eight-year-old refugee from Nigeria, Tani shocked the ultra-exclusive chess club community when he won the New York State Chess Championship after only playing the game for a year. But what no one realized is that his story was already full of miracles.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“MY JASPER JUNE” by Laurel Snyder . . . Two girls who feel alone and lost bond over their shared emotions during the summer but find their friendship tested when the realities of their home lives intrude once more.
“MR. CAT AND THE LITTLE GIRL” by Wang Yuwei . . . Mr. Cat spends his days alone. When he goes out to paint a beautiful winter landscape, he finds a little girl. He decides to take her home. The girl colors his world… until she disappears. In memory of Marlys Miller.
“FLY” by Mark Teague . . . Mama bird wants Baby bird to learn to fly so he can migrate with the rest of the flock, but Baby bird would rather go by hot air balloon or car, instead.
NEW DVDs for your viewing enjoyment: RICHARD JEWELL, LITTLE WOMEN, and STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.