Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bound by Antonya Nelson

Bound is full of moral dilemmas. The characters must face up to their responsibilities, from their own pets to friends, families and the world they live in. After learning of her high school best friend Misty's death, is Catherine Desplaines obliged to be the legal guardian to Misty's daughter Cattie? Also, how can Catherine's husband Oliver justify his adulteries by thinking that he doesn't purposely seek for it, but love just stumbles upon him like an "accident?" Tying in the apprehension of the BTK serial killer in Wichita a couple years ago, Nelson's new novel makes for a thought provoking read.

Hell's Corner by David Baldacci

Oliver Stone is asked (by the government no less) to investigate a bombing that was successfully carried out right across the street from the White House. Which nasty group is responsible? Was the bombing an accident or a test, and is a bigger terrorist event planned? Oliver isn't completely comfortable working for the government that betrayed him, and finds himself misled and manipulated at every turn. He has the help of a competent and interesting British agent, but he is reluctant to involve the Camel Club. Nevertheless, he wants to solve the case, and it turns out he needs all the help he can get. Hell's Corner is a decent thriller, but not one of Baldacci's best.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

The economy has made things tough for Boston private eyes Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. Patrick is forced to take work he doesn't like and can't afford to take work that doesn't pay. Still, when a woman from his past asks him to look once again for her niece (Amanda McCready from Gone, Baby, Gone) who is now 16, Kenzie can't say no. It's a great tale you won't want to miss!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Confession by John Grisham

An innocent man sits on death row in Texas. His execution date is fast approaching. The man who is actually guilty of the crime is dying of brain tumor and decides to do the right thing and confess to the crime. With the help of a Kansas preacher and a committed defense attorney, he sets out to free the condemned man. It's a page-turning read with interesting characters and moral dilemmas. This would be a great book for discussion groups!