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Dennis Lehane - World Gone By

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Late spring, 1943. The world is at war but the American mob is in its heyday. Former crime boss Joe Coughlin now works as a consigliere to the infamous Bartolo Crime Family, effortlessly handling its interests in Tampa, Boston, and Cuba. In the decade since he lost his wife in a cascade of bullets, Joe has made a home for himself and his son, and once again forged everything out of nothing: money, power, a relationship with a beautiful woman, and a privileged place in Tampa's shadowy underworld.

But a rumor surfaces that someone wants Joe dead. And he has only days to figure out who, or he will die. And then there's the ghost--a young boy who appears on the fringes of Joe's vision and seems to be trying to tell him something. Racing against time and fate, Joe hurtles through a violent yet intoxicating world on the brink of total collapse or epic triumph, a world on the cusp of reinvention and rebirth--where the old codes, the old sins, and the old dreams may soon be swept away once and for all.

New Author Signings

Thursday April 16th at Noon - Shawn Lawrence Otto signs Sins of Our Fathers

From the screenwriter of the Oscar-nominated House of Sand and Fog, a fierce, elegant, thriller about race, money, and the American Dream. JW is a small-town banker. whose specialty is teaching other bankers in towns near Indian reservations how to profit from casino deposits without exposing themselves to risk. But he’s a deeply troubled man,  having lost his son in a car accident a year ago, his wife is leaving him, and he can't stop gambling. Caught embezzling funds to support his addiction, JW's boss offers him a choice: go to prison, or use his talents to sabotage a competing Native American banker named Johnny Eagle.

Lawrence's book was chosen as a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in the Mystery/Thriller categrory! Grats!

Saturday May 23rd at Noon - Tina Connolly signs Seriously Wicked

Portland Author. Camellia's adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom's a seriously wicked witch. Cam's used to stopping the witch's crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose--and into Devon, the cute new boy at school. Suddenly Cam's got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance. To stop the demon before he destroys Devon's soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she's willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she's wicked too?

Tuesday August 25th at Noon - Richard Kadrey signs Killing Pretty

James Stark has met his share of demons and angels, on earth and beyond. Now, he's come face to face with the one entity few care to meet: Death. Someone has tried to kill Death--ripping the heart right out of him--or rather the body he's inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim's help: he believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder. Stark follows a sordid trail deep into LA's subterranean world, from vampire-infested nightclubs to talent agencies specializing in mad ghosts, from Weimar Republic mystical societies to sleazy supernatural underground fight and sex clubs. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl--distinguished by a pair of graveyard eyes--as badass as Slim: she happens to be the only person who ever outwitted Death. But escaping her demise has had dire consequences for the rest of the world . . . and a few others.

Saturday June 20th at Noon - Craig Johnson signs Dry Bones

Walt doesn’t think the big news about the discovery of a complete T Rex fossil has anything to do with him. And it doesn’t. But the murder of the farmer who discovered it on his land does. What erupts is a nasty fight over ownership of the incredible find. We say give it to Dog…

Signed Copies Coming Soon!

Robert Crais – The Promise

Has been Postponed until November 5th! We are still going to be getting signed copies, but just a bit later than we thought!

Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice--these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they "keep" it. Even if it could get them killed. When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case--until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.

Meanwhile, in another part of the city, LAPD officer Scott James and his patrol dog, Maggie, enter an abandoned building to locate an armed and dangerous thief, only to discover far more than they expected: The fugitive is dead, the building is filled with explosives, and Scott and Maggie are assaulted by a hidden man who escapes in the chaos, all as a bloodied Joe Pike watches from the shadows.

Soon, Scott and Maggie find themselves targeted by that man, and, as their case intertwines with Elvis and Joe's, joining forces to follow the trail of the missing woman as well. From inner-city drug traffickers to a shadowy group of Afghan war veterans with ties to a terrorist cell, the people they encounter on that trail add up to ever-increasing odds, and soon the four of them are fighting to find the woman not only before she is killed . . . but before the same fate happens to one of them.

What We've Been Reading

Mason Cross - The Killing Season

Fran Recommends:

It's no secret I have a fondness for debuts, and if you're looking for well written action and tons of fun, Mason Cross's debut The Killing Season is perfect!

Caleb Wardell made his mark on Chicago as the infamous "Chicago Sniper" and he's headed for death row. There's no doubt he's guilty; he said if he ever got out, he'd kill again.  While being transported, Wardell escapes, and the FBI is in an uproar. They want Wardell caught, and they don't want to public to know he's escaped, so they bring in a specialist, someone who's exceptional at finding people who don't want to be found.

"The first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake. That name no more belonged to me than the hotel room I was occupying when the call came in."

Blake teams up with up and coming FBI agent Elaine Banner, and together they try to figure out where Wardell will go, who his targets will be, and do their best to stop him. But Banner doesn't want Blake's help, and when things go wrong, both Blake and Banner have to come to a truce in order to do what needs to be done.

Then Wardell discovers they're onto him, and that just adds spice to his game. He so loves a challenge!

    "One final question needed asking. 'Black, white, or gray?"

    There was a pause, and I could sense the owner of the voice on the other end of the line grinning.

    "As the driven snow. You'll like it."

    I sighed and leaned back in the chair again, relenting. 'All right," I said. 'Tell me what happened two hours ago.'"

Mason Cross has created a great character. Granted, Carter Blake may be just a bit too good to be true, but I love the fact that he's not tall, dark and handsome. He's fairly nondescript, easily overlooked and underestimated. He's not your prototypical fixer, and he has his own moral standards. I hope that Cross continues this series, because I'd love to see Blake in a "black" or "gray" situation, to see how his tactics and attitude might change.

We get to see things from various people's points of view - Blake's, Banner's, Wardell's, some other characters, and Cross has the talent to keep the story moving forward and he never lets it become confusing. Each switch in perspective gives you new insight into the people in The Killing Season, and they're multi-layered and complex, and while I know a sequel (or, dare I hope, a series?) wouldn't bring many of these people back into Blake's life, the time spent with them is well worth it.

Do yourself a favor and take a chance on an unknown author. Mason Cross is worth it!

Phillip Kerr - The Lady from Zagreb

JB Recommends:

The latest Bernie Gunther from Phillip Kerr concerns an aspect of WW II history about which I’d never heard – Nazi plans to invade Switzerland and Swiss plans to defend their country. Of course, there’s other things going on in The Lady from Zagreb and Bernie is up to his tunic in trying to stay on the side of the angels and on this side of the grave. Caught up between Dr. Goebbels and a movie star he covets, the book follows Gunther from Berlin to Zagreb and the killing fields of Croatia and back, and into the delicate balance of peace in which the Swiss live.

Unlike some of the past stories, this one unfolds in a fairly short period of time and focuses more on Bernie’s reputation as a detective. The sick center of these books is, of course, that there is so much murder taking place that a policeman’s work is really beside the point. And that is brought up time and again since Bernie is just back from the slaughter in Poland. And as grisly as that job was, what awaits him in Croatia stuns even the hardened Kripo copper.

But investigate murders he does but cause that is his nature. There’s a lawyer coshed with a brass bust of Hitler, there are spies from the US (including one famous one), undercover Gestapo agents, Swiss detectives, a writer of mysteries and, really, a Lady in the Lake ( a sly reference to Chandler’s novel published that same year). And then there is the woman of the title, a lovely, provocative and dangerous dame. And, finally, you’ll learn where his wife came from, the one with whom he ran a hotel after the war.

Kerr writes in the afterward (something always to be read before reading the fiction) that he had thought he’d finished with Gunther but was prevailed to write another one and that there will be another one in 2016.

Oh boy. If you like Chandlerian mysteries and you like fiction laced with historical figures and events, you should be reading Kerr’s Bernie Gunther books. They’re terrific.

Richard Kadrey! Signing August 25th at Noon

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Collectible Corner

Ellis Peters - The Confession Of Brother Haluim

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: Mysterious Press, 1988. First American edition. Hard Cover.

Signed on title page. Slight shelf wear to bottom edges of book and jacket. 15th in the Brother Cadfael series. In mylar dj protector.

Ellis Peters - The Heretic's Apprentice

Book Condition - Fine / DJ Condition - Fine

New York: Mysterious Press, 1990. First American edition. Hard Cover.

Signed on title page. barest hint of shelf wear, light foxing to tops of pages, otherwise as new. 16th with Brother Cadfael. In mylar dj protector.

YA Mysteries!

Catherine Jinks - How To Catch A Bogle

Birdie McAdam, a ten-year-old orphan, is tougher than she looks. She's proud of her job as apprentice to Alfred the Bogler, a man who catches monsters for a living. Birdie lures the bogles out of their lairs with her sweet songs, and Alfred kills them before they kill her. On the mean streets of Victorian England, hunting bogles is actually "less "dangerous work than mudlarking for scraps along the vile river Thames (see glossary!). Or so it seems--until the orphans of London start to disappear . . .

Mary Rose Wood - The Unmapped Sea

The Incorrigible Children Of Ashton Place are back!

Lord Fredrick Ashton may not feel ready to be a father, but with a little Ashton on the way, he's sure about one thing: The wolfish curse on his family must end soon, before the child is born. Penelope willingly takes on the challenge; when Lady Constance's doctor prescribes a seaside holiday, Penelope jumps at the chance to take the three Incorrigible children to Brighton, where she hopes to persuade the old sailor Pudge to reveal what he knows about the Ashton curse.

But the Ashtons are not the only ones at the beach in January. The passionately temperamental Babushkinov family is also taking the winter waters. The Incorrigible children may have been raised by wolves, but the Babushkinov children are the wildest creatures they've ever seen. Is it more than mere coincidence that these untamed children have turned up in Brighton just as Penelope and the Incorrigibles arrive?

Donna Leon Mysteries

Donna Leon - Falling In Love

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Donna Leon's Death at La Fenice the first novel in her beloved Commissario Guido Brunetti series, introduced readers to the glamorous and cutthroat world of opera and one of Italy's finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli--then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor. Years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in "Tosca."

Brunetti and his wife, Paola, attend an early performance, and Flavia receives a standing ovation. Back in her dressing room, she finds bouquets of yellow roses--too many roses. Every surface of the room is covered with them. An anonymous fan has been showering Flavia with these beautiful gifts in London, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, and now, Venice, but she no longer feels flattered. A few nights later, invited by Brunetti to dine at his in-laws' palazzo, Flavia confesses her alarm at these excessive displays of adoration. And when a talented young Venetian singer who has caught Flavia's attention is savagely attacked, Brunetti begins to think that Flavia's fears are justified in ways neither of them imagined. He must enter in the psyche of an obsessive fan before Flavia, or anyone else, comes to harm.

Donna Leon - Death At La Fenice

Beautiful and serene Venice is a city almost devoid of crime. But that is little comfort to Maestro Helmut Wellauer, a world-renowned conductor whose intermission refreshment comes one night with a little something extra in it-cyanide. For Guido Brunetti, vice-commissario of police and detective genius, finding a suspect isn't a problem; narrowing the large and unconventional group of enemies down to one is. As the suave and pithy Brunetti pieces together clues, a shocking picture of depravity and revenge emerges, leaving him torn between what is and what should be right -- and questioning what the law can do, and what needs to be done.

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David Graeber - The Utopia Of Rules

Where does the desire for endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from? How did we come to spend so much of our time filling out forms? And just how much are our lives being ruined by all this nonstop documentation?

To answer these questions, anthropologist David Graeber--one of our most important and provocative thinkers--traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we relate to bureaucracy today and reveals how it shapes our lives in ways we may not even notice.""Is the inane, annoying paperwork we confront every day really a cipher for state violence? And is the capitalist promise of salvation-through-technology just a tool for the powerful to exert more control? Graeber""provides a forceful, radical answer to these questions, though he also suggests that there may be something perversely appealing--even romantic--about bureaucracy.

Leaping from the ascendance of right-wing economics in the second half of the twentieth century to the hidden meanings behind James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, and Batman, "The Utopia of Rules" is at once a powerful work of social theory in the tradition of Foucault and Marx, and an entertaining reckoning with popular culture that calls to mind Slavoj iek at his most accessible.