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The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair is the first novel in a new mystery series featuring Inspector Ricardo Ramirez head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit. When his grandmother died, she said she was passing a gift to him but Ramirez is convinced he is dying from a rare dementia that he thinks killed her. Inspector Ramirez sees ghosts of victims from his unsolved cases. Some he doesn't even know about yet.
In the meantime, he has only seventy-two hours to secure an indictment and prevent a vicious killer from leaving Cuba. The law in Cuba is that you must have an indictment within seventy-two hours or the suspect is free to leave. Inspector Ramirez is looking for the killer of a young boy found by a fisherman. While he looks, the child is always with him.
I found this novel smart with what felt like an insight into what it must be like to live in Cuba. With the embargo, the supplies needed for almost everything are hard to obtain, Castro's laws seem arbitrary, but the country's resilience and beauty remain. I look forward to more installments in this intelligent and provocative series.
This is the second in her series featuring gay Norwegian detective, Hanne Wilhelmsen. Oslo is under seige; the heat is blistering, and violent crime is running rampant. Wilhelmsen is called to a crime scene where there's no body, but there's a lot of blood -- with a number written in that blood. Is the blood even human? Is this just a prank? As more bloody numbers appear throughout the city, though, it soon becomes obvious that there's something sinister going on. The numbers correspond to the filing numbers of immigrants who have applied for Norwegian citizenship. They are all female and all missing. Do they have a serial killer on the loose? Jo Nesbø calls Anne Holt "The Godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction" and I have to say, there's a reason for him to say so. Her pacing and her sense of story, the way the crime unfolds all capture my interest, and the Hanne herself is quite interesting. I look forward to reading a lot more by Ms. Holt. Next month, Hachette is releasing the first two books (What is Mine and What Never Happens both in trade paper) of Ms. Holt's other series featuring Johanne Vik, an Oslo University psychology professor and former FBI profiler, and Adam Stubø, a detective inspector, in Oslo, Norway. I am looking forward to reading this new series and hope it's as satisfying as the Hanne Wilhelmsen series.
Roslund-Hellström 's Box 21 is a very gritty and dark tale of the sex slave industry in Sweden. It tells the story of two girls from Lithuania who come to Sweden for the promise of better jobs only to find out that they must repay their debt in a Stockholm brothel. Eventually, they find a chance for freedom and the opportunity to exact revenge on their keepers. Their story begins at this point, as Lydia and Alena embark on their plan to expose their captors and demand justice.
Police officers Sundkvist and Grens are on the trail of their enslavers and Jochum Lang, a nortorious mob enforcer, and Hilding Oldeus, a junkie on what may be his last bender. At the Soder Hospital all the characters' lives start to converge. It is a complicated story with a cast of intriguing characters which come together in unexpected and explosive ways.
This book is not for the faint of heart but it is gripping and very well written. I was a bit depressed when I finished it due to the subject matter but look forward to trying their next book, 3 Seconds.
Greg Rucka's second book in the Jad Bell series, Bravo begins two days after the attack at the theme park that nearly cost him his ex-wife and his daughter – that’s in Alpha, the first Bell book. He's still recovering and is on the hunt for the principal organizer of the attack, ‘the Uzbek’. He and his team are tasked with bringing in the Uzbek but he's just the tip of the iceberg. Jad learns that another attack is going to be launched and he is off to find the mastermind of that attack know only as The Architect.
There are two beautiful women who feature into this hunt. One is in the U.S. to aid in dispatching this new attack, and the other he captures while chasing the Uzbek. Can he trust either one?
Bravo is a fast paced ride from beginning to end. If you haven't read Alpha, start with it before reading Bravo. This is a great book for lovers of a racing suspense story such as the likes of Lee Child, David Baldacci, and Vince Flynn. I loved it but then again, I've loved everything I have read of Greg Rucka's.
Breakdown is Sara Paretsky's 16th book in the V.I. Warshawski series. I would say it's the best yet but I think I say that each time since she just gets better and better.
Camilla, Queen of the Night, is the shape-shifting raven character whose books thrill teen girls the world over. In Breakdown, a group of Chicago tweens, members of Chicago's Carmilla Club, hold an initiation ceremony in an old abandoned cemetery. There they stumble on a real corpse on a slab in an abandoned temple with a rod sticking out of his chest, vampire style. The girls belong to a bookclub that VI’s cousin Petra runs. VI’s been asked to find the girls as they’ve sneaked out late one night. She’s there when the body is found.
The girls are mostly members of some of Chicago's most powerful families. The grandfather of one, Chaim Salanter, is one of the world's wealthiest men; the mother of another, Sophy Durango, is the Illinois Democratic candidate for Senate.
For V. I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango? Or to Chaim Salanter's childhood in Nazi-occupied Lithuania? As V.I. struggles for answers, she finds herself fighting enemies who are all too human. This leads up to a completely surprising ending that made me want to skip to the last page … but I didn’t.
Joe Pickett returns in C. J. Box’s Breaking Point. Joe has always liked Butch Roberson. But when Roberson’s land is declared protected by the EPA, two EPA agents are murdered, and Butch disappears, Pickett finds himself forced into helping law enforcement to look for him. As he looks into Butch’s absence, Joe himself realizes that Butch may have had good reason for reaching his breaking point. The question remains as to whether Joe will also reach his own breaking point.
As with all C.J. Box’s books, I like how he makes me think about things outside my city-oriented awareness, and this one is based on a true story, which just adds to the suspense. C. J. Box knows how to tell a story that grips me and this is no exception. Be prepared to give up the day when you start reading this as it’s impossible to put down.
A Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen is the 3rd in the Department Q series and is up to his usual greatness. Detective Carl Mørck discovers an old bottle containing a desperate plea for help from years ago. With only that to go on he finds that it was written in blood by two brothers being held in a boathouse many years ago. Can he find out what happened and maybe even save them? His colleagues, Assad and Rose, are back with an appearance of a cousin (?) of Rose's. For those of you who have read the earlier two books in the series, need I say more? For those of you who haven't started this series, may I suggest you start these soon, they are great but you must start with The Keeper of Lost Causes. It's a GREAT series!
I've just finished the first in the new Junior Bender series by Timothy Hallinan and I loved it! Crashed is funny and thoughtful. Junior Bender is a high-end burglar with a heart of gold. He hired to steal a painting (a really funny scene) only to find out it was a set up so he could be blackmailed into taking a freelance job. The job is to find out who is sabotaging a movie being produced by one of LA's biggest crime bosses and stop it, but Junior's not sure he can do it, blackmail or not. It turns out the movie is an adult film starring a former well loved child star who is now destitute and drug addicted. His ex-wife and child are totally against it and Junior's caught between a rock and hard place.
I look forward reading the next installments of Junior Bender, Little Elvises and The Fame Thief, and getting to know him better. This is a real departure from Tim's Poke Rafferty series but just as well written and so much fun.
Thanks to a recommend from a customer (thank you Sharyl), I recently read what I think is the freshest take on a detective that I have read in a long time,The First Rule of Ten by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay.
Tenzing Norbu ("Ten" for short) is the son of a 60's hippy who went to India to find enlightenment and ended up having a son with a Tibetan monk. Ten grew up shuttling between his mother's apartment in Paris and the monestary in India. Growing up in the monestary, Ten had a hard time with the rules and always wanted to be Sherlock Holmes. When Ten turned eighteen, a high ranking monk sent him to California to teach meditation. That never happened; instead, Ten became an LA detective.
When Ten is shot, he decides it's time to quit and become the private eye as he has always wanted to be one. Ten takes on his first case which involves three dead bodies and a beautiful woman. Ten's first rule is "Don't ignore intuitive tickles lest they reappear as sledgehammers” and every time he forgets this rule, mayhem follows. If I have my way, there will be at least 100 rules of Ten.
A few weeks ago, French author Bernard Minier stopped in to meet us and talk about his book, The Frozen Dead. We got the sales rep to send us a copy and I started to read it. In a snowbound valley in the French Pyrenees, the body of a frozen headless animal hangs out from the edge of a frozen cliff at a power station. The body has been purposely displayed at a place where it seems unimaginable. At the same time, a young psychiatrist has just started her first job at a local secure asylum for the criminally insane. As Commandant Servaz is called to investigate the headless corpse, it is discovered that DNA from one of the asylum's most notorious inmates was found at the scene. It's only a matter of days before a human body is found. Commandant Servaz and his colleague, Irene Ziegler, must use all their skills to solve this terrifying mystery. I so hope this is the first of many in a new series. I loved the characters and the tense plotting. Another book that I couldn't put down. My house is really getting dirty these days.
Roger Brown recruits CEO types for large corporations, He's considered to be the best headhunter in Norway. Just one little problem, he's living above his means, supporting his beautiful wife's art gallery, and he loves to steal art. At the gallery's opening, he meets Clas Greve, the perfect candidate for a CEO position he's trying to fill. As Roger works with Greve, he discovers the man has a long-missing Ruebens. Roger sees the painting as his way to financial independence and starts planning his biggest theft yet. But things don't go the way he plans and it just goes from bad to worse in this darkly funny book.
This is a huge departure for Nesbø. I had to keep reminding myself that he wrote this in the first person present tense so it reads more like a journal and not like a Harry Hole book at all. It is a starkly different approach but it didn’t stop me from loving it. I heard an interview with him where he said wrting this book was like writing a song, it wrote itself quickly. The Harry Hole books take much longer for him to construct.
But speaking of Harry Hole, Jo established the Harry Hole Foundation in 2008 to help fight illiteracy in third world countries and all proceeds from Headhunters in all forms, including the Swedish movie, are going to the foundation. So not only is it a good book but a good cause.
Biographer Erica Falck travels back to her tiny hometown of Fjallbacka after her parents have died only to find that her childhood best friend was found with her wrists slashed and her body in a bathtub of frozen water. Erica is haunted by why her friend would kill herself and, as she investigates, she begins to uncover a decades-old mystery long hidden in the idyllic little town.
She teams up with local police detective Patrik Hedstom to investigate and, as they uncover clues, it becomes apparent there is someone out there who would risk everything to hide the secret. The Ice Princess kept me guessing until the very end. This is one of the most accessable Swedish authors I have read and she reminded me of both Louise Penny and Ann Cleeves, two writers I never miss.
Jennifer Murphy, I Love You More, starts when Picasso Lane's father is murdered at their summer beach house on the Eastern Shore. Picasso is twelve years old and her mother is the prime suspect. At least until the police discover his second wife, and then his third. The women say they have never met but the police suspect differently and Picasso knows differently. The story is rivetingly told using the various voices, mainly Picasso, the wives, and the police. I had planned on doing errands the day I picked this up but I just couldn't stop reading until the final conclusion.
Burt Weissbourd's Inside Passage is the 1st in a trilogy of Corey Logan novels. Corey has just been released from prison, she knows she was set up and by whom but her only concern now is to get her son back from foster care. To get him back, she must make a good impression on her court appointed psychiatrist, Abe Stein. Abe doesn't believe she was set up until his mother falls for a charming new up-and-coming candidate for attorney general of Washington. Corey finds herself deeper in trouble so she and her son take off on the run taking her boat up to the San Juans.
This book is set in Seattle, Bainbridge, and up in the San Juans. I loved the settings, it's so fun to see descriptions of things you know, but most of all I LOVED the characters. I cannot wait until the next installment to see what awaits Corey next.
I just finished Owen Laukkanen's third book, Kill Fee and I was almost late for work. Kill Fee starts when Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens and his sometimes-partner FBI Agent Carla Windermer witness a sniper assassination in downtown St. Paul. The murder victim seems like an upstanding citizen with no criminal ties. When the victim’s cousin is then murdered, Stevens gets drawn into the investigation with the FBI.
In the first two novels in this series, The Professionals and Criminal Enterprise, I really liked them but always felt I was missing something: in both books, the non-violent criminals suddenly turn violent. These transitions were, I thought, too abrupt. In Kill Fee, I think everything is perfect. I like to know about the reasons for things and, this time, I felt Owen got it just right.
Needless to say, I loved this book! I feel like Owen is really hitting his stride in Kill Fee.
After being laid off for several months, Alice Humphrey has found her dream job – setting up and managing a new gallery in New York’s meat-packing district. But when she arrives at work one day and the walls are stripped bare and there’s a dead body, things go decidedly downhill.
Alafair Burke’s new stand-alone novel, Long Gone, kept me in suspense all the way through. I learned a lot about the character, which I always like, and I never saw the ending coming.
When Bill, our shop founder, loaned me Kirsten Grind's The Lost Bank, my assumption was that I I'd read about 20 pages and end by throwing it against the wall. Most of us are still frustrated by the whole banking fiasco and this failure was more personal on a couple of levels. Instead, I couldn't put it down.
Thought not a traditional mystery, what I found was an amazing and thoughtful unravelling of the mystery of Washington Mutual's failure in 2008. Kirsten has told the story from when Lou Pepper stepped in to save it in the 1980's during the Savings and Loan crisis, through 1990's under Kerry Killinger when it was buying up banks right and left, to 2008 when it was finally closed and given to JP Morgan Chase. (I was there as an IT contractor through the 1990's when it seemed every long weekend was spent there converting whichever new bank that WaMu had just purchased. It was an exciting time.)
Kirsten – who covered the story for the Puget Sound Business Journal - has told the story in such an insightful way showing the years that she put into reasearching the biggest bank failure in American history and it is a testament to her writing that I just couldn't stop reading it. Even though this might be a hard book for a lot of people in Seattle to read, I think it needs to be read. It explains a lot about the recent banking crisis and there are a lot of lessons to be learned here.
In Atkin’s Edgar nominated The Ranger, Quinn Colson has just returned to his hometown of Tibbehah County Mississippi, to find it mired in corruption. In The Lost Ones, he is now the sheriff and it looks like one of his old buddies is involved in illegal gun sales. In addition, an abused child case leads him and his deputy Lillie Virgil to a bootlegged-baby racket. I think this is a really good action series, somewhere between a mystery and a western that would be great for readers that enjoy Lee Child among others.
I am happy to report there is a new female detective series (at least, I hope it’s a series!) starting in the tradition of V.I. Warshawski, Carlotta Carlyle, Sharon McCone, and others. In Ingrid Thoft's debut, Loyalty, we are introduced to Fina Ludlow and her family.
Fina's part of a dysfunctional family of lawyers but she has always been the black sheep of the family. She abandoned law school and her father now has her working in the family’s firm as an investigator. When her sister-in-law disappears, she's appointed by the family to find out what's happened. It's quite a ride getting to know Fina's family and following all the twists in the case.
I liked the character and look forward to getting to know Fina better. Ingrid Throft was born in Boston but now lives here in Seattle (she moved out here specifically to go to the University of Washington to get her private eye’s certification – according to the back of the advance copy I read). The only thing I wish is that instead of Boston that it had been set here in Seattle. There are too many local authors writing about other places and I would love to see more books set here. We are hoping for a signing when the book is published.
It's no secret that I like Ace Atkins so I was happy to read his two new books, Robert B Parker's Lullaby and The Lost Ones. I have not read a lot of Robert B. Parker but I loved Ace's take on Spenser and, according to another customer who is a Parker fan, Ace did a really good job. A young girl walks into Spenser's office and asks him to find out about her mother's murder. A man was convicted of it but she is convinced he is innocent and wants Parker to find the real killer. The banter between Spenser and Hawk reminded me very much of Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and Joe Pike except Hawk talks more. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and it makes me want to read more Robert P. Parker and of course, Ace. Oh well, there goes the summer!
I have always loved Dennis Lehane (Fran said I looked starstruck when she introduced me!) but I hadn't read his Patrick and Angie books since they came out. Because of this, I decided to reread Gone Baby Gone before I started Moonlight Mile.
Ok, I read Gone Baby Gone followed by the new book, but it wasn't enough so I went back to the beginning. I have now reread the whole series beginning with A Drink Before the War.
I remember why I love those books so much. They are very dark but always with such emphasis on the relationships between Patrick, Angie, their friends, and their neighborhood in Boston. If you haven't read Dennis, I recommend you start. They are GREAT books. They are intense but always in some way leave me with a feeling of redemption. That may not be the right word -- I am a reader not a writer! Just take my word that you should read Dennis Lehane.
Fran here: Let me just echo what Adele said. It was great being back in Patrick and Angie's world. Briefly, the girl they'd gone to such desperate lengths to find in Gone Baby Gone is missing again, and this time finding her is pretty much an all-or-nothing situation, especially for Patrick.
As much as I've enjoyed his stand-alones, Dennis Lehane's “Patrick and Angie” series will always be the one I love best. Adele's right, if you haven't read them, start with A Drink Before The War and enjoy!
The O’Connor family is still healing after their loss, and in William Kent Krueger’s latest Cork O’Connor novel, Northwest Angle, Cork has pulled his family together for a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods. But a huge and terrifying storm strikes while Cork and Jenny are away, isolating them. When Jenny finds a young woman’s brutalized body and an abandoned baby, she and her father realize that they have stumbled onto something bigger than the aftermath of a storm.
As always, William Kent Krueger writes an engrossing and complex story that kept us turning pages. In this one, we see the story from multiple points of view, which ratchets up the tension, keeping the action and adrenaline flowing.
It’s no secret we’re fans of J. D. Robb’s “in Death” series with Eve Dallas, so we are all excited when a new book comes out, and we all devoured New York to Dallas.
This one is a notable departure for Robb, in that not only does it not take place in New York so we don’t have as much interaction with some of our favorite sidekicks, but delves deeply into Eve Dallas’ past, answering some questions that have been hanging around for 32 novels and several novellas.
New York to Dallas is going to be a must-read for established fans. For those of you who haven’t read J. D. Robb, we all strongly recommend that you begin with Naked in Death (Penguin, $7.99). These are tightly plotted, fast-paced and well written novels that are addicting!
I've also been reading my way through all the available Fred Vargas Inspector Adamsberg books, The Chalk Circle Man , Seeking Whom He May Devour, Have Mercy on Us All, Wash This Blood Clean From My Hands, This Night's Foul Work, and An Uncertain Place. I do recommend reading them in order (and that list is the order) as this engaging group of characters build from one book to the next. These are a group of wonderfully eccentric characters that the more I read about the more interesing they become. I think these are the perfect books for those Louise Penny fans that are caught up on her series and looking for something just as engaging.
I was so happy when I saw that Linda Barnes had The Perfect Ghost coming out. I had always loved her Carlotta Carlisle series from Boston and, though this was not a Carlisle, I was thrilled. She did not disappoint! Shy and almost agoraphobic Em Moore is part of a celebrity biography team (hence the ‘ghost’ of the title). Em does the writing while her partner Teddy does the publicity and interview duties. When Teddy dies in a car accident, Em is devastated but determined to finish their latest project, an "autobiography" of the renowned and reclusive film director Garrett Malcolm. I must admit, the ending caught me completely off guard.
I've read The Phantom by Jo Nesbo twice and I still don't know how to write this up without giving anything away. Harry is back from Hong Kong after 3 years to help Rakel and Oleg. Oleg has been arrested for murder and even though no longer a policeman, Harry is determined to help. It's an emotional book and one of Nesbo's best (I probably say that after every book). That's all I am going to say except that if you haven't read Nesbo, you need to start so you can be ready for this amazing book.
Red Wolf by Liza Marklund is the story of a Swedish crime reporter, Annika Bengtzon, who is drawn into an underground world of volence and terrorism. A journalist is murdered in a northern Swedish town and Annika suspects a link to an attack on an airbase decades before. As she investigates the death, more murders occur and she comes to understand that there are powerful people who do not want these connections made. Behind the scenes lurks a figure know as Red Wolf, a suspected terrorist from the 1960s. This is a well structured story that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
I’ve watched the television series and now I’ve read the latest in Tess Gerritsen’s “Rizzoli & Isles” series, The Silent Girl. The books and the television series are quite different; the series has a lot more humor and banter than the books, and I can see where fans of one might not be delighted with the other. That being said, I enjoy both. The Silent Girl delves into life in Boston’s Chinatown, when Rizzoli gets drawn into discovering what has happened to a nearly decapitated red-haired woman dressed in black, whose severed hand is discovered by a tour group. The investigation will lead Rizzoli back to a 19-year-old murder-suicide, supposedly solved then, but now Rizzoli’s not so sure. I liked learning about learning about the history of Chinatown, the legends and the culture. Tess Gerritsen has mined her own Chinese history to bring authenticity and power to this book, and I was riveted.
This is a dark, atmospheric German novel. It is deftly translated by Steve Murray, who has translated a great number of well-known European novels, especially the Scandanavian thrillers. It begins with a pedestrian tumbling off a bridge. Was it suicide? Was it murder? Her son had been sentenced 11 years ago for the murder of two 17-year-old girls, and he has just been released. He has just returned home. Coincidence? Pia Kirchohof and Oliver von Bodenstein run up against a wall of silence when they try to investigate, and when another young girl vanishes, the race to find out who is responsible takes on a whole new dynamic. This is the fourth in the series and the first to be released here in the US. I really enjoyed Snow White Must Die. It's complex, the characters are developed well, and I'm anxious now to read the rest of the series.
In The Son by Jo Nesbø, Sonny Loftus has been in jail for the last 12 years serving time for other peoples crimes. He has made the deal to sit in prison in exchange for all the heroin he needs to support his habit. He is well liked in prison and is known for his uncanny ability to calm and soothe the other prisoners. His problems started when his father committed suicide instead of being exposed as a dirty cop. When a fellow prisoner shares some hidden truths about his father's death, Sonny escapes and goes looking for justice. I'm not sure how Nesbø does it but he has created an unlikely hero in this heroin addict looking for justice for his father. You can't help but root for Sonny and hope that he makes it through. This is fast paced and those of you who enjoy the Harry Hole books should love this as well.
I've been hearing about the Marseilles Trilogy for a while and now that they are all back in print, I decided to give these books by Jean-Claude Izzo a try. So far, I have read Total Chaos, and plan on devoting some time to the next 2 books, Chourmo and Solea very soon. If you like a book that gives a great sense of place with a dark brooding atmosphere, this is a series for you. Marseilles is as much a character as is the protagonist, Fabio Montale.
In 1975, fifteen year-old, Nola Kellergan was seen running through the woods in Somerset, New Hampshire, never to be heard from again. Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a young novelist with a best seller to his name, visits his mentor, Harry Quebert, hopefully to get past his writer's block. Marcus has written a huge best seller and is under deadline to finish his second book but hasn't been able to write a word. While in New Hampshire, Marcus finds out that Harry, 37 at the time, had had an affair with Nola before she went missing. Now 2008, her body is discovered on his property, and Harry is the main suspect. Marcus comes back to New Hampshire to investigate and try to help his mentor who has already been convicted in the press. As Marcus tries to find the true story through his mentor’s books, the hidden history of Somerset's residents, and from Harry, he finds his voice and finally writes the whole story. I love the mystery with how this book unfolded and hope this young Swiss author writes many many many more.
I read Jim Lynch’s Truth Like the Sun, about the 1963 World Fair here in Seattle. It’s different in that it’s a nostalgic look at that time, alternating between 1963 and 2001, when the man who was the mastermind behind the Fair decides to run for mayor. There’s no real mystery, although there’s crime and corruption.
Not having been here for the World’s Fair, I enjoyed getting a glimpse of life here in 1963, but in all honesty, I really enjoyed seeing my neighborhood, then and now, seeing how it has changed. Lynch’s writing is very good, and his characters, Roger Morgan, the charismatic man behind the World Fair, and Helen Gulanos, a new reported in Seattle 2001, interested and intrigued me.
I now want to read Jim Lynch’s other books, Border Songs and The Highest Tide even though they are not mysteries.
In Velvet by Burt Weissbourd takes place in the northwest corner of Yellowstone Park. This part of the park is closed ostensibly for bear management but Rachel, a bear biologist, notices weird behavior in the animals - swans are at their winter spots in summer, bears are hibernating in the summer, and she's seeing deformed young animals in the area. Then a long-thought-extinct species of elk is seen in the area. What is causing these oddities? Is this all naturul or is it due to something man-made? As more and more strange things occur, Rachel and Rainey - a local fly fisherman who has noted unusual sizes and colors with the local fish - begin to investigate what is going on in that corner of the park. A great book for lovers of Pamela Beason, C.J. Box, Nevada Barr, or if you just want a really good suspense novel. This will also be a beautiful book with wonderful pictures capturing Yellowstone Park by photographer Tom Murphy. If you haven't seen a book by Rare Bird, let me tell you that they are beautiful...make sure you look under the book jacket, there's always a surprise.