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Timothy Hallinan - Herbie's Game
It’s everyday business when Wattles, the San Fernando Valley’s top
“executive crook,” sets up a hit. He establishes a chain of criminals to
pass along the instructions and the money, thereby ensuring that the
hitter doesn’t know who hired him. Then one day Wattles finds his office
safe open and a single item missing: the piece of paper on which he has
written the names of the crooks in the chain. When people associated
with the chain begin to pop up dead, the only person Wattles can turn to
to solve his problem is Junior Bender, professional burglar and
begrudging private eye for crooks.
But Junior already knows
exactly who took Wattles’s list: the signature is too obvious. It was
Herbie Mott, Junior’s burglar mentor and second father—and when Junior
seeks him out to discuss the missing list, he finds Herbie very
unpleasantly murdered. Junior follows the links in the chain back toward
the killer, and as he does, he learns disturbing things about Herbie’s
hidden past. He has to ask himself how much of the life he’s lived for
the past twenty years has been of his own making, and how much of it was
actually Herbie’s game.
Louise Penny - The Long Way Home
Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former
Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace
he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench
holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands.
“There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the
dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.”While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells
him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home.
Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their
separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found
sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving
Three Pines. “There’s power enough in Heaven,” he finishes the quote as
he contemplates the quiet village, “to cure a sin-sick soul.” And then
he gets up. And joins her.
Together with his former
second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey
deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of
Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he
would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and
further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence
river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it
the land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage
done by a sin-sick soul.