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13TH VALLEY, THE
13TH VALLEY, THE
Author: John Del Vecchio
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 4/6/2007


A work that has served as a literary cornerstone for the Vietnam generation, The 13th Valley follows the strange and terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in territory controlled by the North Vietnamese Army. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account of Chelini's plunge and immersion into jungle warfare traces his evolution from a semipacifist to an all-out warmonger.The seminal novel on the Vietnam experience, The 13th Valley is a classic that illuminates the war in Southeast Asia like no other book.


Acceptable Risk (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Acceptable Risk (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Author: Robin Cook, Jill Eikenberry (Narrator)
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 9/19/2005


...from Salem witchcraft to high tech medicine--you just gotta love it.


Aftermath (Inspector Banks, Bk 12)
Aftermath (Inspector Banks, Bk 12)
Author: Peter Robinson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 56
Review Date: 9/27/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Robinson is always excellent


All Our Yesterdays
All Our Yesterdays
Author: Robert B. Parker
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 47
Review Date: 8/2/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Parker portrays the intertwined lives of two Boston families, the Sheridans and Winslows, who love and destroy each other through three generations. Conn Sheridan, betrayed by his lover in Dublin during the "troubles," comes to America and joins the Boston police force. Graft, protection, and other cover-ups are accepted as natural, and Conn has a dangerous affair with Hadley Winslow, a Boston tycoon's wife. Chris Sheridan, the grandson to Conn and now a special prosecutor, attempts to unravel the web of deceit begun by his grandfather decades before. In this rough world, the women are either promiscuous or incapable of love-making, except for Grace, whom young Chris hopes to marry. Like Spencer's Susan, Grace has wit and a charming reserve. Spenser fans as well as newcomers will enjoy Parker's brick-by-brick famil-iarity with Boston.


Batman: The Ultimate Evil
Batman: The Ultimate Evil
Author: Andrew H. Vachss
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 8/2/2005


BATMAN: THE ULTIMATE EVIL offers a surreal mix of hypersuperficiality and gritty realism. Here, the Caped Crusader battles, not super-villains, but all too real child molesters and purveyors of kiddie porn. Vachss's hard-bitten prose well suits the Dark Knight. While the comic book conventions employed tend to draw away from the underlying seriousness of the subject, this is a highly visible vehicle with which to convey this message.


The Best Revenge (Alan Gregory, Bk 11)
The Best Revenge (Alan Gregory, Bk 11)
Author: Stephen White
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 149
Review Date: 10/12/2005


From the Library Journal
New evidence proves that Tom Clone did not commit murder, but after 13 years in prison, he has developed dark tendencies that psychologist Alan Gregory may not be able to conquer.


The Black Maria (Mystery of Old Philadelphia)
The Black Maria (Mystery of Old Philadelphia)
Author: Mark Graham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 11
Review Date: 8/2/2005


Captured at Gettysburg, imprisoned in Andersonville, Wilton McCleary lost his innocence in the Civil War. But on the streets of Philadelphia he's found a home---as a grizzled city detective facing squalor and pathos every day on the beat. Now the whole world is celebrating a glorious future at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. But on the fringes of this massive exposition, McCleary wades into a drowning pool of murder, depravity, and deception that can only end with a dark ride on...THE BLACK MARIA.


Black Sunday
Black Sunday
Author: Thomas Harris
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 4/6/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This is the 1975 debut novel from Harris, who went on to write Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal. Black Sunday pits an American Vietnam veteran of dubious sanity and PLO terrorist accomplices against a ruthless Israeli security agent and the FBI in a race to kill the 80,000 spectators at the Super Bowl, with the president of the United States in attendance. The plot (large-scale terrorist act perpetrated in the United States by an American) was considered somewhat improbable when first reviewed but is considerably less so today.

Thomas Harris is my favorite....


A Blind Eye (Frank Corso, Bk 3)
A Blind Eye (Frank Corso, Bk 3)
Author: G. M. Ford
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 23
Review Date: 4/16/2006


Seeking shelter after an SUV accident in tiny, blizzard-racked Avalon, Wisconsin, Corso discovers the bones of Eldred Holmes and his sons shoved beneath an abandoned barn. Neighbors thought the family had moved away 15 years before; instead, its males had been murdered. Bargaining with Avalon's sheriff to stay free of the Texas authorities, Corso agrees to investigate these killings. The solution may lie with Eldred's wife, Sissy, an exotic seductress whose skeleton isn't among the pile, and whose deliberately obscured--and bloody--trail leads the author and Dougherty to a slain nun in Pennsylvania, a family-destroying fire among isolated hill folk in New York, and a desperate, deadly ambush in northern Michigan. It doesn't take the rangy Corso long to realize that he's dealing with a protean and controlling killer, immune to remorse.


BLOOD COUNTESS   A NOVEL
BLOOD COUNTESS A NOVEL
Author: Codrescu
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 9/19/2005


Fascinating


BLOOD SONG
BLOOD SONG
Author: Hank Searls
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 10/12/2005


In an astonishing, moving thriller about family bonds that reach across time, the author of Overboard and Sounding brings all his skill to a re-creation of one of historys most thrilling episodes, the American Gold Rush.


The Blue Hour (Merci Rayborn, Bk 1)
The Blue Hour (Merci Rayborn, Bk 1)
Author: T. Jefferson Parker
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 94
Review Date: 8/2/2005


Tim Hess is a retired cop, fighting lung cancer, who's called back to active duty to find the diabolical killer who "signs" his murders by eviscerating his victims. His boss and partner in the investigation is an attractive, brusque detective named Merci Rayborn, who quickly dismisses the lone suspect in the case, a paroled, chemically castrated Romanian rapist living under virtual house arrest in an apartment complex near the latest crime scene. Hess stays on the rapist's trail, though, tracking an embalming machine that may be part of the killer's bizarre m.o., but by the time the clues come together, Merci is in murderous hands.


The Body of David Hayes (Boldt & Matthews, Bk 9)
The Body of David Hayes (Boldt & Matthews, Bk 9)
Author: Ridley Pearson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 52
Review Date: 4/6/2007


Lt. Lou Boldt is still top cop in the ninth installment of Pearson's Seattle Police Department series. (Undercurrents; No Witnesses; etc.). This time the case involves Boldt's wife, Liz, who's weathered many a storm throughout her marriage: chemotherapy, a separation, the kidnapping of their daughter and now the revelation of her affair with David Hayes, a computer whiz at the bank where she's an executive. Hayes embezzled $17 million and went to jail, but now he's free and the never-recovered money has both cops and robbers interested in his whereabouts. Liz had nothing to do with the theft, but Russian mobster Gen. Yasmani Svengrad (known as the Sturgeon General because he's the head of a caviar importing company) thinks the money belongs to him, and she's the key to getting it back.


Bone Deep
Bone Deep
Author: Darian North
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 30
Review Date: 4/16/2006


Iris is busy at a Mayan dig in Guatemala when she is called to a Manhattan hospital where her father lies comatose from a gunshot wound. Because John Lanier had remained on their California ranch after her mother disappeared when Iris was eight, she can't fathom what he was doing on the East Coast-or why anyone would want to shoot him point blank in Riverside Park. NYPD detective Justine Kizmin's theory is that John was in the city seeking vengeance against his wife. Furious, Iris flies to California, where she learns details of her parents' tortured history, including a deep secret that lends Kizmin's theory credence.


A Bone of Contention (Matthew Bartholomew Bk 3)
A Bone of Contention (Matthew Bartholomew Bk 3)
Author: Susanna Gregory
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 20
Review Date: 8/22/2005
Helpful Score: 2


A second visit to the 14th century and Cambridge, England, once again focuses on physician-teacher Matthew Bartholomew and his friend Brother Michael, a Senior Proctor, both living at Michaelhouse, one of several competitive, quarrelsome college residences (An Unholy Alliance, 1996). This time out, though, there's something more menacing than intraschool rivalry. Some behind-the-scenes force is pitting townspeople against students- -inciting riots, killing in the streets, and more. Then Scots student James Menzie of David's Hostel is found dead, a precious ring missing from his finger. The ring's mate belongs to Dominica, daughter of Principal Lydgate of Godwinsson Hostel. Dominica is also soon to disappear, and a twin to the missing ring will be found on a hand dragged from the town's sewer system--a ditch--by Master Thorpe of Valence Marie house, and will be declared by him to be a sacred relic. All of this is but a tiny sample of the many violent confrontations; characters venal and benign; and plots and subplots that abound here in an undisciplined, unbelievable saga of vengeance sought against a whole town for a decades-old grievance.


The Bone Parade
The Bone Parade
Author: Mark Nykanen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/16/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Lauren, the sculpting instructor; Kerry, the student selected to intern with a world-famous sculptor; and the sculptor himself, Ashley Stassler, whose brilliant depictions of families caught in moments of extreme agony are created in the most frightening way imaginable. Stassler is by far the more compelling of the lead characters, a noted artist who kidnaps families and turns them into works of art,


Boy in the Water
Boy in the Water
Author: Stephen Dobyns
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 6/29/2011


Set in the New Hampshire mountains at remote Bishop's Hill Academy, Dobyns's new novel succeeds, though it still does not top The Church of Dead Girls (LJ 5/1/97). As usual, Dobyns fleshes out mundane, real-world characters. Bishop's Hill is a financially shaky institution known as a dumping ground for troubled teenagers. New headmaster Jim Hawthorne carries a motherlode of guilt and conflict from the past: detained by a tryst at his previous prestigious post, he failed to save his wife and daughter from a fire set by a student jealous for his attention. Friend Kevin Kreuger tries to convince Hawthorne that he is punishing himself by taking the job, but Hawthorne perseveres. Deliberate attempts to undermine Hawthorne's success at Bishop's Hill, followed by a series of murders, overshadow his improvements to the school.

Pretty good


The Breathtaker
The Breathtaker
Author: Alice Blanchard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 44
Review Date: 9/19/2005


Be prepared for the most terrifying ride of your life...


Burning Road (Plague Tales, Bk 2)
Burning Road (Plague Tales, Bk 2)
Author: Ann Benson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/15/2006


Readers of Ann Benson's bestselling The Plague Tales will bond immediately with this sequel and its unusual blend of historical romance and futuristic medical thriller. The book begins in 14th-century France--a country ravished by a war with the English, and also suffering from the deadly effects of the plague. A Spanish-Jewish physician named Alejandro Canches searches for a cure; he scribes a medical manuscript along the way.
The Burning Road then moves to a town in Massachusetts in the year 2007, where another Doctor, Janie Crowe is fighting her own battle to cure sickness and disease. She looks to Canches's manuscript, his "Book of Cures," for clues.


The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan, Bk 3)
The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan, Bk 3)
Author: Tom Clancy
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 261
Review Date: 4/6/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Clancy uses nuclear strategies to probe the ambiguities of fighting the good fightthe Americans vs. the Soviets. By the time familiar hero Jack Ryan steps in to investigate mysterious structures on the Soviet-Afghan border, the Soviets have struck again by zapping a satellite with a free electron laser. The title's cardinal, an elite, well-placed source in the Kremlin, leaks details of this secret activity to the United States. In the backdrop of technological bravura, spiced by artful espionage and all-too-human mistakes, intelligence is transferred back and forth and there are attacks and counterattacks.


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