Braille Book Review

march-April 2007
Books for Adults--Fiction


Brimstone: A Pendergast Mystery BR 16123
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
5 volumes
FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, last seen in Still Life with Crows (BR 14950), investigates serial murders that appear to be the work of the devil, complete with cloven hoofprints and odors of brimstone. Pendergast follows the killings to Italy. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Of Human Bondage BR 16190
by W. Somerset Maugham
6 volumes
Semiautobiographical novel of obsessive love. Philip Carey, a sensitive, talented orphan with a club foot, comes to live with his vicar uncle. Philip studies art in Paris, returns to London to take up medicine, and begins a life-altering affair with Mildred, a waitress. 1999 introduction by Gore Vidal. 1915.

Predator: A Dr. Kay Scarpetta Mystery BR 16227
by Patricia Cornwell
3 volumes
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, last seen in Trace (BR 15588), now freelances for Florida's National Forensic Academy. In this case she enlists the help of Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli to track a killer up and down the East Coast. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2005.

The Camel Club BR 16229
by David Baldacci
4 volumes
Wealthy businessmen and politicians gather at the Camel Club, unaware that their conversations are being monitored. After homeless Oliver Stone witnesses a murder, Secret Service agent Alex Ford interviews him. Ford's subsequent investigation yields information on a potential political assassination. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 2005.

Dance of Death: A Pendergast Mystery BR 16231
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
4 volumes
FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, of Brimstone (BR 16123), convinces police lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta to help him find his brother Diogenes, a serial killer intent on murdering those closest to them both. But Aloysius is framed for the crimes--and is on the run. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2005.

Fiddlers: A Novel of the 87th Precinct BR 16235
by Ed McBain
2 volumes
Detectives Carella, Meyer, and Weeks seek the serial killer who's targeting older men and women in the city. The police trace back through the victims' lives to their youth to find a common element and to crack the case of the Glock Murders. Violence and strong language. 2005.

The Victory Club BR 16242
by Robin Lee Hatcher
2 volumes
Boise, Idaho; 1943. Four friends--Penelope, Lucy, Margo, and her daughter Dottie--face hardships while working at an airfield to help the war effort. Lucy prays for her pilot husband and Margo prays for her son. Meanwhile Dottie discovers that she's expecting an illegitimate child and hopes for God's forgiveness. 2005.

The Palace Tiger: A Detective Joe Sandilands Mystery BR 16249
by Barbara Cleverly
3 volumes
India, 1922. Detective Joe Sandilands is in Simla when he is asked to hunt down a man-eating tiger in Ranipur. Sandilands and hunter Edgar Troop join the search and uncover a conspiracy over the succession to the ailing maharaja. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

Links BR 16276
by Nuruddin Farah
3 volumes
New York professor Jeebleh returns to his native Somalia after two decades to settle his late mother's accounts and pacify her spirit. He discovers a war-torn Mogadiscio run by warlords. To help a friend free his captured niece, Jeebleh struggles with corruption and his own conscience. 2003.

Murder at the Washington Tribune: A Capital Crimes Mystery BR 16315
by Margaret Truman
3 volumes
Washington Tribune crime reporter Joe Wilcox is pressured to compete with TV and tabloid news counterparts, including his daughter Roberta, a broadcast journalist. After a reporter is murdered in the newsroom, Joe investigates and Roberta hunts for a suspect. Meanwhile Joe's ex-con brother returns to town. Some strong language. 2005.

Haven BR 16319
by Don D'Ammassa
3 volumes
Recuperating from a nervous disorder on the planet Meadow, Wes Avery discovers a corpse that subsequently disappears. When local authorities seem intent on concealing the truth, Wes and artificial intelligence programmer Dona Tharmody attempt to identify the body. They discover possible ties between the murder and a secretive politician. 2004.

Gangsta Rap BR 16321
by Benjamin Zephaniah
2 volumes
Rebellious fifteen-year-old Londoner Ray, alienated from his West Indian father, gets sent to an alternative school. His hip-hop band hits the big time but has trouble with rival rappers until an act of violence convinces Ray to seek peace. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2004.

Tooth and Claw BR 16323
by T. Coraghessan Boyle
3 volumes
Fourteen short stories explore natural instincts and the tension between civilization and wildness. In the title piece, a guy wins an African wildcat in a barroom bet, making both cat and man miserable in his confining, crummy apartment. Strong language. 2005.

Every Man for Himself: Ten Short Stories about Being a Guy BR 16324
edited by Nancy E. Mercado
1 volume
Ten diverse short stories by well-known authors illustrate events that can shape a boy into a man. In Walter Dean Myers's "The Prom Prize," Fly raffles himself off for a date. In "Shockers," Steve finds a mentor in his girlfriend's father. For senior high readers. 2005.

Waiting for Morning: Forever Faithful, Book 1 BR 16346
by Karen Kingsbury
3 volumes
A drunk driver kills Hannah Ryan's husband and daughter on their way home from a camping trip. Consumed by grief, Hannah vows revenge and turns her back on her surviving child, Jenny, and God. District attorney Matt Bronzan tries to help Hannah find faith and forgiveness. 1999. 1999.

The Colorado Kid BR 16384
by Stephen King
1 volume
Vince Teague and Dave Bowie, elderly editors of a small Maine island's newspaper, relate a twenty-five-year-old murder case to their young intern Stephanie McCann. It is 1980; a man discovered dead on the local beach remains unknown until the men track his identity back to Colorado. Some strong language. 2005.

The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage BR 16457
edited by Alan Furst
4 volumes
Excerpts from great spy novels. Authors include Eric Ambler, Anthony Burgess, Joseph Conrad, Maxim Gorky, Graham Greene, Baroness Orczy, and Rebecca West, among others. 2003.

Star Wars: Outbound Flight BR 16463
by Timothy Zahn
3 volumes
Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth heads an ambitious intergalactic expedition to the Unknown Regions. Fearing C'baoth's hidden agenda and the involvement of the Sith, the Jedi Council orders Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker, to join the ill-fated mission. Companion to Survivor's Quest (BR 15500). Bestseller 2006.

The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood: A Blackie Ryan Mystery BR 16465
by Andrew M. Greeley
2 volumes
Chicago. Bishop Blackie Ryan investigates three murders in St. Lucy's parish, which is headed by Father Mikal Wolodyjowski. Blackie discovers a connection between the current crimes, the 1944 deaths of six college students, and Father Mikal. Some strong language. 2005.

Let the Lion Eat Straw BR 16471
by Ebele Oseye
1 volume
Young African American Abeba Williams moves from rural North Carolina to Brooklyn to live with her mother, who dreams of a better life. Abeba begins to develop a promising musical talent but soon becomes distracted by marriage and children. Despite economic and social hardships, Abeba perseveres with dignity. 1979. 1979.

Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber: A Bloody Jack Adventure BR 16476
by L.A. Meyer
4 volumes
Fifteen-year-old Jacky escapes finishing school in Boston and heads for London to find her beau Jaimy. Through a series of misadventures, Jacky gains control of a British warship and becomes a privateer. Sequel to Curse of the Blue Tattoo (BR 15699). Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Beach Road BR 16506
by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge
2 volumes
Attorney Tom Dunleavy defends African American high school basketball player Dante Halleyville against murder charges in the wealthy beach community of East Hampton. Tom recruits help from his ex-lover, lawyer Kate Costello, while dogged Detective Raiborne uncovers startling revelations. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 2006.

False Impression BR 16507
by Jeffrey Archer
3 volumes
Art dealer Dr. Anna Petrescu works for fraudulent financier Bryce Fenston, who collects Impressionist paintings. After the 2001 World Trade Center attack, Anna takes the opportunity to disappear and look into Bryce's latest Van Gogh purchase. FBI agent Jack Delaney also investigates. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 2006.

Pardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs Mystery BR 16512
by Jacqueline Winspear
3 volumes
London, 1930. Psychologist/investigator Maisie Dobbs is hired by Sir Cecil Lawton to discover the fate of his son Ralph, who was supposedly killed in France during the Great War. Maisie, a former battlefield nurse, faces her own demons from the past when she returns to the continent. 2005.

Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales BR 16518
edited by Deborah Noyes
2 volumes
Horror stories for young adults by authors Vivian Vande Velde, Neil Gaiman, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, and others. In Janni Lee Simner's "Stone Tower," a sorcerer's teenaged daughter fights to regain her will and free her boyfriend from an evil spell. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Moon and Sixpence BR 16531
by W. Somerset Maugham
2 volumes
Middle-aged London stockbroker Charles Strickland forsakes business and family to pursue a painter's life. Charles travels to Paris before eventually settling in Tahiti, where he takes a mistress and devotes himself to art despite poverty and a prolonged terminal illness. Inspired by the life of French impressionist Paul Gauguin. 1919. 1919.

Margaux with an X BR 16564
by Ron Koertge
1 volume
Smart but troubled high school student Margaux cannot escape a mother addicted to the home-shopping channel, a gambler father, or a secret from her past. An unlikely friendship with kindhearted Danny, also struggling with the emotional impact of family abuse, helps Margaux confront her feelings. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Time of the Uprooted BR 16567
by Elie Wiesel
2 volumes
As a boy, Jewish Gamaliel Friedman survived World War II in the care of Hungarian cabaret singer Ilonka. Now settled in New York among fellow exiles, Gamaliel visits a hospital patient who could be Ilonka. The meetings trigger emotional memories of life, love, and loss. Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Black Juice BR 16627
by Margo Lanagan
2 volumes
Ten fantasy tales explore human frailty through significant moments in people's lives. In "Wooden Bride," Matty Weir, like the other brides, has made the required outward preparations but becomes lost on her way to the ceremony. For senior high readers. Printz Honor Book. 2004.

Coming Out BR 16747
by Danielle Steel
1 volume
Olympia Rubinstein's careful world turns upside down when her twin daughters, Virginia and Veronica, are invited to a debutante ball. Virginia and her father are enthusiastic, Veronica and her stepfather refuse to attend, and Olympia's son Charlie has a crisis. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2006.

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