Braille Book Review

May-June 2007
Books for Adults--Fiction


The Divide BR 16253
by Nicholas Evans
3 volumes
Abbie Cooper, FBI wanted eco-terrorist, is found frozen in Montana. Her parents examine whether their unexpected divorce played a role in Abbie's attraction to the radical Rolf, in her death, and in their son Josh's drug addiction. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 2005.

A Long Shadow: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery BR 16305
by Charles Todd
3 volumes
Village of Dudlington, England; 1920. Shell-shocked inspector Ian Rutledge arrives in Northampton to investigate the attack of a constable. He suspects there is a connection between this crime and the previous disappearance of a young woman. Meanwhile, someone from the war stalks Rutledge. 2006.

Out of Season BR 16306
by Robert Bausch
3 volumes
Sheriff David Caldwell arrives at the aging resort town of Columbia Beach to establish a satellite office. He's also meeting his twenty-year-old son, who was released after serving time for killing his little brother. Meanwhile a young woman and the town bully provide complications. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

The Warrior's Path: The Sacketts BR 16307
by Louis L'Amour
2 volumes
1630. When Yance Sackett's sister-in-law and another young woman are kidnapped by Indians, Yance and his brother Kin traverse the Warrior's Path from the Carolinas to Massachusetts Bay colony. Once the captives are rescued, Kin sails to Jamaica to find the culprits among pirates, cutthroats, and ruthless "businessmen." 1980.

The Greenstone Grail: The Sangreal Trilogy, Book 1 BR 16308
by Amanda Hemingway
3 volumes
In the small English village of Thornyhill, gifted twelve-year- old Nathan Ward realizes he is special when pieces of his dreams become reality, including a legendary greenish stone chalice. When the grail is stolen, Nathan sets out to uncover how it came into his world--and why. 2004.

The Green Lantern: A Romance of Stalinist Russia BR 16311
by Jerome Charyn
2 volumes
Moscow, 1930s. Apprentice Ivan Azerbaijan is cast as Shakespeare's King Lear opposite his beloved, actress Valentina Michaelson, who plays Cordelia. He enters a web of paranoia, brutality, and shifting alliances when his performances draw Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's attention. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

Passport Diaries BR 16314
by Tamara T. Gregory
2 volumes
After being suspended from work for clashing with her boss more than once, African American attorney Kia Carson from L.A. takes a European vacation alone. In Greece she bumps into colleague Drew Crokos, who's visiting relatives, and they fall in love. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Faithless: A Sara Linton Mystery BR 16326
by Karin Slaughter
4 volumes
Georgia medical examiner Sara Linton and her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, investigate the death of a girl who was buried alive. They suspect a religious cult at the victim's farming collective after yet another grave is discovered. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Light from Heaven: The Mitford Years, Book 6 BR 16375
by Jan Karon
4 volumes
Father Tim and Cynthia are house-sitting on a farm outside of Mitford when the bishop calls with instructions to jumpstart the revival of Holy Trinity, a mountain church closed forty years ago. Unusual adventures await Father Tim. Sequel to A New Song (BR 12273). Bestseller 2005.

The 5th Horseman: A Women's Murder Club Mystery BR 16377
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
2 volumes
Homicide detective Lindsay Boxer and her colleagues in the Women's Murder Club investigate suspicious deaths at the San Francisco Municipal Hospital, where patients in recovery are suddenly dying at an alarming rate. Clues include buttons on the corpses' eyes. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 2006.

Quid pro Quo BR 16383
by Vicki Grant
1 volume
When fourteen-year-old Cyril MacIntyre's mother disappears, Cyril uses every skill at his disposal to find her. Since Mom is a recent law school graduate who forced Cyril to attend many classes with her, Cyril has more wits than most. A high-interest, low-vocabulary book. For senior high readers. 2005.

Lost BR 16407
by Michael Robotham
3 volumes
Detective Vincent Ruiz, from Suspect (BR 15893), has amnesia when police find him wounded in the Thames River. He enlists psychologist Joe O'Loughlin's help to regain his memory and learn why he's been investigating the case of a girl kidnapped three years ago. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Leaving Home BR 16410
by Anita Brookner
2 volumes
Shy London graduate student Emma Roberts leaves home to study in Paris, leaving her lonely widowed mother behind. She befriends Françoise, a happy-go-lucky librarian with a demanding parent of her own. When Emma is orphaned, she must reassess her needs as well as her friendships. 2005.

Sarah's Song: A Red Gloves Novel BR 16412
by Karen Kingsbury
1 volume
South Carolina. On each of the twelve days of Christmas, Sarah Lindeman hangs an ornament on her tree at the retirement home and sings about her late husband. This year she hopes that the ritual will help caregiver Beth Baldwin, a young mother who is contemplating divorce. 2004.

How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater BR 16414
by Marc Acito
3 volumes
New Jersey, 1983. Edward Zanni dreams of attending Juilliard, but his father Al won't pay. As Ed and his friends conspire to steal money from Al and his trophy wife, Ed finds himself attracted to both his girlfriend and a football player. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2004.

The Gutter and the Grave BR 16415
by Ed McBain
2 volumes
Bowery bum Matt Cordell was once a successful private investigator but turned to alcohol after discovering his wife's infidelity. When former neighbor Johnny Bridges asks him to investigate thefts from his business, Cordell uncovers murder and a femme fatale in the form of singer Laraine Marsh. Some strong language. 1958.

The Goodness Gene BR 16420
by Sonia Levitin
2 volumes
2305. The Supreme Compassionate Director, a benign dictator, grooms his sixteen-year-old twins Will and Berk to become leaders. When Will tours a colony, he learns the truth about his father's kingdom--and about the historical figure the brothers are clones of. For senior high readers. 2005.

There's Something about Christmas BR 16483
by Debbie Macomber
2 volumes
Small town reporter Emma Collins's first major assignment for the Puyallup, Washington, newspaper is to interview finalists in a fruitcake competition. Local pilot Oliver Hamilton flies Emma around the state to visit the three very wise woman bakers, and he and Emma end up falling in love. Includes recipes. 2005.

Blue Moon BR 16485
by Marilyn Halvorson
1 volume
Seventeen-year-old Bobbie Jo buys a blue roan mare and tries to train her to be a champion barrel racer. Neighbor and classmate Cole McCall helps coach the horse, but he proves to be a big distraction. A high-interest, low-vocabulary book. For senior high readers. 2004.

Tomb of the Golden Bird: An Amelia Peabody Mystery, Book 18 BR 16562
by Elizabeth Peters
4 volumes
Egypt, 1922. As archaeologist Amelia Emerson watches her rivals dig for King Tutankhamon's tomb, villains lure her husband, Radcliffe, and son, Ramses, into a trap. The attack coincides with the arrival of Radcliffe's half brother, Sethos, an antiquities thief-turned-British intelligence agent, who conceals a document that may endanger everyone. 2006.

Riding Gain: A Talk Radio Mystery BR 16577
by Joyce Krieg
2 volumes
Sacramento radio talk show host Shauna Bogart struggles with work problems when her boss forces her to give air time to a psychic. Then someone kills Shauna's former intern during a drug deal, and the grandmother of the accused killer asks Shauna to prove the grandson's innocence. 2005.

The Bar Code Tattoo BR 16578
by Suzanne Weyn
2 volumes
In the year 2025 the government tattoos a bar code on everyone at age seventeen. When sixteen-year-old Kayla's father commits suicide after receiving a belated bar code, Kayla joins a protest group led by classmate Mfumbe. Soon they are on the run. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2004.

Cat Breaking Free: A Joe Grey Mystery BR 16579
by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
3 volumes
Feline Joe Grey and his friends Dulcie and Kit discover that a motorcycle gang is hiding in tranquil Molena Point, California. The bad guys are breaking into local establishments and caging feral cats. Joe also suspects that his human's new girlfriend may be one of the outlaws. Some violence. 2005.

Everyman BR 16617
by Philip Roth
1 volume
An aging advertising man confronts the loneliness of growing old, regrets his philandering and other faults, and ponders his failing sexual and physical self. He reviews his life chronologically and feels sorry for hurting those he loved, including his estranged sons and three ex-wives. Strong language. Bestseller 2006.

Drive BR 16632
by James Sallis
1 volume
A Hollywood stunt man named "Driver" moonlights at night driving getaway cars for random criminals. When a heist goes bad, a contract is put on Driver's head, but he protects himself and exacts his revenge in the Arizona desert. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Kissing Vanessa BR 16634
by Simon Cheshire
1 volume
Fifteen-year-old Kevin falls in love at first sight with Vanessa, the new girl at his British school. Kevin tries out the pointers his best friend Jack gives him to win her but only looks more nerdy when the ideas backfire. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Dragon Quintet BR 16642
edited by Marvin Kaye
2 volumes
Stories by Orson Scott Card, Elizabeth Moon, Tanith Lee, Mercedes Lackey, and Michael Swanwick. In Lee's "Love in a Time of Dragons," a tavern girl prefers the company of dragons to that of lustful men. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Anansi Boys BR 16644
by Neil Gaiman
3 volumes
Fat Charlie considers his father's behavior so embarrassing that even the way he dies in a karaoke bar seems undignified. Then the arrival of a previously unknown brother named Spider, who is so much like their father, turns Charlie's life upside down. Some strong language. Bestseller 2005.

The Woman Who Waited BR 16648
by Andre‹ Makine
1 volume
A twenty-six-year-old Russian researcher visits a remote village and meets Vera, a schoolteacher, who for thirty years has awaited the return of her soldier lover, reported killed in 1945. The visitor strives to understand Vera's stoic vigil and falls in love. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

One More Step BR 16696
by Sheree Fitch
1 volume
At first, fourteen-year-old Julian resents his mother's happiness with her new boyfriend Jean-Paul. But after Julian meets Jean- Paul's large family in Quebec and loses his own grandfather, he realizes that he also needs close relationships. Uncontracted braille. For senior high readers. 2002.

Terrorist BR 16697
by John Updike
3 volumes
Fatherless eighteen-year-old Ahmad--half Irish, half Egyptian-- has been under the influence of imam Shaikh Rashid since he was eleven. Ahmad's Jewish guidance counselor in his inner-city New Jersey high school offers help, but Ahmad agrees to commit violence for his religious beliefs. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2006.

Bro BR 16766
by Robert Newton Peck
1 volume
Florida, 1933. Witness ing his grandfather's brutality six years ago left Tug Dockery unable to speak. Now, after his parents' deaths, the nine-year-old must go live on the grandfather's cattle ranch. Tug's beloved brother, Broda, escapes imprisonment to try to rescue Tug. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

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