Braille Book Review

November-December 2007
Books for Adults--Fiction

Fiction

So Yesterday BR 16438
by Scott Westerfeld
2 volumes
Hunter, a New York City teenager paid by corporations to spot what is "cool," combines his analytical skills with his girlfriend Jen's creative talents to find his missing boss Mandy. They thwart a plot to subvert a consumer system based on trends and profit. For senior high readers. 2004.

Digging to America BR 16583
by Anne Tyler
2 volumes
Two families--the American Donaldsons and the Iranian American Yazdans--meet at the airport when their adopted daughters arrive from Korea. Yazdan matriarch Maryam, who emigrated from Iran, feels increasingly alienated as she observes the younger generations' interactions during their annual arrival-day anniversaries. 2006.

Beating Heart: A Ghost Story BR 16587
by A.M. Jenkins
1 volume
After his parents' divorce, seventeen-year-old Evan moves with his mother and young sister into an old house that is haunted by the spirit of a nineteenth-century teenage girl named Cora. Evan soon has intimate dreams of Cora that threaten his real-life romance. For senior high readers. 2006.

Boy Girl Boy BR 16589
by Ron Koertge
1 volume
Childhood friends Elliot, Teresa, and Larry plan to run away to California after graduation and leave behind their small Illinois town and family problems. But as the senior year progresses and each struggles for individuality, the three begin to doubt the feasibility of the plan. For senior high readers. 2005.

Black and White BR 16593
by Paul Volponi
1 volume
Long Island. Marcus Brown, black, and Eddie Russo, white--best friends and high school basketball stars, stick up people for easy money. When a holdup leads to an accidental shooting, the two find unequal justice in a biased system. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2005.

The Book of the Dead: A Pendergast Mystery BR 16652
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
4 volumes
FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, from Dance of Death (BR 16231), languishes in prison for murders committed by his psychotic brother, Diogenes. Meanwhile, New York's natural history museum unseals an Egyptian tomb, precipitating more killings. Aloysius escapes to confront his brother in a deadly showdown. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller 2006.

Believing the Dream: Return to Red River, Book 2 BR 16736
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
1890s. Thorliff Bjorklund, an aspiring journalist at college in Minnesota, confronts his failing relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Anji, whom he left behind in North Dakota. Meanwhile, Thorliff's friend Elizabeth Rogers inadvertently causes heartbreak in pursuit of her medical career. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 BR 16743
by Andrea White
2 volumes
By 2083 a deteriorating American civilization is dominated by "reality" television programs. Five fourteen-year-olds reenact Scott's 1910 failed expedition to the South Pole as contestants on the Historical Survivor series. They overcome obstacles with the covert help of a Department of Entertainment employee. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

The Valley of Horses: Earth's Children, Book 2 BR 16780
by Jean M. Auel
6 volumes
Ice Age heroine Ayla leaves her adoptive family, from The Clan of the Cave Bear (BR 16674), and sets out alone. She reaches the Valley of Horses, where she rescues a young man and struggles with her growing attraction to him. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 1982.

Final Curtain: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery BR 16787
by Ngaio Marsh
3 volumes
Troy Alleyn, wife of Inspector Roderick Alleyn, paints a portrait of Shakespearean actor Sir Henry Ancred, a patriarch preparing to marry a young chorus girl. After a tense birthday dinner, Henry is found dead. Troy, finally reunited with Roderick after a prolonged separation, suspects poisoning and enlists Roderick's aid. 1947.

The A.B.C. Murders BR 16788
by Agatha Christie
2 volumes
England, 1935. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot receives letters signed "A.B.C." that announce the date and location of future crimes. When the killer strikes Mrs. Ascher in Andover and then Miss Barnard in Bexhill, Poirot knows it's no coincidence and hurries to find the culprit before he completes the alphabet. 1935.

Full of Grace BR 16789
by Dorothea Benton Frank
3 volumes
Grace Russo moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to be near her parents, who live on Hilton Head. They are staunch Italian Catholics and do not approve of Michael, Grace's live-in Irish, possibly atheist, boyfriend. But with Grace anything is possible, even miracles. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

What Came Before He Shot Her BR 16802
by Elizabeth George
5 volumes
Londoner Glory Campbell abandons her three grandchildren and returns to Jamaica. Eleven-year-old Joel, recruited by a drug dealer, ends up a year later, armed, at the doorstep of inspector Thomas Lynley. Sequel to With No One as Witness (BR 15959). Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2006.

Single in Suburbia BR 16805
by Wendy Wax
3 volumes
Soon-to-be-divorced mother-of-two Amanda Sheridan befriends trophy wife Brooke Mackenzie and three-time divorcée Candy Sugarman. The three decide to earn money and self-respect by disguising themselves as French maids and cleaning houses, including that of former pro baseball player Hunter James. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Love, Football, and Other Contact Sports BR 16815
by Alden R. Carter
2 volumes
Interconnected short stories centering on Wisconsin high school's football team and their friends. In "Elvis" a football player collects money so a foster girl can go to homecoming. In "Kicker Wanted" a punter's female rugby-playing English cousin becomes the new field-goal kicker. For senior high readers. 2006.

Learning to Kill: Stories BR 16821
by Ed McBain
3 volumes
For this anthology the author selected twenty-five of his earlier stories published in pulp magazines under the bylines of Evan Hunter, Richard Marsten, and Hunt Collins. Written in the 1950s, the tales are filled with damsels in distress, PIs, and cops. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Cat Who Had Sixty Whiskers BR 16828
by Lilian Jackson Braun
1 volume
Journalist Jim Qwilleran covers the changing times in Moose County. A senior center is planned and a mansion is being converted into a charitable museum. When a young woman mysteriously dies from a bee sting, Siamese cat Koko uses his extra whiskers to sniff out a murderer. Bestseller 2007.

The Double Bind BR 16838
by Chris Bohjalian
3 volumes
Twenty-six-year-old Laurel Estabrook has worked in a Burlington, Vermont, homeless shelter since surviving a brutal attack six years ago. When resident Bobbie Crocker dies, Laurel finds his photographs of musical jazz greats and investigates Bobbie's past. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 2007.

H.R.H. BR 16875
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
After college graduation Princess Christianna's royal father allows her to volunteer anonymously at an international relief camp in Africa. Christianna falls in love with Parker Williams, a physician working with Doctors without Borders, but violence invades their haven. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller 2006.

Sisters BR 16876
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
Four siblings pull together during a family crisis. After their mother is tragically killed and sister Annie, an artist, is blinded, supermodel Candy, television producer Tammy, and lawyer Sabrina move into a New York townhouse to grieve and cope. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2007.

The Collectors BR 16877
by David Baldacci
3 volumes
When someone murders the head of the rare book room of the Library of Congress, eccentric colleague Caleb Shaw rounds up his buddies from The Camel Club (BR 16229) to investigate. Soon con artist Annabelle Conroy crosses their path. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 2006.

Hollywood Station BR 16878
by Joseph Wambaugh
3 volumes
While trying to avoid allegations of racial profiling, a seasoned LAPD sergeant known as the Oracle dispatches veteran cops with rookies to deal with the addicts, crazies, and gangbangers that inhabit Hollywood. After a jewelry-store robbery, the investigation leads to the Russian Mafia. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2006.

The Shape Shifter: A Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Mystery BR 16879
by Tony Hillerman
2 volumes
A valuable antique native rug, thought to have been destroyed in a fire that took the life of a notorious killer, is discovered in the mansion of Flagstaff millionaire Jason Delos. Retired Navajo tribal policeman Joe Leaphorn investigates and finds himself facing an evil skinwalker. Some violence. Bestseller 2006.

Whitethorn Woods BR 16882
by Maeve Binchy
3 volumes
When residents of Rossmore learn that a new highway will bypass their Irish town and cut through the woods, they argue about the possible effects. Father Flynn wants to preserve the mystical St. Ann's Well located at the edge of the forest but listens to all opinions. Bestseller 2006.

Family Tree BR 16907
by Barbara Delinsky
3 volumes
After interior designer Dana Clarke and her husband, Hugh, a lawyer from a prominent New England dynasty, have a baby girl with African American features, Dana searches for the father she never knew. The white couple uncovers long-held family secrets and prejudice. Some strong language. Bestseller 2007.

A Christmas Secret BR 16908
by Anne Perry
1 volume
December, 1890. London vicar Dominic Corde and his wife, Clarice, spend Christmas in an isolated village where Dominic substitutes for the Reverend Wynter, who has taken a last-minute holiday. But Wynter isn't on vacation at all. Dominic and Clarice investigate but soon find themselves in danger. 2006.

The Alibi Man BR 16909
by Tami Hoag
3 volumes
Horse trainer Elena Estes, a former narcotics detective, discovers the body of her coworker Irina Markova in a canal. Elena's investigation leads to her previous Palm Beach, Florida, circles, where she finds ties to the Russian mob and society elite, including Bennett Walker--her ex-fiancé. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2007.

The Mission Song BR 17060
by John Le Carré
3 volumes
Irish Congolese Bruno "Salvo" Salvador works in London translating Swahili and tribal languages of the Congo for various clients including British Intelligence. At a secret peace conference between Central African warlords he uncovers a corporate conspiracy and tries to thwart a coup. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2006.

Lisey's Story BR 17062
by Stephen King
5 volumes
Maine. Lisey, the widow of prizewinning author Scott Landon, hears her husband's voice while organizing his papers, caring for her catatonic sister, and avoiding a stalker. Lisey enters Scott's imaginary world of Boo'ya Moon and fights his demons as well as her own. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2006.

Hannibal Rising BR 17063
by Thomas Harris
2 volumes
Children Hannibal Lecter and his sister Mischa experience unbearable horrors in Lithuania during World War II. Finding refuge in France, the teenaged Hannibal is tormented by memories and begins to develop his own grim, monstrous nature. Prequel to Silence of the Lambs (BR 13149). Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2006.

Heart-Shaped Box BR 17064
by Joe Hill
3 volumes
Middle-aged rock star Judas Coyne collects morbid curios. He buys a haunted suit online and discovers that it belonged to Craddock McDermott, the deceased stepfather of one of Coyne's groupies. Over time, both Coyne's own motives and those of McDermott's ghost are revealed. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2007.

Dust: A Richard Jury Mystery BR 17065
by Martha Grimes
3 volumes
Scotland Yard detective Richard Jury investigates the murder of wealthy bachelor Billy Maples, who had been caring for Henry James's former house in Rye. Jury discovers that the victim's grandfather was a World War II code breaker, and enlists Melrose Plant's assistance. Meanwhile, Jury juggles two affairs. Strong language. Bestseller 2007.

Step on a Crack: A Michael Bennett Mystery BR 17068
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
2 volumes
When terrorists take celebrities hostage at the funeral of a former first lady, NYPD negotiator Michael Bennett does is job:he confronts the group's mastermind, the Neat Man. But at home Bennett--father of ten--learns that his wife is serouisly ill. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2007.

Wild Fire: A John Corey Novel BR 17070
by Nelson DeMille
4 volumes
New York, 2002. John Corey and his FBI wife Kate Mayfield discover a plot by right-wing extremists, led by Bain Madox, to destroy two American cities with suitcase bombs. Their goal is to incite nuclear war with the Middle East. Commercial audiobook. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2006.

The Old Wine Shades: A Richard Jury Mystery BR 17071
by Martha Grimes
3 volumes
On leave since The Winds of Change (BR 16911), detective Richard Jury is intrigued by a tale physicist Harry Johnson tells at a pub: the family of Johnson's friend disappeared and only the dog returned. Jury is investigating when a body is found. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller 2006.

The Road BR 17072
by Cormac McCarthy
2 volumes
A father and his young son journey south after the destruction of the civilized world. Their survival kit consists of a few blankets, a pistol, a cart of scavenged food, and their love for each other. Their values are tested by occasional encounters with other desperate survivors. Bestseller 2006.

Brothers BR 17074
by Da Chen
4 volumes
China, 1960s Cultural Revolution. Tan is heir of a general, but his illegitimate half brother Shento is abandoned. After Chairman Mao's death, Tan flees and builds a business, while Shento prospers in the army. Their lives converge at Tiananmen Square. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Shadow Prey BR 17075
by John Sandford
3 volumes
As a rookie cop, FBI director Lawrence Clay raped a young Native American woman. Years later, an assassin seeking vengeance lures him to Minneapolis, where homicide detective Lucas Davenport and New York policewoman Lily Rothenburg investigate a series of ritual killings. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1990.

If Morning Ever Comes BR 17076
by Anne Tyler
2 volumes
Columbia law student Ben Joe Hawkes rushes home to Sandhill, North Carolina, when he learns that one of his six sisters has left her husband. Restless, Ben Joe renews his acquaintance with the townspeople and spontaneously asks his high school girlfriend to marry him. 1964.

Scales of Justice: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery BR 17078
by Ngaio Marsh
2 volumes
Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard tracks a killer in the seemingly peaceful English village of Swevenings after a body is found in a thicket by the trout stream. He discovers that violent death is just as gruesome among the gentry as among the working class. 1955. 1955.

Wives Behaving Badly BR 17080
by Elizabeth Buchan
3 volumes
In this sequel to Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (BR 15289) Minty, Nathan Lloyd's second wife and the mother of twins, finds marriage disappointing and resents Nathan's older children and his first wife Rose, her former boss. But when tragedy strikes the two women reconnect. 2006.

Mourners: A "Nameless Detective" Mystery BR 17083
by Bill Pronzini
2 volumes
The Nameless Detective is hired by James Troxell's wife to discover why her husband has taken to attending the funerals of murdered women he doesn't know. "Nameless" is also having marital problems; and his partners, Tamara and Jake, have their own issues with mourning. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Samurai Shortstop BR 17085
by Alan Gratz
2 volumes
Tokyo, 1890s. After his uncle commits ritual suicide, Toyo enters an elite Western boarding school. But to understand his family's samurai tradition, Toyo trains in the old ways, profoundly affecting his baseball game and his relationship with his father. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Blue Screen: A Sunny Randall Mystery BR 17093
by Robert B. Parker
2 volumes
It is Sunny Randall's job to protect starlet Erin Flint, the lover of sleazy movie producer Buddy Bollen. After Erin's sister Misty is murdered in Buddy's mansion, Sunny helps Jesse Stone, chief of police in Paradise, Massachusetts, expose a killer. Descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2006.

Love Story BR 17095
by Erich Segal
1 volume
Wealthy Harvard senior Oliver Barrett IV falls in love with wisecracking Radcliffe music student Jenny Cavilleri. Oliver marries Jenny despite his father's threat to disown him. They seek a life together without assistance from Oliver's family in what proves to be a bittersweet love story. Strong language. 1970.

Rumpole and the Reign of Terror: A Rumpole Mystery BR 17098
by John Mortimer
2 volumes
British barrister Horace Rumpole takes on the government when he accepts the case of a Pakistani doctor accused of aiding Al Qaeda. He also alienates his colleagues, his wife Hilda, and other clients, while he battles his own doubts. Meanwhile Hilda writes her memoirs. 2006.


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