Braille Book Review

March-April 2012

Books for Adults


The Chosen One         BR 18647
by Carol Lynch Williams
2 volumes
Thirteen-year-old Kyra loves her father, three mothers, twenty siblings, and two "sins"—Joshua, a boy in the Chosen Ones compound, and the forbidden bookmobile. But when she is given to her decrepit uncle as his seventh wife and threatened, Kyra plans a daring escape. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2009.

Revolver         BR 19076
by Marcus Sedgwick
1 volume
Scandinavian Arctic, 1910. After fourteen-year-old Sig Andersson's father Einar dies, a stranger arrives demanding that Sig and his sister return gold Einar allegedly stole during the Alaska Gold Rush a decade ago. Sig struggles with the dilemma of using Einar's hidden revolver. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

The Shadow Year         BR 19097
by Jeffrey Ford
2 volumes
1960s suburbia. A boy, his older brother Jim, and their odd little sister Mary discover that moving toy figures around in Jim's model of their neighborhood eerily predicts scary real-life events. Also, a bogeyman they call Mr. White appears to be after them. Some strong language. 2008.

The Lake Shore Limited         BR 19100
by Sue Miller
3 volumes
Playwright Wilhelmina "Billy" Gertz's latest production concerns a man waiting to hear whether his estranged wife survived a train bombing but who is ambivalent about her fate. Leslie, Billy's friend, fears the play reflects Billy's feelings toward the 9/11 death of Leslie's brother—Billy's lover. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

Shattered         BR 19102
by Jay Bonansinga
2 volumes
FBI profiler Ulysses Grove matches wits with a deranged serial killer who takes pairs of victims—one to torture while the other is forced to watch. When mild-mannered television cameraman Henry Splet realizes Grove is close to identifying him, he targets Grove—and his family. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Our Kind of Traitor         BR 19214
by John Le Carré
3 volumes
After teacher Perry Makepiece and his lawyer girlfriend Gail Perkins meet Russian money launderer Dimitri "Dima" Karsnov at an Antigua tennis resort, Dima asks for help defecting. British agents Hector Meredith and Luke Weaver get the case, and all players reunite in Paris. Strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

Buyout         BR 19221
by Alexander C. Irvine
3 volumes
2040. Insurance agent Martin Kindred offers buyouts to convicted criminals serving life-without-parole sentences. Prisoners choose voluntary execution in exchange for money payments to their beneficiaries. But as the popularity of the program grows, Martin and his friend Charlie uncover a disturbing conspiracy. Strong language. 2009.

Jealousy: A Strange Angels Novel         BR 19227
by Lili St. Crow
3 volumes
Dru, from Betrayals (BR 18898), runs into problems after she arrives at Schola Prima, where Anna, another svetocha, manipulates everyone. And Anna has her eye on Dru's protector, Christophe. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

Echoes from the Dead         BR 19232
by Johan Theorin
3 volumes
Sweden. Five-year-old Jens climbs over the garden wall and vanishes into the fog. Twenty years later his grandfather Gerlof, who never gave up hope, receives Jens's sandal in the mail and renews his investigation. Gerlof's estranged daughter, emotionally fragile since her son's disappearance, returns to help. Some strong language. 2008.

The Demon's Covenant: The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy, Book 2         BR 19234
by Sarah Rees Brennan
4 volumes
When magician Gerald tries to recruit Jamie, Mae again seeks help from the troubled brothers Alan and Nick. Together they fight magicians and demons, protecting human souls. But Mae is conflicted about her feelings for both brothers. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

Relic         BR 19235
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
4 volumes
Amazon explorers disappear or are slaughtered, but artifacts they found make it back to a New York museum for a superstition exhibit. Even after two boys are murdered in the building's basement, the gala opening continues—and so does the killing. Violence and strong language. 1995.

No Doors, No Windows         BR 19273
by Joe Schreiber
2 volumes
Brothers Owen and Scott find an unfinished manuscript hidden in the shed. It was written by their late father before he lost his sanity and concerns a haunted house—like one in their hometown—that slowly destroys minds. Now Scott plans to finish the ghost story himself. Strong language. 2009.

Starbound         BR 19274
by Joe Haldeman
2 volumes
Carmen Dula, her husband Paul, five other humans, and two Martians journey into deep space to convince the "Others" that humanity is worth saving. When the group returns to Earth, the truce is at risk. Sequel to Marsbound (DB/RC 70736, BR 18802). Descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2010.

White Nights: A Thriller         BR 19286
by Ann Cleeves
3 volumes
Scotland. At a Shetland Island art exhibit featuring the work of Fran Hunter, from Raven Black (BR 19285), Inspector Jimmy Perez sees a man break down in front of a painting. The following day someone discovers the man's corpse in an odd setting, and Perez must investigate. 2008.

Red Bones: A Thriller         BR 19287
by Ann Cleeves
3 volumes
Scotland. Shortly after a young archaeologist discovers human bones on Shetland Island, the grandmother of Inspector Jimmy Perez's colleague is killed. Perez, last seen in White Nights (BR 19286), investigates, but before he can solve the case another woman dies. 2009.

That Dog Won't Hunt
by Lou Allin
1 volume
On the run in the Mojave Desert, cowboy Rick Cooper gets a ride from Canadian widow Gladys Ryan, who offers him work at her Ontario hunting lodge. Later, Gladys refuses to pay Rick and Rick accidentally kills her— but he doesn't account for her dog. Some strong language. Uncontracted braille. 2010.

Drift: Stories         BR 19300
by Victoria Patterson
2 volumes
Thirteen interconnected stories set in glittery Newport Beach, California, reveal raw human emotions lurking beneath the surface glamour. In "The First and Second Time" fifteen-year-old Rosie's attractive, bikini-clad body captures the rapacious attention of an older drunk. Other tales follow her as she ages. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2009.

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