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Forgotten Room
Professor Jeremy Logan is called to investigate the suicide of a well respected scientist at the prestigious think tank Lux in Newport, Rhode Island. Jeremy is a specialist in analyzing supernatural events, the scientist had been working on updating the west wing of the century old building when he started slowly going mad before killing himself. Logan finds that other members of the Lux have also had similar issues.
Logan soon finds a secret room in the west wing that had been sealed and was not shown on the original blueprints of the building. The room has been closed since 1935 and contains a mysterious machine that may hve been used in seance's to contact the deceased.
The book is fast paced with many twists and great sense of forboding, well written by Lincoln Child, this is his 4th with Jeremy Logan featured.
The long awaited sequel to "Power of the Dog", Don Winslow's epic novel about the drugwars set in the 1970's. The author picks up the story starting in 2004 with DEA agent Art Keller back to kill drug lord Adan Barrera who has just escaped from a mexican prison, much like the real "El Guapo".
The story shows Keller's relationship working with the DEA and with the mexican authorities, who he never knows who he can trust. The corruption rises to the top of the Mexican government and the power and influence of the cartels is all encompassing.
The parrallel story Of Adan and the cartel families is just as fascinating and truly frightening. A truly great novel, the Godfather of the war on drugs.
Serial killer Marcus Flynn had been caught and shot in the head but lived and was called the Hangman. Detective Abbie Kearney wasn't working during his reign of terror but now after a daring escape from prison he is back and ready to strike again.
Abbie is leading a desperate manhunt in Buffalo to stop the madman as the body count mounts. The killer and Abbie match wits and the predator is as brilliant as he is elusive. Stephan Talty tells a thrilling and intense tale of the power of a masterful killer and what Abbie must become to catch him. The authors first book Black Irish is also a good read.
A moving story of nine members of the U of Washington rowing team who overcame many obstacles and challenges to compete for America in the 1936 Olympics. The story is told through the eyes of Joe Rantz a poor young man who was orphaned twice and must manage to make the team , pay for college and feed and cloth himself all during depression era America. The rowing team is led by an enigmatic coach Al Ulbrickson and Tom Bolles, and has it's boats built by the fascinating English boatmaker George Pocock.

Daniel James Brown alternates the story of the rowing teams struggles and the challenge of beating U of California and the elite east coast teams, Harvard. Princeton, Navy and others with the narrative of Nazi Germany setting the stage for the Olympics. The descriptions of how Hitler, Goebbels and his architects passion to show the world how modern and beautiful Germany is adds a great contrast to the depression and dust bowl America.

A well written and inspiring and moving book, good for all ages and both men and woman.

Marcus Sakey
The latest novel by Chicago author Marcus Sakey is a great read and totally unlike his past work such as "Good People" and "Amateurs". The story is set in the present but reads like a futuristic science fiction book, it is about the rise of children who are born gifted, called the abnorms. The rate has risen and the government sets up an agency called DAR,Department of Analysis and Response, told through the eyes of agent Cooper who is himself is gifted, the gifts are specific and not of the super power variety like X-Men.
Agent Cooper attitude about the gifted changes when he goes undercover to catch the dangerous abnorm John Smith who the DAR has named the most dangerous terrorist in the country, it's a fast, thrilling story and as I said a complete departure from his other works.

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