Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hit the Books. . .

The school bell is ringing and it's Time to Hit the Books, and that's an Order!  Add these wonderful reads to your Fall schedule.  Happy Reading. . .
Read the gripping story that became Whitney Houston’s triumphant final film! This drama-packed tale charts the rise and fall of three sisters who form a girl group. There’s Tammy “Sister” Anderson, the eldest, who’s already made a play for solo success, only to return home in defeat; straight-talking Dee...and Sparkle, the youngest, a na├»ve beauty who writes the kind of songs that make listeners turn to jelly. On the stage, all is harmony, but behind the scenes, trouble lurks. Success comes fast—faster than the girls can handle. Just as they are on the brink of stardom, Sister’s life shatters...leaving Sparkle to step into the spotlight. But will her stardom deal a death sentence to Sister’s dreams? Includes an eight-page photo insert.
School bells toll a mournful death knell in New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen’s new edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, Last to Die. But medical examiner Maura Isles is unaware of the impending danger when she arrives at Evensong, an exclusive boarding school situated deep in the Maine wilderness. Maura is there to visit Julian “Rat” Perkins, the 16-year-old boy with whom she suffered a terrible ordeal, and she’s somewhat startled to learn that, like Julian, all the students there are survivors of violence. That could explain why the main courses of study involve advanced training in science and investigative skills, all geared for careers in crime fighting. Could there be a better place for Detective Jane Rizzoli to hide Teddy Clock? The young boy barely escaped the shockingly brutal slaughter of his foster family, and Jane fears the killers are looking for a chance to take him out as well. What Rizzoli and Isles don’t know is that the key to the murders resides behind the locked gates of the one place that should be a safe haven for all, especially kids. Will the friends awaken to the gathering threat in time…or will one of them become the last to die?

In this gritty, action-packed novel, Andrea Wilson, an ex-cop who’s now a defense lawyer, finds herself on the wrong side of the law after one horrifying night. A stressful day at work, defending an accused cop-killer, leaves Andrea spent. So she goes home to the upscale Philly home she shares with her husband, Paul, a neuroscientist who’s just discovered a lifesaving medication. The marriage is sputtering, but neither Wilson is ready to end it. Then, everything goes surreal, like a waking nightmare. When she comes to her senses, Andrea is covered with blood, next to her husband’s body—and she cuts and runs. Detective Mike Coletti, with whom Andrea was once involved, desperately tries to clear her as questions pile on questions.

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.

Judge Raymond Fogletree just became number five.

His body was found in the basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he didn’t show up for trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies—Judge Fogletree and his young secretary.

I did not know Judge Fogletree, but I know who killed him, and why.

I am a lawyer, and I am in prison.

It’s a long story.”

And boom—that’s how John Grisham, America’s favorite storyteller, true master of suspense, and bestselling author of everything he writes, sets the scene for his newest tour de force. The Racketeer is filled with nonstop action as Grisham takes readers on a thrill ride that leads back to the place that made him an international success: the courtroom. And it’s one story you don’t want to miss.

For three years, Animal hid out in Puerto Rico, after the notorious fugitive from King James’ Big Dawg crew was sentenced to die in the gas chamber. In hiding, the only thing that kept him this side of sanity was the hope of seeing his true love, Gucci, again. Then a shot rang out, and Gucci wound up on the brink of death. Now, bodies are turning up on the streets of Harlem, with two things in common: They were all mixed up with the Shai Clark family, and they’ve all been viciously murdered. It can only mean one thing: Animal is back, and he’s on the rampage. Alongside old allies Ashanti and Zo, the uncaged Animal unleashes his wrath. “The sky is gonna rain blood over Harlem,” he warns, “and I don’t care too much who gets wet.” 

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet
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