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May 20, 2015

Just a reminder that that Finley Library Open House is coming up on June 11, from 2-4, during Finley Days.  Secondly, recall that there are paperback books for sale--or your enjoyment while waiting--at Finley Motors.  (In fact, you can just go in and purchase books and maybe buy a new car or truck while there!)  Third, we wanted to let you know that all the new books we ordered from our book sales at Citizen's State Bank are here and on the shelf (except The Nightengale, which is back-ordered).   They include Close to Home by Lisa Jackson, Personal by Lee Child, Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson,  Wicked Ways by Lisa Jackson, Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury, Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson, Betrayal by Lisa Scottoline, and Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout, DVM.   Gathering Prey by John Sandford,  Memory Man by David Baldacci, Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline, and two by Stuart Woods--Insatiable Appetites and Hot Pursuit have been donated.  Again we thank all of you that helped this to happen!  Come in and check us out--Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 and Fridays from 2:00-5:00!
Here's a couple reviews:

Borkmann's Point by Hakan Nesser.  (PB) (2006)  (Inspector Van Veeteren series #2)  Inspector Van Veeteren is on vacation near the seaside town of Kaalbringen, Sweden, and ready to return home when he gets a call to go to Kaalbringen to help with an axe murder case.  A man--an ex-con--has been killed and the local police force hasn't made much headway, perhaps because, really, they and others may think the world is a better place without this man.  Then a businessman is killed in the same way and though he was not known to be scrupulously honest, he had been more known and accepted by the townspeople.  As Van Veeteren gets into the thick of things, another man is killed, but this time the axe is left in the body which leads Van Veeteren to suspect that the murderer is finished, but there are still no suspects or clues.  His burgeoning friendship with the police chief, especially, and two other detectives makes it all even harder when one of them disappears.  Fearing he was wrong concerning the murderer being finished, Van Veeteren feels muddled, but because the police chief is retiring in a few days Van Veeteren makes the rash promise that he will have the case solved by then.  This is NOT an action packed novel.  Rather it is much more cerebral and thought provoking, but also a very thorough example of a European police procedural and very enjoyable on that level.
Cold, Cold Heart by Tami Hoag.  (LP) (2015)  With this book I think it would be a good idea to read the Author's note on page 655 first.  I read it about two-thirds through the book and the writing of the book made much more sense afterwards.  Dana Nolan is a news anchor in the Minneapolis area when she is kidnapped and brutally beaten and raped by a serial rapist/killer.  The reader knows he is is a killer because he tells Dana that he will kill her and that she will be his masterpiece. She has been in his possession for several days when the story opens, but it only takes a few pages for Dana to find a way to freedom. Still, she is horribly disfigured, emotionally scarred and has a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which is what the rest of the story is pretty much about.  TBI's often occur from playing football, falling down stairs, falling off a horse, auto accidents and from being injured in combat.  In fact, the author, Tami Hoag, was a victim of TBI when she fell from a horse at a younger age.  As Hoag says and the reader will see in Dana, the person with a TBI becomes a changed person and that is difficult for family, friends AND for the victim.  There is much more to the story than just this, however.  Seven years before Dana's best friend was the victim of a crime and she was killed.  The killer was never found and Dana wonders if the same man that took her also took her friend.  That concern is worked through in the book as well.  This was a good read, but I think the information learned about TBI was just as important and something everyone should know.  When interesting books also inform it is a win/win situation.

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