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Archived Staff Picks March 2014

 

We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: stories from Rwanda
By:  Philip Gourevitch
Recommended by Robert

For many of us, it has faded into recent history. In the April of 1994, the government of Rwanda exhorted the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Hutu minority. As a result, 800,000 people were murdered in a three month period. While the author did not witness the actual killings, he did take the opportunity to interview the killers (when they would admit it) and survivors alike. Gourevitch lets those who were involved tell their stories of how they avoided the killings or how it was deserved or that they were following the orders of others.   The author clearly sees what happened in Rwanda as a modern day Holocaust. While Nazi Germany was allowed to solve its Jewish question without international interference, Rwanda's Hutus were able to do the same under the eyes of the United States and the United Nations. Various African regimes and opposing revolutionary movements are shown to have used the killings to further their own ends. There was no Truth and Reconciliation programme to cleanse Rwanda. Instead, new regimes have been cemented into power, balancing their responses to the murders with the need for national stability. It is only hoped that these leaders and the rest of the world would prevent any future massacres.

The author has been strongly affected by his research. He does not pull any punches, assigning blame for the killings on "Hutu power" and those who looked the other way while the killings occurred. The result is a strong indictment of those who orchestrated these killings. Very informative and compelling.

This book is available in regular print.

Saints of the Shadow Bible
By: Ian Rankin
Recommended by Marilyn

Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head-to-head when a 30-year-old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the past

Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. Rebus's team from those days is suspected of helping a murderer escape justice to further their own ends.

Malcolm Fox, in what will be his last case as an internal affairs cop, is tasked with finding out the truth. Past and present are about to collide in shocking and murderous fashion. What does Rebus have to hide? And whose side is he really on? His colleagues back then called themselves "The Saints," and swore a bond on something called the Shadow Bible. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer -- and may also play a role in the present, as Scotland gears up for a referendum on independence. 

Allegiances are being formed, enemies made, and huge questions asked. Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?

I enjoyed this Rebus book as well as the others Ian Rankin has written.

This title is available in Regular Print and Book on CD formats.Other editions

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River Road
By:  Jayne Ann Krentz
Recommended by Kim

It's been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she'd been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party--by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher--only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up--was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue.

Now, returning after her aunt's fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night--and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who'd targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.

A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother--though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle's local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California's wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara's house, and some of Tristan's old friends start acting suspicious, Mason's quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he'll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue.

 

This title is available in Regular Print, Large Print, Book on CD and Downloadable eBook formats.

This review is from www.goodreads.com.

 

Bombshell

By:  Catherine Coulter

Recommended by Ann

 

FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals.

While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey was found naked, unconscious, and covered with blood after a wild party. The blood isn't hers--so who does it belong to?

Meanwhile, back in D.C., Savich and Sherlock have their hands full when the grandson of former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank is found murdered, every bone in his body broken, and frozen at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. 

Was Savich right--is Griffin gifted with a unique ability to "see" how criminals think? And will he figure out who was behind the attempt on Delsey's life--before it's too late?   

 

Catherine  Coulter holds  your interest in every book she writes.    Even though this is #17 it certainly can be read without reading the other 16 FBI thrillers.  It was a good read for the snowy days of February. 

 

This title is available in Regular Print, Large Print, Book on CD and Downloadable eBook formats.

Captain Phillips -  DVD 2013
Recommended by Kathy

"It's the work of Tom Hanks that makes this film unforgettable." Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

"This film does an impeccable job of creating and tightening the narrative screws." Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Based upon the book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea", by Richard Phillips.
Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.  It is -- through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens -- simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization.  The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage.  Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. 
Captain Phillips is based upon the book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea", by Richard Phillips.

Captain Phillips is available in DVD format.

A Captain's Duty:  Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea" is available in Book on CD.

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel
By:  Alan Bradley
Recommended by Pauline

On a spring morning in 1951, eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet.  Yet upon the train's arrival in the English village of Bishop's Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear.  Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd.  Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia?  Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces' crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.  Following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself.  Surrounded by family, friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office - and making spectacular use of Harriet's beloved Gipsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit - Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer.

This title is available in Regular Print, Book on CD, Downloadable Audiobook and eBook formats.

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