Buying Books

I just couldn’t resist…..

… going to the library book sale. *Sigh* I know I should never have gone, but I’m like a person with a drug habit, with my drug of choice being books! This time I spent $7 and brought home 13 books (one of the books was an oversize paperback, for $1 while all the others were 50 cents each).

So there’s the visual of all my new goodies! Here’s the descriptions:

Virgin Lies by Roderick Anscombe: One summer day, Boston forensic psychiatrist Paul Lucas gets a call from his social worker wife, Abby: A nine-year-old girl has gone missing. Paul, an expert interrogator, is called in to help evaluate the testimony of the only witness: a homeless woman who happens to be a paranoid schizophrenic. Further interviews with other possible witnesses go nowhere, frustrating detectives and calling into doubt Paul’s role in the case. Believing the girl is alive but soon to die, Paul is pushed to the brink of a professional abyss – harangued by local media, distrusted by police, and pressured to save the day by Abby, whose stake in the search becomes deeply personal. With time running out, Paul has to make a choice: to uphold the central oath of his profession or to do whatever it takes to find the girl – even if he must crack the mind of a vulnerable patient, and risk everything he has in the process.

Father’s Day by John Calvin Batchelor: The year is 2003. President Ted Jay has invoked the 25th Amendment to the Constitution – Presidential vacancy, disability, and inability – temporarily transferring power to his Vice President, T.E. (Shy) Garland. But five months later, when the Chief Executive attempts to reclaim the reins of power, Garland refuses to step aside, setting in motion a bloody and ruthless plot that will tear America in two – and bring the most powerful nation on earth to the brink of a military coup.

Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Acts of War: Kurdish terrorists have attacked a dam inside the borders of Turkey, threatening the water supply of their very homeland. It is not insanity, but the first step in a deceptively simple plan: force all-out war in the Middle East, drawing in the major players in the new world order. What the terrorists don’t know is that a new Regional Op-Center is now on-line in Turkey. A mobile version of the permanent crisis management facility, the ROC is a cutting-edge surveillance and information mecca. And its team can see exactly what the Kurdish rebels are trying to do. But the terrorists are more resourceful than anyone thinks. They also have ways of obtaining classified information. And the Regional Op-Center – the United States’ newest toy – is a prize not to be passed up…

Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy: It’s the early 1980s – and historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine Jack Ryan is now a CIA officer on loan to the British SIS. On his very first day, an extraordinary document crosses his desk. Because of government repression in Poland, the new Pope, John Paul II, has threatened to resign his papacy. In Moscow, another man is contemplating the very same document. Yuriy Andropov, the chairman of the KGB, does not like what he reads, does not like what it means for him or for his nation. All it takes is one man to cause everything he has worked for to crumble. All it takes is one man to stop him. The Pope is very powerful, but he is also mortal…

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King: In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engage din the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen-years-old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes – and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth-century woman proves a deft protegé and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator’s daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary – a bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership.

Dead Souls by Michael Laimo: For eighteen-year-old Johnny Petrie, the dilapidated farmhouse in Maine meant a way out. When the letter arrived saying he had inherited an estate from a man he’d never heard of before, Johnny knew he could finally escape the hell of living with his religious zealot mother and drunken father. He didn’t realize that the hell he was moving into would be far, far worse. The previous owner of the estate was Benjamin Conroy, a man obsessed with securing eternal life for himself and his family – even if he had to kill them to do it. Conroy’s ultimate ritual, a perverse ceremony of blood and butchery, went hideously wrong, denying him the immortality he sought, leaving him and his family dead. But now that Johnny has arrived at the house, Conroy’s spirit will have a second chance…

The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum: At a small-town carnival two men, each mysteriously summoned by telegram, witness a bizarre killing. The telegrams are signed Jason Bourne. Only they know Bourne’s true identity and understand the telegram is really a message from Bourne’s mortal enemy, Carlos, known also as the Jackal, the world’s deadliest and most elusive terrorist. And furthermore, they know what the Jackal wants: a final confrontation with Bourne. Now David Webb, professor of Oriental studies, husband, and father, must do what he hoped never to do again – assume the terrible identity of Jason Bourne. His plan is simple: to infiltrate the politically and economically omnipotent Medusan group and use himself as bait to lure the cunning Jackal into a deadly trap – a trap from which only one of them will escape.

Twenty-Seven Bones by Jonathan Nasaw: There are twenty-seven bones in the human hand. And there are three dead bodies on the island of St. Luke – each victim missing a hand. It’s the strangest, most disturbing series of murders the Caribbean has ever known – and one of the few crimes that could pull FBI Special Agent E.L. Pender out of retirement. In all of his years, he’s never faced such a diabolical underworld drenched in superstition. At the heart of this darkness is a husband-and-wife team with a perverse plan so powerfully consuming, so brilliantly evil, that Pender can only watch and wait … as the grisly hand of fate reaches out for its next victim.

Eclipse by Richard North Patterson: Damon Pierce is a gifted California lawyer whose work is starting to seem soulless. Then, from out of nowhere, two life-altering events take place: First, Damon’s wife announces that she’s leaving him. Next: A woman from his past reappears. Damon could never forget Marissa Brand Okari, his one-time great love. Now, she’s in trouble … and Damon decides to do everything in his power to help her. Marissa’s husband, Bobby Okari, is a freedom fighter in a corrupt West African nation – one that’s being torn apart by global lust for its vast supply of oil. One day, during a solar eclipse, Bobby leads a high-profile protest rally against an American oil company … only to see everyone in his home village massacred by government troops. Already an enemy of the country’s savage dictator, Bobby is promptly arrested. Now it’s up to Damon to take on Bobby’s case and save him – and Marissa – from almost certain death. And risk his own life in the process.

Chain of Evidence by Ridley Pearson: Detective Joe “Dart” Dartelli made one critical mistake in his police career: He chose to ignore a piece of evidence in a case labeled a suicide that may have been a murder. The dead man was himself a vicious woman-killer who more than deserved his fate, but that ignored evidence pointed to Dart’s former mentor, the brilliant forensic specialist Walter Zeller. Now another suicide victim turns up – the body of a wife beater – and the evidence clearly shows that the death was self-inflicted … or does it? Zeller was the best at reading and understanding the forensics of a crime scene – could he have manipulated it? Worse, why has Zeller disappeared? It terrifies Dart to suspect that Zeller is in fact on some twisted vigilante crusade, but Dart also knows that if he’s right, only he can stop it.

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice: This is the story of the Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial  moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even “settle down” for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia’s struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are. Louis and Claudia travel Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires–a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers and in fact presents dangers they scarcely imagined.

The Doomsday Key by James Rollins: Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force have only days to solve an apocalyptic puzzle dating back centuries. Aided by two women from his past – one his ex-lover, the other his new partner – Gray must uncover a horrifying secret that threatens America and the world, even if it means sacrificing the life of one of the women at his side. The race is on – from the Roman Coliseum to the icy peaks of Norway to the lost tombs of Celtic kings – and the future hangs in the balance. For humankind’s ultimate nightmare is locked within a talisman buried by a dead saint – an ancient artifact known as … The Doomsday Key.

Murder in the House by Margaret Truman: He died beneath the Statue of Freedom, clutching a 9-mm pistol in his hand. But as dawn rose, the politician would die again – in a hail of rumor and character assassination. Now one man suspects the shattering truth: that the congressman’s suicide was a carefully planned murder. In the heart of the free world, a furious struggle begins: to reclaim a man’s innocence, expose a woman’s lie, and stop a chilling conspiracy of murder that reaches halfway around the world…

Buying Books

Library Book Sale – Oh my!

Okay, so I probably should never have gone to the library book sale. But I was determined to do so – I even took the afternoon off from work to do so (but I claimed that I needed to get the car registration taken care of and a few other things done, never mentioned the book sale, hehe!). I went to those measures to get the afternoon off because during the last book sale in January, I made the mistake of not going until the second day (due to work) and was really disappointed in the selection of books that was left. So I wanted to make sure I was there on the first day to get some better choices. I don’t know if there were just that many great books this time around or what, but I came home with 12 books for $6. And some of them I’ve been looking for for some time (and didn’t want to waste a PBS credit on them). And what’s even better is that some of these books will be very easy to trade away at PBS! Yay! I love finding books that are either on other people’s wish lists or have very few copies listed in the system. Anyway, enough small talk, here’s what I came home with:

Hide in Plain Sight by Michele Albert
          Fiona Kennedy can tell a forgery from the genuine article in a snap. Drop-dead-sexy Grif Laughton, however, is not so easy to read. He’s clearly a masterpiece of the male variety – and the attraction he sparks is definitely the real thing. But Grif is a man of secrets, and the potentially priceless manuscript he’s asked her to appraise is just one of them. But someone is willing to kill for the manuscript, and Grif reveals that he’s a mercenary, hired to protect Fiona. Is he really who he seems, or is he just using her as bait? On the run from an unknown enemy, Fiona gives in to her all-consuming need for the man who may be her one chance for survival – or her final chapter.

The American by Andrew Britton
          CIA agent Ryan Kealey has no time to wrestle his demons. Former U.S. soldier Jason March, one of the world’s deadliest assassins and Ryan’s former protegé, is now working with a powerful terror network whose goal is nothing less than the total annihilation of the United States. Ryan puts together the pieces of a terrifying puzzle. With the fate of the country resting on his shoulders, he finds himself caught in a desperate game of cat-and-mouse with the most cunning opponent he’s ever faced, a man who won’t be denied the ultimate act of evil and who is all the more deadly for being one of our own.

Hard Rain by Barry Eisler 
          All John Rain wants is to disappear forever. What an old nemesis from Japan’s FBI is one last favor: eliminate an assassin at large who kills without conscience. But there’s a lot at stake – including the lives of Rain’s few friends, and a love from his past. Protecting them means plunging into the heart of a war between the CIA and the Japanese mafia, in which the distinctions between friends and foe, truth and deceit, and life and death are as murky as the rain-slicked midnight streets of Tokyo.

Stripped by Brian Freeman
          They looked like isolated cases: a hit-and-run and a celebrity murder during a fling with a prostitute. No one could ever imagine they’d be linked to a brutal crime in the city’s steamy past – and that the race against the clock to corner a determined serial killer would stir up secrets long thought buried with the dead. As Detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial are called to investigate, they have no idea of what they’re stepping into: a world where desperate ambition rules and loyalties know no bounds, and where their own uncharted emotions and sexual desires will reach an explosive conclusion.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
          Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome – and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life…. But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of – big surprise – murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
          All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party … and to feed. Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining – and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized. A bounty hunter and with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead … or undead.

Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson by Det. Tom Lange & Det. Philip Vannatter as told to Dan E. Moldea
          In this astonishing New York Times bestseller, veteran LAPD detectives Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter – who headed the investigation of the Brown/Goldman double murder – fully chronicle the police case that brought O.J. Simpson to trial. Here for the first time are the definitive facts of this sensational case, recounted in unflinching detail.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
          “My name was Salmon, like the first; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her – her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.

The Da Vinci Deception by Thomas Swan
          Fine-art connoisseur Jonas Kalem has assembled his team of experts for one purpose: to falsify Leonardo da Vinci’s “lost” manuscripts, including early sketches of the Mona Lisa. If the hoax is successful, these items will fetch more than $100 million at auction – and bring international fame to the conspirators. But when an original Leonardo folio is discovered missing from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, Kalem’s team attempts to cover their tracts … with disastrous results. Now, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Jack Oxby of the Art and Antiques Squad must travel from London to New York and northern Italy to uncover a trail of betrayal, blackmail – and murder.

Reversible Error by Robert K. Tanenbaum
          A killer is at work on the New York streets, and no one seems to want to catch him. A serial rapist is savaging one woman after another, and beating every rap. Assistant D.A. Butch Karp, his ultra-liberated lover, Marlene Ciampi, and three maverick cops who fight crime their own way have to cut all corners and bend all rules in a maze of mean streets and crooked courthouse corridors to rip the blindfold off justice and put teeth into the law…

State of the Union by Brad Thor
          With the fragile peace between the world’s nations shattered, Harvath must unravel a brilliantly orchestrated, fiendishly timed conspiracy intent upon bringing the United States to its knees. Teamed with beautiful Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath races from the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., to the streets of Berlin, the coast of Finland, and into the heart of Mother Russia herself before returning home for a final showdown with an enemy from America’s past more sinister and deadly than has even been seen before…

Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy
          People are dying for the new computer game by the software company Monkeerench. Literally. With Serial Killer Detective in limited release, the real-life murders of a jogger and a young woman have already mimicked the first two scenarios in the game. But Grace McBride and her eccentric Monkeewrench partners are caught in a vise. If they tell the Minneapolis police of the link between their game the murders, they’ll shine a spotlight on the past they thought they had erased – and the horror they thought they’d left behind. If they don’t, eighteen more people will die…