Braille Book Review

November-December 2003
Books for Adults--Fiction


The Bat/Bab, a Sub-Deb BR 14175
by Mary Roberts Rinehart
4 volumes
A pair of works by Rinehart. In The Bat someone, or something, is trying to scare Miss Cornelia Van Gorder, of New York City, to death. In Bab, a Sub-Deb, the writing assignment of a schoolgirl, who is a year away from her debut, leads to tragedy and murder. 1920.

In This Mountain BR 14211
by Jan Karon
4 volumes
Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife, Cynthia, return to Mitford and renew old friendships. Father Tim, however, struggles with retirement and aging, while Cynthia achieves success as a children's writer. Father Tim's failure to control his diabetes leads to near-tragedy. Sequel to A Common Life (BR 13422). Bestseller 2002.

Shadows of Sin: A Jessie Drake Mystery BR 14238
by Rochelle Krich
4 volumes
Los Angeles detective Jessie Drake and her partner Phil Okum investigate the murder of a prominent plastic surgeon. Suspects include the doctor's family and some discontented patients. Jessie is also contending with the pregnancy of her sister, a former child abuser, and studying Jewish tradition. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

Leaving Katya BR 14240
by Paul Greenberg
2 volumes
Russia, 1990s. When American student Daniel meets Katya, they struggle to bridge the gap between their origins. Then Katya joins Daniel in New York, and the ground shifts, but financial difficulties only intensify their incompatibility. Each seems hopelessly misled by fantasies about the other's cultural heritage. Descriptions of sex. 2002.

Miss Julia Throws a Wedding BR 14243
by Ann B. Ross
3 volumes
Widow Julia Springer of Abbotsville, North Carolina, insists on planning a wedding for attorney Binkie Enloe and her fiancé, deputy Coleman Bates. But Miss Julia really wants her friend Hazel Marie to get hitched to her live-in lover as a good example to Hazel's young son. 2002.

Step-Ball-Change BR 14245
by Jeanne Ray
2 volumes
Raleigh, North Carolina. Sixtyish Caroline McSwain's daughter is engaged to the richest man in town--and her family's expected to foot the bill for the nine-hundred-guest wedding. Then Caroline's abandoned sister moves in, bringing her ankle-nipping terrier. Meanwhile, the crew renovating Caroline's house seems to live there. Some strong language. 2002

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? BR 14247
by Philip K. Dick
2 volumes
In the year 2021 Rick Deckard is employed on a dying Earth as a bounty hunter. He seeks androids that look like humans and destroys them. Basis for the 1982 movie Blade Runner. 1968.

You Never Can Tell BR 14248
by Kathleen Eagle
3 volumes
Journalist Heather Reardon wants to tell the story of former Indian rights activist Kole Kills Crow, her goddaughter's father. Falsely accused of murder, Kole has been in hiding for years. When Heather tracks him down, he is forced to confront the demons from his past. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

The Feast of the Goat BR 14253
by Mario Vargas Llosa
4 volumes
Urania Cabral, returning to the Dominican Republic, where her father is terminally ill, recalls her youth during the brutal dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Called "the Goat" for his depravity with women, Trujillo was the reason for her forty-year estrangment from her father. Strong language and some violence. 2000.

Nuremberg: The Reckoning BR 14269
by William F. Buckley
3 volumes
In 1939, German Axel Reinhard sends his American wife and son back to the United States. In 1945, Second Lieutenant Sebastian Reinhard is an interpreter at the war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, where he learns of his father's war duties and family secret. Strong language and some violence. 2002.

Fear BR 14272
by Simon Lane
1 volume
While living in Paris, English author Fear falls hopelessly into debt. When his bank manager, Madame Jaffré, urges him to write an erotic novel for money, Fear compromises himself by recounting escapades between an American airline pilot and a French woman. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

Fishing for Chickens: Short Stories about Rural Youth BR 14274
edited by Jim Heynen
2 volumes
Seventeen short stories about living in the country, coping with chores and weather. In "Miracle Boy," a boy's feet are accidently cut off by a tractor and reattached. Authors include Alice Walker, Wallace Stegner, and Tony Earley. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

The Hunters BR 14275
by James Salter
2 volumes
Thirty-one-year-old Cleve Connell is sent to Korea and soon becomes a flight commander. All of the fighter pilots eagerly want to shoot down the enemy MIGs and become "aces." But, with every mission, Connell is gradually losing his nerve. Some violence and some strong language. 1956.

Little Altars Everywhere BR 14278
by Rebecca Wells
2 volumes
Siddalee Walker is the oldest child of a plantation-owning family in small-town Louisiana. Her family stories of 1963 feature an embarrassing mother, who whoops it up with her friends, the Ya- Yas. Later, Siddalee and her three siblings struggle with grimmer childhood memories. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1992.

The Cold One BR 14353
by Christopher Pike
3 volumes
Los Angeles police investigate two strings of gruesome murders by an evil supernatural force. A grad student, a writer, and a gangster are drawn into the maelstrom of horror. Ultimately an Indian spiritual master confronts the evil. Strong language and violence. 1995.

Winter and Night BR 14368
by S.J. Rozan
3 volumes
Private investigator Bill Smith and his partner Lydia Chin leave Manhattan to help Smith's fifteen-year-old runaway nephew, Gary. Gary's family lives in the New Jersey suburbs, where he is suspected of killing his drug-dealing girlfriend. But Gary's dad also has a secret. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The Day Trader BR 14372
by Stephen Frey
3 volumes
Failing as a salesman and husband, Augustus McKnight dreams of taking the plunge into full-time day trading. After personal tragedy affords him the freedom to do so, he discovers a world where the people he trusts most keep dangerous secrets. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

The Archer's Tale BR 14373
by Bernard Cornwell
3 volumes
During the Hundred Years War between England and France, English archer Thomas of Hookton undertakes a quest to retrieve a treasured family lance stolen during a murderous raid on his village. Thomas joins the fight against France, and his mission becomes larger than he could have imagined. Violence and some strong language. 2001.

A Second Legacy BR 14377
by Caroline Harvey
4 volumes
In 1960s London, Alexia Langley, divorced with an infant, returns to Scotland and converts the family castle into a successful hotel. In 1988 her daughter, Carly, chooses to retrace her ancestor Charlotte Bewick's sojourn in Afghanistan, told in Legacy of Love (BR 13434), instead of learning her mother's business. 1993.

The Bones in the Attic BR 14391
by Robert Barnard
2 volumes
Matt Harper, former soccer-player-turned-media-reporter, discovers a baby's skeleton in his newly bought house in Leeds. The police date the death to 1969 when, coincidentally, Matt stayed with his aunt in the same neighborhood. He investigates and uncovers unsavory secrets about his childhood playmates. Some strong language. 2001.

Shrink Rap BR 14415
by Robert B. Parker
2 volumes
Boston P.I. Sunny Randall, last seen in Perish Twice (BR 14595), becomes a bodyguard for romance writer Melanie Hall-- whose ex-husband, psychiatrist Dr. John Melvin, is stalking her. Sunny enlists the help of another shrink and her own ex-husband, Richie. Strong language and some violence. 2002.

The Red Room BR 14416
by Nicci French
3 volumes
London psychiatrist and police consultant Kit Quinn, from Beneath the Skin (RC 50267), exonerates the police department's main suspect in the murder of a girl, even though he once attacked Kit during an interrogation. Instead, she suspects that a serial killer is operating. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

Eli BR 14417
by Bill Myers
3 volumes
The author imagines a parallel world by transporting Jesus Christ's birth into twentieth-century California. A skeptical journalist, Conrad, has an accident; from his hospital bed in one universe, near death, he is transferred into the other. There he meets Eli, whom he believes to be the Messiah. 2000.

Blindsighted BR 14418
by Karin Slaughter
3 volumes
Georgia coroner Dr. Sara Linton and her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, race to find a killer rapist in the small town of Heartsdale. Savagely murdered victims, beginning with a blind professor, proliferate as swiftly as likely suspects. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2001.

The Filmmaker BR 14419
by Elise Dallemagne-Cookson
3 volumes
Twenty-one-year old Celia Smith falls in love with married filmmaker Ben Rogers on a movie set in Spain in the 1950s. Ben, a former member of the Communist Party, is blacklisted in Hollywood after testifying to the House Un-American Activities Committee about others in the industry. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Chéri and The Last of Chéri BR 14421
by Colette
3 volumes
Two novels concerning a love affair between a successful but aging courtesan, Léa de Lonval, and her spoiled young lover called Chéri. The intensity of their feelings is revealed when Chéri marries eighteen-year-old Marie-Laure. Originally published in 1920 and 1926, with a 2001 introduction by Judith Thurman. 1951.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy BR 14438
by Douglas Adams
2 volumes
When Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway, sole survivor Arthur Dent is forced to take up a life of hitchhiking around the cosmos with the aid of his alien friend, Ford Prefect, and a book called the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 1980.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe BR 14439
by Douglas Adams
2 volumes
Earthman Arthur Dent and his motley companions continue traveling around the galaxy. They encounter an odd assortment of aliens, attend a thirty-megaton rock concert, and wind up at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, where the floor show is doomsday. Sequel to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (BR 14438). 1980.

Life, the Universe, and Everything BR 14440
by Douglas Adams
2 volumes
While Arthur Dent and his alien companions work to prevent destruction of the universe by the deadly white robots of Krikkit, Dent encounters various strange beings, including the immortal Wowbagger, who's decided to insult everyone in alphabetical order. Sequel to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (BR 14439). 1982.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish BR 14441
by Douglas Adams
2 volumes
Arthur Dent returns to Earth after eight years, with only a ratty towel and a plastic bag to prove he ever left. A gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic message and the disappearance of all dolphins make him think something otherworldly is happening. Sequel to Life, the Universe, and Everything (BR 14440). 1984.

Chasing the Dime BR 14466
by Michael Connelly
3 volumes
Dr. Henry Pierce moves while in the midst of a computer technology battle and a fight for project funding. His new, and very busy, telephone number belonged to a dazzling online call girl, who seems to be missing. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2002.

It's My F---ing Birthday BR 14472
by Merrill Markoe
2 volumes
A thirty-six-year-old unmarried art teacher begins a journal on her birthday highlighting her mistakes and resolutions. Over the course of seven years, she chronicles hilarious episodes with emotionally crippled boyfriends and with her abusive parents, until she discovers that she doesn't mind living alone. Strong language. 2002.

Ordinary Life: Stories BR 14473
by Elizabeth Berg
2 volumes
Fourteen short stories about women and their search for meaning in their lives. In the title story, elderly Mavis McPherson locks herself in the bathroom with food and supplies for a week to reflect on the past. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

The Janson Directive BR 14484
by Robert Ludlum
5 volumes
Former government agent Paul Janson is enlisted to rescue Hungarian philanthropist Peter Novak, who has been kidnapped by an Islamist terrorist group led by the Caliph. Novak's mission is derailed by a traitor and leads to the discovery of a global political conspiracy. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2002.

A Cup of Light BR 14490
by Nicole Mones
2 volumes
Deaf art expert Lia Frank, working for an American firm, travels to Beijing, China, to appraise porcelain for a buyer in Hong Kong. Lia finds some fakes, but suspects that the authentic pieces were hidden from the Japanese during the 1930s. She also falls in love with Dr. Michael Doyle. 2002.

Tepper Isn't Going Out BR 14499
by Calvin Trillin
2 volumes
Murray Tepper relishes occupying a good parking spot in his New York City neighborhood, but suddenly his routine of feeding the meter and reading the newspaper in his car creates a citywide furor. He becomes the enemy of the law-and-order mayor and a font of wisdom to passersby. 2001.

The Jester BR 14597
by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
3 volumes
French innkeeper Hugh de Luc joins the Crusades in 1096 but deserts after a year of carnage. Returning home with a few relics, he finds his village in ruins and his beloved wife a prisoner in the local duke's castle. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2003.

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