Braille Book Review

July-August 2004
Books for Adults--Fiction


Perish Twice BR 14595
by Robert B. Parker
2 volumes
In this sequel to Family Honor (BR 14400), Boston private investigator Sunny Randall is hired briefly by a lesbian to protect her against a stalker. A murder and puzzling loose ends keep Sunny unofficially on the case. Meanwhile, Sunny's sister and a good friend experience troubling breakups. Strong language. Bestseller 2000.

Back Story BR 14638
by Robert B. Parker
2 volumes
Boston P.I. Spenser agrees to help actress Daryl Silver investigate the murder of her mother twenty-eight years ago during a bank robbery. Spenser and colleague Hawk face danger when they uncover ties between a radical hippie group, the mob, and the FBI. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Moby-Dick BR 14641
by Herman Melville
5 volumes
The sailor Ishmael tells the story of Captain Ahab's obsessive pursuit of the white whale in this novel which includes chapters on the natural history of the whale, the whole making an allegory of human potential and limitations. 1851.

Captain Blood BR 14666
by Rafael Sabatini
3 volumes
Great Britain, 1685. When physician Peter Blood is accused of treason against King James II for treating a wounded rebel, he is sentenced to slavery in Barbados. Once on the island he escapes to become a buccaneer--and eventually governor of Jamaica. 2003 introduction by Gary Hoppenstand. 1922.

Son of the Mob BR 14671
by Gordon Korman
2 volumes
Seventeen-year-old Vince Luca's father is the head of the local crime organization. Problems arise when Vince falls in love with Kendra Bightly, an FBI agent's daughter. And it's Kendra's father who's wiretapping Vince's house. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Under a War-Torn Sky BR 14673
by L.M. Elliott
2 volumes
Europe, 1944. After his plane is shot down by Hitler's Luftwaffe, nineteen-year-old Lieutenant Henry Forester of Virginia begins trekking across occupied France. With help from members of the resistance, Henry tries to avoid capture and reach the safety of the American lines. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2001.

Six Easy Pieces: Easy Rawlins Stories BR 14676
by Walter Mosley
2 volumes
Seven interconnected short stories featuring Easy Rawlins in 1960s Los Angeles. Rawlins assists pals who are in trouble and encounters arson, murder, and mayhem. He also searches for his friend Mouse, who he suspects may still be alive. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Have Space Suit, Will Travel BR 14679
by Robert A. Heinlein
2 volumes
High school senior Kip Russell longs to go to the moon but is kidnapped by space pirates. He meets other prisoners on a flying saucer--an eleven-year-old girl named Peewee and a strange creature they call the Mother Thing. For junior and senior high readers. 1958.

Along Came Mary: A Bad Girl Creek Novel BR 14680
by Jo-Ann Mapson
3 volumes
In this sequel to Bad Girl Creek (BR 13787), Mary Madigan (Maddy), a former rodeo worker, meets Beryl in Santa Fe and travels to Phoebe's California flower farm to meet other women looking for a new life. Phoebe is expecting a baby--a birth that may endanger her health. Strong language. 2003.

Blood Lake: A Filomena Buscarsela Mystery BR 14683
by K.j.a. Wishnia
3 volumes
New York P.I. Filomena Buscarsela, a former revolutionary, brings her daughter home to Ecuador for a family visit. When the local priest who had saved her life years before is murdered, Filomena uses her skills to avenge him. Strong language and some violence. 2002.

Tiger Eyes BR 14685
by Judy Blume
2 volumes
Davey, her mother, and her brother fly to New Mexico to stay with relatives after her father is murdered in a holdup. Overwhelmed with grief, Davey can hardly function. But a gentle boy she meets in a canyon helps her recover. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1981.

Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants: Even Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson BR 14686
by Louise Rennison
1 volume
Since her adventures in Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas (BR 14217), Georgia continues recording her affairs in her journal. She's attracted to Dave while dating Robbie, her cat impregnates a neighbor's, and her class takes a trip to Frogland (France). For senior high readers. 2002.

Sonny's War BR 14688
by Valerie Hobbs
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old Cory's California life undergoes great changes in the late 1960s. Her father suddenly dies, her brother is sent to Vietnam, and she falls for the new teacher, Lawrence. Influenced by Lawrence's antiwar stand, Cory becomes an activist and follows him when he's fired. For senior high readers. 2002.

The Crush BR 14689
by Sandra Brown
3 volumes
Upon acquittal, hired killer Ricky Lozada becomes obsessed with the jury forewoman, Dr. Rennie Newton. Meanwhile Fort Worth detective Wick Threadgill, on leave from the department, seeks to avenge Lozada's murder of his brother. The policeman also falls for Rennie. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller 2002.

Cat Seeing Double: A Joe Grey Mystery BR 14690
by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
3 volumes
A feline guest foils a bomb plot at the Molena Point police chief's wedding, where building contractor Ryan Flannery recognizes the would-be killer. The next morning she discovers her ex-husband's body in her garage. When Ryan becomes a suspect, cat detectives Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit take the case. Some violence. 2003.

The Last Kashmiri Rose BR 14693
by Barbara Cleverly
2 volumes
Calcutta, 1922. Scotland Yard commander Joseph Sandilands investigates the strange deaths of army officers' wives. The governor's niece suspects that a serial killer is murdering them. With her help, Sandilands discovers the culprit and his motives. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

How to Cook a Tart BR 14694
by Nina Killham
2 volumes
Overweight cookbook author Jasmine March's life is in shambles when her rich recipes become unpopular, her teenage daughter develops anorexia, and her husband takes a lover. After Jasmine discovers the lover's body in her kitchen, she hides it in unusual places. Some strong language. 2002.

Paragon Lost: A Chronicle of the King's Blades BR 14760
by Dave Duncan
3 volumes
Before his expulsion, Beaumont Cookson had been one of the finest loyal swordsmen, called the King's Blades. Now, with a swordsman abducted, Lord Roland turns to Beau for help, giving him one last chance to redeem his honor and overcome his disgraceful past. Companion to Sky of Swords (BR 13418). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere BR 14766
by ZZ Packer
2 volumes
Eight short stories featuring African American women facing a variety of challenges. In "Geese," a young Baltimore woman travels to Japan in hopes of making a fortune. The title story features a Yale freshman who isolates herself until a white girl, also a misfit, comes to her for help. Strong language. 2003.

Office of Innocence BR 14780
by Thomas Keneally
3 volumes
Newly ordained Catholic priest Frank Darragh serves a parish outside Sydney, Australia, in the early 1940s when a Japanese invasion seems imminent and American soldiers flood the area. Already at odds with his superiors, Darragh comes under investigation after a parishioner--an adulteress wife of a POW-- is murdered. Some strong language. 2002.

Sugar Skull BR 14803
by Denise Hamilton
3 volumes
L.A. reporter Eve Diamond researches the background of murdered socialite Venus Dellaviglia Langdon, whose husband is running for mayor. Somehow the crime involves both Langdon's son and her lover. Eve also becomes emotionally involved with someone close to the case. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Naked Prey BR 14804
by John Sandford
3 volumes
Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport takes a specially created state position to handle politically sensitive cases. Confronted with the apparent lynching of a black man and a white woman in a small rural community, Davenport discovers that the real motive behind the murders is not what it seems. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Oryx and Crake BR 14805
by Margaret Atwood
3 volumes
In the near future, a lone human amidst genetically engineered creatures torments himself with memories of the devastation of the natural world. Calling himself "Snowman," he recalls the role of his best friend Crake and mourns the loss of their mutually beloved Oryx. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Come Home, My Heart BR 14857
by Phyllis Campbell
1 volume
Dr. Susan Perry, an obstetrician, becomes blind after a brain tumor is removed. Once rehabilitated, she moves to a poor rural Virginia town. In her new career as a social worker, she becomes an integral part of the community and falls in love. 1988.

Die in Plain Sight BR 14866
by Elizabeth Lowell
3 volumes
When Lacey Quinn reveals to the public her late grandfather's outstanding works of art, someone threatens to destroy her and the paintings. Security specialist Ian Lapstrake assists in protecting Lacey while they hunt for the culprit and fall in love. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Dating Game BR 14867
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
Paris Armstrong's husband wants a divorce after twenty-four years of marriage. Frustrated with the single life in Connecticut, Paris soon moves to California, where her adult children live. At first the dating scene there is dreary, until she develops new friends. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Villa Incognito BR 14868
by Tom Robbins
2 volumes
Extravagant tale of three Americans declared missing-in-action who have chosen to remain in an edenic Laotian village decades after the Vietnam War's end, trafficking in opium. The unruly cast of characters includes an alluring woman descended from Japanese folklore's libidinous, sake-swilling, badgerlike tanuki. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Seizure BR 14869
by Robin Cook
4 volumes
Senator Ashley Butler will hold up permission for stem-cell research being proposed by doctors Daniel Lowell and Stephanie D'Agostino unless they secretly perform experimental surgery on him to cure his Parkinson's. The politician also complicates the deal by wanting to use cells obtained from the Shroud of Turin. Bestseller 2003.

Fifteen Love BR 14877
by Robert Corbet
1 volume
Fifteen-year-olds Mia, a violist with family problems, and Will, a tennis player whose brother is paralyzed, gradually fall in love--both for the first time. They reveal feelings about each other, school, and friends while struggling to understand the opposite sex. For senior high readers. 2003.

Little Casino BR 14879
by Gilbert Sorrentino
1 volume
Autobiographical fiction depicting depression-era and postwar Brooklyn of the author's childhood and later years in fifty-two disparate vignettes. These often erotic, sometimes morbid fragments of memory provide fleeting glimpses of characters and time--snapshots of "love desired, love burgeoning, and love dying." Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2002.

Compromising Positions BR 14888
by Susan Isaacs
3 volumes (Reissue)
When a lecherous Long Island dentist is murdered in his office, his last patient, Marilyn Tuccio, is suspected. Judith Singer, a wisecracking housewife and Marilyn's neighbor, cannot resist playing detective. Judith also finds police lieutenant Nelson Sharpe more appealing than her stodgy husband. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1978.

Windfallen BR 14889
by Jojo Moyes
4 volumes
The English seaside village of Merham boasts the magnificent art deco Arcadia House. After World War II, it is inhabited by an exotic clan of bohemians who fascinate childhood friends Celia Holden and Lottie Swift. Years later, renovation of the house forces an older Lottie to reveal some scandalous secrets from the past. 2003.

The Silent Boy BR 14890
by Lois Lowry
1 volume
America, early 1900s. Katy Thatcher recalls her early childhood as the daughter of a country doctor. She had befriended Jacob Stoltz, a teenager "touched in the head," who, though silent, cared for animals and seemed kind. But then Jacob was accused of a terrible crime. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2003.

A Suitable Vengeance BR 14892
by Elizabeth George
4 volumes
In this prequel to A Great Deliverance (BR 7624), Scotland Yard detective Thomas Lynley and forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James are both in love with Deborah Cotter. When the three visit Lynley's mother's estate in Cornwall, the men bury their differences to solve two murders. Some violence and some strong language. 1991.

Big City Cool: Short Stories about Urban Youth BR 14897
edited by M. Jerry Weiss and Helen S. Weiss
2 volumes
In this companion to Fishing for Chickens: Short Stories about Rural Youth (BR 14274), fourteen scenarios describe growing up in a big city. In "Alone and All Together," two Arab American sisters experience the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Alice, I Think BR 14898
by Susan Juby
2 volumes
Humorous diary of fifteen-year-old misfit Alice, who is home- schooled by hippie parents in a rural Canadian town. On the advice of a new counselor she calls Death Lord Bob, she enrolls in high school and copes with finding friends, fitting in, and dating. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Street Lawyer BR 14903
by John Grisham
3 volumes
Michael Brock is on track to become a partner in his prestigious law firm, but that changes the day he is taken hostage by homeless DeVon Hardy. Disillusioned after learning his firm illegally evicted Hardy and others, Michael quits his job to work for street people. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 1998.

Moving Target BR 14904
by Elizabeth Lowell
3 volumes
Following her grandmother's violent death, Serena Charters inherits a piece of cloth, an illuminated Celtic manuscript, a numbered Swiss bank account, and a frightening warning. Now, as Serena tries to unravel her grandmother's mysterious past, she must keep on the move just to survive. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2001.

The Future Homemakers of America BR 14906
by Laurie Graham
3 volumes
Five Americans and one English woman become friends in 1952 when the American women's husbands are stationed in England. Over the next forty years they keep in touch, supporting and comforting each other through relocations, marriages, divorces, births, and untimely deaths. Some strong language. 2002.

Buddha Boy BR 14907
by Kathe Koja
1 volume
Teamed up with an unusual new high school student, Jinsen, for a class project, Justin discovers Jinsen's artistic skills. Intrigued by Jinsen's calm attitude toward the school bullies who torment him, Justin learns about Buddhism and reexamines his own values. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Bleachers BR 14929
by John Grisham
1 volume
After fifteen years former high school quarterback Neely Crenshaw returns to his hometown, where he learns that legendary football coach Eddie Rake lies dying. With other Spartans he reminisces about the "glory days" of their youth while contemplating his own lost potential. Some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

A Week in Winter BR 14940
by Marcia Willett
3 volumes
Despite her family's objections, elderly widow Maudie Todhunter decides to sell Moorgate, her old English farmhouse. Prospective buyers include Rob Abbot, the home's renovator, and Melissa, a young woman hiding a tragic secret. For one glorious week, Moorgate enchants these strangers, who fall in love with the house and each other. 2001.

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