Dr. Alan Gregory, a clinical psychologist and his best friend, Sam Purdy, a Boulder police detective, share a dark secret. A few years ago, when their families’ lives were threatened, they neutralized the threat and resumed their normal lives. When Alan’s wife, Lauren, a deputy D.A, mentions in passing that an old case involving an apparent suicide is being reopened, the two friends are terrified that their misdeeds will surface. As Alan walks a tightrope, trying to learn all he can without making his wife suspicious, his clinical practice partner suffers a mental breakdown, and an alluring new patient deeply unnerves him. Part of a long-running series that does not disappoint.
As George is dying, surrounded by his loving family, we learn about his life, and the lives of his father and grandfather before him. His grandfather was a New England preacher who became increasingly unstable. His father, was a good man, a lover of nature and a poet. A peddler by trade, he struggled with epilepsy and was ill-equipped to deal with his shrewish wife and abject poverty. In his dying moments George tries to make sense out of all of their lives. Poetic and touching.
The man known as Boss Tweed can best be summed up by the quote, “Tweed was not an honest politician, but a level one.” William J. Tweed was the head of Tammany Hall in the 1860’s, the most influential political organization in the state of New York. Ackerman does a splendid job of painting all sides of this complex individual. Although Tweed did do a great number of good things for the city and state of New York, Tweed’s political career had a darker side. The New York Times, then in its infancy, was able to accelerate the downfall of Boss Tweed by shedding a bright light on his graft, corruption, and nepotism.
1939. New York City. The United States is nearing entrance into World War II. With that backdrop two young men, Czech immigrant Josef Kavalier and his cousin Sam Klayman are about to light a spark that ignites the Golden Age of comic books. The fantastic exploits of their creations tell only half the story. At the heart of this Pulitzer Prize-winning story are their real adventures: from romantic trysts, life in the army, feats of illusion, and the paths that Kavalier and Clay each take in the years following the explosion of comic books.
Quite a heart-wrenching tale about a young Irish girl sent off to a nunnery in 1952 to have her son and then being forced to give him up for adoption. The young boy was adopted by U.S. parents and, as an adopted child, he had the overwhelming need to please so as not to be rejected again. He never relinquished his dream of meeting his birth mom and made two futile trips to Ireland in search of her. He became a lawyer in the first Bush Administration - which was primarily anti-gay in the eighties and did not support AIDS research. As a cruel twist of fate, he contracted AIDS and died. His was not a life without merit.
This book is told primarily through letters between the characters in the story. Voices range from Bee, the young daughter of the mysterious Bernadette, to Bernadette herself, an eccentric ex-architect with a multitude of fears who has suddenly gone missing, to the many other mothers in the neighborhood - or as Bernadette refers to them: gnats. It’s a good mystery that keeps you wondering about Bernadette’s whereabouts. Along the way, you meet all kinds of interesting characters who are quite entertaining. If you’re looking for a fun mystery with a distinctive narrative, this might be the book for you.
This is the 27th in the Stone Barrington series that started with New York Dead back in 1991. Lately Woods has been pumping them out and not all have been excellent. This one, however, is a real page turner with the Russian mob, the next generation, and a mysterious man on the run all playing parts. Stone even rides shotgun - literally! A really fun read.
Start with Italy, 1962: add a dash of love at first sight, wander between 1962 and present day Hollywood; and throw in the beautiful ruin, Richard Burton himself. Somehow it’s all about trying to find yourself and second chances. Funny, warm, and sad all at the same time.