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Courier Article by Pam Locker
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Good Reads Can Keep Summer's Heat on Cool Side
It's too hot to be outside, and television is full of re-runs. I can't think of a better way to get through the hot summer than reading a good thriller. Here are some recent ones that have kept me happily ensconced in air-conditioned reading splendor.
"Down to the Wire" by David Rosenfelt revolves around a New Jersey reporter who finds himself caught in an intricate web by a tipster who turns out to be a terrorist. This is the second stand-alone thriller for Rosenfelt, who is the author of seven best-selling mysteries featuring dog-loving defense attorney Andy Carpenter. Rosenfelt will be visiting Evansville this Thursday evening to speak about his newest mystery, "Dog Tags."
A former writer for "Hill Street Blues," Rosenfelt will also talk about the Tara Foundation, a non-profit dog rescue organization he started. The organization has rescued over 4,000 dogs, mostly golden retrievers. Copies of "Dog Tag" will be available for purchase, with 10% of the profits going to Southern Indiana Golden Retriever Rescue. In addition, there will be a raffle, and the winner's name will be used as a character in Rosenfelt's next book.
"Blood on the Reich" by Evansville author Mike Whicker follows the wildly popular "Invitation to Valhalla" and continues the mesmerizing story of German spy Erika Lehmann. Whicker, who will be speaking at Stringtown Branch Library on October 23, is starting research on the third in the trilogy.
"So Cold the River" by the award-winning Michael Koryta is reminiscent of Stephen King's horror novel "The Shining," with the renovated West Baden/French Lick hotels substituting for the Overlook. Its wealth of intriguing historical details on the resorts in their heyday vastly enriched a subsequent visit I made to the area. This is a surefire winner for southern Indiana readers.
"Innocent" by Scott Turow continues the story of Rusty Sabich, the prosecutor tried for murder in the blockbuster "Presumed Innocent." They say that lightning doesn't strike the same spot twice, but Rusty unfortunately finds that isn't necessarily true. Those who enjoyed the first novel should definitely read this intricately detailed follow-up.
"The Passage" by Justin Cronin is a thrilling apocalyptic tale of the struggle for human survival after a military attempt to create a super-soldier results instead in a world dominated by blood-sucking virals (vampires). Cronin's terrific writing has made this a runaway best-seller. It is the first in a trilogy.
"Angelology" by Danielle Trussoni imagines an ongoing war between angels and humans. While highly derivative of the "Da Vinci Code," the angel mythology is fresh enough and the plot sufficient to keep readers transfixed. I predict a sequel from this promising newcomer.
Finally, "Lucy" by Laurence Gonzales asks us to imagine what would happen if a primate scientist in remote Africa managed to create a bonobo-human hybrid. The plight of Lucy, the "monkey girl," results in interesting ethical and religious dilemmas.