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The Body in the Library

July 30, 2012

Author: Christie, Agatha

Title: The Body in the Library

Genre:  Mystery

Publication Date: 1941

Number of Pages: 220

Geographical Setting:  St. Mary’s Mead and Danemouth, England

Time Period: 1920s

Series (If applicable):  Miss Marple series #3

Plot Summary:  A body is discovered in Colonel and Mrs. Banrdry’s home library.  Mrs. Bandry instantly knows she needs to bring in her good friend and amateur sleuth, Miss Jane Marple.  By linking people and situations from her town of St. Mary’s Mead to the people and situations of the murder, Miss Marple is able to unravel the mystery a step ahead of the police.

Subject Headings:  Mystery—Fiction, England—Fiction, Women Detectives

Appeal:  Builds in Intensity, Easy to Read, Humorous, Engaging Characters, Intriguing, Multiple Points of View, Series (Characters), Conclusive, Investigative, Plot Twists, Rural, Classic, Clever

3 terms that best describe this book:  Clever, Investigative, Plot Twists

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale (2008)

This book provides an account of the murder that started the modern fascination with detection and nearly ruined the career of one of Scotland Yard’s best inspectors, Jonathan Wincher.

Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks by John Curran (2009)

A look into the notebooks, letters, and drafts that Christie’s daughter, Rosalind kept after her mother’s death.  The book includes two unpublished Poirot short stories.

An Autobiography by Agatha Christie (1977)

Agatha Christie’s autobiography tells the story of how she became one of the most celebrated detective writers of all time.  The book delves into her life from childhood until her 70s.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (1998)

Mma Precious Ramotswe is a local sleuth in her town in Botswana.  If Miss Marple were fat, jolly, and African, she and Precious would be nearly identical.  Precious solves small cases that mirror human nature.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1892)

If Miss Marple is the most famous female detective, then surely Sherlock Holmes is the most famous male.  He can deduce just about anything about anyone.  This collection has some of his most famous cases, all chronicled by Dr. John Watson.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (2003)

After World War I, Maisie Dobbs becomes a private investigator.  Her first case seems to be one of infidelity, but soon she begins to uncover much darker secrets about the war and herself.

Name: Erin Sloan

Tuesdays with Morrie

April 11, 2012

Author: Albom, Mitch

Title: Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson

Genre: Non-fiction

Publication Date: 2002

Number of Pages: 192

Geographical Setting: United Stated (Detroit and Boston)

Time Period: Current

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary:  Mitch Albom is a sports journalist in Detroit. He coincidentally catches a glimpse of his old professor, Morrie Schwartz, while watching TV and learns that he is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Having made a promise 16 years ago to keep in touch, he finally goes to visit him. Through his visits with Morrie every Tuesday, whom he calls coach, he begins his final lesson in life. He puts everything on hold as he begins to organize his own life first. This book is very deep and moving, full of inspiration and many thought provoking subjects. It’s a book that will leave everyone in tears from beginning to end.

Subject Headings: Schwartz, Morrie S.
Brandeis University Faculty Biography.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Patients United States Biography.
Teacher-student relationships United States Case studies.
Death Psychological aspects Case studies. Life lesson.

Appeal: fast-paced, passionate, gentle, heartwarming, moving, philosophical, inspiring, sympathetic, intimate, thought-provoking, deep, enlightening, and conclusive

3 appeal terms that best describe this book:  moving, inspirational, and heartwarming

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Pausch, Randy and Jeffrey Zaslow – The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch is a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon who was disagnosed with terminal cancer and he decides to give a last lesson about living)

Callanan, Maggie – Final Gifts: understanding the special awareness, needs, and communications of the dying (Story of two nurses, Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley, sharing their intimate experience of tending to terminally ill patients)

Canfield, Jack, et al. – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales: 101 Inspirational stories from great teachers and appreciative students (Stories from both students and teachers with their memories and lessons in and out of school)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Coelho, Paulo – The Alchemist (A journey by a shepherd boy name Santiago. He travels from Spain to Egypt and teaches the readers about the wisdom of listening to our hearts as he reads the omens and teaches us to follow our dreams)

Hesse, Hermann – The Journey to the East (A journey of a man in search of enlightenment while struggling with spiritualism)

Gaines, Ernest J. – A Lesson Before Dying (Jefferson was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. There, he is visited by a teacher names Grant Wiggins. Through the visits, both men rediscover themselves.)

Name: Jun Yoon

Sacred Stone

February 23, 2012

Author: Clive Cussler (and Craig Dirgo)

Title: Sacred Stone

Genre: Adventure

Publication Date: 2004

Number of Pages: 406

Geographical Setting: Greenland, Iceland, United States, Europe, High Seas

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): The Oregon Files

Plot Summary:  A 50,000 year-old radioactive meteorite has just been unearthed in the remotest reaches of Greenland by a clandestine archeological team.  When the team is murdered and the meteorite goes missing, it’s time to call the Corporation.  Headed up by the enigmatic and fearless Juan Cabrillo, the Corporation is made up of two dozen or so of the most highly skilled individuals ever to have come out of the military, intelligence, and special-ops communities.  Disguised as a rusty cargo ship, the Oregon serves as the super high-tech floating command center for the group.  When governments around the globe encounter threats too advanced or sinister for their own people to handle, much less their citizenry to ever find out about, it’s the Corporation that gets the call.  In tracking down the meteorite, Cabrillo and his crew discover and must attempt to thwart not only a plot to reduce Western cities to radioactive rubble, but also a scheme to eradicate Islam from the face of the earth by way of poisoned prayer rugs.  A breakneck race against the clock ensues as the Corporation must call upon their every resource, as well as every bit of luck, in order to stop annihilation on a global scale.

Subject Headings: Terrorism – Prevention; Relics; Mercenary troops; Ship captains; Meteorites; Greenland; Suspense fiction; Erik the Red; Elton John.

Appeal: colorful, concise, straightforward, fast-paced, dangerous, dramatic, earnest, foreboding, menacing, intense, action-oriented, layered, conclusive, violent, contemporary, provocative, confident, confrontational, clandestine, energetic, swaggering, tense, urgent, volatile.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: action-oriented,

straightforward, fast-paced.

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:


Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Ranulph Fiennes.

Fiennes “recounts his exploits as an explorer-adventurer, including traveling the Nile in a Hovercraft, four thousand miles of wild river journey in Alaska and Canada, and an overland trek to the North Pole” (Novelist), and that’s just a warm-up in a remarkable life filled with a remarkable number of near death escapes.  This work would do well with the reader enamored by the self-sufficient and ever resourceful adventurer character Cussler seems fond of placing in his novels (and probably thinks himself along those lines as well).

Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda by Robert Wallace H. Keith Melton, Henry R. Schlesinger and George J. Tenet.

This title is a collection of some of the harrowing and clandestine operations embarked upon by the CIA since the beginning of the Cold War, and also of the high-tech espionage tools and weapons invented to help agents to live to spy another day.  Spycraft would have wide appeal for any Adventure fan but especially with Cussler’s legions, what with his love of Bond-ish high-tech gadgetry.

SEAL Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin.

These are the guys who killed Bin Laden, rescued those people from the Somali pirates, and seem to be the go-to guys anytime the US government needs anyone saved, dead, or captured.  Wasdin was a Team Six sniper and gives a rare insider’s view into the grueling training and harrowing and deadly missions of this elite squad.  If Juan Cabrillo and the Corporation were real (and hopefully they aren’t) they would be rife with former Team Six people.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

By Order of the President by W.E.B. Griffin

At the behest of the President, Special Forces Major Carlos Castillo assembles a secret team of operatives to investigate a missing airliner in this terse, fast-paced action thriller.  Big appeal is here for the reader who enjoyed the more militaristic aspects and machinations of the Corporation and Sacred Stone.  Fans of the Dirty Dozen/Magnificent Seven archetype of every person in the gang having a special skill (like the Corporation) would like this as well.  This is the first book in a series.

Jaws by Peter Benchley

As Cussler’s novels all seem to be water-bourn in some manner, it would seem a natural choice to suggest the granddaddy of aquatic adventure and danger and his masterwork.

The Lion by Nelson DeMille

Former NYPD detective John Corey is now a special agent for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and must track down a notorious Libyan terrorist hell-bent on murder and destruction.  Another natural choice for Cussler fans, this time in line more with the anti-terrorism aspects of Sacred Stone.  This is also part of a series.

Name: Bill S.

Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez

April 19, 2011

Author: Ernesto Quiñonez

Title: Bodega Dreams

Genre:  Urban fiction

Publication Date: 2000

Number of Pages:  213

Geographical Setting: East Harlem

Time Period: Contemporary

Plot Summary:  Julio Mercado, also known as Chino, lives in the same East Harlem neighborhood that he grew up in.  He is married to his beautiful high school sweetheart, Blanca, who is pregnant, and they both attend community college night classes while also working to save up money for when the baby arrives.  Chino has remained friends with Sapo, a childhood friend that he grew up causing trouble with, and who is still involved with all of the neighborhoods shadiest characters.  Occasionally Chino does small favors for Sapo, such as holding onto packages for him.  Through Sapo, Chino is introduced to Willie Bodega, a real estate developer and drug dealer.  As a younger man, Bodega had been a street activist, but now he has plans to empower the Latinos of East Harlem with money.  He uses his drug money to buy condemned buildings from the city and renovate them, creating better, cheaper housing for the people of his neighborhood.  He also gives money to people of the neighborhood to better their own lives, putting them through school and buying them new clothes to help them find jobs.  His goal is to create a vibrant Latino neighborhood, where the people are wealthy and empowered; he wanted a Latino version of mid-town Manhattan.  However, he is also still in love with Veronica, his childhood sweetheart who had left him for a wealthy Cuban.  In a way, everything he does to build up his wealth and reputation is part of a scheme to get her back.  Veronica happens to be Blanca’s aunt, and so Bodega and his attorney, Nazario, draft Chino into their plans, since, as a married man with a baby on the way who is going to school, he provides a better image for their plans than the other street thugs that they often use, as well as a connection to Veronica.  Chino is hesitant to get involved, but does so for the sake making a better life for him and his family.  He soon realizes he is involved in more than he bargained for, when a reporter investigating Bodega winds up dead, and Chino suspects Sapo’s involvement in the murder.  As a rivalry between Bodega and a Jewish real estate developer intensifies, the risks become greater and the violence increases.  As Bodega’s plan to reunite with Veronica appears to be successful, he loses site of his goals for the neighborhood, and Chino realizes that he is in the middle of a much more complicated plot than he had imagined.

Subject Headings:  New York City – Harlem; Organized Crime; People – Latinos; Marriage

Appeal: Leisurely-paced, dangerous, dramatic, philosophical, well-developed characters, introspective, conclusive, violent, layered plot, urban, accessible language, dialect, gritty

Three terms that describe this book: Urban, Gritty, Cinematic

Relevant non-fiction works:

El Barrio – Spanish Harlem – East Harlem. New York.  by Tanya Ahmed (A documentary collection of photographs of the neighborhood where the novel takes place)

Pioneros: Puerto Ricans in New York City 1892-1948  by Felix V. Matos-Rodriguez (A history of Puerto Ricans in New York City, contextualizing the people of the novel and the history of the neighborhood)

New York City Gangland by Arthur Nash (A history of organized crime in New York City)

Relevant Fiction works:

Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas (A classic novel about growing up in Spanish Harlem as an immigrant in a time of dramatic social change)

Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos (The tale of a Cuban boy in 1960s Spanish Harlem, torn between worlds and identities)

The Godfather  by Mario Puzo (The classic novel about New York City organized crime)

Lee R. Sigman

Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us.

April 13, 2011

Author: Seth Godin

Title: Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us.

Genre: Audiobooks; Business Writing

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 4 hours

Geographical Setting: n/a

Time Period: Current

Series: n/a

Plot Summary: “Tribes are the way of the future and change is good.” Godin posits that tribes are catalysts for change and innovation.  Anyone can be a leader of a tribe – look at Facebook groups or the Obama campaign.  Most people don’t want to be leaders because they fear failure, but good leaders find similarly minded people and connect them to one another and a common idea – usually through the internet.  Tribes can happen anywhere over any shared interest but according to Godin they are the best way to create lasting and substantive change.  Readers will find a wealth of case studies and examples of how and why tribes work.

Subject Headings: Leadership; Godin, Seth; Corporate Culture

Appeal: Candid, Evangelistic, Hopeful, Persuasive, Inspiring, Straightforward, Conclusive, Linear, Well-researched, Unpretentious, Reiterative, Jargon.

3 terms that best describe this book: Smart, Upbeat, Fast-paced

Similar Authors and Works

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

  1. All the Devils are Here (Audiobook) by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera – Wall Street, Journalistic, Finance.
  2. The Influentials by Edward B. Keller – Successful leadership qualities, Real-life case studies.
  3. Drive by Daniel H. Pink – Motivational, Personal / Business success, Knowledge management.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

  1. Save as Draft by Lee Cavanaugh – For readers who are interested in the effect of social networks in every aspect of our lives this may be a good read.  Tribes deals with social networks from a business perspective this book gives a personal point of view.
  2. Confessions of a Wall Street Shoeshine Boy by Doug Stumpf – This novel may be a good read for readers who enjoyed the “Big Business” component of Tribes.  This is a thrilling, suspenseful look at Wall Street from an outsider’s point of view.
  3. Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead – This book takes an introspective and sometimes humorous look at American commercialism and the ways in which innovation in business can both help and hurt.

Name: Liz Humrickhouse

Anansi Boys: A Novel by Neil Gaiman

April 13, 2011

Author: Neil Gaiman

Performed by: Lenny Henry

Title: Anansi Boys: A Novel (unabridged audiobook)

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure Fiction

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 8 CD discs unabridged 10 hours (book version 336 pages)

Geographical Setting: London; Florida; St. Andrews—a Caribbean island; and the abode of ancient gods

Time Period: Contemporary and the ‘beginning of the world’

Plot Summary: “Fat Charlie” has been living a somewhat pathetic and routine life in London. All of that changes after his father’s death leads to the revelation that Charlie is the descendant and relative of trickster gods. Just as Charlie thought he had passed into adulthood and escaped all ties to his humiliating childhood and obnoxious father, he begins a relationship with Spider—the brother he had never known. Although Spider’s pranks bring excitement and new people into Charlie’s sheltered life, they cost Charlie his job, his fiancée, his dignity, and a good deal of his sanity. At his wit’s end, Charlie naively seeks assistance to get rid of his brother and he makes an allegiance with Bird Woman whose dark realm is closer to that of his father’s world. Meanwhile, Charlie’s sociopath former boss has maliciously implicated Charlie in an embezzlement and murder scheme that leads to grave danger for him and all of his loved ones. Charlie, now all the wiser and braver, is compelled to save his mischievous, but non-malevolent brother, and to build his life anew.

Subject Headings: Anansi (Legendary Character), Fathers and Sons, Brothers, Adventure Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Trickster God, West African Trickster God, Spider-God, Mythology, Magic, Heroes

Appeal: likeable flawed characters, compelling secondary characters, gentle humor, playful, dialect-rich, plot builds in intensity, magical, menacing atmosphere, optimistic, fast paced dialogue, detailed, conclusive

3 terms that best describe this audiobook: a captivating performance of multiple dialects and voices of the young and old; memorable characters; and blurred line between heroes/anti-heroes and gods/mortals. Captivating, memorable, magical

3 Relevant Fiction Works:

Trickster: Native American Tales A Graphic Novel edited by Matt Dembicki (a graphic anthology of Native American trickster tales that almost parallel that of the West African spider-trickster god)

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark (another fantasy novel, albeit with historical accounts, that is set in London, questions human sanity, is humorous, and is character driven)

Dark Matter: Reading the Bones edited by Sheree R. Thomas (a short stories collection of sci-fi, folktales, and fantasy written by, or retold by, popular African American authors)

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works:

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (a cross-cultural scholarly, yet popular look at heroes, at the recycling of ancient heroes, and at how humans express reality through myths)

Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (a Grammy Award winning audiobook in which the author performs the multiple voices of his black Kenyon and white American relatives both young and old)

Read on Fantasy Fiction by Neil Hollands (a helpful, fun book for Neil Gaiman and fantasy fans to find, or to assist others with, their next great read)

–Jeanne Jesernik

Mary, Mary: A Novel

October 7, 2009

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Author: James Patterson

Title: Mary, Mary

Genre: Suspense

Publication Date: November 2005

Number of Pages: 392

Geographical Setting: Various places in USA: Washington D.C., and Seattle, WA, but mainly Los Angeles, CA

Time Period: Contemporary (post e-mail invention)

Series: Alex Cross Mysteries 11

Plot Summary: Alex Cross is finally getting away on vacation in Disneyland with his three children and grandmother when he finds himself pulled into the latest case. Someone assuming the name Mary Smith has started to pick off wealthy, successful mothers in LA and Alex’s expertise is needed once again. There are also other linked killings which do not fit this profile. Meanwhile, as every target is hit, an e-mail by the person claiming to be the killer is sent to a popular critic for an entertainment magazine. Parallel to the serial killings plot, there are also events taking place in Alex’s personal life involving his ex-wife, Christine and his youngest son, Alex Jr.

3 fiction read-alikes and why:

  1. John Sandford Prey Series for the lover of suspense and graphic details
  2. Harlan Coben Tell No One for the lover of the fast-paced, simplistic page-turner
  3. Douglas Kennedy The Big Picture for the engrossing, edge-of-seat appeal

3 nonfiction read-alikes and why:

  1. Ted Schwarz The Hillside Strangler: the three faces of America’s most savage rapist and murderer and the shocking revelations from the sensational Los Angeles trial! For the reader who wants to read a book set in LA about a graphic account of a psychotic serial killer. Also includes interviews from policeman and psychiatrists who worked on the case.
  2. Clifford L. Lindecker Night Stalker: a shocking story of Satanism, sex, and serial murders for a reader who likes serial killing set in LA.
  3. John Gilmore Severed: the true story of the Black Dahlia is a good documentation on the unsolved murder of an aspiring LA starlet.

3 terms that best describe the book: murder investigation, psychological suspense story, cinematic

Subject Headings:

Police – Fiction

Police Psychologists

Murder – Investigation

Psychological Suspense Stories

Los Angeles, California

Crimes against Actors and Actresses

Suspense Stories

Mystery Stories

Name: Susan

The Hunt for Red October

October 7, 2009


Author: Tom Clancy
The Hunt for Red October
Publication Date:
Number of Pages:
Geographical Setting:
Russia, United States, England, the Atlantic Ocean
Time Period:
Jack Ryan novels

Plot Summary: Marko Ramius, a Soviet submarine commander, takes his submarine and crew on a dangerous mission attempting to defect to the United States.  When the Soviet Navy realizes what has happened, they attempt to recapture the sub, named the Red October. Jack Ryan, a CIA agent working in England, is called in by the US Navy to help them facilitate Ramius’ defection, and to get a hold of Red October, which is a missile sub with brand-new technology that makes it virtually silent in the water and almost impossible to detect.  Ramius was the principal designer of the Red October, and one of the Soviet Union’s best submarine commanders.  Will the Soviets get to him first, or will the Americans be able to acquire the sub?  It’s a race against time between these two Cold War nations in this technology-based thriller.

Subject Headings: United States. Navy, CIA, Submarines, Soviet, Nuclear submarines, Spies, Ryan, Jack, Atlantic Ocean, Sea stories, American, Techno-thrillers

Appeal: compelling, fast-paced, dramatic, engaging, multiple points of view, vivid, action-oriented, conclusive, detailed setting, details of naval ships and submarines, political, edgy, suspenseful, accessible, some technical jargon

Three terms that best describe this book: Action-packed, thrilling, suspenseful

Similar Authors and Works (Fiction): Flight of the Intruder by Dean Coonts (adventure, technical details)

Warrior Class by Dale Brown (military basis, techno-thriller, strong political stance)

Black Storm by David Poyer (military tech. details, action/adventure, series characters)

Similar Authors and Works (Nonfiction): The Last Sentry: The True Story that inspired The Hunt for Red October by Gregory D. Young and Nate Braden (true action/adventure, basis for novel)

Red Star Rogue: The untold story of a Soviet submarine’s nuclear strike attempt on the U.S. by Kenneth Sewell (similar submarines, machinery, nations involved)

Stalking the Red Bear: The true story of a U.S. Cold War submarine’s covert operations against the Soviet Union by Peter Sasgen (similar submarines, told from US point of view)

Name: Anne

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

March 25, 2009

Author: Jeff Lindsay
Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Publication Date: 2004
Number of Pages: 304
Geographical Setting: Miami, Florida
Time Period: 2004
Series: Dexter, Book 1
Plot Summary: Dexter Morgan is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami-Dade Police Department. He’s also a sociopathic serial killer with an aversion to blood. However, Dexter is the good guy; he only kills other serial killers, particularly those who target children. When prostitutes start dying in a manner startlingly similar to Dexter’s M.O., he is torn between catching the new killer in town and sitting back and admiring his work.
Subject Headings: Adoptees; Brothers and Sisters; Crime Laboratories; Crime Scene Searches; Father and Son; Florida; Forensic Scientists – Fiction; Men/Women Relations; Miami – Fiction; Murderer-Detectives; Mutilation; Personal Conduct; Police – Miami, Policewomen – Miami; Psychological Fiction; Psychopathic Criminals; Secrets; Serial Murder Investigation; Serial Murderers – Fiction; Serial Murders – Fiction; Suspense – Fiction; Vigilantes – Fiction;
Appeal: accessible, atmospheric, black humor, candid, cinematic, conclusive, contemplative, contemporary, dark, eccentric, edgy, details of forensic investigation, direct, fast-paced, flashbacks, frank, grim, interior, intriguing, introspective, investigative, ironic, light, macabre, morbid, offbeat, plot twists, political, psychological, quirky, resolved ending, sarcastic, series characters, smart, strong language, suspenseful, thought-provoking, unusual, urban, violent, vivid, witty
Red Flags: Strong language, murder, torture, mutilation and dismemberment.
Similar Authors and Works (Fiction):
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Serial murderers, psychopathic criminals, psychological, suspenseful, violence, grim, child abuse victims, interior, action, chilling, smart.
The Serial Killers Club by Jeff Povey. Serial murderers, psychopathic criminals, black humor, satire, quirky, offbeat.
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff. Vigilantes, psychological, suspenseful, secret organizations, assassins, fantastical, fast-paced, smart, well-developed, quirky, satirical.
Similar Authors and Works (Non-Fiction):
In Broad Daylight by Harry N. MacLean. Ken Rex McElroy terrorized the people of Skidmore, Missouri for years. When the law failed the community, several citizens decided to kill him themselves.
Wicked Intentions: the Sheila LaBarre Murders by Kevin Flynn. Sheila LaBarre killed two developmentally disabled young men, claiming she was “an avenging angel sent to kill pedophiles.”
The Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation by N.E. Genge. This book contains step-by-step descriptions of the forensic investigation process with real and fictitious examples and plenty of references to television, film, and literature.
Name: Tori


March 18, 2009

Author: Louis L’Amour

Title: Lando

Genre: Western

Publication Date: 1962

Number of Pages: 222

Geographical Setting: Tennessee, Texas, Mexico

Time Period: c.1868-1876

Series: The Sacketts

Plot Summary: Orlando “Lando” Sackett sets out for the West on his own after the money for his education and inheritance was squandered by the man his father paid to take care of him. He quickly meets up with the Tinker, a man who can fix anything, who teaches him how to fight. However, traveling with the Tinker only raises more questions about his missing father and the truth about his mysterious fortune. After meeting up with another of his father’s old acquaintances, the three set out to try and find the source of his wealth, while being pursued by those who would try to steal it from them. On the way, Lando is captured and sent to a Mexican prison after being betrayed by his mother’s family. Hardened by six years in jail, Lando escapes and sets out to find his father and get his revenge.

Subject Headings: Sackett family (Fictitious characters) – Fiction; Americans – Mexico – Fiction; Prisoners – Fiction; Revenge – Fiction; Mexico – Fiction; Western stories

Appeal: easy, measured, steady, distant, eccentric, faithful, inspiring, recognizable, series, vivid, action, cinematic, conclusive, flashbacks, coming of age, resolved ending, detailed setting, historical details, historical figures, rural, gritty, unpretentious, accessible, cadenced, dialect, earthy, bildungsroman, authentic

Red Flags: violence, fighting, shootings, stabbing, murder

Similar Authors and Works (Fiction):

Riders of the Silences by Max Brand. Those who enjoy books about characters skilled in multiple fighting techniques might try this title. This story of revenge also includes details of long journeys across the American (and Canadian) West.

Tonto Basin by Zane Grey. This coming-of-age tale centers on a conflict between family members and those who would steal their livelihood. Strong back story and setting lend authenticity to the book.

Six Bits a Day by Elmer Kelton. Two brothers endure conflicts with competing ranches in this action-filled story. Also includes details of cattle drives.

Similar Authors and Works (Non-Fiction):

The Oregon Trail by David Dary. This history of the Oregon Trail focuses on the individual stories of the various types of people who used the trail such as fur traders, missionaries, farmers, gold hunters, and more.

Children of the West: Family Life on the Frontier by Cathy Luchetti. The author combines primary sources to paint a picture of pioneer life in the American West.

Boone: A Biography by Robert Morgan. This biography of pioneer and frontiersman, Daniel Boone, separates the man from the myth and shows him to be all the more interesting for it.

Name: Tori