Monday, October 17, 2011
Stephen Cannell was really just developing a following. His books were suspenseful and fast moving. Unfortunately, he passed away due to complications from melanoma last September. His final book is being published in December. "Vigilante" brings the return of Detective Shane Scully. When a vocal police critic and gang activist ends up dead, the TV host for the reality tv series Vigilante TV shows up at the scene of the crime with the detectives. The TV host uses misdirection and threats to try to force his way into the investigation. Will he find the killer before Scully? For those who like Robert Parker, Cannell's books are the next best thing.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Stephen King's new title, 11/22/63, is part suspense and part science fiction. A high school English teacher discovers he can time travel back to try to change history. If you could stop Kennedy from being shot, would you? What would be the consequences? A fascinating concept that has already had the film rights optioned by Jonathan Demme, the director of Silence of the Lambs.
Well, that's not quite true. It IS about baseball in a very general sense. It is also about friendship and coming of age and about the need to form close relationships. Henry Skrimshander is a baseball star for Westish College until a throw goes astray. This title has received rave reviews from sources as different as James Patterson, who referred to it as something that "appear out of nowhere and then dazzles and bewitches and inspires until you nearly lose your breath from the enjoyment and satisfaction"; Sports Illustrated that said "The book will knock out baseball and literature fans alike." and The New York Times that said "not only a wonderful baseball novel--it zooms immediately into the pantheon of classics, alongside The Natural by Bernard Malamud and The Southpaw by Mark Harris--but it's also a magical, melancholy story about friendship and the coming of age that marks the debut of an immensely talented writer." Obviously a must read for those who enjoy character studies.