November 2016 THE BOOKS

               

The Whistler by John Grisham:  

The most electrifying novel of the year, a high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State.  We expect our judges to be honest and wise. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice.
Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.    A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business and now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. Welcome to the secret world  of construction of  large casinos on Native American land.  Greg’s only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law.   Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.

Dylan by Dennis McDougal:

It has just been announced that Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Price for Poet Laureate.  Dylan’s final act of his career is more intriguing than ever―and classic biographies like Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades and even his own Chronicles: Volume One  came too soon to cover this remarkable new chapter in Dylan’s life.  McDougal’s work is starkly traditional: He begins with family background and marches steadily forward in 4/4 time, showing how this small-town kid went to New York City and eventually owned it to the core. It was “Blowin’ in the Wind,” writes the author, that shot him to fame, distancing him from the many other wannabes in Greenwich Village, but Dylan later abandoned protest songs (and, soon, his acoustic guitar) and spent the next decades in a continual reinvention―of his music and his persona. But patterns emerged: He eventually wore out even the most indulgent of wives; he abruptly dropped business acquaintances and fellow musicians; he wished always to have the spotlight on him; he “borrowed” lyrics and images for his paintings; and he remained intensely private, probably realizing that too much exposure would remove the “mystery.” McDougal offers engaging details about the major records, as well as Dylan’s books and films.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult:

Richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma about privilege, power, and race   Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child.   Ruth hesitates and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. A white public defender takes her case but gives unexpected advice: don’t mention race in the courtroom. Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and  her attorney must gain each other’s trust.  With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware:

Tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, journalist Lo Blacklock has just been assigned to cover a week on a small  luxury cruise . The exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea on a gorgeous day.  The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard.  Yet the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, something has gone terribly, terribly wrong…With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read.

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3 thoughts on “November 2016 THE BOOKS

    1. Oh Jeff,thanks so much. I really miss it too! The call of those itty bitty grandbabies in Tallahassee became my siren song 🙂 I can’t wait to see what the next owners will do with my property…once it sells 😉 Hope all is well with you.

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