Murder, suspense, clairvoyants, and futuristic criminal societies

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This week at Gilpin Library

by Larry Grieco, Librarian

Immensely popular suspense writer Tami Hoag is back with a new thriller, The Ninth Girl. On a cold New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis a young woman is the victim of a brutal murder, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are on the case. The woman’s identity is unknown, but she is the ninth Jane Doe murder victim of the year, and police suspect that there is one serial killer out there and this is just his latest victim. They have named the killer Doc Holiday, because he always strikes on a holiday. As Kovac and Liska investigate, they find that there might be someone in this young woman’s life who is a more likely monster than Doc Holiday. As another young woman disappears, they begin to ask the question: “Which is the greater evil – the devil you know or the devil you don’t?” Tami Hoag is “one of the most intense suspense writers around.”  (The Chicago Tribune)

Alex Grecian returns with his newly created series detectives who operate in nineteenth-century Scotland Yard. (First seen in last year’s The Yard.) After the disappearance of a prominent family in a coal-mining village, and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird’s nest, the local constable calls upon Scotland Yard’s new Murder Squad. Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith travel to the British Midlands to investigate, and they bring along pioneer forensic expert Dr. Bernard Kingsley. As they begin to poke around in the little village, it is soon evident the three investigators may never be able to leave. In The Black Country, nothing is ever as it seems, and bad things tend to happen. Grecian’s writing has been compared with Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and even Arthur Conan Doyle.

Next we have a first novel from a remarkable young writer. Samantha Shannon was born in West London in 1991 and began writing at the young age of fifteen. In The Bone Season, we have the first book of a speculative fiction trilogy. Shannon has created a world of the future where clairvoyants of varying types are operating outside the law. Paige Mahoney is one such clairvoyant, working in a place called Scion London in the year 2059. There are even more sinister criminals around, an “otherworldly race called the Rephaim who seek to control clairvoyants for their own purposes.” Paige is kidnapped by the Rephaim and transported to Oxford, a city kept secret for 200 years. She is assigned to the care of Warden, a powerful Rephaite, who is really more of her captor. Warden keeps Paige under his thumb, so to speak, and she begins to suspect he may have some of his own mysterious motives. If Paige wants to escape she is going to have to break into Warden’s mind, which proves to be a formidable task, indeed. Booklist (in a starred review): “A dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale.”

The Friends of the Library are holding their Fall Book and Bake Sale this coming Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12. This kind of huge sale only happens twice a year, so you don’t want to miss it. We’ve got a particularly intriguing bunch of books, videos, audios, etc. ready to display all over the meeting room, and tasty baked goods as well. You may even find a few plants to nurture all winter and place in the ground in the spring. Come join us and support the Friends – the hardest working group of fundraisers in the library business!

We’re taking a break from the Fall Film Series until we return on Saturday, October 19, with the final film, Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas, along with Ironman (Robert Downey, Jr.), and Spiderman (Tobey Maguire). Of course this is not a film about super heroes, but one of the most engaging and enjoyable movies to come along in many years. You won’t want to miss it. Film critic Walter Chaw will be around, as always, to guide the discussion afterwards. It begins at 1:00 p.m. and is free, along with the popcorn, cookies, and ideas.

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