Archive for January, 2010

BLOOD TIES by Kay Hooper

BLOOD TIES, by Kay Hooper, is set in the small town of Serenade, Tennessee, where a runner stumbles over the body of a man who has been tortured and murdered. The local sheriff, Des Duncan, who is not equipped to deal with such matters, calls in the FBI to assist. The agents who show up are members of the highly trained Special Crimes Unit, all of whom have one or more psychic abilities that they use in their work. When more bodies turn up, the SCU suspects that a vicious and demented serial killer is on the loose.

January 26, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Posted in: Sleuths Series, Speculative (Beyond Reality), US South

RANSOM by David Malouf

The background of RANSOM’s slipcover is velvety black, the Japanese kuro, “perfect black,” that, by definition, engulfs not just all frequencies of light, but also the senses. It almost mesmerizes and gives a feeling of sinking into endless depth. Silhouetted against this backdrop is an image that from afar isn’t easily identified, but up close resolves as a donkey or a mule. Why aren’t there two men depicted instead? Why this animal? Only by reading does it become clear why its shaded presence is considered so indispensable that it graces the cover.

January 23, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , ,  · Posted in: 2010 Favorites, Facing History, World Lit, y Award Winning Author


Sonchai Jitpleecheep, pot-smoking Bangkok cop, devout Buddhist and occasional crime abettor, begins his fourth adventure in one of the city’s most popular red light districts, where a wealthy American filmmaker has been murdered in the style of the Hannibal Lecter books on his shelf.

January 22, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: Noir, Sleuths Series, Thailand-Bangkok

BLOODROOT by Amy Greene

Somewhere, in the darkest and most remote part of Tennessee, lie hollers, ridges, and knolls. Set among them is a place named Bloodroot Mountain, home to Myra and her granny. The mountain gets its name from the bloodroot flowers that grow there. These flowers are so toxic that they can cause death. They are also so curative that they have amazing healing powers

January 21, 2010 · Judi Clark · One Comment
Tags: , , , , , , ,  · Posted in: Contemporary, Debut Novel, Family Matters, Literary, US South

OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout

Big-wristed Olive Kitteridge is the imposing, even frightful, over-sized woman at the center of this novel. She lives in a small town on the coast of Maine, where traditionally people keep to themselves, living out lives of granite-like individuality. She trucks no silliness, has little patience for people she does not care for, which is virtually everyone, and has no problem speaking her mind, in fact seems genetically predisposed to it. She is a retired high school math teacher, who, her adult son tells her, was the “scariest teacher in the school.” She is one of those individuals you meet and wonder, how does a person get this way?

January 19, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , , ,  · Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Contemporary, Literary, NE & New York, Pulitzer Prize, Reading Guide, Short Stories, y Award Winning Author

THE UNNAMED by Joshua Ferris

Two years ago Joshua Ferris created quite the splash in the literary circuit. His debut novel THEN WE CAME TO THE END deservedly won all kinds of literary acclaim including a spot on the list of finalists for the National Book Award. An equally compelling follow-up to such a high-flying debut is difficult to execute but Ferris has achieved just that with his new novel—THE UNNAMED.

January 18, 2010 · Judi Clark · 2 Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: 2010 Favorites, Allegory/Fable, Contemporary, Family Matters