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I'm a librarian at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Previously, I was an English professor and library director at Trinidad State Junior College, in Trinidad, CO, for 14 years. I'm an avid reader, movie viewer, and music listener, and enjoy mountain biking, downhill skiing, rollerblading, and other outdoor activities. My favorite films include _Brazil_, _Aliens_, _T… Read more
I'm a librarian at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Previously, I was an English professor and library director at Trinidad State Junior College, in Trinidad, CO, for 14 years. I'm an avid reader, movie viewer, and music listener, and enjoy mountain biking, downhill skiing, rollerblading, and other outdoor activities. My favorite films include _Brazil_, _Aliens_, _The Matrix_, and _The Road Warrior_. Favorite authors are: James Ellroy, James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Ramsey Campbell, Tim Powers, and on and on. Favorite music: I'm a big fan of techno/electronica and alternative music.
I read a bunch of books over Memorial Day weekend,
including Monsour's second Paris Murphy novel. I'm
not sure why I never read the first, but I will have
to go back and correct that mistake. Wow! _Cold Blood_
was a great book.
A bridesmaid has disappeared while walking home from the
reception in Moose Lake, Minnesota. A few days later,
during a search of the area, Justice Trip, a traveling
salesman who has volunteered to help, stumbles across
a finger, which proves to be that of the missing woman.
He briefly becomes a minor celebrity when it is discovered
he's had similar luck before, finding the necklace of a
missing girl in a… Read more
I finished a great book yesterday, William Landay's debut,
_Mission Flats_. Set largely in a fictional Boston neighborhood,
it nevertheless reminded me a lot of Dennis Lehane's PI books.
Landay is a former DA from Boston, so I guess he has the background
to make things ring true.
The book follows police chief Ben Truman, of Versailles (pronounced
"Ver-Sayles"), Maine, as he becomes involved in the investigation of
the murder of a Boston DA in a local lakefront cabin. Ben had been
a promising graduate student in history when he left school to come
back home and help care for his mother, whose Alzheimer's has been
getting worse… Read more
Thomas Wheeler's new novel _The Arcanum_ left me very disappointed. Usually, this is the sort of book that's right up my alley, but this was ultimately rather silly.
Basically, "The Arcanum" of the title is a group of occult watchdogs who get together to battle mystical conspiracies. The group consists of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. P. Lovecraft, Harry Houdini, and Marie Laveau, "the voodoo queen of New Orleans."
I think one of the big reasons this book just didn't work for me was because there was no real sense of these people as historic personages--they were just characters in a book. Wheeler never brings them to convincing life. They could have been anyone… Read more