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Friday Finds 8/7

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Today’s Friday Finds and I found the following three (I picked the most interesting of a group of books I found) 😛

Too Close to Home – Linwood Barclay
In a quiet neighborhood, in the house next door, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. You can’t help thinking, It could have been us. And you start to wonder: What if we’re next?

Promise Falls isn’t the kind of community where families are shot to death in their own homes. But how well did Jim and Ellen Cutter really know their neighbors—or the darker secrets of their small town? They don’t have to look further than their own marriage to know that things aren’t always what they seem. Now the Cutters and their son, Derek, must face the unthinkable: that a murderer isn’t just stalking too close to home…but is inside it already. (Amazon.ca)

Note: After finishing Fear the Worst (which I enjoyed) I figured why not? this one looks good! I found it at the store and was about to get it, but I think I found something else instead. However! no biggie! it’s at my library ready to get my paws on it! muaha!

Crossfire – Miyuki Miyabe
This provocative paranormal police procedural from the prolific Miyabe, like her two previous crime novels translated into English (All She Was Worth and Shadow Family), examines the dark side of Japanese society. The complex story is seen through the eyes of two very different women: Junko Aoki, who’s afflicted/blessed with pyrokinesis, the ability to start fires through willpower, which she uses to avenge unsolved crimes, and Sgt. Chikako Ishizu of the Tokyo police department’s arson squad, a pragmatic skeptic. Chikako and her partner gradually piece together a series of baffling cases in which suspected criminals, cars and even buildings are inexplicably incinerated. Their investigation leads to those with supernatural powers, including a troubled young girl, as well as to an underground citizens’ organization of justice seekers. Despite uneven pacing and some unlikely coincidences, this startling genre mix keeps the reader turning the pages right up to the breathtaking climax. (Amazon.ca)

Note: This is one of the books listed for my Japanese Literature Challenge. It reminds me a lot of Firestarter 😛

The Devil’s Queen – Jeanne Kalogridis
From Jeanne Kalogridis, the bestselling author of I, Mona Lisa and The Borgia Bride, comes a new novel that tells the passionate story of a queen who loved not wisely . . . but all too well.Confidante of Nostradamus, scheming mother-in-law to Mary, Queen of Scots, and architect of the bloody St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history. In her latest historical fiction, Jeanne Kalogridis tells Catherine’s story-that of a tender young girl, destined to be a pawn in Machiavellian games. Born into one of Florence’s most powerful families, Catherine was soon left a fabulously rich heiress by the early deaths of her parents. Violent conflict rent the city state and she found herself imprisoned and threatened by her family’s enemies before finally being released and married off to the handsome Prince Henry of France. Overshadowed by her husband’s mistress, the gorgeous, conniving Diane de Poitiers, and unable to bear children, Catherine resorted to the dark arts of sorcery to win Henry’s love and enhance her fertility-for which she would pay a price. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherine’s blood-soaked visions of the future, Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband, Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne. (Amazon.ca)

Note: Sure, Catherine was an evil witch, but this one sort of shows HOW she came to be that way. I haven’t read much on Catherine de Medici so this one would be interesting.

So! what did you find today?

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Written by Karoline

August 7, 2009 at 10:22 am

Posted in Books, Friday Finds, Meme

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  1. I gotta check out Crossfire!

    Here is my Friday Find

    gautami tripathy

    August 7, 2009 at 10:58 am

  2. I have that Linwood Barclay and one other by him on my tbr… i’ll get around to them someday… haha!

    Jenny

    August 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm

  3. I have a Miyabe book on my Japanese Challenge list as well, but I may change it to a non-mystery novel, to match the other literary fiction on the list. Glad to read about Crossfire and the themes.

    Book Bird Dog

    August 8, 2009 at 6:20 pm


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