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BOOK REPORT

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library.

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“Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch, who just can’t stay retired, unwillingly teams up with a Hollywood detective who has reasons of her own for wanting in on his latest cold case. For those who read “The Late Show,” (2017) we have a new detective in the Michael Connelly book world: Renee Ballard. Spurned by department politics and male chauvinism, Ballard works the midnight shift (aka Late Show) and during one evening makes a tangential connection to Bosch, which gives both unrelenting detectives a case to pursue.

It may be nine years since 15-year-old runaway Daisy Clayton was grabbed from the streets of Los Angeles and killed, but the daily presence of her mother, Elizabeth, in Harry’s life–she’s staying at his place while he helps her stay clean–makes it a foregone conclusion that he’ll reopen the case. On the night Bosch drops into Hollywood Division to sneak a look at some of the old files, he’s caught by Ballard. Bosch needs to find out who was responsible for what happened to Daisy; Ballard needs to work a case with teeth, even if she’s partnering with a reserve investigator in the San Fernando Police Department (Two Kinds of Truth, 2017, etc.) who’d rather work alone. Before they get what they need, they’ll have to wade through a double caseload as grueling and sometimes as maddeningly routine as you can imagine, from an apparent murder that turns out to be a slip-and-fall to an ancient gang killing whose repercussions flare to sudden life to the theft of some valuable Andy Warhol prints to a missing man who’s not just missing–not to mention Elizabeth’s sudden disappearance and Ballard’s continuing lack of departmental support. Not even the canniest readers are likely to see which of these byways will end up leading to the long-overdue solution to the riddle of Daisy Clayton’s death. Connelly’s continues his remarkable ability to keep all the storylines not only suitably mystifying but deeply humane, as if he were the Ross Macdonald of the police procedural. You can find this book in the New Adult Fiction section.

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Bookshots … Here are some quick book recommendations, the star ratings I give them, or whether you should skip it, borrow it, or buy it.

“The Reckoning” by John Grisham (3 stars)

“In His Father’s Footsteps” by Danielle Steel (5 stars)

“Good Luck with That” by Kristan Higgins (4 stars)

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≤Fall Story Time: Through Nov. 23

≤Preschool Story Time: For children ages 3 and over (Mondays at 10:30 a.m., Thursdays at 6 p.m.) – Stories, songs, rhymes, flannel board activities, crafts, and fun!

≤Tales for Twos: Toddler Story Time and Playgroup (Fridays at 10:30 a.m.) For children ages 18 months through 2 years, 20-30 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, flannelboard activities and movement, followed by 30 minutes of playtime.

≤There will be no preschool story time on Monday. Feel free to join us on Thursday evening, Nov. 15.

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Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.

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