New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

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.

Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call 717-436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you.

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The silent corner by Dean Koontz

At first I found this book to be strange and conspiratorial. Many books I read build up a case for a conspiracy. Jane Hawk is on the run and is convinced she is being pursued (by who she does not know). Targeted by drones and other sophisticated technology, the grieving widow hides her young son with friends and moves stealthily across southern California tracking down the culprits–primarily mad scientist Bertold Shenneck. His implants, injected into the victims, also are being used to mind-control the escorts at a fancy brothel. Even staying off the grid by driving thirdhand cars and using burner cellphones and computers in local libraries, Jane can’t elude the bad guys. But in the manner of Jack Reacher, she’s capable of taking on the opposition single-handedly, with or without her trusty Heckler & Koch handgun. At the same time, she’s a deep thinker, a woman who “had grown quieter in all things, as though she was preparing soon to be a ghost and silent forever.” A proven specialist in action scenes, Koontz pulls off some doozies here while doing a nice job of playing down the Michael Crichton-type techno stuff. The killing of hundreds of commuters by terrorists crashing an airplane into a Philadelphia expressway is too big an event to use as background detail, but the book is full of neat touches such as calling the brain-controlled humans “rayshaws” after the name of the protagonist in The Manchurian Candidate. And the prose, as always in a Koontz novel, is first-rate. You can find this book in our Adult Fiction section.

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2019 Winter Reading at the Library

Friday, December 21 2018 to Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spend your winter months reading things you love!

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

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