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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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“This Storm” by James Ellroy

In many stories, be it in a movie or book, there often is a clear line between the good guys and the bad guys. If “Game of Thrones” has taught us anything, it’s that there often is an indistinguishable line between good guys and bad guys. In James Ellroy’s stories, cops are dirty and his villains are sometimes blessed with noble virtues. “This Storm” picks up after Pearl Harbor in the uneasy months when Nazis are floating around on the streets of Tijuana and LA, soldiers and sailors are battling zoot-suiters, Father Coughlin is sputtering anti-Semitic propaganda across the line on Mexican radio, and Japanese-Americans are being rounded up for internment. It being Ellroy, there are tangled storylines aplenty as well as a large dramatis personae, many of whom will be familiar to readers of “Perfidia.” About the best of them is the Japanese-American police investigator Hideo Ashida, who harbors no illusions about his clientele: “Lustful men and corrupt women. It was ghastly business.” Lead player Elmer Jackson, a world-weary flatfoot, has his good points, too, but he’d rather be back in vice than on the Alien Squad, where it “was Japs 12 days a week.” Mix in Mary Jane-dealing starlets, sleazy informants, synarchist gangsters, “cops in the Silver Shirts and German-American Bund,” Orson Welles and Walter Pidgeon in a decidedly non-Hays Code film sequence, and a thousand other threads, and you’ve got a raucous tale that will likely leave you in need of a shower and a Disney film. You can find this book in the New Adult Fiction section.

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

“The Conservative Sensibility” by George F. Will (3 stars)

“City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert (5 stars)

“Unsolved” (Invisible #2) by James Patterson (4 stars)

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

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