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March 14, 2016

Not much going on in the Library this week except lots of reorganization and changing of the guard.  Remember you can keep up with what is going on by checking out the library Facebook page at finley public library and coming in the library where all the librarians enjoy a good visit!  Open hours are Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm and Fridays from 2:00-5:00 pm.  New books are regularly added to our website at .  Come in and check us out!

Here's a couple reviews:

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham.  (HC/LP)  (no series at this time, but I can see it coming...) (2015)  Everyone needs a lawyer at some time and they are easy to come by even if expensive.  If you are accused of a terrible crime, maybe getting a good lawyer may not be so easy, however.  Enter Sebastian Rudd, a tough, talented defense lawyer.  When I first began this book I thought it was going to be a copycat of Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller of the Lincoln (town car) Lawyer, but Rudd takes some tougher clients and has less conscious.  He is very close to being willing to do things that he knows are unlawful, and he is hated very much by the police because many of his cases are against them--police brutality, graft and other onerous crimes that should not be said in the same sentence with the word, POLICE.  He is not your likable character, especially at first, but as I continued to read--well, as I said above: some crimes by police need to be prosecuted.  Grisham is his regular self--a  good writer.  He gets the reader into the action and into Rudd's life.  Grisham, Connelly, Baldacci, etc., fans won't want to miss this one.

Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen.  (HC/LP) (no series) (2015)  Julie Ansdell is a wife, mother of a three-year-old and a violinist.  While in Rome for a concert she was purchasing gifts to take home, but wanted some remembrance for herself.  She finds a piece of original music that intrigues her which she purchases for the string quartet she is a part of back home in Boston.  Because it is a difficult piece she practices once at home, but is surprised and frightened when her daughter seems to be terribly affected by hearing the musical piece.  The second time she plays the piece the same thing happens.  (Don't want to give too much away, but both events are terrible and disturbing.)  Repelled by by her daughter's behavior, Julie decides to investigate the history of the piece through the composer's name which is on the music and hopes that will lead her to why it is so affecting to her daughter.  The author, Gerritsen, then goes back and forth between Julie today and the writer of the piece, a German Jew just before WWII.  Though I clearly enjoyed the story, the writing, etc., I am not sure the reasoning behind the affect of the music was clearly brought forward.  Other readers may disagree.  However, do not be influenced by my thoughts here and NOT read this book!  Though less to do with medicine than some of her previous books, I found the story lines of the present and past very readable and interesting.  Also, a short quick read.


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