What Am I Reading? Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger

Over the weekend I devoured Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger. It’s the first book in the Cork O’Connor series. It was so good that I was compelled to start the second book, Boundary Waters immediately. This author is an exceptional writer, if these two books can be the judge. Here’s how Boundary Waters starts:

boundary-watersHe was a tough old bird, the redskin. Milwaukee allowed himself the dangerous luxury of admiring the old man fully. He was smart, too. But way too trusting. And that, Milwaukee knew, was his undoing.

Milwaukee turned away from the Indian and addressed the two men sitting by the camfire. “I can go on, but the Indian’s not going to talk. I can almost guarantee it.”

“I thought you guaranteed results,” the nervou on3e said.

“I’ll get what you want, only it won’t be coming from him.”

 

What do you think?

Would you keep reading?

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firstparagraphEvery Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.

 

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Photos: More of Lassen Volcanic National Park

lassen-peakI want to share a few more photos taken during our recent trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park. In the picture above you see Lassen  Peak poking above the trees.

meadow-peakHere’s a shot of a spectacular meadow. It smelled so fresh and clean. To see green in August and a little river of water at a  time when everything else in northern California is so dry, is a wonderful treat.

hat-creekAnother treat was found back up along a hiking trail. This is Hat Creek.

5-lasse-16And here we all are. (That’s my son, daughter-in-law, grandson and husband and me.) We got up early one morning and took a drive along the main road through the park. We packed a breakfast and ate at this table at the beginning of a hiking trail. My daughter-in-law asked a friendly-looking young couple if they would use her camera phone and take our picture. The young woman whipped out an impressive professional camera and said she’d be happy to take our picture and then email it to us, Wasn’t that nice.? We always meet the nicest people at national parks.

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Book Review: Memory Man by David Baldacci

Memory ManI gave up on David Baldacci’s book a few years ago. I don’t remember why. My husband still reads him, however, and his discussion of Baldacci’s new series convinced me to at least read a few chapters. My husband said I’d really like the main character.

Amos Decker was a professional football player when he experienced a severe head trauma. When Amos came to he discovered that his memory, and his life, had changed forever. From that point on Amos had complete recall of every event and detail in his life. He also had to drop football.

Amos got on with his life, eventually becoming a husband, a father, a cop and then a detective. Although his superb memory was a good asset for a cop and a detective, it also made him a bit awkward in social situations. His wife helped in that area. And then one day his life was altered again. A year before the story began, Amos’s wife, daughter and brother-in-law were brutally murdered in his home. The police were never able to find the killer.

Amos was the one who discovered the bodies. The details of those murders stayed with him. They became front and center in his memory, haunting him every day. The memories began to disrupt Amos’s ability to function. He lost his job and his house. As the story opens, we see him living in a room at the Ramada Inn, barely surviving with odd jobs as a private investigator.

The police were never able to find the killer, but now someone has come forward to confess to the crime. Almost at the same time a mass shooting occurs at the local high school. Amos’s old boss asks him to help investigate. Between the two incidents Amos finds himself totally absorbed in the details. His “gift” of observing and remembering all the details along with exceptionally good investigatory skills make him a great asset to the team. Soon the FBI is also involved and the whole case becomes mega-complicated.

My husband was right about Amos Decker. I did like him a lot. I have a soft spot for people who are a little nerdy – the ones who don’t quite fit in with what most people consider normal. My heart certainly went out to him for the loss of his family and what that nightmare cost him. I liked being inside Amos’s head as he examined crime scenes or observed the smallest details of the people around him. (Did you notice how real Amos Decker seems to me?)

The good news is that Memory Man is the beginning of a series featuring Amos Decker. I’m waiting for my name to come up at the library for the second book. The third book is set to be published next Spring. I wasn’t able to find out how many books are planned, but I hope to stay with them until they no longer become believable. I suggest you give this one a try.

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Wondrous Words #364

WWWEvery week word-lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

I love the New York Times Book Review. I get it in my email once a week and I also read it at the library. The review always begins with a very summary from the editor, Pamela Paul, that is always written in an upbeat tone. This past week I found a new-to-me word from Ms. Paul:

screed: “We will spare you reviews of the latest election tracts and anti-candidate screeds, and stick to the books we think are the most substantive, exciting and – dare I say? – fun.

A screed is a long speech or piece of writing, typically one regarded as tedious. Screed actually has another meaning. It’s also a a strip of plaster or other material placed on a surface as a guide to thickness. Is it just my weird sense of humor or do you also see the connection or relationship between those two meanings?

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That’s it for me this week. I hope you found some words worth celebrating. Feel free to join Wondrous Words Wednesday. Be sure to visit Kathy for the details.

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