What Am I Reading? Memory Man by David Baldacci

I’m featuring a book by David Baldacci. I haven’t read one of his books in several years, but my husband is a big fan. He tipped me off to this new series. Memory Man is the first book and the second came out this past April. It’s a book featuring Amos Decker, a former pro-football player turned police detective. So far it’s quite good. Here’s how the book starts:

Memory ManAmos Decker would forever remember all three of their violent deaths in the most paralyzing shade of blue. It would cut into him at unpredictable moments, like a gutting knife made of colored light. He would never be free from it.

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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R.eaders I.mbibing P,peril 11 (R.I.P.) Challenge

rip-11It’s September and, among other things, that means it’s time for the R.eadees I.mbibing P.eril Challenge hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. This is the eleventh year for this event. I have not participated every year, but I do love reading mysteries, suspense and thrillers along with others. (Gothic and Horror stories are also allowed, but it’s not for my easily horrified brain.)

The challenge exists at several levels, depending on how much peril a reader is willing to imbibe in. As you can see below, this reader will be imbibing in much peril.

perril-the-firstPeril the First means I will be reading at least four books in the genres. I’m actually challenging myself to read twice that many.

peril-shortThe second part of this challenge is Peril of the Short Story, I am aiming to read at least two short stories in the genre.

peril-of-the-screenAnd finally, just for the fun of it, my goal is to watch four movies or TV stories for the Peril of the Screen level.

This is going to be Fun! If you haven’t already joined the challenge, I hope you will. The minimum requirement is only one book of any size. Go visit Carl and sign up now. The challenge runs through October 31st.

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Book Review: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Cop TownCop Town is an excellent way to read social/cultural history. This is a look at the first (fictional) women to serve as police officers and how they were treated as subhumans. The story takes place in Atlanta in 1975 – a time and place thick with hatred and fear. Any human who wasn’t the perfect specimen of a white male was hated: blacks, homosexuals, handicapped persons and women – all those who didn’t know or stay down in the place they had been assigned.

For the police department – that bastion of white male superiority – to be forced to allow women into their ranks was the final straw. They’d already been forced to hire blacks, but now women? The men did not handle the admission of women well. To begin with, the women were given uniforms designed specifically not to fit. Everything, including the shoes, were way too big, even for a very large woman. They were fondled and groped by the male officers, verbally abused and sexually harassed. Any woman who survived had to be tough and very determined.

The story focuses on two specific women: Maggie, a young woman born into a family of cops, and Kate, a well-to-do young woman from the suburbs who’d lost her husband to the Vietnam war. They both had something to prove. In addition to being tough and determined, Maggie and Kate were intelligent and they sincerely wanted to help. They saw their chance to help by solving the mystery of a killer who has been targeting cops. The women notice that the killer seems to know an awful lot about them.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It completely absorbed my thinking even when I wasn’t reading. I so identified with the plight of the woman and all the insults and obstacles they faced. The murder mystery was also challenging. It was hard to figure out the who, although I did figure out the why early in the story. This is my first Karin Slaughter book, but it won’t be my last.

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Wondrous Words #363

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 took a couple of weeks off to go camping. I did very little reading which means I found no new-to-me words. But, here I am back with my normal routine and, sure enough, I found two new words.

This first word came from Audible. The Audible Daily Deal one day last week was for an audiobook with the title: A Brief History of Misogyny: the World’s Oldest Prejudice. I have to admit I did not know the meaning of the word – even with the book cover staring right at me.

Misogyny  (məˈsäjənē) is a noun meaning the dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women

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In an email from recreation.gov newsletter I found this new-to-me word:

krill: Humpback and blue whales can be seen mostly in the summer and fall as they feast on krill.

krillKrill is a small shrimplike planktonic crustacean of the open seas. It is eaten by a number of larger animals, notably the baleen whales.

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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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