THE COMPLEX TRUTH

The 13th Juror By John Lescroart

Dismas Hardy,lawyer/investigator,undertakes the defense of Jennifer Witt,accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son as well as her first husband,who had died nine years earlier from an apparent drug overdose.While preparing his case,Hardy learns that both of Jennifer’s husband’s had physically abused her.But Jennifer refuses to allow a defense that presumes her guilt.She is not guilty,she claims.Hardy is now driven to seek an alternative truth a jury can believe.As the trial progresses,the complex truth itself begins to change,to bend,to fade in and out of focus as the clock keeps ticking on Jennifer’s fate,until there seems only one person left to convince,and she is “the 13th juror” the judge.The 13th Juror is a stunning and suspenseful novel of moral ambiguity,of good intentions, bad judgements and the tortuous path to ultimate justice. 

AUTHOR: JOHN LESCROART

TITLE: THE 13TH JUROR 

BEYOND RECOGNITION

Lena Adams has spent her life struggling to forget her childhood in Reece,the small town which nearly destroyed her.She’s made a new life for herself as a police detective in Heartsdale,a hundred miles away but nothing could prepare her for the violence which explodes when she is forced to return.A vicious murder leaves a young woman incinerated beyond recognition.And Lena is the only suspect.
When Heartsdale police chief Jeffrey Tolliver,Lena’s boss,receives word that his detective has been arrested,he has no choice but to go to Lena’s aid taking with him his wife,medical examiner Sara Linton.But soon after their arrival,a second victim is found.The town closes ranks.And both Jeffrey and Sara find themselves entangled in a horrifying underground world of bigotry and rage a violent world which shocks even them.But can they discover the truth before the killer strikes again? 

AUTHOR: KARIN SLAUGHTER 

TITLE: BEYOND PRIVILEGE 

CARRY ON

Well I woke up to the sound of silence the cars
Were cutting like knives in a fist fight
And I found you with a bottle of wine
Your head in the curtains and heart like the fourth of July

You swore and said we are not
We are not shining stars
This I know
I never said we are

Though I’ve never been through hell like that
I’ve closed enough windows to know you can never look back

If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Carry on,carry on

So I met up with some friends in the edge of the night
At a bar off seventy five
And we talked and talked about how our parents will die
All our neighbors and wives

But I like to think
I can cheat it all
To make up for the times,I’ve been cheated on
And it’s nice to know
When I was left for dead
I was found and now I don’t roam these streets
I am not the ghost you want of me

If you’re lost and alone or you’re sinking like a stone,
Carry on
May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground and
Carry on

Woah my head is on fire
But my legs are fine
After all they are mine
Lay your clothes down on the floor
Close the door
Hold the phone
Show me how
No one’s ever gonna stop us now

‘Cause we are
We are shining stars
We are invincible
We are who we are
On our darkest day
When we’re miles away
So we’ll come,we will find our way home

If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground and
Carry on

(No one’s ever gonna stop us now)
(No one’s ever,no one’s ever gonna stop,no one’s ever gonna stop us now)
(No one’s ever,no one’s ever gonna stop ,no one’s ever gonna stop)
(No one’s ever gonna stop us now)

   CARRY ON BY FUN. WHEN I GET INTO MY CRAZY MOOD ALONE, I PLAY THIS SONG SO LOUD AND SING ALONG.ESPECIALLY ON FRIDAY NIGHTS. ONLY YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF HAPPY AND I AM DOING THAT.

THE GRUDGE

Con man Nick Fox is after Garson Klepper’s golden Peruvian relics.For Fox,convincing Klepper to hire him as security for the relocation of the relics to the Getty museum in L.A.was easy.Problem is,Fox wasn’t planning on Klepper also enlisting the help of the FBI.Fox also wasn’t planning on being paired up with rookie special agent Kate O’Hare.She’s smart,she’s tenacious,and when she’s conned,she holds a grudge.Life for Fox and O’Hare will never be the same again.

AUTHOR: JANET EVANOVICH 

TITLE: THE SHELL GAME 

WITHOUT A FACE

Allison Taylor MacKenna feels as though she’s awakened at last from a ten-year-long nightmare.But her darkest hour has yet to come . . .

Nestled in the warm,domestic cocoon of loving husband and family,Allison finally feels safe unaware that a stranger’s brutal murder on a Caribbean island is the first step in an intricate plan to destroy everything in her life.For seasoned NYPD Detective Rocky Manzillo,the signs are clear that something terrible has emerged from the shadows:a murder victim left without a face and a faded photograph that yields a startling connection.Now,as Allison’s murky memories of a troubled childhood creep back to light,a cunning predator who shares her history prepares to enact a horrifying retribution and won’t stop killing until Allison faces a shocking truth….and pays the ultimate price.

AUTHOR: WENDY CORSI STAUB

TITLE: SHADOWKILLER

Recommendation: http://www.wendycorsistaub.com

UNSANCTIFIED LUST

This time Inspector Morse brings the imposition on himself.He could have been vacationing in Greece instead of investigating a murder that the police have long since written off.But he finds the crime the brutal killing of a suburban churchwarden fascinating.In fact,he uncovers not one murder but two,for the fatal fall of St. Frideswide’s vicar from the church tower Morse reckons to be murder as well.And as he digs into the lives and unsanctified lusts of the late vicar’s erring flock,the list of the dead grows longer.Not even the oddly appealing woman he finds scrubbing the church floor can compensate Morse for the trouble he’s let himself in for.So he has another pint,follows his hunches,and sets out to untangle the deadly business of homicide….

AUTHOR: COLIN DEXTER 

TITLE: SERVICE OF ALL THE DEAD

STATE OF PANIC

Multiple murders and a maltreated mistress are all in a day’s work for 19th-century San Francisco attorney Sarah Woolson.Sarah is that rara avis in 1881,an unmarried professional woman.Her brother Samuel,a crime reporter who writes under an assumed name in order to conceal his job from their judge father,is covering a case that claims her attention.When several respected members of the community are murdered in the Woolsons’ Rincon Hill neighborhood,the police arrest some  young Chinese men.Under the auspices of powerful Tong leader Li Ying,for whom she has previously worked,Sarah takes their case. At the same time,she seeks justice for lovely Brielle Bouchard,mistress of holier-than-thou publisher Gerald Knight,who casts her off when she bears his child.Bigotry against the Chinese population makes her criminal case difficult for Sarah. And she’s puzzled by her feelings for handsome shipping-company owner Pierce Godfrey,who’s asked her to marry him,and the fresh romantic overtures of her friend and colleague Robert Campbell.To top it all off,she gets involved in promoting a career for lovely and talented singer Melody Tremaine,whose parents are appalled at the thought.When her projects turn out to be intertwined in complex  ways,she finds herself fighting for both justice and her reputation.

AUTHOR: SHIRLEY TALLMAN

TITLE: SCANDAL ON RINCON HILL

THE ROLE HE PLAYED IN THE CAR CRASH

The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways not immemorial,but as announcements of his intention to kill.And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways:using the personal details about the victims that they’ve carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.

The case lands on the desk of Kathryn Dance,the California Bureau of Investigation’s foremost kinesics body language-expert.She and Deputy Michael O’Neil follow the leads to Travis Brigham,a troubled teenager whose role in a fatal car accident has inspired vicious attacks against him on a popular blog,The Chilton Report.As the investigation progresses,Travis vanishes.Using techniques he learned as a brilliant participant in MMORPGs,Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games,he easily eludes his pursuers and continues to track his victims,some of whom Kathryn is able to save,some not.Among the obstacles Kathryn must hurdle are politicians from Sacramento,paranoid parents and the blogger himself,James Chilton,whose belief in the importance of blogging and the new media threatens to derail the case and potentially Dance’s career.It is this threat that causes Dance to take desperate and risky measures…

AUTHOR: JEFFERY DEAVER 

TITLE: ROADSIDE CROSSES 

Recommendation: http://www.jefferydeaver.com

RUTHLESS AS HE SUSPECTS

Inspector John Rebus has messed up badly this time,so badly that he’s been sent to a kind of reform school for damaged cops.While there among the last-chancers known as “resurrection men,”he joins a covert mission to gain evidence of a drug heist orchestrated by three of his classmates.But the group has been assigned an unsolved murder that may have resulted from Rebus’s own mistake.        

 Now Rebus can’t determine if he’s been set up for a fall or if his disgraced classmates are as ruthless as he suspects.When Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke discovers that her investigation of an art dealer’s murder is tied to Rebus’s inquiry,the two-protÈgÈ and mentor-join forces.Soon they find themselves in the midst of an even bigger scandal than they had imagined a plot with conspirators in every corner of Scotland and deadly implications about their colleagues.

AUTHOR: IAN RANKIN

TITLE: RESURRECTION MEN 

Recommendation: http://www.amazon.com