Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Establishment

One thinks immediately of all the dreary little snobberies, the triviality, the emptiness, the susceptibility to stupid vogues.  How drab and provincial we have become!  How enslaved to gimmicks!  English inventiveness and energy, which used to be an example to the world - have they dried up altogether, or is it simply a bad period we are going through?

The two great inventions of the English, their political system and their literature, both seem at the moment rather dwindled and shabby.  The parliamentary two-party system has become, whether temporarily or forever, a mere contest between public relation outfits, with professional ad men in the back room.

- John Wain, 'The Month', Twentieth Century, July 1959

Refugees (2016) by Brian Bilston


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Everyone Is A Foreigner/Refugee/Immigrant Somewhere


Street Of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along A Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz


Paperback:  Street of Eternal Happiness is an unforgettable portrait of individuals who hope, struggle, and grow along a single street cutting through the heart of China’s most exhilarating metropolis, from one of the most acclaimed broadcast journalists reporting on China today.

Shanghai:  a global city in the midst of a renaissance, where dreamers arrive each day.  Rob Schmitz is one of them.  He immerses himself in his neighbourhood, forging relationships with ordinary people who see a brighter future in the city's sleek skyline.

There’s Zhao, whose path from factory floor to shopkeeper is sidetracked by her desperate measures to ensure a better future for her sons.  Down the street lives Auntie Fu, a fervent capitalist forever trying to improve herself with religion and get-rich-quick schemes while keeping her skeptical husband at bay.  Up a flight of stairs, musician and café owner CK sets up shop to attract young dreamers like himself, but learns he’s searching for something more.

As Schmitz becomes more involved in their lives, he makes surprising discoveries which untangle the complexities of modern China: a mysterious box of letters that serve as a portal to a family’s - and country’s - dark past, and an abandoned neighbourhood where fates have been violently altered by unchecked power and greed.

A tale of 21st century China, Street of Eternal Happiness (2016) profiles China’s distinct generations through multifaceted characters who illuminate an enlightening, humorous, and at times heartrending journey along the winding road to the Chinese Dream.  Each story adds another layer of humanity and texture to modern China, a tapestry also woven with Schmitz’s insight as a foreign correspondent.  The result is an intimate and surprising portrait that dispenses with the tired stereotypes of a country we think we know, immersing us instead in the vivid stories of the people who make up one of the world’s most captivating cities.

About the author:  Rob Schmitz is the Shanghai correspondent for National Public Radio. Previously he was the China correspondent for American Public Media’s Marketplace.  He has reported on a range of topics illustrating China’s role in the global economy, including trade, politics, the environment, education, and labor.

In 2012, Schmitz exposed fabrications in Mike Daisey’s account of Apple’s Chinese supply chain on This American Life, and his report headlined that show’s much-discussed “Retraction” episode.  The work was a finalist for the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award.  He has won two national Edward R Murrow Awards and an award from the Education Writers Association for his reporting on China.  Schmitz first arrived to the country in 1996 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Sichuan province.

Street of Eternal Happiness is his first book, an unforgettable portrait of individuals who hope, struggle, and grow along a single street cutting through the heart of China’s most exhilarating metropolis, from one of the most acclaimed broadcast journalists reporting on China today.

Seen At The Bookloft Bookshop, Great Barrington, Massachusetts


Writer's Wisdom #291


Confusion Upon Confusion


Keep The Faith


The Executive Order


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Five On Brexit Island: £350m For The Picnic Fund by Bruno Vincent (Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups)


Hardback:  It is the night of the referendum and the Five have retired to Kirrin Island to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, fed up with the rancour of public debate.

George is firmly a 'remainer,' whilst Julian, who is in the 'Brexit' camp, is tolerated on the grounds that Anne cannot bear to go camping without him.

Timmy, largely apolitical but not keen on cats or rabbits, joins them too.  Timmy was neutral, although, if he had understood the variety of sausages available on the European mainland, that would have been a factor.

The night is tempestuous in more ways than one.  George has managed to rig up a satellite link with the mainland so they can keep abreast of the news, and they sit huddled around the fire, amidst some tension, as George's initial hope that the 'remainers' will triumph proves premature.

Meanwhile, a violent storm whips up.

The damage is apparent as the new day dawns and George declares a new meaning for Brexit:  Kirrin Island is exiting Britain, that is, until the red tape becomes too much of a challenge and their happy life together is under threat.

Can their friendship survive the horrors of a referendum:  Brexit?

Perfect for anyone sick of hearing that 'Brexit means Brexit', or for that relative you're still not talking to because of how they voted, join Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy the dog as they leave Britain to declare independence for Kirrin Island in Five on Brexit Island (2016), one of the spoof titles published in an Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups series.

About the author:  Bruno Vincent was a bookseller and book editor before he was an author.  His humour books for grown-ups, co-authored with Jon Butler, were national bestsellers and have been translated into seven languages.  The Tumblewater books are his first for children.

Rating:  1/5

The Border Wall


Double Standards


Friday, 27 January 2017

The Golden Scales (A Makana Investigation Series) by Parker Bilal


Paperback:  A lost child.  A missing hero.  A bitter rivalry.  In Cairo the ghosts of the past are stirring.

Makana is a former police inspector who fled for his life to Cairo from his native Sudan seven years ago.  He is scratching out a living as a private investigator.

Down on his luck and haunted by the past, he lives on a rickety Nile houseboat.  When the notorious and powerful Saad Hanafi hires him to track down a missing person, Makana is in no position to refuse him.  Hanafi, whose past is as shady as his fortune is glittering, is the owner of Cairo's star-studded football team.  His most valuable player has just vanished and Adil Romario's disappearance threatens to bring down not only Hanafi's private empire, but the entire country.

But why should the city's most powerful man hire its lowliest private investigator?

Thrust into a dangerous and glittering world, Makana's investigation leads him into the treacherous underbelly of his adopted country - where he encounters Muslim extremists, Russian gangsters and a desperate mother hunting for her missing daughter.  It becomes a trail that stirs up painful memories, leading him back into the sights of an old and dangerous enemy.

Published on the anniversary of the revolution in Egypt in 2012, The Golden Scales is an elegantly written, thrilling story set in a city of upheaval, chaos, and corruption.

The Golden Scales (2012) is the first book in the exciting Makana Mystery series set in Cairo.  There are currently five books in the Makana Mystery series with a sixth one coming out on 11 July 2017.

About the author:  Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub.  Mahjoub has published seven critically acclaimed literary novels, which have been widely translated, and has been awarded several prizes, including the Guardian African Short Story Prize, the St Malo Prix de l’Astrolabe, and the Mario Vargas Llosa Premio NH de Relatos.  He has also published short stories and essays.  Born in London, he has lived at various times in the UK, Sudan, Cairo, and Denmark.  He currently lives in Barcelona.

Rating:  5/5

Sunday, 22 January 2017

'Truth'


Columbine: A True Crime Story by Jeff Kass (Foreword by Douglas Brinkley)


Paperback:  I hope people come here to this place to think about how they themselves can be better people rather than come here to reflect on death. - Parent (among the quotes inscribed on the Columbine Memorial)

Ten years after Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve classmates and a teacher, Columbine remains the world's most iconic school shooting.

Columbine: A True Crime Story (2014, second edition with new material), is the first book of investigative journalism to tell the complete story of that day, of how one school stopped a mass shooting, the far-reaching consequences, and the common denominators among school shooters across the country.

Jeff Kass was one of the first reporters on scene and has continued to cover the story as a staff writer for Denver's Rocky Mountain News.  He has broken national stories on the shootings such as leaked crime scene photos and a killer's sealed diversion files.  Kass had to overcome numerous obstacles, including an uncooperative sheriff's office and the killers' parents who tried to block information.  The result of ten years of research, sniffing out leads and procuring exclusives, the book reaches into fundamental American themes of violence, racism, parenting and policing.

Why had school shootings seemed to suddenly be occurring across the country with greater frequency?  Where did this come from? - Jeff Kass

Concluding with the tale of the tattered police investigation and how one of the most controversial victims' families faces down a modern American tragedy as the cameras roll, Columbine: A True Crime Story is a classic in the tradition of In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song.

The book includes photos from the archives of the Rocky Mountain News, which won the Pulitzer Prize for its Columbine photography.

About the author:  Jeff Kass is a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Rocky Mountain News.  He has been a regular contributor to US News & World Report, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and Newsday, and has covered Colorado and the West for Chicago Tribune and the Dallas Morning News.  Kass has appeared on CNN, Court TV, FoxNews, PBS, E! True Story Hollywood and radio.  He has taught history and journalism at the University of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Family Claims (Pinnacle Peak Series) by Twist Phelan


Paperback:  Hannah Dain, a skilled business lawyer, is on the verge of leaving her family's law firm for a better job.  But her plan is derailed when a real estate deal she's put together suddenly goes bad.
Two million dollars of investors' money have disappeared.  If the mistake was Hannah's, her firm is on the hook for the whole amount.

Career on the line, Hannah decides to investigate, despite a disapproving father and antagonistic older sister.  Having long ago abandoned efforts to heal the family rift, Hannah now enjoys her separate existence, whether drafting a complex IPO or bicycling miles through the hot Arizona desert.

Although she exonerates the firm, a car bomb and two murders thwart the police's identification of the culprit behind the scheme.

At work on a new deal, Hannah is assisted by Cooper Smith, the firm's computer consultant and her former lover.  Compelled to dig deep for key information, Hannah uncovers a greater threat all too close to home.  Only be exposing long-buried family secrets can she save her reputation, her law firm - and her life.

Family Claims (2016) - a book about family - is the first book in the Pinnacle Peak series set in a fictitious town (Pinnacle Peak), somewhere in the desert north of Scottsdale, Arizona.  There are four books in this series.

About the author:  Thriller Award-winning author Twist Phelan is a modern nomad, a world traveller and endurance athlete, telling stories as she travels the world.

Twist has always been a storyteller.  Growing up in a half-Irish family meant coming to dinner with “an interesting story to tell.”  While at Stanford earning her undergraduate and law degrees, she wrote for the student paper.  As a plaintiff’s trial lawyer suing middle-aged white guys who stole other people’s money, she wove evidence into compelling narratives that persuaded juries.  Now, as a writer, she creates characters who enlighten, entertain, and endure long after the tale is finished.  Her work has won awards, been featured in “Best Of” compilations, and been praised by Michael Connelly, Sue Grafton, Margaret Maron, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist.

She is also a peripatetic world traveler.  After retiring from a successful law career, Twist bought a boat and circumnavigated the globe (with her Norwegian Forest cat) for ten years.  She also earned her private pilot’s wings.

Twist continues to explore the world while combining her passion for storytelling and travel in her books, including the Finn Teller Corporate Spy mystery series.  Her blog chronicles her journeys as she continues to fight crime in fiction and reign as the Queen of Living Out of a Suitcase, packing everything from cycling togs for Australia to gowns for the Italian opera in one carry-on.  During the past decade, she has competed in Ironman triathlons, skate-skied in Scandinavia, team-roped in the American West, paddled outrigger canoe in Australia, rock-climbed in South America, and bicycled from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast in less than four weeks.

Rating:  4/5

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Fake (Finn Teller Mystery) by Twist Phelan


Paperback:  Have you ever thought about buying a counterfeit product?

Maybe a watch or a handbag for fun?

After you read Fake (2016), the first book in the series featuring Finn Teller, corporate spy, you will think again.

From Thriller Award-winning author Twist Phelan comes “a new and capable heroine you’ll want to see again” (Jan Burke, Edgar® Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author).  Fake, the first book in Phelan’s new series featuring corporate spy Finn Teller, shines a light on the netherworld of counterfeit goods.

A routine undercover assignment at a Milan fashion house for MorCo, the corporate behemoth whose owner has political aspirations, turns into something else for Finn Teller, corporate spy, when MorCo's CEO hires her to investigate a train wreck in Croatia - scene of her most tragic professional failure and home to terrorists who are still out for revenge.

Finn's boss assures her she will be in and out of the country before her old enemies know she is there.  But things at MorCo are not as they seem, and before long the train crash is the least of her worries as Finn must win a face against the clock to stop the spread of a deadly African pandemic and escape with her life.

Fake is a page-turning mystery that will keep you guessing up to the end.  Michael Connelly described it as "full of character and good storytelling."  Currently, there are five books in the Finn Teller Mystery series.

About the author:  Thriller Award-winning author Twist Phelan is a modern nomad, a world traveller and endurance athlete, telling stories as she travels the world.

Twist has always been a storyteller.  Growing up in a half-Irish family meant coming to dinner with “an interesting story to tell.”  While at Stanford earning her undergraduate and law degrees, she wrote for the student paper.  As a plaintiff’s trial lawyer suing middle-aged white guys who stole other people’s money, she wove evidence into compelling narratives that persuaded juries.  Now, as a writer, she creates characters who enlighten, entertain, and endure long after the tale is finished.  Her work has won awards, been featured in “Best Of” compilations, and been praised by Michael Connelly, Sue Grafton, Margaret Maron, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist.

She is also a peripatetic world traveler.  After retiring from a successful law career, Twist bought a boat and circumnavigated the globe (with her Norwegian Forest cat) for ten years.  She also earned her private pilot’s wings.

Twist continues to explore the world while combining her passion for storytelling and travel in her books, including the Finn Teller Corporate Spy mystery series.  Her blog chronicles her journeys as she continues to fight crime in fiction and reign as the Queen of Living Out of a Suitcase, packing everything from cycling togs for Australia to gowns for the Italian opera in one carry-on.  During the past decade, she has competed in Ironman triathlons, skate-skied in Scandinavia, team-roped in the American West, paddled outrigger canoe in Australia, rock-climbed in South America, and bicycled from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast in less than four weeks.

Rating:  4/5

Questioning Authority (Be It The President, The Prime Minister, Et Alia)


Happy Sunday


They Have Made Me


Saturday, 7 January 2017

The Forgiveness Project: Stories For A Vengeful Age by Marina Cantacuzino


Paperback:  "A story told at the right time in someone's life can shine a light sufficiently bright to illuminate the way ahead on the map of life." - The Therapeutic Use of Stories (1997), edited by Kedar Nath Dwivedi

What is forgiveness?

Are some acts unforgivable?

Can forgiveness take the place of revenge?

The Forgiveness Project (2015) contains powerful real-life stories from survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence and reveals the true impact of forgiveness on ordinary people worldwide.

It explores forgiveness as an alternative to resentment or retaliation.  The storytellers give honest, moving accounts of their experiences and what part forgiveness has played in their lives.  Despite extreme circumstances, their stories open the door to a society without revenge.

"The Forgiveness Project has a real transformative power.  It is a significant document of the human spirit.  It is an important and memorable statement of hope.  To read it is like standing in the light of a gentle, healing sun.  It is another reason to feel hopeful at a time when people seem to be turning against one another and we are in danger of facing a bleak future of religious and social confrontation.  Every one of these accounts is the clearest and most convincing of refutations of those messages of conflict and hatred, the best answer we can give to them.  Marina Cantacuzino points out that forgiveness is neither black nor white, but is, she feels, grey.  She is right - but what a warming, vivid grey it is." - Alexander McCall Smith, Foreword, January 2015.

All royalties from the sale of this book go to The Forgiveness Project charity.  This book is dedicated to all those people who have shared their stories with the author over the years and provided the source and inspiration for everything she knows about forgiveness.

About the author:  Marina Cantacuzino's background is in journalism.  Her work has appeared in most mainstream publications in the UK, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Times, The Observer, plus many magazines both home and abroad, and most recently in a regular blog for The Huffington Post.  She has collaborated with NGOs on overseas campaignb stoires and in 2001, co-created the One in Four exhibition as part of the Department of Health's Mind out for Mental Health campaign.

In 2003, in response to escalating global conflict, Marina embarked on a very personal project collecting stories in words and pictures from people who had lived through violence, tragedy or injustice and sought forgiveness or reconciliation rather than retaliation or revenge.  From this, along with photographer Brian Moody, she created 'The F Word' exhibition:  a collection of images and personal narratives from around the world exploring forgiveness and understanding in the face of atrocity.  The success of the exhibition, which launched in London in 2004, led to Marina founding The Forgiveness Project.

In September 2015, Marina was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion.  Marina is married and lives in London.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), Bohemian-Austrian Poet and Novelist


More Bitter Than Death (Siri Bergman Series) by Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff


Paperback:  In the chilling follow-up to Some Kind of Peace (2012), Siri Bergman returns to investigate a brutal murder case centered in the dark world of domestic abuse.  It is a rainy evening in a Stockholm suburb, and five-year-old Tilde is hiding under the kitchen table playing with her crayons, when a man enters and beats her mother to death in cold blood.  Tilde cannot quite see the murderer, but she is the only witness.

Across town, psychologist Siri Bergman and her friend Aina are meeting with their old friend Vijay, who wants them to host a self-help group for victims of domestic abuse.  Over the course of several evenings, five very different women share their stories of impossible love, violence, and humiliation. At the same time, Siri finds herself at a crossroads - she is carrying her boyfriend’s child, but is still beset by doubts and fears.

Swedish sisters Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff weave all these threads together so that the search for healing and the ability to love again are soon transformed into a hunt for Tilde’s mother’s killer. Everyone is a suspect:  the many men in the victim’s life, her own son, even some of the women in the self-help group.

Grebe and Träff combine the chills of first-rate crime novels with palpable emotion and personal experience as More Bitter Than Death (2013) builds to a shocking conclusion.

Some Kind of Peace is translated from the Swedish by Paul Norlen.  Paul Norlen translates fiction from Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.  In 2004 he was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize.  He lives with his family in Seattle, Washington.

P/S  There are only two books - Some Kind of Peace and More Bitter Than Death - in the Siri Bergman series.

About the authors:  Camilla Grebe is a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics and has had several entrepreneurial successes.  She was a cofounder of Storyside, a Swedish audiobook publisher, where she was both CEO and publisher during the early 2000s.  She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Åsa Träff is a psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioural therapy.  She runs a private practice with her husband, also a psychologist.  She primarily diagnoses and treats neuropsychiatric disorders and anxiety disorders.  She lives in Älvsjö, Sweden.

Both Camilla and Åsa are sisters!

Rating:  5/5

Some Kind Of Peace (Siri Bergman Series) by Camille Grebe and Åsa Träff


Paperback:  A blockbuster international bestseller, this gripping literary crime novel tells the story of a young, recently widowed psychologist who is irrationally afraid of the dark and whose past comes to haunt her as she tries to solve a series of crimes, beginning with the brutal murder of one of her patients.

It seems so idyllic.  But something is out of place.  In the neatly raked gravel parking area is a dazzlingly clean black Jeep.  The paint of the Jeep reflects a clematis with large pure white blossoms climbing up a knotted old apple tree.  Someone is lying under the low trunk and crooked branches of the tree.  A young woman, a girl.

Siri Bergman is a thirty-four-year-old psychologist who works in central Stockholm and lives alone in an isolated cottage out of the city.  She has a troublesome secret in her past and has been trying to move on with her life.  Terrified of the dark, she leaves all the lights on when she goes to bed - having a few glasses of wine each night to calm her nerves - but she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her through the blackened windows at night.

When the lifeless body of Sara Matteus - a young patient of Siri’s with a history of drug addiction and sexual abuse - is found floating in the water near the cottage, Siri can no longer deny that someone is out there, watching her and waiting.  When her beloved cat goes missing and she receives a photo of herself from a stalker, it becomes clear that Siri is next.  Luckily, she can rely on Markus, the young policeman investigating Sara’s death;  Vijay, an old friend and psychology professor;  and Aina, her best friend.  Together, they set about profiling Siri’s aspiring murderer, hoping to catch him before he kills again.

But as their investigation unfolds, Siri’s past and present start to merge and disintegrate so that virtually everyone in her inner circle becomes a potential suspect.  With the suspense building toward a dramatic conclusion as surprising as it is horrifying, Siri is forced to relive and reexamine her anguished past, and finally to achieve some kind of peace.

Some Kind of Peace (2012) is the first book in the compelling Siri Bergman psychological crime thriller series.  "Using unique insights and experiences from their own professional backgrounds, they tell a smooth-paced yet utterly intriguing story about man's inability to let go of the past." (Kristina Ohlsson)

Some Kind of Peace is translated from the Swedish by Paul Norlen.  Paul Norlen translates fiction from Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.  In 2004 he was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize.  He lives with his family in Seattle, Washington.

About the authors:  Camilla Grebe is a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics and has had several entrepreneurial successes.  She was a cofounder of Storyside, a Swedish audiobook publisher, where she was both CEO and publisher during the early 2000s.  She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Åsa Träff is a psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioural therapy.  She runs a private practice with her husband, also a psychologist.  She primarily diagnoses and treats neuropsychiatric disorders and anxiety disorders.  She lives in Älvsjö, Sweden.

Both Camilla and Åsa are sisters!

Rating:  5/5

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Police (Harry Hole Series) by Jo Nesbø


Paperback:  The police urgently need Harry Hole.

A killer is stalking Oslo's streets.  Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve.  The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.

But this time, Harry cannot help.

For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people.  But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone.

Least of all himself.

Police (2013) is the tenth book in the brilliant Harry Hole series set in Norway.  It is translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett.

The next and eleventh book in the endlessly twisting Harry Hole series - The Thirst - will be out on 20 April 2017.

About the author and translator:  Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, economist and prize-winning author.  His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson).  His bestselling Harry Hole series has been a huge success in the UK and across the world.

Don Bartlett lives in Norfolk and works as a freelance translator of Scandinavian literature.  He has translated, or co-translated, Norwegian novels by Lars Saabye Christensen, Roy Jacobsen, Ingvar Even Ambjørnsen-Haefs, Kjell Ola Dahl, Gunnar Staalesen and Pernille Rygg.

Rating:  7/5

Sunday, 1 January 2017

A Hurting World


Deadly Lessons (True Crime) by Ken Englade


Paperback:  Twenty-three-year-old Pam Smart used sex, lies and money to coax her young lover into killing her husband.

Newlyweds Pam and Gregg Smart seemed like the ideal American couple.  He was a bright, up-and-coming insurance executive who had many friends and loved golfing.  She was the beautiful former cheerleader and daughter of an airline pilot who was envied by everyone who knew her.

But on 1 May 1990, their apparently perfect life was shattered when Gregg was murdered in the couple's New Hampshire townhouse - a single shot to his head.  Three months later, his grieving widow was arrested and charged with the brutal crime.

In the dramatic trial that followed, a dark portrait of Pam Smart emerged - one of a cold manipulator who called herself 'the Maiden of Metal' and seduced virgin Bill Flynn with a striptease to Van Halen music and erotic scenes from the film Nine and a Half Weeks - until her hooks were so deep into him he was willing to do anything for her.

Including murder.

Deadly Lessons (1993) is the true story of a seductress, a student and a cold-blooded murder.  Master of true crime, Ken Englade, paints a portrait of a trial that gripped the nation in its scintillating tale of sex and murder.  At its center is a woman who never quite grew up, and the reason why she had her husband murdered is the most stunning twist.

About the author:  Kenneth F Englade is a New Mexico-based author and investigative reporter who has published nine books dealing with high profile trials.  His latest book, Meltdown in Haditha: The Killing of 24 Iraqi Civilians by US Marines and the Failure of Military Justice, was published in 2015 by McFarland & Co.  He also published five historical novels dealing with the pre-Civil War West.  His books have been published in Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

He is a veteran journalist who has worked on newspapers and for fourteen years with United Press International, including three years in Asia where he covered the Vietnam War and the fall of Saigon. Beyond Reason, his book about a University of Virginia coed and her German boyfriend who conspired to kill the woman’s parents was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award.  From 2000-2006, he was a public information officer for the Air Force and the Missile Defense Agency.  In 2010, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Louisiana State University School of Mass Communications in recognition of his career achievements.

2017 - The Year The Chickens Come Home To Roost


Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870), English Writer, Greatest Novelist of the Victoria Era and Social Critic


I Hope You Read Some More Fine Books in 2017


Definition: Tergiversation


Happy New Year 2017 To Everyone