I decided on the two books to vote on. I really hope that they appeal to everyone and we draw more people into the readings.
The Innocent Man: Murder And Injustice In A Small Town by John Grisham
Description: In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron's home, a young thingytail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to deathin a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man's already broken life...and let a true killer go free. Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, John Grisham's first work of nonfiction reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocencea book no American can afford to miss.
Obsession by Jonathan Kellerman
Description: With scores of millions of books in print, translation into two dozen languages, and one of the most popular heroes in contemporary fiction to his name, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman is the unequivocal “master of the psychological thriller” (People). In his newest novel Kellerman delivers a tour de force–poignant, dark, and chilling–that illuminates a shadowy world where impulse rules. Tanya Bigelow was a solemn little girl when Dr. Alex Delaware successfully treated her obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Now, at nineteen, she still seems older than her years–but her problems go beyond hyper-maturity. Patty Bigelow, Tanya’s aunt and adoptive mother, has made a deathbed confession of murder and urged the young woman to seek Delaware’s help. The doctor recalls Patty as a selfless E.R. nurse struggling to raise a child on her own–a woman seemingly incapable of the “terrible thing” she has admitted. But for Tanya’s peace of mind, Delaware agrees to investigate, and he enlists LAPD detective Milo Sturgis in the search for the phantom victim of a crime that may never have occurred. Armed with only the vaguest details, psychologist and cop follow a trail twisting from L.A.’s sleaziest low-rent districts to its overblown mansions, retracing Patty and Tanya’s nomadic and increasingly puzzling life to the doorsteps of a sullen heroin addict; a randy real-estate broker; and a brilliant, enigmatic physics student. Suddenly a very real murder tears open a terrifying tunnel into the past, where secrets–and bodies–are buried. As the tension mounts, Delaware and Sturgis uncover a tangled history of desperation, vengeance, and death–a legacy of evil that refuses to die. Dramatic, action-packed, and filled with the psychological detail that only Jonathan Kellerman can provide, Obsession is a whodunit, a whydunit–and something unique: a did-it-even-happen?
aero, I am excited to read either of these. I didn't even know Grisham had any non-fiction, but I've read many of his other books and liked them all. Kellerman, as I've said , is one of my favorites. I'd love a new one. This sort of sounds familiar, do you know how old the book is? Even if I have read it, I forget so much that I very often read a book more than once. I get so caught up with the fast pace that I'm running along and end up forgetting details.
Wouldn't it be nice, for me anyway, if the voting ended in a tie and we decided to read both. Not at the same time, of course, but one after the other.
Thanks for searching these out for us. Your tops in my book! Sue
I was just checking my bookshelf this morning and found I have a book that the Kellerman's wrote together. I get a stash of books every so often from my sisters and it must have been one of them. Haven't read it yet but I see I have a lot of reading to catch up to. I used to be a read-a-holic but when my mom passed on, for some reason, I lost my interest. This book club has in part helped me get back into it.
Looks like I'm heading to the library. Hope they are as kind at extending this time as the last. If I have to go to the next city over, I won't be able to get it for that long. Although, I believe that if I get it through my library from them, you get it for a month. Have to check on that.
There are 17 chapters and authors notes. The chapters are not too short. For example, the first five chapters are 112 pages.Give me a good time limit on how long you have the book checked out for; then I can plan the break up of the chapters all at once.
I have it on order at the library also, I can usually take it out (3 weeks) and renew twice at 3 weeks each. After that it's iffy, but possible (if no one is on the wait list) to return and take out again (3 weeks), but with no renewals allowed. I'll let you know when it's in.
I'm going to have to bow out. I'm sorry, but next time I'm in. I just acquired the last two volumes of the series I'm reading from the receptionist at my hairdresser's and her cousin is waiting to read them after me. I feel obligated to concentrate on those right now.
I'll be watching though. I just might get that book into my head through all of you.