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Staff Picks Spring 2019

Kathy's Pick    

     Detective Renee Ballard is working the night beat-known in LAPD slang as"the late show"-and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets.  The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin.

Ballard can't let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself and feels a deep tug of empathy and anger. She has never been the kind of cop who leaves the job behind at the end of her shift- and she wants in.

The murder, unsolved, was of fifteen-yeat-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally killed, her body left in a dumpster like so much trash.  Now Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy, and to finally bring her killer to justice.  Alond the way, the two detectives forge a fragile trust, but this new partnership is put to the test when the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.

 

 

 

Jill's Pick

     You've lost your daughter.

She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend.  And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found.

Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park.  But she's not the girl you remember.  This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble.

You don't stop to think.  You approach her, beg her to come home.

She runs.

And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed.  Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line.  And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.

   

Theresa's Pick

     Alicia Berenson's life is seemingly perfect.  A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London's most desirable areas.  One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

     Alicia's refusal to talk, or give any kind of explaination, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.  The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

     Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia.  His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations- a search for the truth that threatens to consume him...

     

Amanda's Pick

For One More Day is the story of a mother and son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond.  It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?

As a child, Charley "Chick" Benetto was told by his father, "You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy but you can't be both."  So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man.  His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret.  He loses his job.  He leaves his family.  He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding.  And he decides to take his own life.

He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery.  His mother-- who died eight years earlier--is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing happened.

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