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Staff Picks Summer 2019

Kathy's Pick    

     Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge--but a mysterious Las Vegas crime ring might prove to be more than he bargained for.

It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range-what looks like "trunk music" a Mafia hit.  But the LAPD's organized crime unit is curiously uninterested, and when Harry follows a trail of gambling debts to Vegas, the case suddenly becomes more complex-and much more personal.

 

Jill's Pick

     A search for truth.  A lifetime of lies.

In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge.  Not only is Olivia brain dead, she's pregnant and must remain on life support to keep the baby alive.  And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia's wrists.

 

  

 

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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