Get Face-to-Face and Look Your Worst Enemy in the Eye...
March 31, 2011
Mystery Book Discussion
Antioch Branch, April 25 at 7:00. During April, we are reading:
The Killing Way by Tony Hays. It is the time of Arthur, but this is not his storied epic. Arthur is a young and powerful warrior who some would say stands on the brink of legend. Britain’s leaders have come to elect a new supreme king, and Arthur is favored. But, when a young woman is brutally murdered and the blame is placed at Merlin’s feet, Arthur’s reputation is at stake, and his enemies are poised to strike. Arthur turns to Malgwyn ap Cuneglas, a man whose knowledge of battle and keen insight into how the human mind works, has helped Arthur come to the brink of kingship. Malgwyn is also the man who hates Arthur most in the world. After the death of Malgwyn's wife by Saxon hands, he became Mad Malgwyn, killer of Saxons and right-hand lieutenant to the warrior Arthur. Right-hand, that is, until a Saxon cut his sword arm off and left him to die on the battlefield. Arthur rescued him. Now a one-armed scribe and a heavy drinker, Malgwyn rejects the half-life that his liege gave him. But loyalty is sometimes stronger than loathing…and Malgwyn is pulled toward a puzzle that he can’t walk away from. Think CSI: Medieval: gritty, powerful, and with the true ring of historical perspective and a character who sees more than those around him.
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child. New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn't. In the next few tense seconds, Reacher will make a choice and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritty, gripping masterwork of suspense. Susan Mark was the fifth passenger. She had a lonely heart, an estranged son, and a big secret. Reacher, working with a woman cop and a host of shadowy feds, wants to know just how big a hole Susan Mark was in, how many lives had already been twisted before hers, and what danger is looming around him now. Because a race has begun through the streets of Manhattan in a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war. Susan Mark's plain little life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, and Afghanistan, from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate, to a beautiful young woman with a fantastic story to tell, and to a host of others who have just one thing in common: They're all lying to Reacher. In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America . . . and for Jack Reacher, it's a mystery with only one answer, the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.