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The Teacher Who Couldn't Read

Corcoran, John with Carole C. Carlson
Very interesting story of a man who became a high school teacher after graduating college, and yet was functionally illiterate.

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11/2000

Lion Boy

Corder, Zizou
Charlie goes on a quest to rescue his kidnapped parents. Very good story, maps, drawings, music.

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11/2004

Lion Boy: The Chase

Corder, Zizou
Charlie continues on his journey to rescue his parents/lions. Very PC.

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12/2004

Leviathan Wakes

Corey, James S. A.
Book 1 of the Expanse series. The author's name is a pen name for Daniel Abraham (who co-authored Hunter's Run, listed under George R. R. Martin)and Ty Franck. This space opera is too complicated for ME to sum up.

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6/2017

Nuclear Winter Wonderland

Corin, Joshua
Frat boy Adam picks up his twin sister Anna at her school so they can drive back home to attend a funeral. A bad bowl of chili, a stop at a rest stop restroom, things go bad. Anna is kidnapped by a guy with the trigger for 12 nuclear bombs, Adam is team up with a Spanish speaking clown, and the FBI and the mob are after them. It's one hairy road trip, kid.

Good writing, wacky plot, enjoyed the trip rather much.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Some docks were occupied by sleepy argosies... (pg. 248) -- A merchant ship.
...located at the rear of the texas (pg. 261) -- The uppermost deck of an inland or western river steamer. But this is an ocean steamer!

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7/2009

Black Notice

Cornwell, Patricia
Kay Scarpetta eventually goes to Paris to get clues about a serial hairy killer. Apparently her FBI boyfriend died in the last book. Good. NO, I don't mean good that he died, but it's a good book.

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8/2001

Blowfly

Cornwell, Patricia
Kay goes to Baton Rouge. Actually, everbody does. Even dead guys. Handily tyes up many loose threads very quickly.

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7/2004

Book of the Dead

Cornwell, Patricia
Lucy treats a couple of kids at a cancer clinic to a spin around the parking lot in her rented Ferrari, and Kay threatens to burn down an old lady's house. Oh, and a bunch of people end up dead, and no ones' relationships are satisfactorily resolved. Sure are a lot of brand-names mentioned. I guess writing "Zodiac" is more intimate than "rubber-bottomed boat".

Quote:

Got my own filing system ... Sort of like the Dewey decibel system. (pg. 63)

Some Fancy Stuff:


Agusta Brutale motorcycle -- Lucy's bike.
Lancia automobile -- Dr. Moroni's car.
Ferrari F430 Spider -- Lucy's rental.
Cessna Citation X -- Lucy's plane.
Indian Roadmaster motorcycle -- Marino's ride.
Glock 40 cal. -- Marino's pistol.
Smith & Wesson .357 -- Marino's other pistol.
Glock -- Lucy's ankle gun.

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1/2008

Hornet's Nest

Cornwell, Patricia
A reporter joins the police auxiliary. Not one of the Kay Scarpitta series.

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7/1998

Point of Origin

Cornwell, Patricia
Kay Scarpetta investigates a murder at a fire scene.

QUOTE:

"You tell me what you're planning to cook, and maybe I can give you some advice," he offered... "Different things," I replied. "Mostly I'll be boiling things."

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4/1999

Port Mortuary

Cornwell, Patricia
In which we learn a lot about Scarpetta's past in the Air Force. Also, more of how she can't run an organization. Read in one day.

Words I Had To Look Up:

...Galaxy is the length of a football field (pg.8) -- Well, it's sixty feet short of a football field.
Roman Inquisition (pg. 31) -- Not interesting.
sided in titanium (pg. 137) -- Who'd a thunk it? This led to discovering the phrase "titanium chic".
an eight-by-eleven gray envelope (pg. 181) -- Guess my 8 1/2 x 11 paper won't fit in that.
...twenty-foot Mako...on a jack stand (pg. 378) -- A feat of balance!

Quote:

Can U call Evelyn!? (pg. 431) -- Saved two typing two letters there!

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1/2011

Predator

Cornwell, Patricia
I guess I missed this 2005 of Kay in Florida, and a BUNCH of missing people. Probably dead.

Quote:

She eases the throttle at a hundred and thirty-nine thousand rpms... -- (page 287) That a hundred and thirty thousand more than a stock Harley redline!

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5/2012

The Isle Of Dogs

Cornwell, Patricia
In the manner of Carl H., a Virginia island revolts, the governor get a mini-horse, and the Head Tooper's dog is kidnapped. Kay Scarpetta makes an appearance.

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6/2002

The Last Precinct

Cornwell, Patricia
Takes place after Black Notice. Clears up several loose ends.

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8/2001

The Scarpetta Factor

Cornwell, Patricia
Kay investigates a woman whose body was found near Central Park, yet she seems to have died a couple of days previously somewhere else.

Words I Had To Look Up:

PUSH pack (pg. 338) -- A nifty shoulder bag, you can Google it.
and rockets and Howitzer rounds (pg. 353) -- Why is it capitalized?
Rabbit Tool (pg. 465) -- Related to the Jaws Of Life, a portable forcible entry device.

Quote:

The kind of high-power jamming system that can paralyze RF bands between twenty and three thousand megahertz. (pg. 466) -- One would think the power of this sucker would be causing electronic communication problems for anyone in the vicinity, and it would be noticed.

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7/2010

Hannibal Enemy Of Rome

Cottrell, Leonard
Interesting account of the great general's life focusing mostly on his exploits throughout Italy.

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12/2015

A Fatal Vineyard Season

Craig, Robert
J.W. Jackson investigates the harassment of African-Americans living on Marth's Vineyard by a pair of local bullies.

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3/2002

Off Season

Craig, Robert
J.W. Jackson lives on Martha's Vineyard and investigates the murder of a local. He also set the wedding date with Zee.

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3/2002

Chasing Darkness

Crais, Robert
Elvis Cole re investigates a serial killing when the man he helped clear years ago is found with incriminating proof, and is dead.

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8/2010

Demolition Angel

Crais, Robert
Former bomb squad member Carol Starkey wants to get back on the squad. Excellent story! LATER: This was book 349 but I had to delete the old entry because I messed up the author.

Quote:

"This is foolish, Red, meeting in a library like this. What kinda mook talks about shit like this in a library?" "A mook like me, I guess. I like the order you find in a library, Angelo. It's the last place left where people behave with manners, don't you think?" pg. 78

Bonus Quote:

John hated the socially disgusting, fingerless misfits like Dallas Tennant who inhabited his world. They gave serious explosives hobbiest a bad name. pg. 240

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12/2001
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