September 2009 Books on CD

 Smash Cut by Sandra Brown

The murder of Paul Wheeler has all the elements of a blockbuster: family rivalries, incalculable wealth, and a prominent man dying in the arms of his beautiful mistress. It’s a case that could earn Derek Mitchell even greater star power. When the Wheeler family approaches him about defending Creighton for his uncle’s murder — even before he’s charged — he jumps at the chance. But the more Derek learns about Creighton and his darker side, the more he doubts the young man’s innocence.

 South of Broad by Pat Conroy

Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo’s older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death. Eventually he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

  Intervention by Robin Cook

Former college classmates Jack Stapleton, Shawn Doherty, and Kevin Murray find their lives intersecting in dramatic fashion when famed archaeologist and biblical scholar Shawn discovers a startling secret on an archaeological dig beneath Saint Peter’s Cathedral. Determined to keep the secret from the public, New York Bishop of the Archdiocese Kevin calls on Jack, a medical examiner researching alternative medicine and faith healing, for help.

 The Traffickers by W.E.B. Griffin

Traveling from Philadelphia to the Texas-Mexico border, Homicide Sergeant Matthew Payne investigates the link between a gangland shooting at a popular tourist attraction and the discovery of a decapitated Latina in the Schuykill River.

 The  Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government.

 The Defector by Daniel Silva

Allon, now in the British capital, finds himself once more on the front lines of the secret war between East and West, where Russian spies and dissidents engage in the old game of cat and mouse. There, Allon uncovers a much greater conspiracy, a plot by an old enemy to resurrect a network of death, to bring the world to the precipice of a new confrontation. In order to stop it, he must risk everything.

 Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama

Barack Obama is a son of a black African father and a white American mother. After his father gets killed in a car accident he’s inspired to go to a small town in Kansas where he retraces his mother’s family to Hawaii and then to Kenya where he meets the African side of his family and learns the bitter truth about his father’s life.

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