Monday, February 25, 2013

The Three Day Affair

 
Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan have been friends since their undergrad days at Princeton. Now, nine years after graduation, Will is a failed musician still reeling from the death of a band mate. Jeffrey got lucky and then rich from the dot-com boom, and Nolan is a state senator with national aspirations. Their friendships have bent without breaking for years, until one shocking event changes everything.
One night on a drive, they make a routine stop at a convenience store. Moments after entering the store, a manic Jeffrey emerges, dragging a young woman with him. He shoves her into Will's car and shouts a single word: "Drive!" Shaken and confused, Will obeys.
Suddenly these three men find themselves completely out of their element, holding a frightened young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next. They're already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it's only a matter of time before they find out what else they might be guilty of. For these three friends, three days will decide their fate--between freedom and prison, innocence and guilt . . . and life and death.
The Three-Day Affair marks the emergence of an electrifying new voice in crime fiction.
My Thoughts...
I must admit when I first started reading this I began to think it pretty lame and really didn't want to finish. But, as I progressed and things started falling together it became quite interesting in some respects. In other respects I would give The Three Day Affair three stars just because, realistically, I don't know of too many people that would actually go through with the plan of action portrayed in this novel, the kidnapping, robbery-gone-bad scenario all for financial gain, but you never know what people will do for money. It may be better left for a made-for-TV movie. At three stars it was still somewhat entertaining.
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Friday, February 15, 2013

The Orchid Murder

The Orchid Murder
Untangling a Web of Unsolved Murders and Legal Malpractice by Christine Hunt
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May 1973, Hennepin Avenue florist Bob Nachtsheim was murdered by shotgun blast. The assailant left behind an overturned flat of orchids and a spreading pool of blood. Twin Cities media dubbed it The Orchid Murder, but the crime was never solved.
Years later, Norm Wartnick, Nachtsheim’s former employer, found himself sued by the victim’s widow. His attorney made egregious errors in Norm’s defense, and in 1986 Norm heard a jury declare him responsible for the wrongful death of Nachtsheim. The three-million-dollar civil judgment against the hard-working family man forced him to sell his family business and branded him a murderer.
Jerry Snider and Joe Friedberg, two of Minnesota’s top trial attorneys, were incensed by Norm’s plight. Knowing they would battle enormous peer pressure and even greater odds, Snider and Friedberg placed their careers on the line in a six-year struggle against a judicial system determined to justify an attorney’s betrayal of his client.
The Orchid Murder, for the first time, tells of Snider and Friedberg’s determination to resolve a life-destroying judgment against an innocent man, and how one family’s belief in each other and in the truth preserved hope during desperate times.
My thoughts...
When I started reading this book I didn't realize that it was a true story. The style of writing threw me off and it wasn't until I checked the genre [non-fiction] that it began to make sense. While the author did their job with the extensive research that would have been required to write this book, I believe it could have been done better without all of the back and forth long, drawn-out court scenes, it was just too much. That being said, I also believe this would be a great candidate for, at minimum, a made-for-TV-movie to really get the point across. It is sad to think that this could/and does happen in the judicial system even today and lucky for Norm Wartnick there were a couple of attorneys that were able to finally bring this case to the true justice it deserved. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the book.
 
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Garden of Stones

by Sophie Littlefield
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Description:  Critically acclaimed author Sophie Littlefield brings the 1940s to life in this intense account of innocent Japanese-Americans moved to the Manzanar prison camp, in GARDEN OF STONES, a harrowing and beautifully woven novel about the vagaries of war, the injustice of racism and a young girl’s search for hope and forgiveness. IN THE DARK DAYS WAR, A MOTHER MAKES THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles in 1941, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up—along with thousands of other innocent Japanese-Americans—and taken to the Manzanar prison camp. Buffeted by blistering heat and choking dust, Lucy and Miyako must endure the harsh living conditions of the camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever...and spur her to sins of her own. Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield weaves a powerful tale of stolen innocence and survival that echoes through generations, reverberating between mothers and daughters. It is a moving chronicle of injustice, triumph and the unspeakable acts we commit in the name of love. My thoughts... I was very lucky to have been granted access to read "Garden of Stones" by the publisher through netgalley.com, a website that provides advanced reader copies [for free] to individuals that request books to read and review. The author has certainly done her research in the area of Japanese internment camps and the reality of how their life changed during this period. I highly recommend this book regardless of your preferred genre. Sophie Littlefield takes you into the world of personal struggles and suffering endured in this bittersweet tale of survival and life's battle to overcome its affect and endeavor to live life as it was meant to be. The characters are real and very believable. You will come to love Lucy and understand why her mother did what she felt she needed to do to protect her daughter from the torment she endured during their time in the internment camp. This astounding well-written novel will weigh heavy on your heart and forever leave an imprint on your mind for years to come.
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