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History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers) Meeting

Title: The Coldest Winter

Author: David Halberstam

Discussion Leader: Gary Lundin

 

The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War (Paperback)

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David Halberstam's magisterial and thrilling The Best and the Brightest was the defining book about the Vietnam conflict. More than three decades later, Halberstam used his unrivaled research and formidable journalistic skills to shed light on another pivotal moment in our history: the Korean War. Halberstam considered The Coldest Winter his most accomplished work, the culmination of forty-five years of writing about America's postwar foreign policy.

Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu River and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures--Eisenhower, Truman, Acheson, Kim, and Mao, and Generals MacArthur, Almond, and Ridgway. At the same time, Halberstam provides us with his trademark highly evocative narrative journalism, chronicling the crucial battles with reportage of the highest order. As ever, Halberstam was concerned with the extraordinary courage and resolve of people asked to bear an extraordinary burden.

The Coldest Winter is contemporary history in its most literary and luminescent form, providing crucial perspective on every war America has been involved in since. It is a book that Halberstam first decided to write more than thirty years ago and that took him nearly ten years to complete. It stands as a lasting testament to one of the greatest journalists and historians of our time, and to the fighting men whose heroism it chronicles.

About the Author


David Halberstam was one of America's most distinguished journalists and historians. After graduating from Harvard in 1955, he covered the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement, then was sent overseas by the New York Times to report on the war in Vietnam. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his Vietnam reporting at the age of 30. His last fourteen books were all New York Times bestsellers.

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$19.00
ISBN: 9780786888627
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Published: Hachette Books - September 1st, 2008

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

Sunday: Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

January 21, 2018

Noon to 2 PM

Topic: T.B.A.

 

Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.

September 16, 2017  (DATE CHANGE FROM 10/23/17)

Saturday at 11:00 AM

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Topic: Writing About Guns: Learn the Lingo

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Speaker: Nana Herron

Nana Herron will be presenting the mistakes writers make when talking about guns and how to avoid them. Nana is a librarian, educator, and writer, who also competes in the Indoor Precision Pistol matches.

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

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September 17, 2017

Noon-2:30 PM...

1:00 PM: Susanna Calkins teaches techniques for character and voice!

A Death Along the River Fleet: A Mystery Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250057372
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 12th, 2016

The Masque of a Murderer: A Mystery Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250057396
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 22nd, 2016

From the Charred Remains: A Mystery Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250060518
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 17th, 2015

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781250036995
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 25th, 2014

Mystery Discussion Group

Group Leader: Julie Jezuit

The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories (Paperback)

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By P. D. James

$15.00

Description


Four previously uncollected stories from one of the great mystery writers of our time--swift, cunning murder mysteries (two of which feature the young Adam Dalgliesh) that together, to borrow the author's own word, add up to a delightful "entertainment."

 

The newly appointed Sgt. Dalgliesh is drawn into a case that is "pure Agatha Christie." . . . A "pedantic, respectable, censorious" clerk's secret taste for pornography is only the first reason he finds for not coming forward as a witness to a murder . . . A best-selling crime novelist describes the crime she herself was involved in fifty years earlier . . . Dalgliesh's godfather implores him to reinvestigate a notorious murder that might ease the godfather's mind about an inheritance, but which will reveal a truth that even the supremely upstanding Adam Dalgliesh will keep to himself. Each of these stories is as playful as it is ingeniously plotted, the author's sly humor as evident as her hallmark narrative elegance and shrewd understanding of some of the most complex--not to say the most damning--aspects of human nature. A treat for P. D. James's legions of fans and anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a masterfully wrought whodunit.

 

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author


P. D. JAMES was the author of twenty-one books, many of which feature her detective hero Adam Dalgliesh and have been televised or filmed. She was the recipient of many honors, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature, and in 1991 was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014 at the age of ninety-four. From the Hardcover edition.

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781101973806
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Published: Vintage - October 24th, 2017

Mystery Discussion Group

Group Leader: Carol DeBiak

Out of Sight (Paperback)

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By Elmore Leonard

$14.99

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Description


Before there was Raylan, there was Sisco... U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco is on the hunt for world-class gentleman felon Jack Foley in Out of SightNew York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard's sexy thriller that moves from Miami to the Motor City.

Based on Miami, Florida's Gold Coast, U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco isn't about to let a expert criminal like Jack Foley successfully bust out of Florida's Glades Prison. But there's a major score waiting for him in Detroit, and a shotgun-wielding marshal isn't going to stop Foley from getting it.

Neither counted on sharing a cramped car trunk--or on a sizzling chemistry that's working overtime. As soon as Sisco escapes, Foley is already missing her.

Sisco can't forget Foley either--and she isn't about to let him go. Too bad the next time their paths cross, it's going to be about business, not pleasure.

Praise For…


“Elmore Leonard is an awfully good writer of the sneaky sort; he is so good you don’t even notice what he’s up to.”
-The New York Times Book Review

“An absolute master.”
-The Detroit News

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062227874
Availability: Backordered
Published: William Morrow & Company - December 26th, 2012

Mystery Discussion Group

Group Leader: Girija Gulla-Padi

Girl Waits with Gun (Paperback)

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By Amy Stewart

$14.95

Description


A National Bestseller
New York Times Editors' Choice

A September 2015 Indie Next Pick
A Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book of 2015, Fall/Winter
One of USA Today's "New and Noteworthy"
One of New York Post's "Must-Read" Books
One of Cosmopolitan's "24 Books to Read this Fall"

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs.

Constance Kopp doesn't quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family -- and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared. "A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I've seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true ) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness." -- Elizabeth Gilbert

Check out the brand-new Kopp sisters adventure Lady Copy Makes Trouble available now

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780544800830
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 2016

Mystery Discussion Group

Group Leader: Julie Jezuit

Behind Closed Doors (Paperback)

 

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By B. A. Paris

$16.99

Description


THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS 

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night. Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

This is one readers won t be able to put down. Booklist (starred review)

"A can t-put-down psychological thrillerLibrary Journal (starred review)

This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself. Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver. The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post

This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read. San Francisco Book Review

 

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You d like to get to know Grace better.

But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what's really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

About the Author


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author B. A. PARIS grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781250132369
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 3rd, 2017

Mystery Discussion Group

Group Leader: Lloyd Kelley

 

Bleed for Me (Paperback)

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By Michael Robotham

$15.00

 

Description


She's standing at the front door. Covered in blood. Is she the victim of a crime? Or the perpetrator? 
When Sienna Hegarty, a troubled friend of his daughter, comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door terrorized, incoherent, and covered in blood, he vows to unearth the dark secrets her mind has buried. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna's house: her father, a retired cop, murdered. 
Tests confirm that it's Mr. Herharty's blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing. Investigators take aim at Sienna. O'Loughlin senses something different is happening, something subterranean and terrifying to Sienna. It may be something in her mind. Or it may be something real. Someone real. Someone capable of the most grim and gruesome murder, and willing to kill again if anyone gets too close.

About the Author


Michael Robotham has been an investigative journalist in Britain, Australia and the US. One of world's most acclaimed authors of thriller fiction, he lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.

Praise For…


"This remarkable novel offers everything those 'literary' detective novels ought to but usually don't. This is crime fiction of the highest order."—Booklist (starred review)

 

 

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780316126373
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 18th, 2012

Mystery Discussion Group Title: The Bottom of Your Heart

Title: The Bottom of Your Heart: Inferno for Commissarion Ricciardi

Description


In the middle of a summer heat wave, as Naples prepares for one of its most important holy days, a renowned surgeon falls to his death from the window of his office. For Commissario Ricciardi and Brigadier Maione it is the beginning of an investigation that will bring them into contact with the most torrid, conflicting and enduring of human passions. In the world Ricciardi and Maione are about to enter, infidelity appears inextricable from the most joyful expressions of love, and, this interdependence sows doubt and uncertainty in both men, compromising their own attempts at love. 
Ricciardi is one of the most intriguing and unique figures to appear in crime fiction in recent years. He possesses the dubious gift of being able to see and hear the last seconds in the lives of those who have suffered a violent death. This ability makes him an unusually effective investigator but plagues him and renders human relationships almost impossible. He is a classic noir hero and the cursed son of a city that, for all its Mediterranean splendor, is a perfect noir city. 
In this new installment in the Commissario Ricciardi series, Maurizio de Giovanni creates a large cast of unforgettable characters and a compelling, suspenseful plot that demonstrates once more why he is considered one of the best crime writers working today.

About the Author


Maurizio de Giovanni lives and works in Naples. He is the author of five previous books in the Commissario Ricciardi series, "I Will Have Vengeance, " "Blood Curse," "Everyone in their Place, " "Day of the Dead, By My Hand, Viper, "and the contemporary Neapolitan thriller, "The Crocodile."

 

Author: Maurizio de Giovani

 

Group Leader: Diana DiStefano

 

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781609452933
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Published: Europa Editions - November 3rd, 2015

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