As most of you know we now have a Lazy Lightning Book Club. We’re ready to get started selecting the book for the second quarterly installment. (Second quarter already!) Mrs. Marcos and I selected the book that kicked off the book club. This time Mikeh has made several suggestions for the next book. Bill has graciously agreed to put up a poll so that we can vote on the four selections being proposed. The next book we read will be selected from the poll options so please vote on the one you are most interested in. [Ed: read on below the poll for descriptions of each novel as written by Tearitup]
2011Q2 Book Club Book Selection Voting
- The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (52.0%, 16 Votes)
- Rules of Prey by John Sandford (32.0%, 10 Votes)
- Red Knife by William Kent Krueger (13.0%, 4 Votes)
- Nightlife by Thomas Perry (3.0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 31
The choices for the 2nd Lazy Lightning Book Club selection are:
- 1. Nightlife by Thomas Perry – When a man is found shot to death in his Portland home, police suspect that a second victim—a woman with long blond hair—may also have been involved in the crime. The young woman, however, is far from a murder victim; she’s the killer. As the cool, businesslike homicide detective Catherine Hobbes starts to follow a trail of dead bodies, she strives to understand the killer, Charlene, who changes her identity in each new city, manipulates her male victims, and seemingly kills at whim. But as Hobbes tracks her female adversary from Portland to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, she starts to understand the killer’s mind all too well.
2. Red Knife by William Kent Krueger – RED KNIFE revolves around our human capacity (some would say propensity) for violence and the many ways we try to justify it. Cork O’Connor, retired sheriff turned private investigator, is back at the center of the story — which starts generations before he is born, in a meadow known to the Ojibwe, whose blood Cork shares, as Red Knife. The first chapter of the book recounts the stealthy raid by Ojibwe braves on what they view as trespassing Sioux hunters, through the eyes of a first-time warrior. He fulfills his part in the mission and kills his human prey, but not before noting that the boy he murders is even younger than him.
3. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson – The Devil In the White City intertwines the true tale of two men – Daniel H. Burnham, the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World’s Fair, striving to secure America’s place in the world; and Dr. H.H. Holmes, the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death in his elaborately constructed “Murder Castle.”
4. Rules of Prey by John Sandford – The murderer was intelligent. He was a member of the bar. He derived rules based on professional examination of actual cases: Never kill anyone you know. Never have a motive. Never follow a discernible pattern. Never carry a weapon after it has been used. Beware of leaving physical evidence. There were more. He built them into a challenge. He was mad, of course . . .
Of the four Devil in the White City is the only non-fiction option. Most if not all of these are available through the library and some may be available at Half Price Books. We have a short time to get the book selected so vote early.
[Ed note: I wrote previously about the Prey novels and my love for them and you can read that post here.]