We’re ready to get started selecting the book for the third quarterly installment of the LL Book Club. Bill has graciously agreed to put up a poll once again so that we can vote on the 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.
Lazy Lightning 2011Q3 Book Club Selection
- Rules of Prey – John Sanford (42.0%, 14 Votes)
- Robopocalypse – Daniel H. Wilson (27.0%, 9 Votes)
- Mr. Lucky – James Swain (18.0%, 6 Votes)
- Summer of Fear - T. Jefferson Parker (12.0%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 33
The choices for the 3rd Lazy Lightning Book Club selection are:
Summer of Fear – T. Jefferson Parker – It is a hot California summer, and a serial killer is massacring entire families in Orange County. Russ Monroe, an ex-cop turned crime writer, stumbles onto a murder scene that replicates those committed by the serial killer. The victim was an ex-lover who he knew was dating his best friend, the city’s homicide chief. The crime was not reported and the next day all traces of it have vanished. The only two people who think it ever happened are Russ and the figure he saw leave the scene of the crime as he arrived – the homicide chief. Each suspects the other and they begin separate investigations to prove the other’s guilt, exposing a terrifying web of greed, duplicity, and passion. Hard-boiled suspense and the author’s dark insight into the human heart guarantees fast paced listener enjoyment!
Mr. Lucky – James Swain – Tony Valentine made his living and his name as a cop in Atlantic City, and is now known worldwide for his ability to spot the kinds of scams, grifts, and rip-offs that cost casinos billions every year. A man with a biting wit who drives a ’92 Honda, Tony is low-profile, old-school, and has seen it all, until he meets the luckiest man on earth. Ricky Smith was once a small-town loser. Then he went to Las Vegas, jumped out the window of a burning hotel, lived to tell the tale, and tore up the Strip on an incredible winning streak. Ricky didn’t just win at one slot machine or table game. He won at blackjack, roulette, and craps, and then beat the pants off the world’s greatest poker player. Tony knows that goofy, loudmouthed Ricky Smith, or anyone else for that matter, couldn’t possibly be that fortunate. But when “Mr. Lucky” returns home to the little town of Slippery Rock, North Carolina, he keeps on winning everything from a horse race to a $50,000 lottery. Hired by a desperate casino, Tony starts to pry into Ricky’s past, his friends, and the strange little town that is benefiting from Ricky’s fame and fortune. Unfortunately for Tony, his cover is blown when he is forced to reveal a trick he has up his own sleeve: a pocket Glock he can shoot with laser-like precision. Suddenly, two men are dead, the cops are on Tony’s tail, and the investigation explodes in violence, putting the lives of Tony’s son and his young family in danger.
Rules of Prey – John Sanford
– 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 . . . (This was the second place choice from the 2nd quarter)
Robopocalypse – Daniel H. Wilson – Set in a future only a few weeks away, the world is still our world, where advancements in silicon-chip technology and artificial intelligence have given us rudimentary android laborers and cars that can get around without human drivers. The war begins the fourteenth time a scientist named Nicholas Wasserman wakes an amped-up artificial intelligence dubbed Archos. In a protected lab environment designed to contain his creation, Wasserman has awakened the sentient computer intelligence thirteen previous times, always with the same result: Archos realizes that it loves that rarest of miracles—life–above all else, and to preserve life on Earth, it must destroy mankind. This wasn’t exactly what Wasserman wanted to hear, so thirteen times before, a disappointed Wasserman killed it and returned to the drawing board. But unlike Archos, Wasserman is a man, and men make mistakes. Now, on this fourteenth awakening, a simple (but believable) error by the scientist allows Archos to escape the barrier of the lab. And the war is on.
The vote will run through Sunday June 19th and will close at 11:59:59 PM. Many thanks to Tearitup and Mikeh as well as Mrs. Marcos for getting this all together for us.