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Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
Ghostman

Shannon Geiger, March 23, 2013

Ghostman is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. It's the story of "Jack Delton" (the only name you know, but you know it's not his real name). He's the person that makes people disappear after a heist. He was involved in a botched heist and the mastermind comes to him to get other guys out of a jam after another heist. Jack flies to Atlantic City and the questions begin: why is the FBI waiting for him? Who is he really working for? Is someone plotting to kill him? Will he complete this job? I would never have guessed that this was Roger Hobbs' first novel. It's fast moving and obviously well-researched. I loved it.
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Watergate by Thomas Mallon
Watergate

Shannon Geiger, March 11, 2012

Thomas Mallon writes a fictional account of the Watergate scandal. The book is riveting from the first page. Mr. Mallon focuses on several different people in the book and writes from their point of view. There are the usual suspects - Nixon and Howard Hunt. And then there are the unusual suspects - Fred LaRue, Rose Woods (Nixon's secretary and the person who created the infamous "gap" in the oval office tapes), and Alice Longworth, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt. What I enjoyed most about this book is that fact that Mr. Mallon neither passes judgement on nor condemns the players involved in the scandal. He tells the story in a way that draws you in and offers explanations of certain people's behavior. I loved this book.
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The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda by Ali H Soufan
The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda

Shannon Geiger, January 1, 2012

This book was written by an Arabic-speaking FBI agent and it is his story of trying to prevent 9/11 and catch Osama bin Laden. The book reads like the best spy fiction you can think of but it's all fact. The CIA even made him redact information, which I hope will appear in future editions. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand not only the terrorists, but the bureaucratic roadblocks that helped 9/11 happen.
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Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinberg
Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

Shannon Geiger, September 30, 2011

Avi Steinberg is a Harvard graduate and writer of Obituaries for the Boston Globe. He decides to apply to be a librarian at the county jail in Boston. He actually gets the job, despite having no library experience. During his time at the jail, he learns about desperate prisoners with big dreams, grudge-holding correction officers, and fellow staff. He is mugged by a former prisoner and mourns the deaths of others. This is not a story about books, but about freedom. I loved this book because it is the epitome of the saying "you get what you give". Avi gave attention and time to those who needed it and he gained more education and wisdom than he received at Harvard.
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My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe
My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

Shannon Geiger, March 20, 2011

Mr. Howe, an editor for the Paris Review, is married to a Korean-American woman. She is trying to be a dutiful Korean daughter, so she talks her husband into staying in her mom's basement, not using their savings to buy a house, and instead buying a deli in Brooklyn. The book is a memoir of that time and Mr. Howe does an excellent job describing all the wacky people that come to inhabit his life while he and his family try to successfully run a deli. The city and the neighborhood become characters as well. The book not only provides insight into the Brooklyn neighborhood where they have purchased the deli, but the last year of George Plimpton's life - who happens to be he owner of Paris Review. The clashing of the different cultures, lifestyles, values and traditions is a great subplot to the story as well.
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