Gangs and School Violence

From John J. O’Boyle III
author: Hernandez, Leodoro
Gangs and School Violence
The book attempts to alert society about the real presence of gangs and school violence that exists in today’s society. The book touches upon gang culture; teacher education about gangs as a preventive measure; role of the parents regarding prevention of gang affiliation; gang language/graffiti/tattoos and music used by gangs. A comparison of the differences between gangs of the past and the “new” or “modern” gangs is also discussed. The main theme throughout the book, in so many words, “if society is not part of the solution then it is definitely part of the problem!” The book was very informative, easy to understand and one that I would refer to in the future.

The Black Hand

from Rosemarie Jerome
author: Will Thomas
The Black Hand
This is the fifth book in the Barker & Llewelyn series which includes:  Some Danger Involved, To Kingdom Come, The Limehouse Text, and The Hellfire Conspiracy.  Set in Victorian London, the series contains all the elements for an enjoyable read; it has action, romance, humor, intrigue and quirky characters that you just love reading about.  Each book deals with a different ethnic group, so you discover a part of London society that is not often covered in historical thrillers.  Thomas Llewelyn gains more shocking insights about his elusive employer with each book, so that adds to the fun.  The Black Hand takes you into the mirky world of the Mafia.  Baker & Llewelyn, who are private enquiry agents, are asked to assist the Thames Police with their murder investigation.  When it is discovered that each victim received a cryptic Black Hand message prior to their death, the Mafia becomes a suspect and our heroes become a target.