From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Wendy Ruderman
Title: Busted : a tale of corruption and betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love
I have a lot of respect for police personnel and firefighters. They run towards danger while the rest of us run as fast as we can away from it. It dismays me terribly then when I read about police officers circumventing or outright breaking the law. Busted: a tale of corruption and betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker encapsulates how the law enforcement system in Philadelphia has betrayed its citizens. Once misconduct has occurred and has been documented, the offender should be fired and not merely assigned a desk job. How is it fair to the public to ask them to continue paying a salary for someone proven to be dishonest and possessed of a lax moral code. The Narcotics division of the Philadelphia Police Department falsified information on search warrants and during the execution of the false warrants, they disabled security cameras and stole inventory and money from the business owners. One of the police officers involved in the raids carried his malfeasance even further in that he, if there was a voluptuous or big breasted woman, he drew her aside and fondled her. The sticking point for me comes when the Police Department does not enforce ethical rules of conduct for its membership. Busted was an eye-opening glimpse into the misconduct of those upon whom we place such trust and the shrinking world of print journalism.
From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Antonio Garrido
Title: The corpse reader
Just imagine, if you will, being gathered in a crowd of peasants, sickle in hand, waiting impatiently for the official to pronounce sentence. The official scans the crowd, looking for his witness, and finally spots him. The witness is indicating “Yes, this is the sickle that slew the peasant.” The official beckons forth the peasant holding the sickle and pointing to the witness, a fly, on his blade, pronounces sentence. When the peasant inquires as to how the official knew, the official points to the fly and his brethren. The fly would not sit on your blade without something to attract it and so even though you cleaned the blade, the fly knew there had been blood on the blade. Now imagine you are in China and this is really happening to you. The Corpse Reader by Antonio Garrido is a novel based on an actual Chinese personage, Ci Song. Ci Song was the father of Chinese Forensic Sciences and the official who used a fly as a witness. The beginning of the novel was a little slow but soon enough it caught me in its web. From that moment on, I could not put the book aside. Ci Song experiences many moments of pain but is always moving forward. He exemplifies strength in the face of adversity and always attempts to honor his family ties.
From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Sturges, Matthew
Mauritaine was a war hero and a captain in the Seelie Army until he was accused of treason and sentenced to life in prison. The Queen offered him a chance for freedom but he must embark on a secret, suicidal mission. He, and five other prisoners, become fugitives who can trust no one when the enemy is everywhere. This action packed adventure is filled with battles both internal and external, magic, intrigue, a touch of romance and engaging characters. The second title in the series is The Office of Shadow.