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 Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Sheri Fink
Title: Five days at Memorial : life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital
What a book! This is the story of five hellish days at a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina. When the hospital lost power and the ability to care for its sickest patients, staff struggled to evacuate them. The book revolves around one Memorial Hospital doctor and her alleged decision to euthanize those patients who looked like they wouldn’t make it.
Author Sheri Fink, an M.D. and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has crafted a well-written, fascinating and hypnotic book. She raises many ethical questions and asks what we’ve learned from Katrina.
And in case you think, “It can’t happen here,” just remember Superstorm Sandy and how hospitals as close as Southside in Bay Shore evacuated patients.
This book will give you plenty of food for thought on numerous fronts.
From Monica Salo
author: Larsson, Stieg
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
The final book of Larsson’s trilogy is fast-paced and thrilling. The book continues where the Girl Who Played with Fire left off. We find Lisbeth in a hospital, shot in the head and accused of multiple murders. Our favorite hacker is without devices to help prove her innocence. Mikael Blomkvist sets out to aid her and help clear the charges against Lisbeth. Many of the characters, who were an ally of Lisabeth’s during the first two books, play a part in helping unravel the mystery. The mystery involves many components including a secret agency, top ranking officials in the government, and Lisbeth’s father who was a Soviet defector. The ending is bitter-sweet, knowing that we will never see Larsson’s memorable characters again.