By Robert Crais (compact disc audiobook)
The body of Lionel Byrd is discovered during an evacuation for wildfires in the canyons above Los Angeles. Byrd, an apparent suicide victim, is the man Elvis Cole helped prove innocent of murder charges a few years ago.
A photo album that contains graphic pictures of seven murdered women is found at Byrd’s feet. Cole is drawn into the case because he helped exonerate Byrd in the death of Yvonne Bennett, a prostitute and one of the victims whose picture is in the “murder book.” Two of the murder victims were killed after Cole helped free Byrd. Cole is tormented by the fact that he may have helped set a serial killer free to kill again. The L.A. police accept the new evidence without question — convinced that Byrd committed all the murders.
However, Cole is not as certain. With some help from his sidekick, Joe Pike, he conducts his own investigation, determined to discover the truth — whatever it may be.
This latest mystery thriller by Robert Crais is a dramatic, suspenseful read that is enhanced by the excellent narration of James Daniels. Elvis Cole’s fans should not miss “Chasing Darkness.” The regular and large print editions are also available at the Joplin Public Library.
By Stephen White (MP3 compact disc audiobook)s
Alan Gregory’s ex-wife, Merideth, approaches Alan to locate Lisa, the surrogate mother of Meredith and Eric’s unborn child. Alan’s wife and daughter leave for the Netherlands and his adopted son, Jonas, goes to New York to spend time with relatives.
Although Alan is at loose ends, he reluctantly agrees to help Merideth locate the surrogate with the help of his good friend, Sam Purdy. Their investigation takes them to New York, Los Angeles and the Grand Canyon. A number of years ago, Eric, Meredith’s fiancé, was part of a group hiking in the Grand Canyon where a girl mysteriously disappeared. The young lady was never found, and Eric and his friends never talk about that night long ago. Alan and Sam must discover the dark secrets that each member of the group is hiding.
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Head for heritage: Through years of devotion to community, title of 'Mr. Carl Junction' earned
He worked for and later owned the town's weekly newspaper, the Standard, for more than 30 years; retired as the Jasper County deputy assessor in 2004; is president of the Carl Junction cemetery board and serves as the high school alumni association's corresponding secretary.
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Ryan Richardson: Dog remembers summer toads aren't chew toys
Over the next month, I became fascinated with their well-being. As far as I could tell, none of my other neighbors had the fortune of having these little guys pay them a visit.
Frankie Meyer: USGS launches powerful map tool
The site, historicalmaps .arcgis.com/usgs, will be a tremendous help to family history researchers. The maps are free, downloadable and printable. Best of all, they include the quadrangle maps that researchers used to pay for.
Cari Rerat: Gratton's series a great transition to Gaiman
In "The Lost Sun," the first book of "The United States of Asgard" by Tessa Gratton, Soren Bearskin is a berserker. He has an innate internal fire, a battle rage that he constantly tries to squelch with self-discipline, exercise, and meditation.
Frankie Meyer: List of historic sites offers plenty of research leads
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Achievements (July 20)
The following people were recognized in the Joplin Globe for the following achievements.
Ryan Richardson: Preventing heat stroke can save your pet's life
I still see it around town, and it bothers me to see pets in a dangerous situation. But I don't think it is necessarily a product of intentional harm or neglect; I think it has more to do with understanding just how a dog ultimately deals with hot weather.
Shared palette: Married couple Steve and Cindy Head create art, show exhibits together
Steve Head is pretty good with cameras and video editing. Cindy Head is an expert quilter. Neither one had painted much a few years ago -- Cindy painted tulle and furniture for repurposing projects, but that was about it.
Linda Cannon: 'Freak' authors explain their unique thought processes
In 2006, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner wrote the huge best-seller "Freakonomics" and followed it up in 2009 with "Superfreakonomics." Now they bring us "Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain."
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