Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, totally worn out and screaming,
"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday (started at The Printed Page and now a traveling meme) is at Mari Reads this month and is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Only two books for me last week but that's the most I've gotten in awhile. That's a good thing though since I have plenty to read and I brought home another pile of library books that I couldn't resist. Some things never change... I hope you have lots of good books and sunshine at your house!

Trader Of Secrets (Paul Madriani #12) by Steve Martini
From HarperCollins

Defense attorney Paul Madriani is embroiled in a case as perilous as any he has ever faced: one that involves an angry killer who will stop at nothing short of vengeance, and two missing NASA scientists who are holding secrets that a hostile government desperately wants to purchase—in blood if they must.

Madriani's daughter, Sarah, has evaded the man known as Liquida, who has stalked her all the way across the country. For her own safety, she is being kept under armed guard on a farm in Ohio.

But one morning, itching for a predawn run to shake off the tension that has grown in the hours she's spent waiting for word from her father, Sarah slips from her ring of protection. What she doesn't know is that at the same moment her assailant is outside, waiting patiently in the dark.

Meanwhile in California, two men in a parked car argue over millions in cash that could be slipping through their fingers and a scheme involving government technology for sale that could rock the world.

Paul Madriani, his companion Joselyn Cole, and his longtime law partner, Harry Hinds, track Liquida, not knowing that their quest will carry them deep into the vortex of international terror.It is a journey that will lead them toward a bizarre and cruel twist of nature—and the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. From the nation's capital to California, from Bangkok to Paris and the jungles of Mexico, Madriani and his party race against time to find Liquida and the scientist who is the "trader of secrets" before he can unleash the weapon that could set the world ablaze.

Eyes Wide Open (Gross Series #5) by Andrew Gross
From HarperCollins

A horrible family tragedy that may not be what it seems . . .

A past encounter with an infamous killer turns deadly today . . .

An ordinary man must risk his own family to find the truth.

Jay Erlich's nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay. It's all just a tragic suicide, until secrets from the past begin to rear up again. Did a notorious killer, jailed for many decades, have his hand in this?

Years ago, Jay Erlich's older brother, Charlie, a wayward child of the sixties, set out for California, where he fell under the sway of a charismatic but deeply disturbed cultlike figure. Tragedy ensued and lives were destroyed, but as the decades passed, Charlie married and raised a family and lived a quiet, secluded life under the radar. Yet the demons that nearly destroyed him never completely disappeared.

When Jay heads out west to help his grieving brother, he is pulled back into Charlie's past—and begins to suspect that his nephew's suicide may not have been that at all. With eyes wide open, Jay puts his own life at risk to uncover the truth, a quest that goes beyond the edge of madness and a family haunted by a secret past . . . and into the depths of evil.

Drawing on two real-life experiences from his own past, Gross has crafted a richly personal, yet utterly terrifying tale of two brothers, one successful, one wayward, trying to bridge the gap of what tore them apart.


  1. Amazing how the library loot seems to call as the mailbox gets emptier. I have enough books to keep me reading for over a year yet I keep wanting to request books from the library

  2. I hope you enjoy your week of new reads.

  3. It is a sickness, lol, this wanting to amass more books. I just put a book on hold at the library despite the 100's of unread books here. It looks like you got a couple of scary but thrilling books in your MM. Enjoy them both!

    Promise: I will e mail you later with vacation details, etc.

    Hugs from MH

  4. It looks like you're in for some good, suspenseful reading.

  5. Both sound great but eyes wide open caught my attention!
    I hope you enjoy these

  6. I think that EYES WIDE OPEN sounds very good. I'll be on the lookout for it. Enjoy these!

  7. Debbie those sound good. I will have to check them out. Enjoy :)

  8. Both of these are new to me - enjoy them!

  9. I have too many books at home to read but I grabbed some from the library too as I scored some books there that I have been wanting to read. I just can't resist any book!

  10. Looks like some good mysteries made it into your mailbox!

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  11. I hope you enjoy your new books. Have a great week.


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