Books: August Brims Over with Great Mysteries
By Ray Saadi
WAYFARING STRANGER By James Lee Burke, Simon and Schuster, $27.99
The story focuses on the life of 16-year old Weldon Avery Holland, grandson of former Texas lawman Hackberry Holland who we’ve met in previous novels. Young Weldon’s life is influenced by a chance meeting with Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the young woman leaving him hopelessly infatuated. Ten years later, Army 2nd Lieutenant Weldon saves the life of Sergeant Hershel Pine in the Battle Of The Bulge and later, discovers beautiful Rosita Lowenstein in a deserted Nazi extermination camp. They fall in love, marry and join Hershel in the booming oil industry in Louisiana and Texas, and their success is threatened by evil sources.
PERSONAL By Lee Child, Delacorte Press, $28
Jack Reacher is finally out of the Army…or is he?
“Not completely” says Jack. “You can leave the Army, but the Army doesn’t leave you always.” Not surprisingly, he’s pressed into service to find the shooter who attempted to assassinate the French president. Reacher is convinced the shooter is John Kott, recently released after 15 years in prison. Authorities now fear other country leaders attending the G8 Conference may be targeted. Agents from other countries join the search but Reacher is closing in faster and becomes the prime target of ruthless gangsters. Expect the usual explosive action-filled ending.