Billy Dead–Lisa Reardon–Viking Publishers-1998–IP Not an ordinary crime novel. The story is shocking, hard, and to some, I’m sure, distasteful. It’s also heartrending, compassionate and creates a reality so strong, the characters and events linger long long after the pages have been read and the book closed and perhaps traveling on to the next reader. It’s her first novel, it may have been her 20th for the skill and depth demonstrated throughout. The Michigan based Johnson family is known by outsiders as troublemakers and just plain troubled. Onlookers haven’t a real clue as to the sordid abusive reality within. And members of the family don’t deal with it–a father who brutally sexually abused his children won’t own up to it, a mother who’s remarried denies
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The Best 100 Mysteries of All Time–10 Titles-Number 2 Stone Quarry– S. J. Rozan 1999-St. Martin’s Press-IP To read a synopsis go here: http://bookshopblog.com/2011/11/05/no-79-stone-quarry-best-100-mysteries-of-all-time/ Billy Dead–Lisa Reardon–Viking Publishers-1998–IP To read a synopsis of the book go here: http://bookshopblog.com/2011/08/12/no-90-billy-dead-best-100-mysteries-of-all-time/ Murder Between the Covers–Elaine Viets–2003—-IP To read a synopsis of this book go here: http://bookshopblog.com/2011/08/05/no-91-murder-between-the-covers-best-100-mysteries-of-all-time/ Hide in the Dark–Frances Noyes Hart–1929–OOP–but inexpensive copies are abundantly available To read a synopsis of this book, go here: http://bookshopblog.com/2011/07/29/no-92-hide-in-the-dark-an-all-hallows-eve-mystery-best-100-mysteries-of-all-time/ Liars and Tyrants and People Who Turn Blue—Barbara Paul–1980-Doubleday-OOP To read a synopsis of this book, go here: http://bookshopblog.com/2011/07/22/no-93-liars-and-tyrants-and-people-who-turn-blue-best-100-mysteries-of-all-time/ Roll Over and Play Dead–Joan Hess–1991–St.