In his latest novel "Runner" Patrick Lee has concocted a thriller with some elements that read like science fiction. As the story begins Sam Dryden is jogging along one night minding his own business when he encounters a terrified young girl named Rachel. She is being pursued by a group of men who seem intent on recapturing her and doing heaven knows what to her.
Wallace Stroby's latest Crissa Stone novel "Shoot the Woman First" is another superb example of a literary genre where the protagonist is a sympathetic anti-hero of sorts. Crissa makes her living by stealing money. Her victims are frequently other criminals.
In this one Crissa and her cohorts have plotted a scheme to steal the ill gotten gains from a drug dealer in Detroit. They engineer their heist but things go awry. There's a betrayal and dogged pursuit in the form of a corrupt ex-cop who will do anything to track down Crissa on behalf of the drug dealer who got ripped off.
When actor and author, Daniel Beaty, was growing up in Dayton, he wasn’t fully aware that his father was addicted to heroin, and in and out of jail because of it. That realization came later in Daniel’s childhood, but it didn’t stop him from becoming an award-winning author, actor, and educator.
Beaty returns to Dayton, tonight, February 21, 2014, for a public event to discuss his upcoming motivational memoir, Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential (Berkley, Penguin-Random House).
Gene Logsdon has seen a lot of things during his 82 years on the planet. He has written widely about the things he has observed and the things that he thinks about. A brief scan of some of his book titles will give you some sense of his range. Logsdon is the author of many books including these: "A Sanctuary of Trees," "Small-Scale Grain Raising," "The Pond Lovers," "Successful Berry Growing," and "Andrew Wyeth : A Portrait of Andrew Wyeth as Seen By His Friends and Neighbors."
"Nowhere Nice" is the third book in a series set in the Mississippi Delta. Nick Reid and his buddy Desmond are repo men. They spend their time tracking down customers who have fallen behind on their installment plans. Nick and Desmond repossess TV's and other items from people who don't often feel inclined to part with these luxuries.