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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.

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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.

A terrorist has concocted a sinister plot to blow up "dirty bombs" in major American cities. If "The Engineer's" plans are not discovered and halted cities like New York and Boston could be rendered uninhabitable.

Retired FBI agent Mark Patrick is enjoying a comfortable life after serving a long career dealing with organized crime. When he is contacted by a criminal syndicate that wants to pass along information about some suspicious shipments he is not too pleased. But he knows wherein his duty lies.

In Archer Mayor's 24th crime novel featuring Joe Gunther and his crew from the Vermont Bureau of Investigation the area is still in recovery mode in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. The VBI gets a call to investigate a situation in a cemetery; floodwaters had exposed some graves and one of them has revealed a coffin that was buried 17 years ago. The coffin had been filled with stones. Whoever was supposed to be inside apparently wasn't ever in there.

Over 56,000 American troops have been listed as missing in action in wars that have been fought over the past century. The majority of these soldiers were lost in the Pacific theater during WWII. In "Vanished"  Wil Hylton traces what became of the eleven man crew of an American B-24 bomber that crashed in 1944 near the remote Pacific archipelago of Palau. Divers searching for the underwater wreckage of the plane eventually located it. Wil Hylton describes how the search for this missing plane happened.

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The Dayton Peace Accords ended the war in Bosnia War in 1995 and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize was created as a response 11 years later.  It's the only international literary peace prize in the United States and honors authors from around the world for fiction, non-fiction and lifetime achievement.

In this special hour-long presentation of speeches from Dayton Literary Peace Prize award ceremony, held on November 3, 2013 at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio, you'll hear award-winner authors Adam Johnson, Andrew Soloman and Wendell Berry talk about writing and peace.

 

Lynn Goldsmith has spent the last 40 years taking classic photographs of some of our greatest music legends. Goldsmith's work reads like a Who's Who of Modern Music. She has taken photos of hundreds of music legends ranging from  The Rolling Stones to David Byrne to Patti Smith to Bruce Springsteen,  The Police, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, The Go-Gos, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Blondie, The Beastie Boys, and Michael Franti, to name just a few.

Shandi Pierce and her three-year-old son Natty were shopping at a Circle K store near Atlanta when a holdup took place. This event becomes the catalyst for an attraction that consumes Shandi. She falls in love with an odd guy named William after this stranger intercedes and protects young Natty from the robber.

'Someone Else's Love Story" is a twisted, complicated tale. The author really had a fun time spinning this yarn. By the way, Natty's parentage is one unsolved mystery. Could Natty be the result of an immaculate conception? Read the book. You'll be amazed.

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