Monthly Archives: March 2010

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Here’s a list of the libraries I visited during my One State, 92 Counties, Over 100 Libraries, 30-Day Adventure, in no particular order.

Brook-Iroquois-Washington Public Library, Brook, IN
Jasper County Library, Rensselaer, IN
Gary Public Library, Gary, IN
Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN
Westchester Public Library, Chesterton, IN
Michigan City Public Library, Michigan City, IN
La Porte County Public Library, La Porte, IN
Starke County Public Library, Knox, IN
Pulaski County Public Library, Winamac, IN
Fulton County Public Library, Rochester, IN
Plymouth Public Library, Plymouth, IN
St. Joseph County Public Library, South Bend, IN
Elkhart Public Library, Elkhart, IN
Goshen Public Library, Goshen, IN
La Grange County Public Library, LaGrange, IN
Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County, Angola, IN
Eckhart Public Library, Auburn, IN
Kendallville Public Library, Kendallville, IN
Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, IN
Warsaw Community Public Library, Warsaw, IN
Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
Decatur Public Library, Decatur, IN
Wells County Public Library, Bluffton, IN
Huntington City-Township Public Library, Huntington, IN
Wabash Carnegie Public Library, Wabash, IN
Peru Public Library, Peru, IN
Marion Public Library, Marion, IN
Hartford City Public Library, Hartford City, IN
Jay County Public Library, Portland, IN
Winchester Community Public Library, Winchester, IN
Tippecanoe County Public Library, Lafayette, IN
Monticello-Union Township Public Library, Monticello, IN
Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
Benton County Public Library, Fowler, IN
Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library, Williamsport, IN
Attica Public Library, Attica, IN
Rockville Public Library, Rockville, IN
Putnam County Public Library, Greencastle, IN
Crawfordsville District Public Library, Crawfordsville, IN
Lebanon Public Library, Lebanon, IN
Frankfort-Clinton County Public Library, Frankfort, IN
Logansport-Cass County Public Library, Logansport, IN
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Kokomo, IN
Tipton County Public Library, Tipton, IN
Muncie-Center Township Public Library, Muncie, IN
Yorktown-Mt. Pleasant Township Community Library, Yorktown, IN
Anderson Public Library, Anderson, IN
Fishers Public Library, Fishers, IN
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Reading: Hostile Takeovers

I just finished reading Michael A. Black’s new Leal and Hart mystery, Hostile Takeovers.  I really enjoyed it, even more than the debut novel in that series, Random Victim, which was itself an excellent read.   This series is classified as a police procedural, meaning that the main characters are policemen and -women, and you follow them as they go about solving a crime.  Frank Leal is a sargeant for the Cook County Sheriff’s Police; Olivia (“Ollie”) Hart was his partner, but they’ve been separated into different units.  

In this book, the two of them are working on different cases, but the cases are linked–though they don’t know that.  One of Leal’s snitches turns up dead in the city of Robertsville on Chicago’s southside, just as he was preparing to give the police information on a drug lord in the area.  Hart is also working in Robertsville, where the corrupted police department had to be turned out and replaced.  Until the replacements are trained, the area is relying on officers like Hart to maintain order.  Though Leal is pulled off investigating the case in favor of tracking a roaming band of thieves who rob convenience stores, he won’t give up the case entirely.  Good thing.  The snitch was the victim of a freelance killer hired by a drug lord who plans to take over a nearby drug lord’s territory.  As each drug lord plans to eliminate the other, the situation turns deadly for all in Robertsville, putting Hart, Leal and many of their fellow officers in danger.  

This book has several stories going on at once, but Black is a master storyteller, and by the end all the loose ends have been sewn together in a great, tightly scripted ending.   As a policeman, Black knows the dirt and grit of the Chicago area, and his writing is authentic.   Don’t miss this paperback original, out from Leisure Books!