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who read Natchez Burning by Greg Iles will certainly want to
read the second novel in this southern gothic trilogy featuring Penn
Cage. The Bone Tree picks up with Cage’s father, Dr. Tom
Cage, still on the run for murder.
Double Eagles, a vicious offshoot of the KKK, continues to be a force
to deal with and a series of unsolved civil rights murders will take
the principal characters to a secret burial ground known simply as
“the bone tree deep” in the swamp. Deep in the swamp, this has
been final resting place for over 200 years of folks who just
disappear and are never heard from again.
only is Penn Cage determined to find his father, but he also wants to
find out why he has taken flight. Obvious the Double Eagles’
interest in Tom has a lot to do with it, and some of the members of
the society seem to know more about the doctor’s past than his own
family quest drops Penn right in the center of some of the most
important events of the 1960s, including the assassination of JFK.
Somehow Tom Cage is a link to not only a number of unsolved civil
rights murders but also to some of the unanswered questions left by
the president’s death.
this lengthy novel unfolds, it becomes clear that Viola Turner’s
death, she was Tom’s former nurse, holds the key to some of the
darkest chapters in American history. The more questions he asks and
the closer he comes to the truth, Penn Cage realizes that he is
getting close to exposing a group of audacious southern power brokers
who range from the New Orleans Mafia and Double Eagles to political
and financial power brokers.
just a tad over 800 pages, this is a lengthy read but, as with the
first novel in this trilogy, The Bone Tree is such an explosive
and fast action thriller that the pages will just melt away. Even if
you don’t usually tackle long books like this, you’ll be
surprised how fluid the plot is and how riveting this tale of dark
secrets and headline making events is.
don’t worry if you didn’t read Natchez Burning . That won’t
interfere with your enjoyment of The Bone Tree. This is
southern fiction at its best, so give it a try; you won’t be
Since childhood, Keiko Furukura has been different. She thinks differently. She can be blunt. It's what causes her parents to worry that she'll never fit in with the normal world. When she takes a job at a convenience store while in college, they're happy enough. They're not as happy that she's now in her 30s and still working for that store.
Keiko is actually quite happy. She has a routine. There's a precise order to the things she must do each day. When a new employee comes in and starts to question why things must be so precise, he starts to make Keiko wonder if she's really where she should be.
I wasn't sure what I'd think of Convenience Store Woman. It was addicting. I was instantly drawn into Keiko's world. I loved the descriptions of her job and her life. She may not be your average person, but that's what made her so much fun.
The convenience store itself was appealing. What I wouldn't give to be able…
Bread making is a soothing activity that I've always enjoyed. Judith Fertig's 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Breads: No-Knead, One Bowl appealed to me because using only one bowl obviously cuts down on dishes. The question became just how effective are these recipes.
I invested in a KitchenAid years ago because kneading is not something I always enjoy. If I have stress I want to burn off, kneading is a wonderful action. If I simply want to fill the house with the scent of freshly baked bread, kneading is a time consuming pain. All recipes in 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Breads require no kneading. Simply beat the dough with a wooden spoon and you're done.
I'm going to work my way through the book one recipe at a time. Using the very first recipe, I measured and mixed the flour, yeast, salt and water and got started. The entire process took less than ten minutes and that's including the time it took to open a new bag…
"Neanderthal" is really Cliff Hubbard. At 6' 6" and 250 pounds, his classmates would rather call him Neanderthal and make his life miserable. It only seemed to get worse after his older brother killed himself. Cliff is simply trying to make it through each and every day without the support of friends or even his parents, who have only gotten worse since his brother died.
After getting suspended for beating up one of the popular jocks who never stopped teasing Cliff, he returns to school ready to get right back into it. Only that jock isn't in school. It turns out he was in an accident. When he returns, he approaches Cliff. He had a near-death experience and God told him he needed to complete a list of tasks that he must complete wit…