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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope this finds you well.

This week’s read was a Lee Child book with his butt-kicking main character Jack Reacher, titled Persuader. I’ve read so many of these books that I can’t keep track, and I’ve read them completely out of order, but this was my favorite one so far.

In this caper, Reacher happens to be visiting the lovely city of Boston when he sees a man from his distant past. A man who’s been dead for a decade. When Jack reaches out to some of his old contacts to inquire out about the license plate of the dead man, let’s just say things get interesting. DEA agents suddenly become very interested in Reacher’s inquiry, and once they realize who he is, he’s asked to go undercover in a heavily guarded Maine mansion on the ocean. Why you may ask? As it so happens, the supposed-dead-man-in-question has ties to the mansion, a place where the government has placed an undercover female agent who hasn’t been heard from in days. The officials and Reacher setup a ruse–with some pretty big holes in it that will come back to bite him later–to get him inside the home on the rocky coast, and then he’s to take it from there. With a deadline of just a few days, it doesn’t seem likely that he’s going to accomplish the mission, but hey…it’s Reacher.

This book is the typical theme for Lee Child, but the stories never get repetitive, and this one really is great. It was super fast-paced and hard to put down, so set aside some time if you’re going to start this one. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Sunday morning ~ it’s nice to see the sun shining after the long week in Boston. I’ve lived in Massachusetts for almost six years and have never been more proud of my east coast brothers and sisters as I have been these past six days. It goes without saying that Boston is a great sports city, and there’s a wonderful mixture of history and culture, education and tourism. But when Boston was attacked, it responded with passion, resolve, and conviction, and no touchdown pass will ever rival that. No offense to Tom Brady, of course.

One thing that really struck me these past few days is that it so often takes a tragedy to bring out the best in people. I can’t tell you how many times I teared up this week, seeing the pictures and video of regular people running towards the carnage to help anyone they could find. The stories are endless, and they’ll resonate through this city for decades. And I would bet my bottom dollar that participation and volunteerism in next year’s marathon will shatter any previous records.

So what I’d ask you to do TODAY–not tomorrow–is be Boston. Boston really got to shine this week because of the horror that came down on it. But you don’t need to wait for a horrible moment to present itself so that you can show your best self. Go be proactive today and make a difference in someone’s life. Whether it’s a kind gesture to a stranger, a long overdue email or phone call to a friend, a favor that you’ve been meaning to repay, or a household chore that would make your spouse happy. Go show your stuff and go be Boston. You and the world will be better off for it.

P.S. Big Papi of the Boston Red Sox said it very nicely yesterday during an amazing pre-game ceremony that honored the heroes and sleep-deprived officials who worked tirelessly to find the terrorists. “This is our (bleeping) city, and nobody’s going to dictate our freedom.” The FCC gave him a pass on the expletive, given the circumstances. It’s worth your time to watch it if you don’t mind the F word. Go Papi and stay strong Boston!

http://randyreport.blogspot.com/2013/04/big-papi-speech-for-boston-this-is-our.html

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Good Sunday morning! I hope this finds you well.

This week’s read was another by one of my favorites, Linda Fairstein, titled Death Dance. In this NYC based mystery, Assistant DA Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of a world-famous dancer, who vanishes during a performance at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House. Along with her colleagues, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, the trio delve into the nuances of New York City’s theatre scene and discover that there’s an ugly side to the business. One that involves greed, jealousy, power, and tons o’ money. Other cases they’re wrapped up in during the novel: a Turkish doctor working in the U.S. who’s drugging young women in order to have his way with them, and a rapist they believe to be a homeless person, based on a controversial DNA sample. Per Fairstein’s “formula” that works so well, Alex manages to have a couple of brushes with death during the story, but no worries. The series lives on…

If you like history–especially about theatre and/or buildings in NYC–this will be a great book for you. Fairstein always delves into some historical tidbits about NYC in her Alex Cooper novels, but this one seems to have more than most and is very interesting. Also, the banter between the three colleagues is always fun, and there are many final Jeopardy questions in this read so that the characters can show off some of their “off the field” knowledge of various topics.

So grab this one–and maybe one other– of Fairstein’s Alex Cooper’s novels. It’ll be entertaining and educating, and it really doesn’t get a lot better than that. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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