BOOK NOTES: More book news, February 16, 2013

Compiled by Mary Louise Ruehr Published:

Writing workshop set at Stow library

Author Robin Yocum will lead a writing workshop on the importance of character in a novel at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road.

Yocum will deliver a 90-minute seminar on character development, exploring the genesis of character development and helping writers create characters that will drive their writing.

Yocum will also sign copies of his newest book, "The Essay." For more information, call the Learned Owl Book Shop at 330-653-2252.

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Learned Owl Book Shop in Hudson sold

The Learned Owl Book Shop in Hudson will change hands in March.

Current owner Liz Murphy has announced that Kate Schlademan will take over the store as of March 15. "I don't think I could have found anyone better to love the Owl as I have, and take it successfully into the coming decades," wrote Murphy in a press release.

Schlademan has worked at the store for two years, as a storyteller, staff member, events coordinator and manager. She once worked at DuBois Bookstore in Kent, as well as store in Cuyahoga Falls and Vermont.

The store is located at 204 N. Main St. in Hudson.

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Terry Gordon to Lead Workshop on Transformation at the Yoga Lounge in Hudson

A workshop to transform body and mind through "40 Days to Personal Revolution" will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Yoga Lounge, 89 First St., No. 207, in Hudson. The workshop, led by Terry Gordon, incorporates "No Storm Lasts Forever" by Gordon as an example of powerful healing through journaling.

In No Storm Lasts Forever Gordon teaches that our experiences become calamities only if we make the conscious decision to make tragedies out of them. Rather than lamenting the so-called adversities, we can choose to be grateful for them, embracing them as gifts from the Divine. These gifts provide fertile soil for growth and enlightenment, offering us the opportunity to transform turmoil, disappointment, and suffering into understanding, insight, and resolve. Books will be available for sale at the workshop courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop (204 N. Main St., Hudson).

Dr. Terry Gordon, a Cleveland Clinic-trained cardiologist, practiced within mainstream medicine for over two decades. Named the American Heart Association's National Physician of the Year in 2002, Terry is nationally recognized in matters of the heart. As a motivational speaker, he has shared the stage with Dr. Wayne Dyer; as a musician, he is the co-host of Docs Who Rock, a United Way event. He is currently spearheading a national campaign called The Josh Miller HEARTS Act, which will place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in every school in the country, protecting from sudden cardiac arrest our most precious resource: our children.

Admission to the workshop is $10 and you can sign up at the Yoga Lounge or the Learned Owl Book Shop. Only floor seating is available and space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot today!

For more information, please contact the Learned Owl Book Shop at 330-653-2252 or the Yoga Lounge at 330-653-3377 or www.yogaloungehudson.com.

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(From a press release:)

Doug and Sally Mayfield to Visit the Learned Owl Book Shop

The writing team of Doug and Sally Mayfield will visit the Learned Owl Book Shop (204 N. Main St., Hudson) at 1 p.m. Feb. 23. They will discuss their debut novel, "The Angle of Declination." It tells the story of Allison Hayes and her husband, Mike Bowman, a Vietnam vet whom she loves deeply yet struggles to understand. Mike and Allison's future seems boundless in 1973, but when their wanderlust takes them deep into the Canadian wilderness, something happens that causes their marriage to crumble and forces them to confront each other's demons, as well as their own. Alone and emotionally devastated, Allison returns to her roots, a sleepy little town on the St. Lawrence River, where she rebuilds her life with the help of her uncle, who is equal parts shaman and smuggler. From suburban Chicago to First Nation reservations to the Seaway villages of northern New York, "Angle of Declination" is a radiant odyssey of love, forgiveness and renewal.

Doug and Sally Mayfield live in northern Minnesota. For more information, please contact the Learned Owl Book Shop at 330-653-2252.

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Best-seller lists

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. "Until the End of Time" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)

2. "Private Berlin" by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown)

3. "Touch & Go" by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)

4. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

5. "A Memory of Light" by Robert Jordan (Tor)

6. "Tenth of December: Stories" by George Saunders (Random House)

7. "Suspect" by Robert Crais (Crown)

8. "The Fifth Assassin" by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central Publishing)

9. "A Deeper Love Inside" by Sister Souljah (Atria)

10. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

11. "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis (Knopf)

12. "Deadly Stakes" by J.A. Jance (Touchstone)

13. "Threat Vector" by Tom Clancy (Putnam)

14. "Ever After" by Kim Harrison (Harper Voyager)

15. "The Husband List" by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. "Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes" by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin's Press)

2. "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor (Knopf)

3. "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly (Henry Holt and Co.)

4. "Pursued: God's Divine Obsession with You" by Jud Wilhite (Faith/Words)

5. "The Future" by Al Gore (Random House)

6. "I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak" by Joel Osteen (Faith/Words)

7. "The Legend of Zelda" by Shigeru Miyamoto (Dark Horse)

8. "Francona: The Red Sox Years" by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

9. "The Way" by Adam Hamilton (Abingdon)

10. "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen (Dutton)

11. "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)

12. "Going Clear" by Lawrence Wright (Knopf)

13. "Remembering Whitney" by Cissy Houston (Harper)

14. "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape" by Jenna Miscavige (Hill)

15. "Wheat Belly Cookbook: 150 Recipes to Help You Lose the Wheat, Lose Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health" by William Davis (Rodale)

MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1. "American Sniper" by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (Harper)

2. "Betrayal" by Danielle Steel (Dell)

3. "Kill Me If You Can" by James Patterson, Marshall Karp (Vision)

4. "Love in Plain Sight" by Debbie Macomber (Mira)

5. "Just Kate" by Linda Lael Miller (Harlequin)

6. "Close Your Eyes" by Iris Johansen (St. Martin's)

7. "Criminal" by Karin Slaughter (Dell)

8. "Angel Mine" by Sherryl Woods (Mira)

9. "The Last Mountain Man" by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)

10. "The Trail West" by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)

11. "The Hunter" by John Lescroat (Signet)

12. "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult (Pocket Books)

13. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

14. "Shelter Mountain" by Robyn Carr (Mira)

15. "Captivated & Entranced" by Nora Roberts and Therese Plummer (Silhouette)

TRADE PAPERBACKS

1. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

2. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James (Vintage)

3. "From Mama's Table to Mine: Everybody's Favorite Comfort Foods at 350 Calories or Less" by Bobby Deen and Melissa Clark (Ballantine)

4. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

5. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James (Vintage)

6. "Fifty Shades Freed" by E.L. James (Vintage)

7. "Low Pressure" by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing)

8. "Grow Regardless: Of Your Business's Size, Your Industry or the Economy...and Despite the Government!" by Joe Mechlinski and Charles Green (Morgan James)

9. "Private Number 1 Suspect" by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro (Grand Central Publishing)

10. "Quiet" by Susan Cain (Broadway Books)

11. "ObamaCare Survival Guide" by Nick J. Tate (Humanix Books)

12. "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain (Ballantine)

13. "Rush" by Maya Banks (Berkley)

14. "Crystal Cove" by Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin's Griffin)

15. "Death Comes to Pemberley" by P.D. James (Vintage)

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

FICTION

1. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

2. "Until the End of Time" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press)

3. "Big Nate Flips Out" by Lincoln Peirce (Harper/Collins)

4. "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss (Random House Children's Books)

5. "Private Berlin" by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown)

6. "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss (Random House Children's Books)

7. "Touch & Go" by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)

8. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishing Group)

9. "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss (Random House Children's Books)

10. "A Memory of Light" by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson (TorBooks)

NONFICTION

1. "Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace in His Presence" by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson Publishers)

2. "Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes" by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin's Press)

3. "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor (Knopf)

4. "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

5. "StrengthsFinder 2.0" by Tom Rath (Gallup Press)

6. "Pursued: God's Divine Obsession with You" by Jud Wilhite (Faith/Words)

7. "The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book" by Jeff Kinney (Abrams)

8. "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

9. "American Sniper" by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (Harper)

10. "The Future" by Al Gore (Random House)

FICTION E-BOOKS

1. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

2. "Touch & Go" by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)

3. "Rush" by Maya Banks (Berkley)

4. "Wait For Me" by Elisabeth Naughton (Elisabeth Naughton)

5. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishing Group)

6. "Beautiful Creatures" by Kami Garcis, Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

7. "Lost to You" by A.L. Jackson (Sapphire Star Publishing)

8. "The Silver Linings Playbook" by Matthew Quick (Sarah Crichton Books)

9. "Private Berlin" by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown)

10. "Hopeless" by Colleen Hoover (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

NONFICTION E-BOOKS

1. "American Sniper" by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (Harper)

2. "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction" by David Sheff (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

3. "Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog" by Ted Kerasote (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

4. "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape" by Jenna Miscavige (Hill)

5. "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey (Free Press)

6. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

7. "We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance" by David Howarth and Stephen E. Ambrose (Globe Pequot Press)

8. "Guns" by Stephen King (Stephen King)

9. "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor (Knopf)

10. "Going Clear" by Lawrence Wright (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

1. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

2. "American Sniper" by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (Harper)

3. "Touch & Go" by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)

4. "Rush" by Maya Banks (Berkley)

5. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

6. "Beautiful Creatures" by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

7. "Wait for Me" by Elisabeth Naughton (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

8. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

9. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James (Vintage)

10. "Private Berlin" by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown)

11. "Until the End of Time" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)

12. "The Silver Linings Playbook" by Matthew Quick (Sarah Crichton Books)

13. "Fifty Shades Freed" by E.L. James (Vintage)

14. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James (Vintage)

15. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

16. "Betrayal: A Novel" by Danielle Steel (Dell)

17. "Lost to You" by A.L. Jackson (Sapphire Star Publishing)

18. "Crystal Cove" by Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin's Griffin)

19. "Suspect" by Robert Crais (Crown)

20. "Beautiful Darkness" by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

21. "Beauty from Pain" by Georgia Cates (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

22. "Collide" by Gail McHugh (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

23. "Hopeless" by Colleen Hoover (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

24. "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor (Knopf)

25. "Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes" by Iamn K. Smith (St. Martin's Press)

For the extended, interactive and searchable version of this list, visit http://books.usatoday.com/list/index

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Facebook CEO's sis Randi Zuckerberg has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) -- A sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a two-book deal.

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that Randi Zuckerberg, a social media executive and entrepreneur who left Facebook in 2011, plans a memoir/lifestyle book titled "Dot Complicated" and a children's story.

"Dot Complicated," scheduled for release Nov. 5, will combine personal and professional insights for the digital age, from Zuckerberg's years as Facebook's marketing director to becoming a mother in 2011. "Dot Complicated" also is the name of her online newsletter.

Zuckerberg said in a statement technology has changed almost every part of people's lives, resulting in a digital society "that feels a lot like the wild, wild west."

"I am thrilled to be working with HarperCollins to share some of my own crazy experiences on the front lines of social media and to inspire people of all ages to embrace technology, as well as the new set of social norms that come along with it," she said.

Zuckerberg, who has founded her own Zuckerberg Media company, is known in part for opposing anonymity online, saying it enables cyberbullying. Her brother co-founded Facebook in his Harvard University dorm room in 2004, and his net worth is estimated at $9.4 billion.

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Books: Author Brian Hare discusses dog smarts

Scripps Howard News Service

By PATRICIA SHERIDAN, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, Brian Hare is an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. He recently co-authored "The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think," with his wife, Vanessa Woods. He also launched a website, www.Dognition.com, which offers cognition tests you can do on your dog.

Excerpts from an interview:

Q: In the book, you say you don't use breed, such as standard poodle vs. border collie, as a measure of intelligence. So how do you measure a dog's intelligence?

A: From a scientific perspective, there is nothing to base that on. If you are interested in having rigorous science back you up, there isn't any. We are starting this new company called Dognition, and that is what this company is really all about -- helping everyone, including scientists, get at these types of questions.

Q: Is part of the issue that there isn't one general test you can use to measure dogs?

A: We have come up with a standardized set of tests that everyone can use with their dog. It's going to be really fun because I think it is going to help people understand their dog better. It's going to be really revealing. You find out the strategies your dog uses to solve all sorts of problems.

Q: So what are dogs thinking when they stare at us?

A: (Laughs) Well, that's interesting. That is one of the things people have measured. How important is that connection, the gaze or sort of staring? What is that? What does that mean? It seems to be very important as acting as a bonding mechanism. There is evidence that basically when a dog stares at you it releases a lot of oxytocin, which is sort of a hug hormone. I don't know if I can tell you what they are thinking, but I know what they are making you feel and they are feeling the same thing, which is wonderful.

Q: Sometimes it feels more like "I want something."

A: That's true. They may also be trying to communicate something to you, which is "Come on, let's go." I think the thing people would not know is, there is actually a physiological response occurring, and it's not different from how you might respond to a baby.

Q: What about emotional intelligence? Can you hurt a dog's feelings?

A: We know that dogs definitely have emotions. That is one of the major arguments in the book. Their genius is that instead of a negative emotional response to people, like wolves do, they have an incredibly positive response. They are attracted to us. They get really excited around us. That allows them to treat us as if we were like them and part of their group or that they are part of our group. So they can deploy their intelligence in a way other animals can't. So what we know about their emotions is it is the secret to their success. I mean, dogs prefer people to other dogs.

Q: In the book, you discuss how the dog we know today was not created by early humans taking wolf puppies and raising them.

A: Yes, the idea is that dogs chose us. Accidentally, by choosing us on their own, they began the process of domestication. That may have played a role in domesticating our species as well. That is very different than the story of "I'm a hunter-gatherer who is really busy hunting and gathering and thinking, 'Oh, wouldn't it be great to also have to feed a wolf that is always competing against us for food.' "

Domestication is a genetic process. It involves genetic changes. So you can take a puppy wolf -- I wouldn't advise it -- and you can tame the wolf. It might be more comfortable around people than if you took a wolf out of Yellowstone Park and tried to interact with it. But that (puppy) wolf still has the genes of a wild wolf. It can be incredibly aggressive and very erratic. Whereas a dog has genes that allow it not to do that, and when they are socialized they are the puppies that we love. It was the wolves that weren't afraid of us that approached us and used refuse and garbage to have a better living than the wolves who were living like normal wolves.

Q: You also describe how different a wolf pack is vs. a feral-dog pack, with the dogs supporting a different hierarchy, following the dog with the most friends.

A: That's right, that's absolutely right. Even I was surprised to learn that. We have learned more in 10 years than we have in the previous 100 about dog psychology because dogs were not really seen as particularly remarkable. Now everybody says, "My gosh, this is the species we should be studying." Even though wolves are their closest genetic relative, you have to realize they have a different social system when they organize themselves without interference from people. They do not organize themselves like wolves do.

Q: What explains the recent interest in dogs resulting in a multibillion-dollar pet industry?

A: Not to turn into a long-winded academic, but I could write a chapter about that. (Laughs) It is such an interesting phenomenon. I think science has gotten interested because dogs have converged and have social skills that people thought were unique to humans. Not only unique, but maybe the crucial thing that makes us human and that dogs have evolved. They haven't become like us, but they have moved in our direction more than other species. So for an animal so distantly related to be more like us than a chimpanzee is just amazing.

We have over 1,000 people who bring their pet dogs into the Duke Canine Cognition Center. That means we have this new model of doing research. We realized there is so much interest in this that we needed to reach more people. Dognition.com will allow everybody who has a dog to play a set of games and to use that to learn how their dog thinks relative to other dogs. We will be using that data to learn more about dogs.

Q: The disturbing part of the book is how dogs are treated in parts of China and Korea. They are still consumed as a food product. While we don't eat them, our treatment in the U.S. of dogs is not always humane, i.e. puppy mills.

A: The hope is through dog psychology people will appreciate how sophisticated and how intelligent dogs are, and they deserve as good of a world as we can provide for them. That's the hope. And everybody can do better. It's not just China, and it's not just Korea. The United States has its own ways in which we could do a much better job. We have a problem with the breeding of dogs and how you acquire a dog. We have tons of shelters that are full of dogs that would be just wonderful (pets).

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Review: 'Extinction' is chilling thriller

By JEFF AYERS, Associated Press

"Extinction" (Thomas Dunne Books), by Mark Alpert

A Chinese experiment involving the use of political prisoners and a supercomputer goes horribly wrong in Mark Alpert's chilling thriller, "Extinction."

Alpert spins a variant of the Frankenstein monster mythos with the terrifying capabilities of current technology. A computer named Supreme Harmony is linked to the lobotomized minds of test subjects and begins to become self-aware. The test subjects begin to think with one mind, and Supreme Harmony's first task is to insure its survival by eliminating any and all threats.

Jim Pierce specializes in designing high-tech prosthetics for wounded veterans. A man arrives at his home and demands to know the whereabouts of Pierce's daughter, Layla. She's a hacker, and she's accidentally downloaded material that reveals Supreme Harmony's existence and plans. Pierce will do anything to save his daughter, but it's not as simple as finding the bad guy and stopping him. He has to fight technology, and he must use his wits and cunning while staying away from the modern conveniences the digital age has created.

Alpert does a superb job of balancing the action and the science. He's delivered his best book to date, and comparisons to Michael Crichton are warranted.

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Review: 'Airtight' is tale of family dynamics

By JEFF AYERS, Associated Press

"Airtight" (Minotaur Books), by David Rosenfelt

The brutal death of a judge opens "Airtight," David Rosenfelt's latest tale of mystery, family dynamics and paranoia.

New Jersey police officer Luke Somers gets the case, and a suspect quickly becomes apparent. Somers and his partner arrive at the home of Steven Gallagher and find him holding a gun. Somers opens fire and kills him. Evidence shows that Gallagher killed the judge, so the case is closed.

Chris Gallagher doesn't believe that his brother killed the judge. He decides to force Somers to continue the investigation by kidnapping Somers' brother. Somers has seven days before his brother, Bryan, who's locked in an underground bunker, runs out of air.

Somers begins to balance the line between doing his job and ethics. Should he fabricate evidence to save his brother, or was Steven Gallagher innocent?

As the clock continues ticking, Rosenfelt takes readers on a tight journey that examines the family bond and what a person might do to save a loved one.

The thriller elements are intense, but the introduction of characters from a small town along with the issue of fracking distract from the main story. Even with that minor issue aside, readers will be waiting to see how airtight the case, and Bryan's prison, truly are.

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Review: Anti-hero Keller is back in 'Hit Me'

By BRUCE DeSILVA, Associated Press

"Hit Me" (Mulholland Books), by Lawrence Block

When we last left Keller, Lawrence Block's killer-for-hire anti-hero, he was on the run after being framed for a political assassination in the 2008 thriller, "Hit and Run."

Now, five years later, we find living him living in New Orleans with a new identity, Nicholas Edwards. He's got a charming new wife named Julia, who knows about his past, and daughter Jenny makes three. Instead of poisoning, strangling, or shooting people, he's making a living rehabbing and flipping houses.

But the economy being what it is, there's not much of a market for houses these days, so Keller is spending a lot of time hanging out with the family and working on his stamp collection. So when his old murder broker, Dot, gets in touch about a job, he's ready to get back into the game.

What Keller likes about the work is the meticulous planning that goes into each hit, so in the early chapters, that is what Block dwells on. The kills themselves are anticlimactic, each carried out with swift efficiency and without remorse.

But as Block gets deeper into the story, the planning, too, takes a back seat to the killer's obsession with his hobby. Keller spends most of his time and energy attending stamp shows, bidding at stamp auctions and negotiating the sale of a seductive widow's extensive collection. In the last third of the book, his profession seems almost an afterthought.

In the hands of a lesser writer, the philately passages would be insufferable, but Block makes them interesting in their own right as well a window into the soul of a hit man who can dispatch innocent bystanders without remorse but won't cheat on his wife and insists on being scrupulously honest in the buying and selling of collectible stamps.

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