BOOK REVIEW: THE ANCIENT NINE

THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian Smith is based on his time as a Harvard student in the 1980s.  Readers might think of a fraternity, where male students rush to join, in this case it is called “punched.” As with fraternities there is hazing, sexism, and underage drinking. But these “final clubs” are not fraternities but are actual secret societies that have been in existence since the 1700s, with many of the rules of its members very archaic. This conjures up a story of what Brad Meltzer might write. Harvard University conjures up images of a very prestigious and exclusive school whose acceptance rate is only 5.2% of its applicants. Within the...

INTERVIEW WITH IRIS AND ROY JOHANSEN

  Double Blind by Iris and Roy Johansen is a heart stopping story.  This series has a very original premise and this novel, in particular, has a killer that is unique.  Blind from birth, the main character, Kendra Michaels, regained her sight at the age of twenty. Now she is able to use her extensively distinct senses and acute analytical skills to help the FBI thwart bad guys. This case literally came to her after a woman is found dead with an envelope having Kendra’s name on it.  It contains a memory stick of a wedding video.  What soon becomes apparent is that the wedding party has been targeted by a serial killer who strives to get the...