Category Archives: Drama

Plague of Thieves Affair

Title:  Plague of Thieves Affair

Author:   Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon are no strangers to mysteries.  In the five years since they opened Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, they have solved dozens, but one has eluded even them.  Sherlock Holmes or, rather, the madman claiming his identity, who keeps showing up with a frustrating (though admittedly useful) knack for solving difficult cases.

Thankfully, Sabina’s latest assignment appears to be a simple one.  The traveling exhibition Reticules Through the Ages is in need of security for their showcase of priceless handbags, including one carried by Marie Antoinette herself.  But what should be a routine job turns  sinister when a bag is stolen from underneath Sabina’s nose and the man who warned her it might happen was none other than Sherlock Holmes.

John, meanwhile has been hired by the owner of the Golden State brewery to investigate the “accidental” death of the head brewmaster, who drowned in a vat of his own beer.  When a second murder occurs and the murderer escapes, John finds himself on the trail of not only the criminals but also that of his reputation for catching them.

To complicate matters, Roland W. Fairchild, recently arrived from Chicago, needs to find his missing cousin, Charles, whose father has just died.  Charles stands to inherit an estate worth more than three million dollars–if Carpenter and Qincannon can find him.  they reluctantly agree to take the case–and the handsome fee that comes with it.

Plagued by thieves, murderers, and missing persons, Carpenter and Quincannon will need all their wits and wiles to solve their cases–and save their standing as San Francisco’s premier detective agency.

The Illegal

Title:  The Illegal

Author:  Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill spellbound readers with Someone Knows My Name (made into the television mini-series The Gook of Negroes), hailed as “transporting” (Entertainment Weekly) and “completely engrossing” (Washington Post).  The Illegal is the gripping story of Keita Ali, a refugee like many in today’s headlines compelled to leave his homeland.

All Keita has ever wanted to do is to run.  Running means respect and wealth at home.  His native Zantoroland. a fictionalized country whose tyrants are eerily familiar, turns out the fastest marathoners on earth.  But after his journalist father is killed for his outspoken political views, Keita must flee to the wealthy nation of Freedom State–a country engaged in a crackdown on all undocumented people.

There, Keita becomes a part of the new underground.  He learns what it means to live as an illegal: surfacing to earn cash prizes by running local races and assessing whether the people he meets will be kind or turn him in.  As the authorities seek to arrest Keita, he strives to elude capture and ransom his sister, who has been kidnapped.

Set in an imagined country bearing a striking resemblance to our own, this tension-filled novel casts its eye on race, human p0otintial and what it means to belong.