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titleLeonard, Elmore. Pronto. 1993. (Fiction Leona.E)

If you're a fan of the FX country crime drama "Justified" starring Timothy Olyphant, you won't want to miss the novels that inspired the show.  Telling the whole story behind Season One's spectacular opening shootout, Pronto kicks off the series following troubled U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens as he outwits and outguns mobsters Tommy Bucks and Joe Macho in order to protect a fugitive South Beach bookie.  Filled with Leonard's trademark crackling dialogue and hard-boiled suspense, this stylish page turner is a great way to get your Harlan County fix.  Also try continuing the series with Riding the Rap and Raylan.

(Russell J., Readers' Services)


The Fairy

titleThe Fairy (La Fée). 2012. (DVD 791.4372 Fairy).

The French have a way with love. Even the quirkiest of couples facing outlandishly harrowing obstacles touch our hearts and make us wish for a happy ending. Dom, a hapless night clerk in a third rate hotel, meets Fiona, our eponymous fairy, on the run from a mental hospital. She grants him three wishes. He uses of two of them right away which are delivered as promised. They have a madcap series of escapades eluding the authorities during which they perform some amazing stunts and a charming little dance number proving that they must be two of the most limber people in the town of Le Havre. Played by two brilliant physical comedians, Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, this whimsical story features a colorful supporting cast, a cute little pup, and a message that falls somewhere between love conquers all and when your soul mate is a fairy, everyone else will thinks she's nuts.

(Barbara L., Reader's Services)



Shutter Island


Lehane, Dennis. Shutter Island. 2003. Paperback Fiction Lehan.D.

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, pay a visit to Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane to check on a murderer who has gone missing. Lehane expertly creates suspense and horror that will make your skin crawl. A savage hurricane that sweeps through the forbidding island ramps up the fear and tension. Very original and cleverly executed. EPL owns the DVD. (Shira S., Reader's Services)




Niagara. 1953. (DVD 791.4372 Niagara)

On the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, I thought I’d revisit Niagara, her first major role in a color film. Never mind that some of the dialog is hokey, or that the outcome is predictable, the combination of Marilyn in her amazing hot-pink dress and the spectacular scenery of Niagara Falls is reason enough to see this. The Hitchcock-like plot centers on two couples vacationing in Niagara Falls – Rose Loomis (Monroe) who has plotted with her lover to kill her husband George (Joseph Cotton); and the honeymooning couple Polly (Jean Peters) and Ray Cutler (Max Showalter) who get involved in the intrigue. As expected, things don’t go quite as planned. Filmed on location, the Technicolor backdrop of the Falls is gorgeous, but it’s Marilyn Monroe who steals this film. (Laura, Reader's Services)


The Persian Boy


Renault, Mary. The Persian Boy. 1988. (Fiction Renau.M)

Mary Renault’s sixth work of historical fiction, The Persian Boy, is the story of Alexander the Great, as narrated from the perspective of Alexander’s servant and lover, a eunuch named Bagaos. Bagaos vividly recounts his early life as a boy in an aristocratic Persian family, the murder of his father, the boy’s subsequent capture and his heart-wrenching mutilation. His eventual placement in King Darius’ court segways into his auspicious encounter at the age of 16 with the coarse, hard-drinking Barbarians, whose king was the legendary 23-year old Alexander. Renault’s eloquent description of life among the Persians, Barbarians and Greeks is remarkably realistic—and an unforgettable history lesson. (Russ K., Ref.)


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