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by sandra low
A murder mystery, missing scientist and a rogue assassin are on offer in this week’s roundup of books.
Not Without You
Author: Harriet Evans
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,
438 pages, fiction
BRITISH beauty Sophie Leigh is one of hundreds of pretty faces in Hollywood who hope to make it as an actresses. Unlike most, though, she becomes an overnight star when a low-budget movie she’s in becomes a surprise hit. So here she is, 30 years old and living like a movie star, complete with an entourage.
But happiness is elusive, and when Sophie decides to break out of her romantic comedy pigeonhole, her career begins to suffer. And then the threatening letters begin arriving and dark secrets begin to emerge ...
The Labyrinth Of Osiris
Author: Paul Sussman
Publisher: Bantam Books, 766, pages, fiction
PAUL Sussman’s Egypt-set novels were once described by The Independent newspaper as “the intelligent reader’s answer to The Da Vinci Code”. Sadly, Sussman died suddenly last year at the age of 45 after suffering a ruptured aneurysm.
His fourth and last novel once again features Luxor cop Yusuf Khalifa, this time drawn into working with Israeli detective Arieh Ben-Roi of the Jerusalem police over the murder of Israeli investigative journalist Rivka Kleinberg.
When Arieh discovers that the controversial stories Rivka was working on has an Egyptian connection, he reaches out to Yusuf, and the two soon find the trail leading to the unexplained death of a British Egyptologist in the 1930s who had supposedly uncovered the massive maze of a gold mine written about in the works of Herodotus.
The Utopia Experiment
Author: Kyle Mills
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing,
422 pages, fiction
IN Mills’ latest book for the Robert Ludlum Covert-One series, Dresner Industries announces a revolutionary electronic device called the Merge that would render the personal computer and smartphone obsolete.
While evaluating the Merge for military potential, Covert-One operative Colonel Jon Smith realises that this device will transform warfare completely and that America could not afford to let it fall into the hands of its enemies.
Meanwhile, in rural Afghanistan, CIA operative Randi Russell comes across an entire village of murdered locals – and each had been outfitted with the Merge.
As Smith and Russell investigate the technology further, they are blocked by someone with connections high up in the military and they find themselves drawn into a web of mystery and treachery.
Author: David Baldacci
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing,
392 pages, fiction
FIRST introduced in Baldacci’s The Innocent, Will Robie reappears in the author’s newest thriller. Robie is the American government’s very secret hit man whenever it requires an enemy or a threat eliminated.
As a government assassin Robin is accustomed to following orders without question. His latest assignment, however, makes him uneasy as he begins to question the legitimacy of the command. He is tasked to track down Jessica Reel, a colleague who has reportedly gone rogue and is accused of killing other agents.
The more Robie looks into Reel’s murders, the more he finds that his orders defy logic. And why does Reel keep texting him and not kill him when she had the opportunity?
As Robie delves deeper into the case he learns of a threat that could change the political climate across the globe.
Whole: Rethinking The Science Of Nutrition
Author: T. Colin Campbell
Publisher: BenBella Books, 328 pages, non-fiction
WHOLE is a follow-up to T. Colin Campbell’s bestselling The China Study (2006) on his quest to persuade people to see the reality of nutrition and health.
Backed by a long career in experimental research and having influenced national health policies, Campbell advocates that eating a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. He supports this with a remarkable amount of evidence and provides an eye-opening case that everything we know about nutrition is flawed.
From his years of scientific studies and understanding of how the world works, Campbell unravels with clarity the policies made by governments, food-linked business associations and companies, the pharmaceutical industry, the scientific and medical community, and how it is all linked in influencing how we view nutrition.
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