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By the Book at the Bandera Library

by Michael Garr, Bandera Library Director

Thank you for the nice comments regarding the new column featuring the latest books available at the Bandera Library.
This week, I’ll start off with a favorite author, Stephen Hunter. His famous series features a character, Bob Lee Swagger. If that name sound familiar, it could be you have seen the Mark Wahlberg movie, “Shooter,” or the new TV series running on cable starring Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee. The books follow retired sniper, Bob Lee Swagger, on various off- the- book assignments for the FBI. The series also delves into the family history with three books about his father, Earl Lee and his most recent offering, “G-man”, which has Bob Lee and his grandfather, Charles Lee Swagger, as the main characters. Moving between the present and the past, we see Charles Swagger involved in the pursuit of John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and even Bonnie and Clyde. Shooting runs in the Swagger family. Good read!
Harry Hole returns in the eleventh installment of the best-selling, electrifying crime fiction series that includes The Bat, The Snowman, and, most recently, Police. In Police — the last novel featuring Jo Nesbo's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective — a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in “The Thirst,” the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters — a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past. I mention this book because when I was viewing Dunkirk at the theater last weekend, I saw the previews for the movie, “Snowman” which is the 7th in the Harry Hole series, being released this October. You might want to read a few before encountering the movie.
Westward HO!! The Bandera Library has always featured Westerns among its new books but we have ramped up the ordering to meet the increasing demand. The library gets almost 12 new Westerns a month, including classic authors like Max Brand, William and J.A. Johnston, Ralph Cotton, Wayne Overholser and Lauran Paine as well as many newer authors of the genre. And to further help out the aging patron target group, all of these books are in LARGE PRINT.
Finally, I have an invitation to readers of all ages. All libraries are battling smaller budgets and increasing demand for titles to be added to their collections. For the last 6 years, the Bandera Library has allowed patrons to adopt books before publication, pay for them at a generous discount and then get to read them immediately upon arrival. To denote this significant donation, we put a bookplate inside the book with the donor’s name, thanking them. So if there is something you want that we don’t have and you want to be the first to read it, then the Adopt-A-Book program is for you. Good reading this week.