THE RAINY DAY KILLER                            MICHAEL J. McCANN
Posted:  March 15, 2014

The Rainy Day Killer  A man in a business suit offers the protection of his umbrella to an unsuspecting woman ... and several days later she turns up dead on a river bank, raped and strangled. The terrifying serial killer known in the press as the Rainy Day Killer is now hunting new victims in the city of Glendale ... whenever it rains.

Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue leads the investigation as the killer begins to communicate directly to him through phone calls and grisly packages containing body parts of his victims. Assisted by FBI profiler Ed Griffin, Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer pursue an elusive predator who leaves no physical evidence behind.

The timing couldn't be worse, however, as Karen Stainer's attention is divided between the investigation and preparations for her upcoming wedding. Distracted and uncertain about her future, Stainer is furious when she learns that the Rainy Day Killer has followed her to Virginia, where the wedding will take place, and that he intends to make her his next victim!

This book is about a serial killer who only kills when it rains and when the body shows up there is very little evidence. The killer starts communicating with the lead investigator who is also dealing with a new temporary boss who is wanting to micro manage everything and he still needs to have the investigation run its course. The lead detective is getting married soon and though she is not doing the planning she is still required to show up at different times to make it appear that she is wanting this marriage. The murder is interrupting her soon to be mother in law new plans. There is a lot of things going on in this story and I like that the author made each character different and unique and that there is friction when a new boss comes in, even though it is temporary. You can see who they feel self-conscious because he has a better understanding of the job and the people working for them. The story is fast paced but has some funny moments also. I enjoyed this book a lot. A good read. I got this book from net galley.


Posted:  March 15, 2014

Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry  Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry covers nearly a century's worth of epic battles on and off the baseball field between these age-old rivals. Featuring exclusive interviews with former governors Mario Cuomo of New York and Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts, former press secretary Ari Fleischer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, congressmen, reporters, broadcasters, and especially players, coaches, managers and front-office execs from the Red Sox and Yankees including Don Zimmer, Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Lowe, Jason and Jeremy Giambi, Lou Meroni, Dwight Evans, and Theo Epstein. Two unique features of the book are a Rivalry Timeline and a "Talkin' Rivalry" section, a free-for-all in print among fans, journalists, and players who all have something to say. Other chapters include "Marker Moments," in-depth profiles of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. More than two years in the making, this coffee-table book will have nearly 256 pages of text and more than 125 photos, some in color, some archival. A perfect book for Yankee fans, Red Sox fans, and all baseball fans.

This is the third edition for this book. The new update is Boston winning the World Series in 2004 and the way they did it by beating New York in 4 straight games after being down 3 games to none. They became the first team to come back from a 0for 3 to win 4 straight then played St. Louis for the championship. The rest of the book goes back and traces the histories of these two franchises and the trades that were made between them, which it seemed New York always came out ahead on to the games played between these two teams. The Red Sox started in 1901 were also called the Americas from 1901 to 1918 they were in 6 world series winning 5. Before they traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees and they did not win again until 2004. The Yankees who started out as the Highlanders started to win after they got Ruth and other good ball players around him by 1921 they were in their first world series and winning finally in 1923. The book talks about the players that have made up each team and the big games that they have played against each other over the years. From DiMaggio to Williams to Mantel and Yastrzemski, to Fisk and Thurman Munson, and the name that some Boston people still don’t like Dent from 78. A good book a fast read full of history of the game and of both teams. I got this book from net galley.


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