Thursday, September 6, 2018

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings on Fridays


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I've been on hiatus since the middle of August, spending a lovely two and a half weeks with family in Ireland.  Now it's back to reality . . . and blogging.

It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring a recent read, The Silver Gun by L.A. Chandlar.  The excerpts shared are from the trade paperback version I borrowed from a friend.

 The Silver Gun (Art Deco Mystery #1) 

Beginning:  Chapter 1
My father was skating up ahead, faster, faster; my mother and I were laughing, joyously racing to catch up.  Colors and sensations swirled like a dancer teasing the audience: the cold, gray day, the gentle snowflakes kissed my cheeks and coated my eyelashes, my mother's blue scarf, my father's scratchy mittens.

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Page 56:   He leaned in and brought his voice down to a low whisper.  "He's Danny Fazzalari.  More importantly, he's the hired gun and nephew of a mob boss.  Well, the mob boss.  Louie Venetti."
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My thoughts:  I was drawn to this novel for several reasons:  it's the first in a series; it has a strong female lead who is ahead of her time; and it's set in 1930's New York. The protagonist works for the legendary mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia, and finds herself dodging gangsters and corrupt public officials while juggling several love interests and trying to come to terms with her tragic past.

The series is definitely off to a good start, and book 2, The Gold Pawn will be released later this month, on September 25, 2018.  
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From Goodreads:   New York City, 1936. In the midst of the Great Depression, the Big Apple is defiantly striving toward an era infused with art, architecture, and economic progress under the dynamic Mayor LaGuardia. But those in City Hall know that tumultuous times can inspire both optimism and deadly danger . . . 

It's been six months since Lane Sanders was appointed Mayor Fiorello "Fio" LaGuardia's new personal aide, and the twenty-three-year-old is sprinting in her Mary Janes to match her boss's pace. Despite dealing with vitriol from the Tammany Hall political machine and managing endless revitalization efforts, Fio hasn't slowed down a bit during his years in office. And luckily for Lane, his unpredictable antics are a welcome distraction from the childhood memories that haunt her dreams and the silver gun she'll never forget. 

When Lane gets attacked and threatened by an assailant tied to one of the most notorious gangsters in the city, even the mayor can't promise her safety. The corrupt city officials seem to be using Lane as a pawn against Fio for disgracing their party in the prior election. But why was the assailant wielding the exact same gun from her nightmares? 


Balancing a clandestine love affair and a mounting list of suspects, Lane must figure out how the secrets of her past are connected to the city's underground crime network before someone pulls the trigger on the most explosive revenge plot in New York history . . .

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22 comments:

Literary Feline said...

I like strong female leads as well. This sounds good! Thank you for sharing, Catherine. I hope you had a great time. I would live to visit Ireland one day. Have a great weekend!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, yes, you've ticked off all the right boxes for me: 1930s NYC; a strong female lead; and first in a series. Love that cover, too.

Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Bev Bouwer said...

Great book - and good timing on your part, you won't have to wait too long for the sequel.

Anne Bennett said...

Pretty ominous quote on page 56..."oh by the way, he's the hired gun for the mob. No worries!" Eek! My Friday Quotes

Kay said...

First of all, you've been missed! Glad you had a good time and a restful vacation. I'm so glad you featured this book. I met the author at Malice and loved hearing about her research for this series. I have a copy of this one and now will move it up my stack to read in upcoming weeks.

fredamans said...

I'm intrigued by the mob aspect to it. Happy weekend!

Storm Reads said...

I think I have this one and really need to give it a try!

Stormi
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KB Schollenberger said...

This looks amazing! I especially like that beginning–very evocative.

Kathy Martin said...

This does sound like a great story. I'll have to add it to my list. This week I am spotlighting Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima. Happy reading!

Roberta said...

Your trip sounds really good. I like the beginning. Nice and cool on a hot day.

Welcome back!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

Thanks for stopping by, Wendy. I hope you get a chance to visit Ireland one day. It's a beautiful country and great vacation spot.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

The cover for book 2 is lovely also. I really like Art Deco design.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

Thanks, Bev. I'm looking forward to reading book 2 very soon, just before it is released,as part of a blog tour.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

You're right, Anne. It would almost be funny if it wasn't so serious, lol.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

Thanks for your kind words, Kay. It's great to reconnect with my favorite bloggers. The book is well written and the author's language is very descriptive. I'm looking forward to starting book 2, which I'll be reviewing for a blog tour.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

There are very colorful characters in the story-- there were lots of notorious gangsters around in the 1930's. Enjoy the weekend, Freda!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

Hope you do, Stormi!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

Thanks for your feedback. Hope you're reading a great book too.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

I highly recommend it, Kathy. Happy reading!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

Thanks, Roberta. My reading suffered while I was away, but it was worth it. Happy reading!

Sassy Brit said...

Hi Catherine!

It's a great time period to read about and with the added gangster bonus, I'm definitely intrigued. Thanks for sharing.

Here's my Friday post. Hope you're enjoying you're weekend! x

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

Hi Sassy! So nice to hear from you. Hope you're having a good weekend too!

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