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  • : Now You See Me...

    Now You See Me...
    A Molly Blume Mystery
    "One of this year's best mystery intriguing, engrossing, and even enchanting tale magnificently and beautifully told" - Bookreporter
    "A gripping tale of deceit, revenge and murder" - Jerusalem Post

    "A well-crafted mystery that is also a powerful exploration of the tragedy of unintended consequences. Krich excels at creating suspense through her characters' struggles and mistakes...a page-turner." -- Library Journal

    "Krich puts a sure finger on the painful spots where ordinary kids' problems turn into murderous melodrama—all at a bargain price." - Kirkus Review

  • : Dream House

    Dream House
    Agatha Award Nominee
    "Tantalizing...engaging" - Booklist

  • : Blues in the Night

    Blues in the Night
    Agatha Award Nominee
    "A sleuth worth her salt" - NY Times Book Review
    "A fresh new presence...Smart, resourceful, and curious--not much escapes her." Sue Grafton


    Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award
    L.A.Times Bestseller
    "Krich once again expertly mixes Orthodox Jewish faith with crisp, whodunit plotting....An engaging thriller...Krich never misses a beat" (Publishers Weekly)
    Winner of the Calavera Award

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November 28, 2005



I'm late to the party, but, like you, I don't understand many of Usher's correlations. Yes, I know that corporate law permits large chains to reap cost and tax savings unavailable to independents and allows them to stock more books and charge less for what they carry. But I don't understand why he thinks that the quality of the binding or the content of the pages in the current crop of best-sellers has anything to do with independents closing. And I take serious exception to casting blame on librarians who, contrary to his implication, generally do not have control over their own budgets and who are arguably more committed to the preservation of the printed page than any other group of professionals.

Many of Usher's points seem to be about a perceived "dumbing down" of the reading public. And that's an important topic of discussion. But people still buy books; that they're reading The DaVinci Code instead of Prodigal Summer is beside the point. The real question, it seems to me, is how to put the independents and big chains on a more level playing field so they can compete fairly for a share of that buying public.

And for the record, I love my neighborhood Barnes and Noble because it is the only bookstore within a 15-mile radius of my home; if I had a local independent, I'd practically live there . . .

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