These are the books (photo, below) that will go back to the library this afternoon.
Divining Women, Kay Gibbons - I enjoyed this novel that provided character studies of a few people who lived during the Spanish influenza pandemic of about 100 years ago. Imagine "Little Women" as written by Stephen King.
Dead or Alive, Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood - I put this book down, after 160 pages, as not being worth my time to finish. I don't know who is to blame - Mr Clancy, Mr Blackwood, or the publisher; but, this was blood and guts and dogma with no redeeming qualities in sight.
The Memory Collector, Meg Gardiner - As this was my first exposure to Ms Gardiner, I didn't really know what to expect. On the back cover was a sentence written by Stephen King about the book, "If you read Sue Grafton, Lee Child, Janet Evanovich, Michael Connelly, or Nelson DeMille, you're going to think Meg Gardiner is a gift from heaven."
Although Evanovich is the only author in Mr King's listing whose work I have read, and although I don't believe in heaven, Mr King was not getting carried away. This book is really that good! This is the sort of gripping thriller that Mr Clancy is normally credited with writing - but with a much lower body count. The protagonist is a forensic psychiatrist (she is also a climber in her spare time) who helps track down a suspected killer - a man who, it turns out, suffers from a brain malfunction that prevents his forming new memories. I will look for more books by Ms Gardiner!
People of Darkness, Tony Hillerman - This is a Jim Chee tale that doesn't disappoint this Hillerman fan. When someone bothers to murder a dying man - and then steals his body - one has to wonder what is going on! There is also a treat, for those who enjoy wordplay, in a tombstone that is erected by a white man for the grave of a peyote chief, "He Didn't Remember When He Was Born: Died December 11, 1953: A Good Indian".