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Welcome to Dick's Book Picks!

Among many hobbies that people enjoy are picking up a good book!  The problem is picking the right book.  "A Good Book" is a very subjective thing, since people's interests are so varied.  Some prefer sci-fi, some like a good murder mystery, others like a good romance or historical novel, while others prefer non-fiction.  Here you will find some interesting titles complete with Dick's reviews.  Then it's up to you to decide!

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About Dick:

Born and raised in Northeast Minneapolis,  Dick Solem went to Edison High for 2 years and transferred to Osseo High in Osseo, MN.

After graduating from high school, Dick went to the University of Minnesota.  Married right after graduating from the U, Dick and his new bride, Colleen, traveled to San Antonio, Texas to begin a 3 year tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force.  After a stint in Japan, Dick left the Air Force.  He and his wife returned to Minnesota where he started a 25 year career in the Life Insurance industry.  During that time, his family grew. His 3 children all have had successful careers.  After retiring from the Life Insurance industry, Dick assisted in establishing a successful advertising agency in the Twin Cities Metro area. 
Besides being an avid reader, Dick has spent a lifetime as a collector.  For the past 25 years, he's had a "love affair" with English Toby Jugs and his collection presently has over 450 pieces.

 Dick's Featured Book Review:

"Alex Cross's Trial" is yet another novel by James Patterson, this one in collaboration with Richard Dilallo (his first.)  I find myself unable not to comment on the number and frequency of novels written by James Patterson in collaboration with many other writers.  Certainly makes it appear to be a very prolific situation.  Oh well, perhaps, this is really just a very novel situation (pun intended!)  In this story, Alex Cross's ancestors play major roles.  We are taken back to the early 20th century and brought face to face with the horrific acts brought about by rampant racial prejudice. 

President Theodore Roosevelt has chosen tough-minded Washington lawyer, Ben Corbett, to take on a dangerous task back in his own hometown of Eudora, Mississippi, which is also home to a terrifying, hate-filled Ku Klux Klan.  Ben is sent to investigate rumors of lynchings in the black quarter of Eudora.  His contacts in the area are Alex Cross's great uncle, Abraham Cross, and his daughter, Moody.  Survival has become a challenge for both of them and their assistance becomes invaluable to Ben, who soon finds himself in a personal battle for survival.  After terrible losses to both sides in this reign of terror, three of the Klansmen are brought to trial and we find that the battle against terrorism has just begun.

Interesting story, with interesting characters makes for a good evening of reading.  Enjoy!