In “Witness to the Truth,” author Paul Lindsay is quite harsh on the FBI bureaucracy, while offering a heroic character in the form of special agent Mike Devlin. Devlin is in hot water with the administration for not conforming to the rules, but he doesn’t let that stop him from tackling the cases that matter. He gathers a team of trusted fellow agents to help him and his new partner, novice Edgar Livingston, to investigate the mystery of a missing girl and stop the sale of a snitch list to the mafia.
Illustrator Ray Kilbride returns to the home he grew up in after his father dies in an accident in the new mystery “Trust Your Eyes,” by Linwood Barclay. He is faced with the problem of what to do with his schizophrenic younger brother, who spends his days traveling the world on his computer with a program called Whirl360. Thomas is memorizing maps of all the cities, believing he has been talking to ex-president Bill Clinton and is working for the CIA. With a plot reminiscent of the movie “Rear Window,” when Thomas captures a suspicious image, the two are drawn into an ominous political cover-up.
We have added more titles in the David Handler Berger and Mitry series. These mysteries with their gentle movie critic protagonist, his romance with trooper Des Mitry, and a beautiful small town peopled with interesting characters, remind one of Jan Karon’s Mitford series only with murder.
“Lockout” is the best DVD I’ve watched recently. It’s an exciting, action-packed movie with Guy Pearce starring as a man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. who is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
Movies based on books at the theatres:
“Atlas Shrugged Part Two,” based on Ayn Rand’s influential novel (a 1991 poll rated it the second-most influential book — after the Bible — for Americans). The message that an economy cannot be sustained when a socialist government removes incentive for individuals to add value with their talents is very timely.
In “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” Greg is looking forward to summer until his plans go awry. The movies based on the books by Jeff Kinney are delightful.
Tyler Perry portrays the “Alex Cross” character from the novels by James Patterson.
“Cloud Atlas” is a new release this week, based on the book by David Mitchell.
Rosemary Honn is a librarian in the circulation department at the Ottawa Library.