Knoll by Stephen Hillard

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

As lawyer Bus McIntyre digs into the past of his murdered father, he uncovers a dangerous secret. At the same time, a protege of Edward Snowdon discovers that a project purporting to look for new information in the assassination of JFK is actually identifying people with new information and eliminating them. Is Bus the next victim?

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.

 

The public persona of Project Knoll is to find new information that would either prove of disprove the narrative of Lee Harvey Oswald as a solo killer of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Banner McCoy, an NSA analyst, a decadesuncovers the true goal of the project, to eliminate anyone that might have real information to disprove the approved narrative. When we meet Banner, she’s fleeing and letting readers know that the knowledge she’s uncovered is of such weight that she will likely be killed if located. Hillard establishes off the bat that this is a high stakes thriller.

Bus McIntyre is a Vietnam Vet and small town lawyer with bigger ambitions who is haunted by the murder of his father. He’s searching for his father’s killer when he comes across information that leads him down an unexpected path. Hillard’s shift into history is smooth and his characters, including an aging hit man, are well planned and purposeful. Hillard gives his world context so that the connections of characters are logical and realistic while maintaining an urgency and purpose despite revolvindecadesold, world changing, event. Project Knoll is a conspiracy that lives and in its life could leave even those not sure of what they have with deadly consequences. The journal left by Bus’ father gives the reader and his son a perspective unsuspected on his father. How well do we really know the people we love the most?

Hillard’s writing style is lyrical and polished. His narrative style allows the suspense to build. Shifting locales are described with a deft hand and characters introduced that add to the narrative whether by way of expanding the story or serving as a misdirection. That the narrative is shifting and in first person did take some adjustment. The shifts are well marked and the voices unique so that there’s not confusion but it is a difficult adjustment as its an unusual pattern for any genre.

Hillard’s presentation of JFK’s assassination is well researched and his links to the event are plausible. Its long been thought that Oswald did not act alone and historians the world over would be dead if a plan like Project Knoll actually existed but Hillard gives us a world where it could happen. Knoll is a wonderful thriller. If you’re looking for a summer read to take on vacation, pick it up today.

Adventures of an American Girl in Victorian London by Elizabeth L. Banks

Publication Date: November 7, 2016

 

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In 1892, an American journalist named Elizabeth Banks launched the ultimate social experiment. She lived side by side with the people of Victorian England working in all manners of jobs from street sweeper to maid for some of the most demanding matrons in London. She also posed as an heiress to get the perspective of the elite. Adventures of an American Girl in London was originally published in 1894. 

 

 

 

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My 21 Years in the White House by Alonzo Fields

Publication Date: February 16, 2016

 

My 21 Years in the White House by Alonzo Fields, autobiography book reviewAlonzo Fields started working in the White House in 1931 and was the head butler for the four Presidents – Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. My 21 Years in the White House is a look through the eyes of a man keenly aware of the unique position he held and with nearly unlimited access at crucial points in U.S. history and his encounters with the world leaders that visited.

 

 

 

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Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys: An Annie Graceland Mystery by Pamela DuMond

Publication Date: November 8, 2010 | Audio Release Date: November 12, 2013

 

Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys: An Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery, audio book reviewAnnie Graceland’s move to Los Angeles from Wisconsin with her up-and-coming actor husband seems perfectly timed. Her life is falling into place as her business succeeds. If only she didn’t feel the emotions of others. Who needs to know about someone’s foot fetish or struggles with weight loss and insecurity? Annie’s perfect life shatters when she discovers that her husband has been cheating and when the paramour dies, Annie is the prime suspect. To add to the problem of her telepathy, Annie now has a super annoying ghost hanging out with her. Can Annie solve the murder and save her sanity?

 

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Dead Man Talking (Dead Man Mysteries Book 1) by T.M. Simmons

Publication Date: June 13, 2011

 

Author and ghost hunter, Alice Carpenter, has been living with 10 ghosts. Alice’s cousin, Katy, calls her to the family home to help with demanding and destructive resident ghost who is desperate to know who killed him. Soon after arriving Alice meets a new ghost and Katy becomes a suspect in that ghost’s murder. Can Alice hope her cousin and stop a killer? She’ll need help from another world to solve this one.

 

 

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The Murder Business: How the Media Turns Crime Into Entertainment and Subverts Justice by Mark Fuhrman

Publication Date: October 12, 2009

 

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In The Murder Business, former LAPD Detective turned author, Mark Fuhrman, examines how media sensationalism of criminal cases and the reckless nature with which they’re treated publicly impedes the course of justice.

 

 

 

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The Jack of Souls: A Rogue & Knight Epic Fantasy Series (The Unseen Moon Book 1) by Stephen Merlino

Publication Date: December 20, 2014

 

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Harric is doomed to die by his nineteenth birthday if he’s unable to break a curse. To survive he makes some unlikely friends. His friends bring their own challenges. Can Harric beat the curse?

 

 

 

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Relative Sanity by Martin Reaves

Publication Date: July 12, 2011 | Audio Release Date: September 29, 2015

 

Relative Sanity by Martin ReavesAfter years of physical abuse, Babylon escapes her father’s home and sets out to find the people she’s heard on the radio. Purdy Fallon is a child trapped in a man’s body waiting for his mama to come home when Babylon knocks at his door. Detective Nick Grimmer is investigating a case but his heart is at home with his wife from whom he’s becoming increasingly distant.

 

 

 

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