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Effective SQL

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Effective SQLJohn L. Viescas, Douglas Steele, Ben ClothierISBN No. 0-134-57889-9 . This advanced book teaches you 61 ways to write Effective SQL. The chapters cover everything from an overview of database design to dealing with hierarchical data. Available NOW!

Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

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Robert Galbraith is a pen name for J.K. Rowling – world famous author of the Harry Potter series. She decided to try her hand at mystery stories, so she chose a pen name to obscure her real identity in case the stories were a flop. She needn’t have worried! Excellent tales featuring Cormoran Strike – a hardscrabble independent investigator. Be… Read more »

Bruno, Chief of Police

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In my spare time (lots now that I’m retired), I really enjoy reading what in France they call “policiers” – crime novels. This series is especially apropos if, like me, you love the Dordogne – Perigord region of France and all the good food that comes from there (truffles, foie gras, confit de canard, etc.). In quite a few chapters,… Read more »

M. L. Longworth

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Mary Lou Longworth was born in Canada. She moved with her husband to France in 1997, and after a few years ended up settling down in Aix-en-Provence. Having fallen in love with the area, she started writing non-fiction articles that were published in places like the Washington Post. She eventually graduated to writing crime novels centered in Aix. Similar in… Read more »

Karin Slaughter

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Karin Slaughter (her real name) is a best-selling crime novelist from Georgia. Her first series centers around murders occurring in the fictitious Grant County in Georgia. The main characters are Jeffrey Tolliver, the Chief of Police, and Sara Linton, Tolliver’s ex-wife and local pediatrician / county coroner. Their lives keep getting thrown back together as she helps him solve various… Read more »

Louise Penny

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Another crime novelist – this time from Canada. Follow Chief Inspector Gamache as he solves complex murders in Quebec. Be sure to read them in order. Still Life A Fatal Grace The Cruelest Month A Rule Against Murder The Brutal Telling Bury Your Dead A Trick of the Light The Beautiful Mystery How the Light Gets In The Long Way… Read more »

Michael Connelly

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Michael Connelly is arguably the American master of the murder mystery. His Harry (Hieronymus) Bosch detective novels follow the career of this renowned L.A.P.D. homicide detective as he solves complex murder mysteries and battles the bureaucracy of the department. Many of you may remember the Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller) movie starring Matthew McConaughey about an L.A. defense lawyer whose office… Read more »