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In his best-selling legal thrillers, William Bernhardt has explored the dark side of contemporary politics, power and the law. Now Bernhardt turns back the clock to the city of Cleveland, Ohio, in the fall of 1935. Based on true events and new discoveries about Eliot Ness, "Nemesis" is a brilliantly told story featuring this legendary lawman's fateful duel with a terrifyingly new kind of criminal -- America's first serial killer. In Chicago, Ness has created "The Untouchables," the fabled team of federal agents who were beyond corruption and who finally put Al Capone behind bars. The headline-grabbing Ness has now been moved to Cleveland, where a new mayor desperately needs some positive publicity. The heroic, squeaky-clean Fed is the perfect man to become the city's director of public safety, but by the time Ness starts his new job, a killer has started a career of his own. And this man is as obsessed with blood and mayhem as Eliot Ness is obsessed with justice.

"Nemesis" is on the Reserve Shelf at Walla Walla Public Library.

Featured books will be available for the public today. They can also be placed on hold online at wallawallapubliclibrary,org or call the library for assistance at 527-4550. Other books include:

General interest

"Not Becoming My Mother," by Ruth Reichl

Reichl embarks on a clear-eyed, openhearted investigation of her mother's life, piecing together the journey of a woman she comes to realize she never really knew. Looking to her mother's letters and diaries, Reichl confronts the painful transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and realizes the tremendous sacrifices she made to make sure her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own. On what would have been Miriam's 100th birthday, Reichl opens up her mother's diaries for the first time and encounters a whole new woman. This is a person she had never known. In this intimate study Reichl comes to understand the lessons of rebellion, independence and self-acceptance that her mother -- though unable to guide herself -- succeeded in teaching her daughter.

"Born to Be Good," by Dacher Keltner

Observing human behavior, Adam Smith famously concluded that humans are motivated by self-interest -- competition and the desire for personal wealth are the backbone of modern societies. Psychoanalysts, economists, political theorists and evolutionary scientists followed suit -- humans are hardwired to pursue self-interest, to compete and to be vigilant to the bad. If humans are indeed wired to gratify desire, what are we to make of the prevalence of emotions like compassion, modesty and awe in social groups as diverse as the isolated inhabitants of New Guinea and the crowded creatures of New York? In a startling new study of human emotion, Keltner answers the question. He reveals that much of Western thought has been blind to the role that positive emotions play in being good; perhaps survival is not a matter of who is the fittest, but who is the kindest. Keltner's study ultimately holds the key to the way we think about happy marriages, well-adapted children, healthy communities and cultures -- learning about the evolutionary origins of good may just promote your understanding of how to live the good life for yourself.

Fiction

"We'll Always Have Paris," by Ray Bradbury

This is a new collection of never-before-published stories -- the inimitable Bradbury once again does what few writers have ever done as well. He delights us with prose that soars and sings. He surprises and inspires, exposing truths and provoking deep thought. He imagines great things and poignantly observes human foibles and frailties. He enchants us with the magic he mastered decades ago and still performs flawlessly. In these pages, radio voices become indomitable flesh and the dead arise to recapture life. Get ready to travel far and side once again with America's preeminent storyteller. His tales will live forever.

Other books

"The Scenic Route" by Binnie Kirshenbaum; "Strangers: A Novel" by Anita Brookner; "Dillinger's Wild Ride" by Elliot J. Gorn; "Special-Needs Kids Eat Right" by Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD.

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