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Published: Sat, April 9, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



FICTION

'Lost Lake'

It's a beautiful summer night in Portland, Ore. Ami Vergano, a young attorney and single mother, arrives at her son Ryan's little league game with their tenant and new friend, Dan Morelli. When the assistant coach calls in sick, Morelli seems happy to help out. But then one player roughly blocks another and a fight erupts. Before the game ends, Ami witnesses violence that shocks and horrifies her and makes her question everything she thought she knew about Morelli.

On the other side of the continent, ex-mental patient Vanessa Kohler, a reporter for Exposed, a tabloid that specializes in alien abduction stories, watches a piece on television about the little league massacre and quickly places a call to the FBI. For years she's been telling anyone who will listen about a vast government conspiracy to conceal a secret military unit headed by General Morris Wingate, a presidential candidate, and for years everyone has dismissed her stories. But when Vanessa sees Dan Morelli fighting, she believes she's found the key to proving that her theories are true.

Vanessa hires Ami Vergano to represent Morelli, who is charged with attempted murder, and Ami is drawn into Vanessa's paranoid world. Are Vanessa, a former mental patient, and Morelli, a confessed mass murder, telling the truth about one of the nation's most respected soldiers and politicians? Or are their charges the products of two sick minds? Ami has to decide who and what to believe in Phillip Margolin's most exciting and surprising thriller since his breakout best seller "Gone, But Not Forgotten."

NONFICTION

'The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty'

On the mean streets of Jersey City, St. Anthony High School is more than a tiny brick schoolhouse -- it is a beacon of hope. Though the school constantly teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, it is held together by Felician nuns devoted to helping students overcome the scourges of poverty by preparing them for college educations and a brighter future. And each year from the student body of just over 200, Coach Bob Hurley forges an elite nationally ranked basketball team through hard work, his coaching genius and the sheer force of his personality. In 31 years as a coach, Hurley has won 22 state championships, two USA Today national titles and has sent all of his players to college (including his son Bobby, one of the greatest players in college basketball history) except for one. Award-winning sportswriter Adrian Wojnarowski brings the stories of the St. Anthony 2003-04 season to vivid life, as Hurley struggles to turn a troubled group of players into state champions and national title contenders again -- while keeping the school he loves alive to continue its educational mission at any cost.




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