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The Peter White Public Library new book shelves hold a variety of reading material. Skeletons in the Closet by Tobias T. Bukh bids readers welcome to Michigan, home to the grit and tire smell of Detroit, more than 3,000 miles of beach. Michigan boasts of the longest freshwater shoreline in the world and more registered snowmobiles than any other state. Tourists spend summers in cabins cooling off by the Big Lake, and residents bundle up, watching the snow pile as it grows. Even in this outdoor paradise, there is still room for crime and plenty of places to bury bodies. The author takes to the road to chronicle some of the Great Lakes State’s more intriguing, hair-rising and compelling crime cases. You will never look at Michigan the same way again. Bukh teams up with Dr. Stephen D. Cowle to explore the everyday world of the Kent County Morgue located in West Michigan. Cause of Death: Forensic Files of a Medical Examiner is complete with the gruesome sights, the caustic smells and the frightening sounds of the autopsy. This writing duo examines the twisted tales of the bodies that have rolled through the doors of the Kent County Morgue. Fans of forensic detective stories will like this book that details what happens in the day-to-day life of the Grand Rapids area Medical Examiner.

In 1933, Albert Einstein, like so many others of his generation, became a refugee due to the spread of fascism in Europe. He settled in Princeton, New Jersey where he accepted a position at the newly established Institute for Advanced Study. The modest, retiring theoretician, his principal scientific discoveries behind him, had unwittingly become something of a sage whose opinions on all issues affecting humanity were eagerly sought by a variety of people. With good humor and with a steadfast moral compass, Einstein responded and became an internationally respected spokesperson for ethical humanism and a symbol of the scientist as the world’s conscience. Einstein in America, the Scientific Conscience in the Age of Hitler and Hiroshima by Janice Sayner recounts his life from 1933 until his death in 1955. This time span includes development of the atomic bomb and his early efforts to achieve international control over nuclear weapons as well as Einstein’s lifelong pacifism, his relationship with Judaism, the nature of his support for Israel and his fervent stand against Mccarthyism and the Cold War. This fascinating book paints a personal portrait of the private Einstein as recounted by those who knew him best.

Author Steve Hamilton sets his Alex McKnight series in Paradise, Michigan. Hamilton took a break from the series several year ago to pen “The Lock Artist.” He returned last year with “Die a Stranger” and follows that with Let It Burn. In the newest mystery novel McKnight finds that even retirement can’t shield him from his former duty to serve and protect the residents of Detroit. A trip to Mouton is a trip he would just as soon forget. The city continues to remind him of his partner’s death and the bullet still lodged near his heart. When his old sergeant calls to notify him of the release from prison of a young many he helped put away, nagging doubts draw McKnight back to the city and on a nostalgic trip of the days before his partner died, his marriage fell apart and before he left Detroit, for what he thought would be forever. What if he and his fellow officers were fooled and the real killer not only got away, but went on to kill again and again.

Arizona is the setting for Manifest Injustice by Barry Siegel. This true story of a convicted murderer and the lawyers who fought for his freedom is a cautionary tale about what happens when justice goes awry. Bill Mauceri was imprisoned for 38 years for the gruesome murder of a couple found by a school bus of students in the Arizona desert in 1962. The brutal murder of a young couple bewildered the Maricopa Sheriff’s Department and resulted in a number of chilling confessions. The case went cold until an estranged wife implicated her husband Bill Mauceri. Despite questionable evidence and extraordinary irregularities, he was tried for the crime and convicted. The case attracted the involvement of the Arizona Justice Project. Mauceri story provides startling and upsetting truths about our justice system and the dedicated lawyers who never stopped working on his behalf. This story is filled with twists and turns and may change the way many people understand the court system today.

– Stanley Peterson

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