An Outlaw Christmas

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Linda Lael Miller
Harlequin, 2012

Publisher Summary: Celebrate the holidays with a brand-new McKettrick tale by beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller.

With his wild heart, Sawyer McKettrick isn’t ready to settle down on the Triple M family ranch in Arizona. So he heads to Blue River, Texas, to seek a job as marshal. But in a blinding snowstorm he’s injured—and collapses into the arms of a prim and proper lady in calico.

The shirtless, bandaged stranger recuperating in teacher Piper St. James’s room behind the schoolhouse says he’s a McKettrick, but he looks like an outlaw. As they wait out the storm, the handsome loner has Piper remembering long-ago dreams of marriage and motherhood. But for how long is Sawyer willing to call Blue River home?

As the gray skies clear, Piper’s one holiday wish just might bring two lonely hearts together forever.

My Take:  Since I’m a hard-core Linda Lael Miller fan, I have wondered what would happen if I didn’t like one of her books – but An Outlaw Christmas is another winner. A story set in the 1800’s, where a schoolteacher rescues a wounded man, thereby ruining her reputation, but providentially he turns out to be a cousin of her closest friend’s husband, and someone with whom she falls in love so the ruined reputation is a moot point.

The book is a tag-along to the modern-day McKettrick stories – McKettrick’s Heart, McKettrick’s Luck, and McKettrick’s Pride. So it’s interesting and enjoyable to read about their antecedents. I must be from the south the way I like to connect dots on the family tree.

Ms. Miller simply tells a good story. The sweetness of the characters is not saccharine, but genuine. Piper St. James’ fear of losing her job is one indication Ms. Miller understands the times she writes about. We can snort at the ignorance of the townspeople, but the truth is, it could have been catastrophic. The only drawback was the book was too short, but we can always look forward to her next one.

My Rating:  5 out of 5

A Fool’s Gold Christmas

Susan Mallery
Harlequin, 2012

Synopsis: Fool’s Gold is a great little matriarchal town whose dearth of males has resulted in the leadership, from the mayor to the fire chief, being female. Evie Stryker is new to town, coming as a result of her brothers’ coaxing to recuperate from an injury. She is not only worn out physically, but emotionally, and not happy about living near her mother with whom she has a dysfunctional relationship. Ms. Mallery puts a twist on this family’s dynamics in a way that makes Evie a double-loser: bad enough to be at odds with her mother, but her brothers have enjoyed a great relationship with same mother.
Evie has a lot going on with her brothers and mother pushing for reconciliation, plus dealing with the loss of her dream to be a professional ballet dancer. As a stop gap, she becomes the temporary director of the local dance studio. To her surprise she enjoys imparting her gift with her students and helping them gain self-confidence and grace as they study dance.
The only dark spot is the tenant above the dance studio who vehemently dislikes hearing her students during his working hours, and who turns out to be her brother’s attorney and her next-door neighbor. Neither Evie nor Dante are interested in a relationship – both are wounded from previous loves and their childhoods – but they find themselves thrown together because of their solitary lifestyles. An unlikely friendship deepens into an affair. Aware of their growing feelings for each other, they each must face the demons from their past before forging a new relationship.
My Take: I liked Fools Gold Christmas. This feel-good story is great escapism. The problems were genuinely serious and yet solved in a way that made sense for the characters. As Evie and Dante faced the scars from their childhoods they emerge stronger and more able to engage in a mature lasting relationship.
My Rating: 5 out of 5. Give yourself an early Christmas present and read it.

The Last Single Maverick

 

Christine Rimmer

Harlequin, 2012

 

 

Publishers Summary:  Look out ladies: there’s another Traub bachelor in town! Jason “Jace” Traub is every bit as gorgeous as his sexy twin brother, but rumor has it he is even more marriage shy. There’s not a woman alive who could make this restless rancher settle down…

Yet insiders whisper that Jace has been talking wedding plans with Jocelyn Bennings, the chestnut-haired beauty who ran out on her own wedding just days ago! Could the confirmed bachelor really be hooking up with
heartbroken, headstrong Joss? Stay tuned, loyal readers, to find out if their marriage of convenience runs amuck—or if lasting passion will finally rope in the last single maverick!

My Take:  Another Traub brother bites the dust in a fun romantic read. All the ingredients are present: rich handsome hero, beautiful heroine. The characters are likable and the story moves right along to the predictable ending which is why we all read and enjoy them.

However, I’ve read all the Traub books and find the same problem with each. The author’s premise that the Traub men don’t know what love is and therefore are unable to commit is not in character with the family background. A man raised in an intact family, with brothers he loves, and parents who are in love with each other and who love him is not believable when he says he doesn’t know what love is. He could be leery of it, or not ready for it, but to say “I don’t know what love is” is not in keeping with the characters of the story.  Christine Rimmer needs to find another hook that is more believable.

I liked that they began their relationship with a friendship.  It’s too bad more couples don’t realize the importance of being friends before being lovers.  It would help a lot.

The author misses chances to take dialogue to a deeper level.  After they attended church she poured her heart out to him and when she thanks him for listening, his response of “Happy to help,” missed a chance for him to reciprocate, and deepen the story.

Finally, the two main characters names, Joss and Jace, are too alike, and it was hard to keep them straight.

My Rating: I loved it.

Calling Idaho authors

Do we have news for you!  Book Addicts has been so popular that the paper has agreed to give us two columns a month.  Beginning in September, our column will print the first and third Sundays in the Life section. And to show our appreciation to all our readers, we are devoting the first Sunday column each month exclusively to Idaho authors.

 Idaho has many gifted writers. We’ve been inundated with so many of your books that we realized to do your talent justice; we needed a column just for you. This means if you were born in Idaho, were raised in Idaho, or went to college in Idaho, we’re interested in profiling your book. On the other hand, if you great-aunt had a farm in Emmett you visited once a year, I’m afraid you’re out for this column. But don’t write us off, send your book anyway and it may make it in the second monthly column or onto our blog.

As you know, Book Addicts is devoted to fun reads.  Books you can simply kick back and enjoy. But we will make exceptions for our Idaho column. If you wrote a book in any genre and would like us to consider it, go ahead and send it.  We are so interested in highlighting Idaho authors we’ll expand our platform just for you.

The easiest way is to have your publicist or publisher email us an epub file to BookaddictsIDS@gmail.com.  If you wish to send a hard copy, mail it to: Book Addicts, c/o Idaho Statesman, PO Box 40, Boise, ID 83707.

Dictionaries are for amateurs

I come from a family of avid readers. When other families gather, they play ball or watch sports on TV. We’re confused. Why would they waste precious time doing that? Our get togethers consist of exchanging stacks of books with other siblings. We keep lists of recommended authors on us in case we pass a used-book store and have ten minutes to stop and browse. However we’re not purists who insist on holding an actual paper book, all of us have embraced eBooks. I have the cachet of being the first sib to discover how to check out books on them through the Public Library.

Despite our fear an eReader wouldn’t give the intrinsic pleasure of holding an actual book, the prospect of never being without a book outweighed any misgivings. I now carry, to date, 382 books in my purse on my Kindle. Thus far we’re one hundred percent in the Kindle camp, but we wouldn’t sneer at a Nook user; we would just warn them that if they do buy a Nook, it won’t be compatible and therefore they won’t be able to borrow from us.

However, our prolific reading has an embarrassing downside. It makes us assume we are more knowledgeable than we are. For example, when we happen upon an unknown word we don’t immediately pick up the dictionary – dictionaries are for amateurs. The context of the sentence gives us the meaning of the word. For instance, when I read “Her vermillion handbag, matched her scarlet shoes,” I know that vermillion is a synonym for scarlet and my mind paints it a brilliant tomato red. We look good on paper because we can spell the word and use it correctly and thus continue on in our ignorance.

Our shortsightedness shows up when we have occasion to introduce these new words into our conversation. For example, I was in college before I realized that a false front was not a fuh-kade as I always said in my mind when I read it, it was a fuh-sod. And chaos, pronounced chay-ose in my mind, turned out to be kay-oss. This one is a bummer because I actually like my pronunciation better. The ignorance continued because I became enamored with foe-kuh-chee-uh bread, and scowled when the salesperson didn’t understand what I wanted. She had to gently explain that it was foe-kay-sha bread.

Our most humorous – and David, I hope you’re still in Rwanda and won’t read this – happened at supper when we were teens. Sitting around the table, talking about a supposed friend who had suddenly become stuck-up, David muttered, “He’s so pee-us.” In our conservative God-fearing, Bible-reading home we’d never heard such profanity. Then it clicked. “It’s pious, David, pious.” As in the way of all good stories, it’s become our word for holier-than-thou individuals ever since.

Surely the Brueggemann’s aren’t the only family who suffer from malapropism. Share yours and let us laugh at someone besides ourselves.

Oregon Outback (Romancing America)

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Elizabeth Goddard

July 2012

Barbour Books

352 pages

 

A Synopsis of the Four Books:

Comprising four novellas in one volume: A Love Remembered, A Love Kindled , A Love Risked, and A Love Recovered, is about four brothers journey to find love. It begins with FBI agent Jonas Love who brings trouble back home, endangering his life and that of an old flame. The second is about cattle rancher Carver Love who finds himself falling for the sheriff in the midst of chasing down modern-day rustlers. Thrill-seeker Lucas Love is featured in the third book —  a man who fears nothing until he meets a beautiful bookkeeper. And finally, Justin Love is trailing a fugitive in book four who’s heading too close to home—and one particular lodge keeper. How will God protect these men as they risk their lives to defend the ones they love?  

My Take:

Elizabeth Goddard is a good writer who creates believable likeable characters. The story runs through each novella, linking them together into one enjoyable whole. Unfortunately, my problem with the books is the problem I always have with novellas – they’re too short. I would imagine Ms. Goddard faces the same frustration in writing them that I did in reading them, namely, the extras and embellishments that make romances so much fun to read are missing. In 40,000 words, she must streamline the story and lay out the characters cleanly, which doesn’t allow for any extras that contribute so much to a book. I want to know the particulars about Carver and the sheriff’s original showdown, not a recap. How did Justin Love come to believe he was too dangerous to return to his family? What pivotal event marked his life? Hints aren’t enough for me, nor is the author’s say-so, I want to hear it myself from the characters experiences. Yes, the bare-bones of the background of the story is given, but we don’t experience it and that is a huge drawback.

My Rating: A 3 out of 5 simply because of their brevity.

Make Your Own E-Reader Cover

Have you priced the covers for eReaders? While they are down from the astronomical prices a few years ago, it’s still not uncommon to pay $50 to $100 for a cover. So chances are you only have one. As usual, creative folk have ways to avoid paying those costs, plus make them personalized. A co-worker, Charla, has made several covers for her Kindle, and she allowed me to photograph them and include her instructions for inspiration. Her first one grew out of her childhood love for Nancy Drew. She purchased a book from a thrift shop to use as her cover. It was so darling she grew more adventuresome and now has them created from other books and journals.
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Here are the instructions. You will need:
1. Something to turn into a cover: Think books, journals, and notebooks with stiff covers. Remove the pages from inside so you just have a shell.
2. A piece of felt in a coordinating color that is 1/2” larger than the height and width of the cover laid flat.
3. 12” of ¼” sewing elastic – any color you prefer, cut into 4 equal sections.
4. Elmer’s or Tacky glue.
5. Piece of thin cardboard such as a cereal box.
6. Sewing machine – needle & threat would work, machine stitching is more secure

Instructions:
1. Place your reader on the cardboard, trace around it and cut two shapes.

2. Lay your felt on the table below your opened cover and position the two pieces of cardboard in the center of the left-hand and right-hand sides of the felt. Glue the cardboard pieces to the felt, then pull the extra felt around the top and sides, gluing them around the edges. When finished you will have 2 semi-firm sides of a book liner with the spine free. For additional hold while the glue dries, use paperclips to hold edges.

3. Place it right-side up (cardboard hidden) on the table. Using the illustration above, cut four slits in your cover alongside the spine. The slits are approximately 1.5” from the bottom and top of the liner. Insert ½” of one piece of elastic in the slit and sew it to the felt and cardboard, making sure not to stitch the 2 ½ “ that is free.
4. Bring the free edge of the elastic to the bottom of the felt, 1.5” from left-hand corner, curve under the edge, pulling it tight enough so it will be able to hold a corner of your eReader securely in place. Sew the second end through the felt and cardboard.

5. Turn the liner over and cover the left and right sides completely with glue, being careful not to get any on the spine section, and secure to the book back. When dry, you can place the eReader in the loops and it will be secure.

I have included several photos of Charla’s three covers. In one you will notice that her eReader loops are on the left-hand side. She created this one for church, so the reader is on the left and a pad is secured on the right for note taking. If you decide to make one of your own, we’d love to see it and share it on the blog. So send us pictures.

Gone to Green [The Green Series]

Gone to Green [The Green Series]

Judy Pace Christie

Abingdon Press, 2009

225 pages

 

Book Summary:

In Gone to Green, Lois goes from being a corporate journalist at a large paper in the Midwest to the owner of The Green News-Item, a small twice-weekly newspaper in rural North Louisiana. The paper was an unexpected inheritance from a close colleague, and Lois must keep it for at least a year, bringing a host of challenges, lessons, and blessings into her life.

When Lois pulls into Green on New Year’s Day, she expects a charming little town full of smiling people. She quickly realizes her mistake. After settling into a loaned house out on Route 2, she finds herself battling town prejudices and inner doubts and making friends with the most surprising people: troubled teenager Katy, good-looking catfish farmer Chris, wise and feisty Aunt Helen, and a female African-American physician named Kevin.

Whether fighting a greedy, deceitful politician or rescuing a dog she fears, Lois notices the headlines in her life have definitely improved. She learns how to provide small-town news in a big-hearted way and realizes that life is full of newsworthy moments. When she encounters racial prejudice and financial corruption, Lois also discovers more about the goodness of real people and the importance of being part of a community.

While secretly preparing the paper for a sale, Lois begins to realize that God might indeed have a plan for her life and that perhaps the allure of city life and career ambition are not what she wants after all.

My take:

I believe I have found a new favorite series. The novel is seamlessly written and drew me into the story from the first page. It moves briskly with no awkward scene changes.

While the newspaper’s struggle for survival is the lynchpin of the book, the counter balance is Lois’ unwilling examination of her anger towards God, stemming from the death of her mother. In her urban lifestyle she had been able to ignore God’s nudges, but in Green, smack in the Bible belt, where everyone goes to church and her nearest neighbor is an open and friendly female pastor, she gradually begins to deal with her misconceptions about God. Lois’ spiritual struggle is revealed through conversation between her and Jean, her pastor and neighbor.

I enjoyed getting an inside look at the newspaper business, and the politics involved in keeping it solvent in a small town, where the biggest advertisers are sometimes also the worst offenders and not happy at being on the front page of the paper.

The ending is predictable, but that’s one reason we read romances, right? Lois falls in love with Green and decides to settle forever, and we look forward to seeing if the hint of a developing love interest in a widower in town will go anywhere in the next book.

My Rating: I loved it, 5 ouf of 5

67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10

67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10 from  http://www.wired.com/geekdad/ (Raising Geek Generation 2.0) has listed 67 books they think are important enough that they should be  read aloud to your kids. As a public service, I have listed the Geek’s list of 67 books below.

Keep in mind that it’s a subjective assessment of literature, which has kept me from yelling Why isn’t The Velveteen Rabbit on here? As I perused the list, positive that had probably read each and every one of them, I began to wonder where I’ve been because I’d never heard of several of them.  Like Hugo Cabret. Now that I’ve seen the movie I’m definitely going to read the book.

Some of the picks surprised me like Half Magic. I remember it from my childhood and while enjoyable at 10, not sure it would be memorable enough to make the list. But nostalgia kicked in and I journeyed onto E-bay and discovered that I could get a copy for $4.99. So I ordered it.

If nothing else, the list gives you a jumping off point to find books to enjoy with your children.

  1. Hugo Cabret by BrianSelznik
  2. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  3. Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  4. Junie B Jones Is a Party Animal by Barbara Park
  5. Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
  6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K.  Rowling
  7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  8. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
  9. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  10. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  11. Half Magic by Edward Eager
  12. Arabel’s Rave by Joan Aiken
  13. Peter and the Starcatcher by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  14. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
  15. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  16. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  17. The 13-1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
  18. The Cartoon History of the Universe by Larry Gonick
  19. Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine by Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams
  20. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  21. The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  22. The Mad Scientists’ Club by Bertrand R. Brinley
  23. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  24. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  25. Shredderman Series by Wendelin Van Draanen
  26. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  27. The Far Flung Adventures trilogy by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
  28. The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban
  29. Mrs. Frizby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien
  30. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  31. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  32. Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins
  33. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  34. The Search for WonderLa by Tony Diterlizzi
  35. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  36. The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs
  37. Tales of aFourth Grade Nothing  by Judy Blume
  38. Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White
  39. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  40. The Silver Crown by Robert O’Brien
  41. Holes by Louis Sachar
  42. The Big Orange Splot by **
  43. Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  44. Stuart Little by E.B.White
  45. The Railway Children by Jacqueline Wilson
  46. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by e.l. konigsburg
  47. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  48. Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage
  49. The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart
  50. A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup
  51. The House of Dies Drea by Virginia Hamilton
  52. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  53. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
  54. Whinn-the-Pooh by A.A. Milner
  55. Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik
  56. A Wrinkle in Tim by Madeleine L’Engle
  57. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  58. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  59. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  60. Curious George by H.A. Rey
  61. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  62. Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel
  63. Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Ryland
  64. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
  65. Arthur Writes a Story by Marc Brown
  66. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  67. Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis, especially The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe

Interview with Northwest Author, Terry Hughes

I had the pleasure of interviewing northwest author, Terry Hughes. He wrote Burning Paradise which I reviewed on Book Addicts. Burning Paradise is a fascinating look into the world of fire fighting.

1. Tell us about yourself.

Most of my professional career was in construction.  I was a carpenter, then a builder, a developer and then a building designer.  I live in Spokane, but I grew up moving to many locations, including several stops around the world.  My father was a Marine Corps pilot, a FAA pilot, and finally a sub-contractor for the CIA.  The most interesting place we lived was Cairo, Egypt, when I was a sophomore in college where I attended the American University of Cairo.  I studied Middle Eastern history and taught classes in English as a Second Language.  I graduated from UC Santa Barbara where I obtained a degree in History.

2. How did you find your way to being an author?

Believe it or not, I began writing at the age of eight, turning out short, short stories about Charlie the June Bug.  My mother and grandmother loved them, and with their encouragement I continued writing and reading.  In high school, I decided to become a writer and took typing classes and started to pay attention during English classes.  After graduation, I realized I needed to get out into the real world and got a job on a fishing boat in Alaska, which I turned into my first unpublished novel, Fall Run.  This takes place during the momentous year of 1968 which brought us Vietnam, rioting in American streets and assassinations of political leaders.

3. Are you a full-time writer or do you have another profession?

My profession of building designer is on the recession rocks, so I have quite a bit of time to write.  I also produce a television series for Community Minded TV on my monthly seminars entitled The Art of Writing.  I also write magazine articles.

4. Is Burning Paradise your first/only book?

It is my only published book.  I have several manuscripts finished or in progress and am currently working on a non-fiction work about the Spokane Police Department’s homicide of an innocent man.

5. Could Burning Paradise be a fictionalized biography of your life?

No, it is not.  Although it takes place in Santa Barbara when I was a volunteer fire chief, and the story is about a serial arsonist.  If you’re a friend of a writer, watch out, because we are always looking for real-life characters.  I purposefully take the city bus to eavesdrop on conversations.  I also go into a dive bar and study characters.

6. Do you write other genres besides mystery?

Action-adventure, crime novels and non-fiction.

7. With the advent of e-books and indie companies, there are many more opportunities for the aspiring writer. What is your thoughts on it?

Anyone can be published on e-books now, but, e-books has turned the publishing world upside down, with houses shrinking in size and publishing fewer books.

8. What advice would you give an unpublished writer in choosing a publisher?

Go local.  Get to know your regional publisher and attend their events.  Discover if your genre interests them.

9. What is a normal working day like for you?

I begin my days with marketing, social networking, setting up signings.  Today’s writer does his own marketing.  I also conduct interviews for my current project.  I try to write every day.  If I don’t, I lose my momentum.

10. What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write this book?

As I said earlier, I was a volunteer fire chief in Santa Barbara and one afternoon in June of 1991  I was driving home up San Marcos Pass when I saw a plume of smoke explode into the sky, and I phoned it in to 911.  A horrendous fire resulted with almost five hundred homes destroyed and three lives lost.  A few weeks later an arson investigator showed up at my door and interviewed me about my observations.  I was flattered thinking I could help him, but I later learned that I was the first one to report the fire and because I was a volunteer fire fighter, I was a suspect.  I had never heard of an arson investigator, so I began to read as much about it as I could.

11. What do you read in your leisure time?

Right now I’m reading a non-fiction history book about the US Naval battles in the Pacific during World War II.  For fiction I’m currently reading Paul Lefcourt’s The Deal, a comedy about Hollywood and screenplay writing.

12. On the blog I recently asked “If you were to be stranded on a deserted island, what three books would you take with you?”  Would you give us your choices?

Anything by Stephen Ambrose, but preferably Undaunted Courage about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Any of Elmore Leonard’s latest crime fiction.  I’d probably pick Be Cool.  And, of course any of James Lee Burke’s Dave Rolbicheaux mysteries.

13.  Why is Burning Paradise relevant to the readers in Idaho and Utah?

Burning Paradise is relevant to all regions which suffer from wildland fires.  The season started early this year, and promises to bring some major burns.  Just look at the catastrophe New Mexico is undergoing.  Also, it is important for wildland residents to understand fire and fire prevention.  Plus, all residents should support all of their firefighters, whether Federal, State, local or volunteer.

14. You mentioned you are currently working on a non-fiction manuscript.  Could you tell us more about it?

The working title is A Dark Blue Shield.  On the evening of March 18th in Spokane, a mentally disabled man, Otto Zehm, was mistakenly identified as stealing money from an ATM machine.  Otto, a few minutes later, walked into a convenience store to buy a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi and a Snickers bar.  He was suddenly rushed by a Spokane police officer, Karl Thompson.  Otto, a paranoid schizophrenic, recognized Officer Thompson as the police officer who had taken pleasure in bullying him from time to time.  Thompson ordered Otto to drop the soda bottle, and Otto responded, “Why?” Thompson began to beat Otto with his baton with thirteen blows to his head, neck and shoulders, and Tasered him three times.  Other officers arrived on scene and three of them killed Otto Zehm and the Spokane Police Department collected the video evidence of the incident and buried it out of public view.  It took the Department of Justice and the FBI to come in and indict Thompson before a grand jury, and Thompson was convicted of using excessive force and lying to cover up the truth.  He is scheduled to be sentenced soon.  This incident of police corruption and brutality is endemic and widespread throughout the country, and all citizens need to understand this.