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Heights library revives book club Thursday

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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 4:30 am

Bookworms and J.K Rowling fans will discuss her first adult crime novel outside the Harry Potter series and “The Casual Vacancy” at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library’s new Book Club.

Back by popular demand, the Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the library. Light snacks will be provided.

“We had one in the past and decided it was time to start it back up again,” said Lisa Youngblood, library director. “At our first meeting we will ask our participants when they would like to meet, be it once a month or every other month, and ask for suggestions on what book we should read next.”

“The Cuckoo’s Calling” is a 2013 crime fiction novel penned by Rowling, but published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

“The meeting will be question- and discussion-based and one of the things we will be talking about is why she opted to use a pseudonym,” Youngblood said.

The premise of the novel centers around the main character, Detective Cormoran Strike, who is down on his luck when he gets a case to investigate a supermodel’s suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the “Cuckoo,” famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but Bristow refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction and delusion known to man.

“This book was getting a lot of buzz and its a read that is of interest to both men and women,” Youngblood said.

Youngblood said participants can expect a discussion of the story line and urges people to read the book before the meeting to avoid any spoilers.

For more information, call 254-953-5491.

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