This week one book will tell the story of how DNA first became the huge crime-solving tool it is today, and another will dissect the “crime” that many believe was the 2020 presidential election, with the sleuthing of a famed investigative filmmaker. Speaking of crimes, this week’s fiction selection thrusts an entry-level Wall Street analyst into the role of detective to solve a co-worker’s murder, while he tries to avoid being a murder victim himself. We’ll also go back 60 years to examine the very private life of a very public person — former first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Finally, we present the life and times Jimmy Johnson, the man who truly brought “swagger” to the game of football.
“2,000 Mules: They Thought We'd Never Find Out. They Were Wrong,” by Dinesh D’Souza (Regnery Publishing)
The long-awaited text companion to D’Souza’s eye-opening film of the same name has been published, documenting the extraordinary lengths Democrats took to deny then-President Donald Trump re-election in the 2020 presidential race. In the author-filmmaker’s words, “the fix was in.” That the election was rife with fraud, especially in the battleground states, is no longer opinion, D’Souza says, it’s now fact thanks to the his investigative work and that of True The Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht. A key component of the takedown was the mule — operatives paid to harvest ballots and dump them in unsecured collection boxes. In “2,000 Mules,” D’Souza makes a compelling case that the 2020 election was stolen. (Nonfiction)
“The 6:20 Man: A Thriller,” by David Baldacci (Grand Central)
Travis Devine’s dull routine of taking the 6:20 a.m. train to Manhattan each morning to put his time in as a low-level analyst at one of the country’s most prestigious investment firms is shattered when a co-worker and former girlfriend is found dead of an apparent suicide in a storage room the building where they work. But was it a suicide? And if not, why was she murdered? Did his fellow entry level worker uncover something at the firm she shouldn’t have? Meanwhile, New York Police Department investigators have their own doubts about the suicide, and turn their attention to Devine as the victim’s former boyfriend. At the same time, he’s targeted by an assassin who has his own agenda. (Fiction)
“The Forever Witness: How DNA and Genealogy Solved a Cold Case Double Murder,” by Edward Humes (Dutton)
By teaming up to solve a cold case brutal double-murder and an apparent “perfect crime,” a detective and a genealogist employed a new crime-fighting tool of DNA, and demonstrated the balancing act between privacy and justice investigators have to perform using this tool. The book is especially timely coming at the same time as the front-page arrest of a suspect in the homicide of four Idaho college students through the use of DNA evidence — the “forever witness.” When Seattle cold case Detective Jim Scharf sent frozen biological evidence to genealogist CeCe Moore working in a California lab 1,200 miles away, neither knew they would make history and give the world a new crime-fighting tool. (Nonfiction)
“My Travels with Mrs. Kennedy,” by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin Hill (Gallery Books)
When retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill opened a steamer trunk that had remained sealed for 50 years, he uncovered long-forgotten memories: photos, handwritten notes, personal gifts, and treasured mementos from the trips he made in the service of then-first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Their travels took them to Paris and London, India and Pakistan, as well as Greece, Morocco, Mexico, South America, and “three glorious weeks on the Amalfi Coast” of Italy. During these trips throughout her husband’s brief thousand days in office, Jacqueline Kennedy became, in Hill’s words, “one of the best ambassadors the United States has ever had.” Each item Hill discovered in the trunk brought forth long-bottled memories, and gave added insight into the woman who had always remained intensely private — whom Hill had always addressed as “Mrs. Kennedy” and who always called him “Mr. Hill.” Hill brings these memories to life with the assistance of Lisa McCubbin Hill, and they include more than two hundred rare photographs — many never before published. (Nonfiction)
“Swagger: Super Bowls, Brass Balls, and Footballs ― A Memoir,” by Jimmy Johnson and Dave Hyde (Scribner)
Football Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson has done it all. He rose through the ranks of coaching college ball, first by taking the University of Miami Hurricanes to a national championship. Then, after making the rise to the NFL, he took the Dallas Cowboys to two consecutive Super Bowls. And he did it all while dealing with adversity in his private life. Veteran sports writer Dave Hyde teamed up with Johnson in “Swagger” to give the reader a no-holds-barred account of a life and career that transformed him into a gridiron coaching legend. “Swagger” traces the history of Johnson’s career, which began on the practice fields at Louisiana Tech, through his successful years with the Cowboys, anchored with a lifelong mission to win, in a life dedicated to excellence. (Nonfiction)
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