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January 2010 Authors

The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present two great authors for January 2010.

Robert Crais will discuss and sign copies of his book The First Rule at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave. The even takes place on January 17 at 2 p.m. Books will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books. The event is cosponsored by Left Bank Books.

The First Rule features Frank Meyer, a former Soviet gang member, who reinvents his life as an upstanding citizen in the United States. Everything is fine until Meyerís family is murderedópossibly because he broke the first rule of the thievesí code. He begins his own investigation that soon involves a web of ancient grudges, blood ties, blackmail, and vengeance.

Robert Crais is the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. He is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers including The Two Minute Rule, The Forgotten Man, and L.A. Requiem.

Brian Katcher will offer two discussions. First, he will discuss his book, Playing With Matches, during the Teen Book Group at the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., on January 26 at 4 p.m. Grades 6-12. Registration required by calling 314-772-6586.

In Playing With Matches, 17-year-old Leon Sanders is not the most attractive teen in town, so itís no wonder that gorgeous Amy Green wonít look at him twice. However, Melody Hennon might. Everyone at Zumner High stays away from Melody because she was burned in a childhood accident. Leon avoids her, too, until the day he tells her a joke and makes her laugh. Although he worries what people will think of him dating Melody, heís happy to have someone in his life who thinks heís special. That is, until Amy Green asks him out after Leon saves her from getting detention. Who will Leon choose?

Then, Katcher will discuss and sign copies of his book Almost Perfect at the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd. on January 26 at 6 p.m. Books will available for purchase from the author.

In Almost Perfect, things begin to look up for Logan Witherspoon when a new student enters his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sageís parents have forbidden her to date anyone, but she wonít tell Logan why. One day, Logan acts on his growing feelings for Sage. Moments later, when Sage finally discloses her big secret, he wishes he never had. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage and disowns her. Once Logan comes to terms with what happened, he reaches out to Sage in an attempt to understand her situation. However, Logan has no idea how rocky the road back to friendship will be.

Brian Katcher was born in St. Louis. When heís not writing, he works as a school librarian. He currently lives in central Missouri. For more details, see page eight.

            For more information, call 206-6779.

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12/17/2009