Kent State alumnus Bob Adamov’s new novel “Flight” ends in a cliffhanger. The 13th installment in the action-adventure series about investigative reporter Emerson Moore begins with a recall to the devastating 1928 Okeechobee hurricane, which finished off the Florida land bubble of the 1920s.
As the storm approaches St. Augustine, a Pinkerton Detective Agency chief supervises the loading of mysterious cargo into a heavily guarded train headed to New York. It did not arrive.
Nine decades later, Emerson Moore is in Key West, under an alias he’s used before. He’s undercover as a bartender, hoping to worm his way into the workings of a Cuban drug manufacturer and trafficker. He thinks the bar owner is selling more than mojitos and wants to get in on the action, but the man is killed before he can arrange anything.
Moore is reunited with an acquaintance from Book Nine, “Missing,” a jovial but dangerous man also using an alias. He meets a fortuneteller who reads his palm and reluctantly gives him a contact name. After several attempts on his life, he meets an alluring American woman who pleads for his help finding her brother. The body count continues to rise.
In Cuba, Moore travels by bus and on foot, claiming to be a hiker. Adamov describes the crowded bus on its route up the twisting mountain road and the forested scenery. The book ends in a cliffhanger.
“Flight” (271 pages, hardcover) costs $24.95 from packardislandpublishing.com. “Assateague Dark,” the next novel in the series, does not have an announced release date. Adamov lives in Wooster.
Sea glass story
Each piece of sea glass has a story all its own.” Sea glass, bits of glass pounded smooth by surf and sand, are the story in “Sea Glass Summer,” a storybook by Celina author Michelle Houts.
Thomas is spending the summer at his grandmother’s cottage on an island. She gives him a beautiful magnifying glass that had belonged to his grandfather, and he uses it to examine shells. When she picks up a piece of sea glass and tells him how it was formed, he places it on his bedside table and has a vivid dream of its elite origins. A second piece inspires a very different dream. Thomas is troubled when he breaks the magnifying glass.
Years later, another child visits the island and finds another piece of glass. The symmetry of the story, paired with the exquisite illustrations by Russia-born artist Bagram Ibatoulline, make this book a keeper.
“Sea Glass Summer” (32 pages, hardcover) costs $16.99 from Candlewick Press. Michelle Houts also is the author of “Count the Wings: The Life and Art of Charley Harper,” a 2019 Ohioana Book Award nominee in the Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature category.
A dog's tale
Oberlin attorney Andi C. Kryszak’s rescue dog, Curly, was the inspiration for “My Name Is Curly,” a storybook about a farm dog who goes on walkabout and finds himself in a fine home.
Curly has a stubby tail, so that’s not how he got his name. He and his six siblings might be in the Doberman family. Though Farmer Fartsalot (really) raises horses, cows and other animals, Curly finds himself bored and takes off into the woods.
By the time he begins to wish he hadn’t left home, he is befriended by a raccoon named Rambo. They travel for a while and hitch a ride on a smelly garbage truck on its way to the dump, where Curly meets a big girl named Tater Tot. Tater isn’t generous with her food, so it’s an uneasy relationship, but one day the dog warden takes them away and gives them a nice bath. In their new home, Tater Tot finds that there’s enough food to go around.
The illustrations are by Cleveland-based Grace C. Schlea. “My Name Is Curly” (40 pages, hardcover) costs $23.99 from Wisdom House Books.
Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere Boulevard, Shaker Heights): Leon R. Walker Jr. signs his memoir “Broken,” 1 p.m. Sunday; Rachel Louise Snyder, joined by police detective Martina Latessa, talks about “No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us,” 7 p.m. Thursday.
Barnes & Noble (198 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake): Scott Longert signs “Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years,” 1 p.m. Sunday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch, 1876 S. Green Road, South Euclid): Poet Laura Grace Weldon reads from her work at a reception, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Warren-Trumbull County Public Library (Liberty branch, 415 Churchill-Hibbard Road, Youngstown): Roslyn I. Torella gives a presentation based on her book “Lowellville, Ohio’s Murders, Mayhem & More,” 6 p.m. Monday. Register at 330-759-2589.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Tallmadge branch, 90 Community Road): Elizabeth Mowers discusses her romance novel “A Promise Remembered,” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Rocky River Public Library (1600 Hampton Road): Dan Largent of Olmsted Township signs his debut novel “Before We Ever Spoke,” 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Stark County District Library (Lake Community branch, 565 Market Ave. SW, Lake Township): Terry Pluto talks about Cleveland sports and signs “The Browns Blues: Two Decades of Utter Frustration: Why Everything Kept Going Wrong for the Cleveland Browns,” 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Twinsburg Library (10050 Ravenna Road): Michael Walton launches “The Horror Comic Never Dies: A Grisly History,” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Register at 330-425-4268.
Hudson Library & Historical Society (96 Library St.): Stephen Markley signs his novel “Ohio,” 7 p.m. Tuesday. Register at 330-653-6658. The Summer 2019 Author Series continues with Matt McCarthy (“Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic”), Armando Lucas Correa (“The Daughter’s Tale”), Keith Law (“Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About It”) and C.J. Box (“The Bitterroots”). Also register for fall appearances by D.M. Pulley (“No One’s Home”), Linwood Barclay (“Elevator Pitch”) and Helen Prejean (“Dead Man Walking,” “River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey”). See the schedule at hudsonlibrary.org.
Market Garden Brewery (1947 W. 25th St., Cleveland): Mike Croley reads from his story collection “Any Other Place,” and Anne Valente reads from her novel “The Desert Sky Before Us,” 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Green branch, 4046 Massillon Road, Green): Kathryn Long signs her mystery “Buried in Sin,” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma-Snow branch, 2121 Snow Road): Cleveland native Vanessa Bayer, a former "Saturday Night Live" cast member, reads from her children’s book “How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear,” inspired by Bayer’s experience with childhood leukemia, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Register at 216-661-4240.
Stark County District Library (North branch, 189 25th St. NW, Canton): Former Canton City Council member Corey Minor Smith talks about her motivational autobiography “#Driven: From Juvenile Delinquent to Juris Doctorate,” 6 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday.
The Hop House (20 N. High St., Akron): Akron author Seth Borgen reads from his story collection “If I Die in Ohio,” 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday.
Summit County Historical Society (550 Copley Road, Akron): Tim Carroll signs “World War II Akron,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma branch, 6996 Powers Blvd.): Kent State University alumnus David Lange signs “Virginity Lost in Vietnam,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Register at 440-885-5362.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Beachwood branch, 25501 Shaker Blvd.): Michael Dobbs, “The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between,” published in association with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Register at 216-831-6868.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (North Olmsted branch, 27403 Lorain Road): Juliet Grames discusses her multigenerational debut novel “The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Register at 440-777-6211.
Barnes & Noble (28801 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere): Scott Longert signs “Bad Boys, Bad Times,” 1 p.m. Saturday.
Visible Voice Books (2258 Professor Ave., Cleveland): John Voso Jr. signs “Italian Recipes from My Friends” and “Ethnic Recipes from My Friends,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
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