MY FATHER’S GUN: ONE FAMILY,
THREE BADGES, ONE HUNDRED
YEARS IN THE NYPD
Brian McDonald unloads about 100 years of war stories from the streets of New York City as he recounts his family’s participation in the New York Police Department. With his father, grandfather and older brother serving as some of New York’s Finest, McDonald was practically brought up in the infamous 41st precinct. The family history, which he vividly recounts, traces the various dangers that New York cops have faced, from drug dealers to Tammany Hall bribes. Available in hardcover from Dutton. 309 pp. $24.95.
NO GREATER LOVE
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William X. Kienzle
William X. Kienzle has written another Father Koeslar whodunit bound to enchant Kienzle newcomers as well as faithful fans of his earlier mysteries. When Father Koeslar reaches retirement he is beseeched by a longtime friend to smooth out tensions at St. Joseph’s seminary. When the factionalism leads to murder, Father Koeslar must use all of his wits to solve the crime. Full of Kienzle’s signature twists and turns, "No Greater Love" is a real page turner. Available in hardcover from Andrews McMeel Publishing. 292 pp. $19.95.
The Rankins, formerly known as the Rankin Family, felt it was time for something new when they started writing music for their seventh album, "Uprooted." Written under the direction of Grammy Award-winning producer George Massenburg, "Uprooted" is another musical showcase of the Rankins Canadian roots. This album, however, also incorporates other genres, giving it a different, more mature feel from the Rankins’ earlier works. Especially noticeable is the country music feel of a number of their songs.