By DEBORAH STARKEY

Lowe Public Library Director

We expect our judges to be honest and wise.  We trust them to ensure fair trials to protect the rights of man, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice.

But, what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe?  It does happen!

In “The Whistler” by John Grisham, Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board of Judicial Conduct.  She’s a lawyer, not a cop, and it’s her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct.  After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.

But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk.  A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity and he goes by the name of Greg Myers.  He claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined – not just crooked judges in Florida, but from all states and throughout U.S. history.

Who is the source of the ill-gotten gains?  It seems the judge was secretly involved with the construction of a large casino on Native American land.  The mafia financed the casino and is now helping itself to a sizable amount of each month’s cash.  The judge is getting a cut and Greg wants to put a stop to it.  His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle.  The case is assigned to Lacy Stoltz who immediately suspects this could be deadly and dangerous.  An electrifying read!!!

Upcoming Events in March

March 3 – “Warrior’s Book Club” at 5 p.m. for all ages

March 6 – “Reading to Rover” with Mountaineer Therapy Dogs for ages 5 to 12 at 6:30 p.m.  Please register your child.

March 9 – Wii Fit for all ages at 4 p.m.

March 10 – Movie to be announced at 4 p.m.

March 17 – “Warrior’s Book Club at 4 p.m. for all ages

March 23 – Wii Fit for all ages at 4 p.m.

March 24 – Crafting – candle, soap & paper craft at 3 p.m.  You must pre-register for this event!

March 31 – “Warrior’s Book Club” for all ages at 5 p.m.

Bestsellers available at this time include: “Echoes in Death” by J.D. Robb; “Never Never” by James Patterson; “The Whistler” by John Grisham; “Right Behind You” by Lisa Gardner; “Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks; “My Not So Perfect Life” by Sophie Kinsella; “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult; and “The Mistress” by Danielle Steel.

Lowe Public Library is a valuable community resource and the public is encouraged to utilize it.  Patrons will find here an extensive selection of both hardback and paperback signouts as well as magazines, newspapers, reference materials, genealogy information, audio and video materials, online computers for public use, copy/fax/notary services, and a lot of special programs for both children and adults.

Regular library hours are Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday hours continue from 9 a.m. until noon.

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