I finished Matt Hilton's Dead Men's Dust and found it a mighty fine debut thriller. It's dark and not for the faint of heart. Intense action, a really horrid serial killer, and a hero (Joe Hunter) who lives on the edge of darkness himself. I think he's a bit like Jack Reacher but he carries more baggage (yes, the play on words was intentional). Joe, however, is a Brit who's only in the U.S. to look for his half-brother who has gone missing. Matt's next book in the Joe Hunter series, Judgment and Wrath, is scheduled for release in the U.S. in August 2010.
The next book in my To Be Read (TBR) stack is a mystery, Boca Knights by Steven M. Forman. I'm still reading the two nonfiction books on writing.
What I'm Thinking About:
When the news came out about the mammography recommendations, I couldn't help but wonder who the heck was on this panel and whether the panel was made up of insurance lobbyists or doctors or economists. Here's what I found at Medical News Today and I highly urge you read the whole article:
"The recommendation, dated November 2009, comes from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services."
And yet Katherine Sibelius, Secretary of Health and Humans Services, it was reported on the news yesterday afternoon, discounted the recommendation. As did the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology, and The Society of Breast Imaging. And yet, the members of USPSTF seem to have solid credentials.
You should be thinking about this. You should be wondering if insurance companies will take these recommendations as gospel and use them as an excuse to stop paying for annual screenings. If you're an "at risk" female under the age of fifty, you should be wondering how this affects you. I'm just sayin...
This Week's Quote:
"Of the first seven novels I wrote, numbers four and five were published. Numbers one, two, three, six, and seven, have never seen the light of day... and rightly so."
----------Sue Grafton (from brainyquotes.com)
A Recommended Blog:
Guide to Literary Agents written by Chuck Sambuchino of Writer's Digest.
The Best Thing I Had to Eat This Week:
Oh, hands down, it was the light, fluffy pancakes I had for breakfast Saturday morning at the NCW Retreat at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. I never fix pancakes at home, and I rarely go out for breakfast, so this was a wonderful treat.