I’ve been tagged for a book meme

(via Dunner’s)

The Rules:

  1. You have to look up page 123 in the nearest book around you.
  2. Look for the fifth sentence.
  3. Then post the three sentences that follow that fifth sentence on page 123.
  4. And then tag five people, just like you were tagged!

Let’s see… My home office is packed with books, so I’ll also do both fiction and non-fiction.

Fiction: Unknown Means by Elizabeth Becka (by my desk because it just arrived in the mail a few days ago)

Maybe not.

No one wanted to think of Marissa as a victim. Marissa least of all. But if Evelyn tried to avoid the topic, people would assume there has to be more to the story. Nothing beat a good drama like a terrific conspiracy.

Non-Fiction: The ACE Programmer’s Guide: Practical Design Patterns for Network and Systems Programming by Stephen D. Huston, James CE Johnson, & Umar Syyid (I was using it as a reference yesterday)

This is an application of the Strategy pattern [3], which allows you to change your “strategy” without making large changes to you implementation. To facilitate changing one set of IPC wrappers for another, ACE’s are related in sets:
[list deleted]
Each class abstracts a bit of low level mess of traditional socket programming. All together, the classes create an easy-to-use type-safe mechanism for creating distributed applications. We won’t show you everything they can do, but what we do show covers about 80 percent of the things you’ll normally need to do.

I’ll tag (a more or less random selection from my blogroll):

Trace Evidence

(via email)



Elizabeth spent the five happiest years of her life as a forensic scientist at the Cleveland, Ohio Coroner’s Office; now she works as a latent print examiner for a Florida police department.

ISBN: 1-4013-0174-6  Hyperion Press     $22.95 Hardcover



“A smashing debut! This is grab-you-by-the-throat suspense, written by someone who has actually walked the disturbing walk of an investigator. Elizabeth Becka roars onto the forensic thriller scene with all guns blazing. ”
— Tess Gerritsen, author of Body Double

“The combination of a credible, likable hero and a bizarre, chilling story is rare in crime fiction, but in TRACE EVIDENCE, Elizabeth Becka makes the tumblers click perfectly. Protagonist Evelyn James, a forensic scientist, wins over the reader from the opening page, and the author’s ability to speak from different characters’ minds is truly astonishing. Expect comparisons to THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and a nomination for Best First Mystery of the year.”  
— Jeremiah Healy, author of Invasion of Privacy

“Get in on the ground floor of this series, which deserves to go straight to the top.  Elizabeth Becka isn’t just an expert in her field of forensic science, she’s a fine storyteller, and Trace Evidence should win her legions of fans.  Characters you’ll care about, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and fascinating details that never slow the action — just a few of the reasons you’re going to love the Evelyn James series.”
— Jan Burke, Edgar-winning author of Bloodlines

“Must-read forensic tale: A Cleveland-based mystery series makes a superb debut with Trace Evidence, a thriller about weary forensic expert Evelyn James and her quest to find a serial killer of young women.”
— Akron Beacon-Journal, July 17

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