12.18.2006

HH Com 162

Kristen Parker is one of the youngest and most respected infectious disease specialists in the country, until a mysterious viral epidemic sweeps the nation and claims the lives of her parents. Powerless to stop the virus and unable to determine its source, Kristen feels like
an impostor.

Still grieving the loss of her parents, Kristen decides to quit her job and return to a quiet life in her hometown, where she stumbles across a Polaroid picture of a murder victim slipped into a library book, and becomes obsessed with learning the truth behind the nameless woman's violent death.

An elaborate cover-up has worked for thirty years to keep the murder a secret, and now only Kristin holds the proof that a crime ever took place. Now Kristen must race to uncover the truth behind the photo, while her digging leads to a powerful corporation — a company that is
somehow connected to the virus that killed her parents, a company that will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence she holds and those who know it exists.

Dead parents are the back-story. You'd do better to make her a little more kick ass cause all I want to do right now is kick HER ass. "I should have been able to stop a world wide epidemic" is a little much if you're expecting us to treat this like a serious novel. (you didn't mention it was a parody so I'm assuming it's not).

And elaborate cover-ups by faceless corporations are boring, overdone and stupid.

and you're telling me that a Polaroid photo that's 30 years old is in a library book? Well, I guarantee you it's easier to solve a worldwide epidemic single handedly than find a book on a small town library's shelf that's been there for 30 years. A TITLE may be in stock for 30 years but the actual book? Not hardly. If it stays in regular circulation it gets replaced within a couple years. If it DOESN’T get circulated, the book gets withdrawn.

You can write the best hook in the world but getting basic facts wrong will stop you dead in your tracks.

8 comments:

Ski said...

Wow...that was brutal.

Ski

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

mmm, I need to disagree about the books on library shelves, Miss Snark. At least at the main branch of the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, I've picked up books that are from the early 1900s.

I think I'd buy this a bit more if our MC were somehow threatened, that her parents' death were a taunt to come find the people who released the virus, or tied to a sudden loss of funding, or something a bit fresher. I've read about too many grieving people lately.

Bernita said...

Have her find it in a book bought at a yard sale.

Katie said...

The Burbank Library has a 1926 copy of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in regular circulation. Or at least they did five years ago.

HawkOwl said...

Miss Snark - did you inadvertently change the date stamp on this when you posted it?

lizzie26 said...

Wow, you should see the age of the books in my small town library. Not circulated much? Still there. Ancient and falling apart? Still there.

Jillian said...

I've just got to share this...

The teeny-tiny, northeastern town in which I grew up has a teeny-tiny library housed in the basement of what used to be a church. The librarian is undiagnosed OCD -- she cannot throw anything away. (Folks were a little nervous when her husband died several years ago.) Consequently, the books on the shelves of that library have been there for goodness knows how long.

She has no ability to keep records, either. So there are also books on the shelves that have, for all intents and purposes, disappeared from existence. Unless someone happens to find one.

So if the story is set in a small town, yes, it could really happen. A book might go untouched for 30 years. In a city library? No. In most libraries? No. But in the library from my hometown? Undoubtedly.

I'm enjoying your notes on the entries, Miss Snark. And I've prided myself more than once for coming to the same conclusions as you before reading your responses. My golly, I must be learning something!

aries said...

I think the investigating the mysterious viral epidemic is more interesting than the 30 yr old photograph that ties into a murder and coverup. With all the paranoia now about pan flu, it's surprising there aren't more books that take on the impending biological apocalypse.