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Book Review: Vengeance is Mine by Mickey Spillane

Vengeance is Mine

Those of you who have been reading my classic mystery blogs must be scratching your heads about now. Mickey Spillane — Classics — what gives?

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Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Ready Player One is a nostalgia trip like no other. It's an ode to the rise of gaming and geek culture, a recollection of the early history of geekdom, all crammed between the covers of a really good future dystopian Science Fiction novel.

Library Life

"Library Frights" for October

Library Frights

Each day in the month of October, our librarians have selected a book or movie from our collection to share on social media. Some are famous, some obscure, but every one of these titles is full of thrills and chills — perfect for Halloween!

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Book Review: The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

In 1935's The Hollow Man, we have the epitome of the locked-room mystery. Not only is the book the exemplar of the type, but a whole chapter in the book is devoted to a lecture by the main detective on the topic of “locked room” murders.

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In Memoriam - Phil Kirk, 1937-2014

Phil Kirk

Many of you will know Phil Kirk as the man for whom we named Kirk Hall at the Central Library. Or as this generation’s downtown Kansas City real estate developer par excellence. Or a genial figure at many of our Library programs and special events.

He was much, much more. His family, and notably his father Jim, were prominent in local business and philanthropy. Jim Kirk's office furniture from Kirk Welding ended up in One North at the Central Library as part of our soft seating there. Mike Kirk, Phil's brother, has been an active supporter of the Library.