Jamie Freveletti is not only an author, but also a trial attorney, martial artist and runner. Her most recent novel, DEAD ASLEEP, is the fourth book in her series of thrillers featuring biochemist and marathon runner Emma Caldridge. Here, Jamie talks about some of the books that she never has been able to let go of and explains why they’re so special to her.
I don’t recall a Christmas where I received a particular book, but I still have a small, select stash of books that have followed me from tiny city apartment to another year after year. I call these my special books, and each has a short story behind it. Here’s the list:
A first edition Nancy Drew, THE SECRET IN THE OLD ATTIC (1944).
What a find! I discovered this book when I was 10 and hunting through, appropriately, my grandmother’s attic. This one is copyrighted 1944 and in pretty good condition. The box contained three other Nancy Drew titles as I recall. My grandmother had bought them for my Aunts, and she was happy to hand them down to me. I passed on the others to my younger cousins, but this first book is still here and currently resides on my daughter’s bookshelf next to her Harry Potter books. She says she’ll keep it to hand on some day.
The Complete Collection Robert Browning’s poems.
I found this at a library book sale in my college town. Bought it for $2 (the penciled price is still in the front cover). I studied Browning in college, and MY LAST DUCHESS is one of my favorites. When I saw the collection I had to have it. It’s on my bookshelf in my master bedroom.
A first edition of DESIGNING YOUR FACE by Way Bandy (1977).
Way Bandy was a great makeup artist in the ’70s and ’80s and a genius with light and dark. I keep it in my master bath vanity. This book has saved me more times than I can count --- most recently when I was preparing to update my photos for my Facebook page. I had arranged for a photographer friend to meet me at the Chicago River on a gorgeous day when my makeup artist told me that he had a prior appointment. In a panic, I grabbed Way Bandy’s book and followed his directions. You can see the result here.
Not bad for an amateur! Thank you, Mr. Bandy, may you rest in peace.
The Complete Collection of William Shakespeare
Three separate copies of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (softcover, hardcover, and a special edition hardcover).
These last two classics need no explanation, I think. My daughter has the soft cover of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE on her bookshelf, ensuring that Mr. Darcy will be sighed over for years to come.
Happy Holidays to all, and may your year ahead be filled with peace and joy.
Best, Jamie Freveletti
With U.S. intelligence agencies wracked by internal power struggles and paralyzed by bureaucracy, the president was forced to establish his own clandestine group--Covert-One. It is activated only as a last resort, when the threat is on a global scale and time is running out.
THE JANUS REPRISAL
It begins with a terrorist attack. Covert-One operative Colonel Jon Smith is attending a conference in The Hague on infectious diseases, together with leading scientists and political figures from around the world. Without warning, the conference hotel is consumed in a bloodbath. Smith is caught in the crossfire and barely escapes . . . but not before discovering a picture of himself and two other targets in the pocket of one of the shooters.
But the hotel is not the only location under attack in The Hague. Bombs are going off at the train station, the airport, and the International Criminal Court, where Pakistani warlord Oman Dattar is being held while he's tried for crimes against humanity. In the resulting chaos, the prisoner escapes.
Dattar nurses a special hatred for the United States and its allies. With his freedom, and access to a mysterious new weapon, Dattar puts in motion a murderous, ambitious plot to exact his revenge and bring down the West once and for all--unless Covert-One can stop him.
- Paperback | 463 pages
- 106 x 168 x 32mm | 220g
- 28 May 2013
- Grand Central Publishing