Local Books: A Dugoni thriller; poems from Joseph Green
This week's local books include "The Conviction," Robert Dugoni's new legal thriller; "That Thread Still Connecting Us," poetry by Joseph Green; "Furniture Studio," Jeffrey Karl Ochsner's look at the influential fabrication studio at University of Washington; and "The Fiery Furnace," a history of the Puget Sound's metal foundry industry.
"The Conviction" by Robert Dugoni (Touchstone, $25). After a camping outing takes a horrifying turn, a "father takes the law into his own hands to save his son, trapped in a juvenile detention center from hell," according to the publisher, in this legal thriller by the Seattle litigator and award-winning author. Dugoni will sign books at noon June 12 at Seattle Mystery Bookshop and 5 tonight at The Tin Room Bar & Grill in Burien. He reads at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Parkplace Books in Kirkland.
"That Thread Still Connecting Us" by Joseph Green (MoonPath Press, $10). This emotional collection of short poems by Longview resident Green portrays a troubled childhood: "Ordinary Lives./Ambitions spilling. Plans failing./Dreams seeping out through the cracks." The publishing company, based in Kingston, Kitsap County, specializes in poetry chapbooks by Pacific Northwest authors.
"Furniture Studio: Materials, Craft, & Architecture" by Jeffrey Karl Ochsner (University of Washington Press, $45). Ochsner, a professor of architecture at the University of Washington and the author of several books, uses the projects of 11 students to explore the history and influence of the department's furniture-design program and fabrication studio. Includes nearly 200 illustrations showcasing the students' work.
"The Fiery Furnace" by William Gibb, Gloria Campbell and Robert Mortenson (available on the American Foundry Society website, www.wa-afs.com; $20). A history of the metal-foundry industry in the Puget Sound region, from its beginnings in the late 1800s through the robust years of World War II, the changes brought by environmental laws of the 1960s and '70s and the recession of the '80s.