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By education and experience - Accountant with a specialty in taxation. Formerly a CPA (license has lapsed). Masters degree in law of taxation from University of Denver. Now retired. Part time work during baseball season as receptionist & switchboard operator for the Colorado Rockies. This gig feeds my soul in ways I have trouble articulating. One daughter, and four grandchildren. I share the house with two cats; a big goof of a cat called Grinch (named as a joke for his easy going "whatever" disposition); and Lady, a shelter adoptee with a regal bearing and sweet little soprano voice. I would be very bereft if it ever becomes necessary to keep house without a cat.
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Forgotten Books Friday

Over on her blog Patti Abbott has a feature she calls "Forgotten Book Friday" in which she asks readers to recall and recommend a book which made a huge impression upon first reading, and which might not be familiar to many readers.

I'm going to recommend ALAS BABYLON by Pat Frank. First published in 1959, and recently reprinted in a trade paperback edition by Harper Perennial, Frank's book imagines life in a small rural Florida community in the months after nuclear war has destroyed virtually all of the existing US infrastructure.

Perhaps not strictly a mystery, the novel does have several close links to suspense fiction, as radiation sickness threatens several of the residents, and the protagonists must trace the source of contamination in order to protect the health of the tiny community.

Who else has a "Forgotten Book?"

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