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Four books worth your holiday cash

Did your Christmas gifts include gift cards or cash? Here are some new books now in stores that you may want to buy for yourself.

"The White Darkness" by David Grann (Doubleday, 146 pages)

The author who many Oklahomans discovered last year with his best-selling and brilliant “Killers of the Flower Moon” has followed his true account of the murders of the Osage Indians in Oklahoma with a survival story about a solitary trek across Antarctica.

Grann tells the true story of Henry Worsely, a decorated British special forces officer who spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the 19th-century polar explorer who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole and later sought to traverse Antarctica on foot.

Shackleton had to be rescued from certain death and never completed either journey. Worsely, who was related to one of Shackleton's men, spent a fortune collecting artifacts from those trips and decided he would succeed where they had failed.

On Nov. 13, 2015, the 55-year-old Worsley said goodbye to his family and set out to walk across Antarctica alone. It is a fascinating story of adventure and obsession.

"Wild Justice" by Loren D. Estleman (Forge, 224 pages)

Western lovers should delight in Estleman's new book, the 10th of his popular historical series featuring Deputy U.S. Marshal Page Murdock.

It's the spring of 1986 and after 30 years of dispensing frontier justice in Montana, Judge Harlan Blackthorne dies. Murdock, the judge's most steadfast officer, has the duty of escorting the judge's body across the continent by rail.

He accompanies the judge's widow on the railroad journey to Delaware. As the funeral train travels across the country, it makes several stops along the way so people can pay their respects. This allows for Murdock to reflect upon the past and the changing Old West (the current West to him, of course).

"Walking Shadows" by Faye Kellerman (HarperCollins, 367 pages)

This is Kellerman's 25th novel featuring Peter Decker, a police detective in Greenbury, New York, and his wife, Rina Lazarus.

In this mystery, Decker, who moved to New York after 35 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, is called to investigate some vandalized mailboxes on a street. He discovers a 26-year-old man bludgeoned to death.

It turns out the victim's father is serving time for the murders of local jewelry store owners, and the new case may be tied to that crime 20 years ago.

"Robert B. Parker's Blood Feud" by Mike Lupica (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 335 pages)

An award-winning sports columnist, Lupica has continued the Sunny Randall series started by his longtime friend, the late Robert Parker.

This is Lupica's first Sunny Randall novel but the seventh in the series. In this tale, the private investigator must protect her ex-husband and his Mafia family from the vengeful plan of a mysterious rival.

When the bullets start flying, Randall finds herself targeted. It's difficult to replace a legend, but Parker's fans will not be disappointed that Lupica has assumed the mantle in the Randall series.

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Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›