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Welcome to Dick's Book Picks!

Among many hobbies that people enjoy are picking up a good book! The problem is picking the right book. "A Good Book" is a very subjective thing, since people's interests are so varied. Some prefer sci-fi, some like a good murder mystery, others like a good romance or historical novel, while others prefer non-fiction. Here you will find some interesting titles complete with Dick's reviews. Then it's up to you to decide!

It's also our intention to make this section as interactive as possible for your reading enjoyment. If you have a book you wish Dick to review or you have a review, feel free to submit your suggestions to our webmaster.

About Dick:

Born and raised in Northeast Minneapolis, Dick Solem went to Edison High for 2 years and transferred to Osseo High in Osseo, MN.

After graduating from high school, Dick went to the University of Minnesota.  Married right after graduating from the U, Dick and his new bride, Colleen, traveled to San Antonio, Texas to begin a 3 year tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force.  After a stint in Japan, Dick left the Air Force.  He and his wife returned to Minnesota where he started a 25 year career in the Life Insurance industry.  During that time, his family grew. His 3 children all have had successful careers.  After retiring from the Life Insurance industry, Dick assisted in establishing a successful advertising agency in the Twin Cities Metro area. 
Besides being an avid reader, Dick has spent a lifetime as a collector.  For the past 25 years, he's had a "love affair" with English Toby Jugs and his collection presently has over 450 pieces.


Dick's Featured Review: 
Back Story by Robert B. Parker

"Back Story" is an original Spenser private eye novel, bringing us the original story characters.  Robert B. Parker died a few years ago, leaving behind a treasure trove of great stories.  New stories are being released quite often, written by various authors who do a spot on job of bringing the original characters back to life.  But this is an original story.  This is a convoluted story of mayhem and murder.  All the regulars are here, Ty-Bop, Vinnie, Susan and of course Spenser's friend, and sometimes partner, Hawke.  Whether helping or protecting, their presence is always welcome. 

A friend of Spenser's refers to him a woman whose mother was killed during a bank robbery 28 years before.  Find who did it please.  Why the delay?  Suspicious?  Local law enforcement and the FBI appear to be discouraging this investigation.  How Come?  Because the robbers were a revolutionary group known as "the Dread Scott Brigade"?  Or is it because a mob boss is in the background??  Regardless, Spenser is in a lot of trouble. 

As usual, enlightening conversation, loaded with humor and irony keeps the reader wide awake and looking for more of the same.  Read it & Enjoy!   




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