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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: 
he Late Show by Michael Connelly

“The Late Show” by best selling author Michael Connelly is our introduction to spirited young crime fighter, Renee’ Ballard.  Ballard works “The Late Show” (midnight shift), the worst of the worst because she had the temerity to accuse a supervisor of sexual harassment.  But, if she has to do the job, she does it right.  And doing it right calls for putting her job and life on the line. 

Two cases come together in a single night and gives Ballard the opportunity to bring her skills into play for something more important than late night drunks.  First she finds a badly beaten prostitute.  Then she is called in for a case of mass murder.  Five people have been cut down in a night club.  Thus begins a tense investigation that leads Ballard to a fight for her life. 

A great ending rounds out a winner of a story and one of the best surprise endings in a long time.  Read it and enjoy. 

Connelly has written 29 other novels and has sold over 60 million copies. 




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