Beacon Quick Picks

by Beacon Staff • April 25, 2007

Davis Shipley and Will Schwalbe; Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home,James Patterson; The 6th Target; Available May 8

In the latest novel by the legendary Patterson, dramatic twists and turns combine with complicated characters to create a mind-numbing spectacle of confusion. A member of the Women's Murder Club is near death after a horrifying attack, while the others work to keep the madman who attacked her behind bars. A detective from the San Francisco Police Department and her partner must halt a series of kidnappings in a city full of rising panic. The drama doesn't stop there. Throw in romance and murder and you've got yourself another novel that fits Patterson's predictable pattern. The 6th Target is entertaining enough ... if you can follow it, that is.

Davis Shipley and Will Schwalbe; Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home; Available Now

"Bad things can happen on e-mail," Shiply and Schwalbe say, and it's all too clear that they're correct in this essential guide for e-mail ease and etiquette. Send promises to aid in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of e-mail with wit and wisdom. Shipley, the op-ed editor of the New York Times, and Schwalbe, editor in chief of Hyperion Books, are more than qualified to explain the do's and don't's of e-mail, as well as instant messaging tips. "Think before you send," they say, but there's no need to think before you buy this book: just do it.