Thursday, February 9, 2017

Heidish, Marcy. The Torching (New York: Avon Books, 1993) 262 p.
A writer who owns a used book store does research in a “small jewel of a library, once a stately Georgetown mansion.” (p. 23). She is normally assisted by a librarian named Mr. Archer, “the angel of Special Collections” (p. 23). Another librarian is Mrs. Lind, “[a] large, middle-aged British woman, she always seemed somehow slightly damp. Her cropped gray-brown hair was always rumpled, her blouse escaping from her skirt, her manner harried, worried, kindly, alert. Despite that, she was precise and efficient, taking questions, turning with a squinch of rubberized heel, then reappearing with surprising speed, deftly balancing columns of heavy tomes.” (p. 23-24). Mrs. Lind turns up later in a historical society library.

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