Hinkley is blander than Dick Francis frequent protagonist, jockey-turned-detective Sid Halley. But the plot is brisk, the prose efficient, and readers are treated to a wealth of inside information about British and American racing practices. (Hinkleys considered opinion: The Brits do it better.) Harry Bosch, the shrewd police detective who is the soul of Michael Connellys intense novels, has his hands full in The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Little, Brown, 400 pp., $29). Retired from the LAPD but restless, Bosch is now a private eye and an unpaid investigator for the small town of San Fernando. This gives the book two powerful engines to drive its plots. In one, Bosch and his San Fernando colleagues pursue an elusive serial rapist. But the more compelling story involves Harrys private gig a billionaire, near death, hires him to discover what became of a long-lost love. Did she have the billionaires child, who would then be his only heir? Bosch finds out, but when he tries to report his findings, the billionaires staff stonewalls him. Boschs relentless efforts to outsmart them create the books most gripping moments.have a peek here
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Another claim that has been heard is that teachers will no longer be offered single health insurance. “Health insurance is one of the growing costs. The option of offering no health insurance has not been discussed and would be foolhardy, in my opinion,” DeLay said, adding that the district is continuing to look for the best prices for health insurance. She also pointed out that teachers are not the only people in the district who have health insurance; decisions regarding this issue affect all staff. In October, she spoke to the school board about information she had received on the district’s claims through September. “If I had a crystal ball I would tell you that our rates are probably going to up. I can’t imagine that they’re not, because our claims have not decreased,” DeLay told the board at the time. She also told them that she was continuing to have conversations with others in the region, talking about some different options for maybe some higher deductible but with some zero co-pay for the insurance carrier themselves. Other rumors DeLay shot down Wednesday included that parents will have to transport athletes to out-of-town sport events and that student fees will increase by 150 percent, neither of which has been discussed. Plus, she addressed a claim that all sports but mainstream sports will be cut. “This was a topic of discussion at a public board meeting in July, as we look at the areas where the budget could be trimmed without cutting instructional staff,” she said, but pointed out that no other discussions have occurred since, “and again, we will involve parents, students and community, to come up with solutions.” Items discussed at the July meeting included putting a freeze on using anymore money from the 2005 override for textbooks and instead focusing on technology; look at the $161,000 vocation contract has to see if any money could be saved there; possible cuts to cocurricular activities, which could save $478,000; furloughs for administration; increasing classroom sizes; and cuts to bussing for students, with the exception of special needs students who are required by law to have access to a bus, a savings of $680,000.
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