The Racketeer by John Grisham. Jailhouse lawyer, Malcolm Banister, knows who killed a federal judge and his secretary and why. He parlays this into witness protection, freedom, and a maze of events that draws the reader into a story thay cannot set aside. John Grisham takes the legal thriller in new directions, yet comes back to issues of corruption in the government.
Greatest Hits by Marshall Tucker Band. I remember Marshall Tucker Band as one of the leaders in southern rock movement of the 1970s, but on second hearing, it is much more. Marshall Tucker Band is an eclectic combination of western, country, Texas swing, and jazz. The rich vocals of songs like Fire on the Mountain, Heard it in a Love Song, and This Ol’ Cowboy are reminiscent of people like Michael Martin Murphy who can transport the reader to a camp fire under the open skies. The flute is prominent in so many of the cuts bringing a fresh sound that one does not expect in country or rock music.
Southern Surroundings: the Ultimate Skynard Collection by Lynyrd Skynard is three disc set that will take you back to the heart of southern fried rock of the 1970s. Greatest hits in audio CD, live DVD recording, and audio and video CD.