2009-04-04T23:00:00Z BookGuide The Billings Gazette
April 04, 2009 11:00 pm

Sunday, April 5, 2009

• AUTHOR APPEARANCE: Billings author Wally Mading will sign his book, "The Country Club Killings: A Montana Story," from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Borders Books, Music, Movies & Cafe, 2833 King Ave. W.

A former Marine and ex-rodeo cowboy, Mading has been a real-estate broker for 50 years.

Manhattan Project figures into mystery

In the early '40s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the town of Oak Ridge, Tenn., in service of the Manhattan Project.

The project was so sensitive that most of the people working there didn't know the purpose of their work until the first atomic bomb was dropped. Of the physicists who were in the know, some had ethical qualms about the effort; others were communist sympathizers not to be trusted.

In Jefferson Bass' "Bones of Betrayal" (William Morrow), forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton is called upon to investigate the murder of a 90-year-old Oak Ridge physicist. Brockton has a gut feeling that the murder might be linked to the Manhattan Project.

When the means of the gruesome death are determined, discovering who did it becomes a matter of extreme urgency.

- By Cathy Frisinger

McClatchy Newspapers


Parmly Billings Library's Infomobile will make stops at the following sites this week:

• Monday: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Laurel Senior Center. 1:45-2:45 p.m., Garfield School, 3212 First Ave. S. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Boulder Park, 2202 32nd St. W.

• Tuesday: Noon-2:30 p.m., Blue Creek School. 3-4 p.m., Optimist Park, Hallowell Lane. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Briarwood Boulevard and Turnberry.

• Wednesday: 12:45-2:15 p.m., Canyon Creek School, 3139 Duck Creek Road. 2:45-3:45 p.m., Banff-3700 Crater Lake. 4-5 p.m., 30th St. W.-Howard.

• Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Custer Senior Center. 1:15-3:15 p.m., Custer School. 4-5 p.m., Pompeys Pillar.

• Friday: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Meal Site, 13th Street West and Poly Drive. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Elder Grove School, 1532 S. 64th St. W. 4-4:45 p.m., Bobby Jones-54th St. W.

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