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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September SJ Sinc Meeting

Our speaker will be author June Gillam.

June Gillam enjoys exploring social issues through the criminal actions of folks who suffer personally from the impact of forces too large for individuals to control. Her Hillary Broome series takes on possible effects of superstores on small market owners, conceivable impacts of patriarchy on women in family businesses, and next, House of Eire will explore the effect of developers on the economies of small countries.

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent thriller- wry, dark, and timely, April 10, 2013

June Gillam's suspense thriller

"House of Cuts" will have you on the edge of your seat experiencing a whole gamut of emotions!

 I picked this up recently and was delighted to find not only a great story in the classic vein of thrillers with well-drawn female protagonists, but a novel that manages to address larger issues of the Zeitgeist, reflecting them through the anxieties, phobias and even manias of its characters.

Gillam brings small town California to vivid life.

The corporate transformation of the local economy becomes a theme that echos out of the personal experiences of every-day people struggling to hold on to their sense of community.

 Hillary Broome and the killer become strange, distorted mirrors for one another as well as the society they share.

The past haunts the present through metaphor and MURDER, and

Gillam deftly weaves her background stories into a larger narrative that works as both a classic thriller and a wry commentary on the unraveling of Norman Rockwell America in the new millennium!

I'm looking forward with great anticipation to the next Hillary Broome novel and to more of Gillam's fast-paced, elegantly written prose and vividly rendered characters.


  1. This sounds so great. I would really love to read this.