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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 3, 2012 Hard Cover This book is a far cry from the detective stories I am accustomed to reading. What I am used to is narra- tives like Sherlock Holmes. Of course Finder has the right to write modem stories afflicted with electronic de- vices harbored in mysteri- ous stores like Radio Shack. Protagonist Nick Heller is introduced as some sort of an investigator. Next we meet billionaire Marshall Marcus whose daughter, Alexa; not surprisingly, has just been kidnapped. What is shocking is we learn she has been placed in a coffin ten feet underground. Oh yes7 I must not forget lovely forty-year old Belinda, Marcus' fourth wife. Right from the start, BURIED SECRETS by Joseph Finder 390 Pages Published by St. Author Joseph Finder ing is terrific. Without real- izing it you become part of the scene. He loads his para- Martin's Press money the kidnappers want they want a highly secretive file called "Mercury." We learn that the Russians are involved. Surveillance cameras strategically located reveal that a young man sitting with Alexa in a local night- club, just prior to her kidnap- ping, puts something in her drink. Outside the club a sec- ond camer a reveals Ta,or, Alexa's lifetime friend, ar- riving at the nightclub with Costa a potential person of interest. Finder does something unique; he enhances his story by weaving current events into his tale. For example, the alleged rape of a chambermaid despite her beauty, and the notorious she is not easily ac- Of course Finder has the right to fraud case perpe- cepted in society, write modern stories afflicted with trated by Madoff Nick Heller, being electronic devices harbored in are comparatively a friend of Marshall, mysterious stores like Radio Shack. portrayed. obviously was hired Nick Heller is to find Alexa. Nick begins in earnest to gather experienced people to help him in his investigation. Such as, FBI agent Diana Madigan and his girl Friday, Dorothy. Of course, they are both gorgeous. The story be- comes a bit trite at times. Nonetheless, I admire Finders' short steamy chap- ters. Placing the core of events in Boston certainly won't hurt the sales of his book. Investigator Nick Heller utilizes surveillance cameras to help him in his search for Alexa. Some of his main characters are dra- matically and cleverly intro- duced in this fashion. Finder writes with enthu- siasm. His descriptive writ- graphs with continuous dia- logue. His portrayal of Alexa's turmoil being buried under- ground is heart rendering and terrifying. He writes in exciting terms, from sentence to sen- tence, paragraph to para- graph and from .chapter to chapter never relenting. He uses his short and effective chapters to their utmost. The reader will not be able to stop reading; it becomes an obsession the reader must go on. You cannot dis- card this book. I was under its spell. It is stimulating and at the same time hypnotic. The plot thickens. Finder begins to consoli- date his characters. It isn't aided by many law- enforcing individuals to find Alex,/. Though perplexed, it will be Nick who through his authentic detective skills locates Alexa bringing the case to a dramatic close. Granted, Finder writes a powerful narrative neverthe- less his unique writing style is what captured most of my attention. I have never read a book that will grab you and never let you go like Finders' book Buried Secrets. Mr. Finder could write a me- diocre book and by applying his special writing skills would end up having a suc- cessful novel. Read this sensational book, you will be enriched by its classic offering. North End Waterfront Health Accredited as Patient-Centered Medical Home The Joint Commission, an independent organization that accredits health care facilities, renewed North End Waterfront Health's am- bulatory health care and be- havioral health accredita- tion and awarded the orga- nization Patient-Centered Medical Home accreditation for the first time. "We are extremely proud of our three Joint Commission accreditations," says Jim Luisi, CEO of NEW Health. "The surveyors were im- pressed by our entire staff's dedication, loyalty and com- mitment to high-quality care for our patients. We were the first health center in the state to receive Joint Commission accreditation and now we are among the first to be accredited as a Patient-Centered Medical Home." The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a nation- ally recognized way of provid- ing the best primary care to patients. It is patient- centered, team-based, com- prehensive care in which a system-based approach to quality, safety and en- LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW DIVORCE * WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING * TRUSTS CRIMINAL PERSONAL INJURY WORKERSCOMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 hanced patient access is a priority. The Joint Commission surveyors made their deci- sion to accredit the health center in each of the three areas after spending two days at the organization shadowing patients and in- terviewing staff. "Through their various pa- tient tracers over the past two days in adult medicine, pediatrics, dental, behav- ioral health, the lab and X- ray, the surveyors were able to first handedly observe us performing patient-cen- tered, team-based and coor- dinated care," says Vincenzo Scibelli, NEW Health's direc- tor of behavioral health and chief compliance officer. "In fact, they stated that we are the best Patient-Centered Medical Home practice that they have yet surveyed." The Joint Commission ac- credits health centers every three years. NEW Health's next survey will occur in 2015. by Sal Giarratani  .... r GRACE UNDER FIRE: The Story Of J.R. Martinez As a member of the D.A.V., I received the latest copy of D.A.V. Magazine with the cover story on J.R. Martinez who was named Disabled Veteran of the Year. The ar- ticle inside, "Grace Under Fire" by Rob Lewis was an excellent commentary on a real live hero among us. Most of us last saw him when he won the 13 th season of the ABC hit series "Danc- ing with the Stars" with both grace and confidence. Many of us watched him dance in amazement. Everyone was rooting for him to win. He de- served it after his harrowing experience of almost being burned to death in an am- bush in Iraq. Said D.A.V. National Adju- tant Arthur Wilson, "If he didn't break after surviving that ambush and those ter- rible burns, he certainly wasn't going to be broken by any other challenge life had to offer. It is that persever- ance and his willingness to become the face of a genera- tion of wounded veterans that we want to honor." On August 4 at the D.A.V. Na- tional Convention in Las Vegas, he will be honored with the 2012 Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year award but never tell Martinez that he is disabled because that's not how he views him- self after his horrendous scars of war. Said Martinez of his award, "Receiving this award ... is almost like re- ceiving a medal for some amazing work I didn't get a chance to continue to do in . the military." J.R. Martinez was born in Louisiana in 1983, raised in Georgia and enlisted in the Army in 2002. He eventually took part in the invasion of Iraq in the 101stAirborne Division out of Fort Campbell, KY. When he enlisted, he said he did it for many reasons in- cluding college money, but mostly, he said, "After 9/1 I, I felt like it gave me an op- portunity to give back to a country that had given so much to me and my family, who are from El Salvador." One of his jobs over in Iraq was the process of securing the country, city by city. However, in Karbala, his brief military career would come to an end when the Humvee he was driving was hit by a roadside bomb dur- ing a security patrol. He was ( only 19 years old. He was pulled from the wreckage by his buddies but as they tried to grab him, his skin was sliding off his body. Fellow soldier Justin Hart who is now at the D.A.V. National Service Office in Hartford, CT who helped get him out of harm's way remembers "I was under him listening to him scream. I did my best to assure him that everything was going to be all right. I'm not sure ff he heard me when I was talking with him be- cause of the pain he was in." Martinez was burned over 40 percent of his body and was flown to an Army hospi- tal in Germany, then to Walter Reed and eventually to Brooke Army Medical Center in Antonio, TX. He spent almost the next three years having 33 surgeries and numerous skin grafts. Martinez did not give up no matter how difficult his road to his recovery seemed. As he himself has said, "Any self-pity I had didn't last. My mother talking to me snapped me out of it. Most of all, I had a belief that there had to be more to life than what I had experienced. I had to make the choice to live to see just how much more there was for me." In 2008, he was cast in ABe's "All My Children" in the role of a combat-injured Iraq vet- eran Brot Monroe. After his time on the show ended, he went on "Dancing with the Stars." He and his dancing partner Karina Smirnoff won the competition hands down along with bringing atten- tion to all those who suffered wounds of war. Martinez has become a role model and takes it seri- ously and does all veterans proud. Today his scarred face is the face of a genera- tion of disabled veterans. He accepts it. He has accepted the challenge. Says Martinez, "I don't just repre- sent myself; I represent all veterans ... I know they are out there building their own lives and writing their own stories to represent me." Arthur Wilson sums it up nicely, *This inspiring young man sets an example for all of us. His determination to carry on despite adversity and to deliver a message of hope to others is in keeping with the highest tradition of D.A.V." k._ Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530