LISTSBy David Pugh and Linda...


July 04, 1993|By BOB BAYLUS NIGHT SHIFT Margot J. Fromer Diamond 280 pages. $4.99 (paperback) | BOB BAYLUS NIGHT SHIFT Margot J. Fromer Diamond 280 pages. $4.99 (paperback),LOS ANGELES TIMES


By David Pugh and Linda Geeson

American Literary Press

144 pages. $9.95 (paperback) Did you ever wonder who on the Orioles wore No. 4 on his uniform before Earl Weaver? Or the four Orioles to appear in a movie? Neither did I, until I got a copy of the most enjoyable "The Book of Baltimore Orioles Lists" by two lifelong fans of the team, David Pugh and Linda Geeson. This book is chock-full of arcane lists certain to end -- or start -- some family arguments. Take the All-Bob Team (how could they include Bob Milacki and leave off Bob Turley?) or Orioles Draft Picks who Didn't Sign With the Orioles -- At Least Not Right Away (including Glenn Davis, Dave Winfield and Cecil Fielder).

The book does have a few glaring problems. It's a bit thin -- only 144 pages -- and more than 30 pages are devoted to Orioles' birthdays and an all-time roster. The authors do say they are writing about the Orioles from 1954-92, but it would have been nice to add a section concerning the fabulous Ned Hanlon teams of the 1890s and also devote space to the International League Orioles.

Still, it's a pleasant meander down memory lane. So who wore No. 4 before Earl? Mike Epstein. And the four Orioles film stars were Jim Palmer and Reggie Jackson in "The Naked Gun," Rich Dauer in "Stealing Home" and Jeff Tacket in "Dave." As director of nursing, Amanda Knight is able to keep tabs on just about everything that happens at Georgetown's J.F.K. Memorial Hospital. When she learns that several organ transplant patients have died suddenly, Amanda grows concerned; after all, that type of operation tends to have a high survival rate. "Something is very, very wrong at J.F.K. Memorial," she tells her friend, Lydia, a police detective.

The mother of one patient is convinced that her son was murdered, and Amanda suspects that she may be right. But how could anyone get away with murder in the middle of a bustling intensive care unit, right under the noses of all the doctors and nurses? The deaths mount, and still, no one at the hospital is able to discover the cause. Despite Lydia's warnings, Amanda knows that she's going to have to tackle this one herself -- before more patients die.

This second novel by Silver Spring author Margot J. Fromer is an effective thriller, given added depth by its refreshingly frank, insider's-eye view of hospital life; the rivalries and petty bureaucratic conflicts that Amanda has to deal with sometimes threaten to overshadow the real life-or-death business at hand. Ms. Fromer also manages to work in a great deal of information about organ transplants without overwhelming the reader with technical jargon.



John Strohmeyer

Simon & Schuster

287 pages. $23

We know the basic battle lines: On one side are the environmentalists who want, in the words of their opponents, "to turn all Alaskans into park managers"; on the other, the miners of the "black gold," who seem far less successful at containing their oil than they are at keeping the $110 billion in revenues it has generated since 1978 from the hands of native Alaskans.

But while the conflict may be familiar, we read on, for John Strohmeyer avoids the predictable partisanship that is common in books about labor and management.

The disheartened, suspicious clans Mr. Strohmeyer vividly profiles here are as dark in their sensibility as the land is white, from young Eskimo males caught in a wave of suicide to a governor who is on record for having described the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- a complex ecosystem of polar bears, caribou, tundra, rivers and rolling hills -- as a "flat, crummy place."

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