REOPENING BY THE BOOK: Returns accepted 24/7 at all book drops. Extended use fees are now being charged for items borrowed prior to the March 13 closure. Borrow materials via contactless pickup of items placed on hold. Please expect delays when placing a hold. Book donations will not be accepted until further notice. Thank you for your patience as we safely reopen the library.
Due to safe materials handling, items may still show on your account for at least a period of 7 or more days after returning. We will backdate your checkin to reflect the day we received your items. Thanks for your patience.
THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Library staff members are available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (until 7 on Thursdays) by chat, by phone (314-635-0410) or via email to answer questions and help you with resources.
"In northeast Manila's Quezon City is a district called Payatas--a 50-acre dump that is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is already stretched thin, devoid of forensic resources and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of teenage boys begin to appear in the dump heaps, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf. In the rainy summer of 1997, two Jesuit priests take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands. Father Gus Saenz has been a priest for three decades, but he is also a respected forensic anthropologist, one of the few in the Philippines, and has been tapped by the Director of the National Bureau of Investigations as a backup for police efforts. Together with his protege, Father Jerome Lucero, a psychologist, Saenz dedicates himself to tracking down the monster preying on these impoverished boys. Cited as the first Filipino crime novel, Smaller and Smaller Circles is a poetic masterpiece of literary noir, a sensitive depiction of a time and place, and fascinating story about the Catholic Church and its place in its devotees' lives and communities"--