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"All or Nothing" stars Al Giraud, a private investigator and his assistant (and lover) Marla Cwitowitz. They are hired by Vickie Mallard, a suspected murderer's wife to prove her husband's innocence. Her husband, Steve, is imprisoned for the murder of real-estate salesperson, Laurie Martin, whom he was seeing, on what he declares as a purely professonal basis.
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Al and Marla discover that Laurie Martin has a torrid past, and searching for her history takes them all across the US, from Florida, to Texas, to San Francisco. Their investigations place themselves in real danger in their quest to find out the truth about Laurie and the innocence or guilt of Steve Mallard. The sub-plot of the romance between Al and Marla is only a small percentage of the book and doesn't detract from the story.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   lover Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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