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Five Star, Dec 2003, 25.95, 278 pp.
ISBN: 1594140693

His estranged wife Liz, who he has not seen since she deserted him for Mick Coghlan two years ago, sits in his living room waiting for attorney Harry Devlin to come home. When he arrives she asks him if she could crash here as she is scared of Mick, whom she is leaving for a married man. Still wanting Liz, Harry reluctantly agrees.
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Two mornings later, Detective Inspector Skinner and his partner D.S. MacBeth question Harry on his whereabouts as someone killed Liz. The police believe an angry Harry stabbed his wife numerous times over her using him. Harry feels Mick is the culprit. However, he is shocked when a reporter friend tells him that Liz was two months pregnant. Realizing that he remains the prime suspect, Harry begins making inquiries into Liz's life, especially since she walked out on him.

While the amateur sleuth investigation occurs somewhat late, the tale effortlessly switches back and forth between legal thriller and police procedural. Harry serves as the glue and the focus of the varying sub-genre subplots. The support cast either enhances the murder whodunit or enables the audience to better understand Harry. Martin Edwards serves up an electrifying story line that traverses the mystery realm.

Harriet Klausner

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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 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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