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Under the terms of her rich uncle's will, Jane daSilva must solve a hopeless case and bring justice where injustice has been done if she is to receive a very large payment from his estate. The case of Kevin Shea seems to be just the thing. Kevin has been convicted of homicide in a robbery and shooting that he was too stoned to remember. Even his mother believes that he is guilty. After the trial is over, one of the jurors comes to Kevin's lawyer and says that, after thinking things over, she believes that there is something in the evidence which she and everyone else has overlooked. The lawyer tells Jane about this which starts her off on a very dangerous search to find the real murderer.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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