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Harry de La Roche Jr. is the oldest of 3 sons being raised in the quiet, 'white picket fence' community of Montvale, New Jersey. With an overbearing father and being the target of bullies and continual teasing throughout his childhood and into his teen years; Harry struggles for acceptance for being 'different' all through High School.
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Trying to be just a 'regular' kid, Harry becomes involved in fast cars, smoking pot, and drinking just as his family decides he should attend Military College at The Citadel. Harry's feelings of worthlessness continue as he is abused and ridiculed once again at The Citadel, leading Harry to the decision to face his father with the news that he is leaving The Citadel after the de La Roches' Thanksgiving weekend together.

After being pulled over for running a stop sign as he was seen speeding out of town, Harry tells the Police Officer who pulled him over that he had just found his parents and younger brother dead, and his other brother missing. The subsequent crime scene search would lead to Harry's being charged with the crimes and facing the battle to clear his name.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   wrongly convicted clearing his name General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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