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The novel starts out with the death of two hookers, and in the eyes of the city, these murders are minuscule and non important. There was something special about these murders, the way they were tortured, the way they were burned that attached themselves to a third victim. Jillian Bondurant, the only daughter of Mr. Bondurant, a billionaire, was claimed dead by her own father. The body found in the park, decapitated, and burnt to a crisp, was unidentifiable. A man recommended by Bondurant's personal friend, and Jillian's physiologist was brought on board to figure out the culprit of these murders. Detective John Quinn of the FBI brought a lot of experience to the situation.
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There was a witness. Angie DiMarco was caught running out of the park at the time of the crime. Taken under the police's witness program, she was given an advocate. Despite the former FBI agent Kate Conlan's hatred for children cases, she gave up fighting with her boss Rob, and took her in to be her friend. John Quinn and Kate Conlan had somewhat of a history as well. There was an affair between them. The two haven't seen each other in years, and despite what tore them apart to begin with, passion would come back into play.
Quinn's interrogation with Mr. Bondurant left him with a very uncomfortable feeling. Bondurant was defiantly hiding something, the question is what. Kovac, Quinn's local partner on the case, found something very interesting. Mr. Bondurant did not fight for the rights of her daughter during his divorce because of incest accusations and blackmail from his former business partner's ex- wife. For a large portion of her life, she lived in France with her mother, until she passed away, and her step father, whom Jillian had sexual relations with.
Angie disappears, and Kate fears that the “Cremator,” as the media had dubbed this villain, has taken her. On the same day, another one of her witnesses is found dead and burned with the same cuts as found in the earlier victims. Kate fears the only logical connection between the two is she.
Meanwhile, Mr. Bondurant is more unstable then ever and finally releases his guilt. During a press conference to address the situation of the case, Mr. Bondurant comes up on stage and screams “I killed her,” and points a gun to his temple. After a feeble attempt to calm him down by his lawyer, Edwyn Noble, who is the husband to the Mayor who is Kovac's boss, Bondurant fires, but only scrapes the side of his skull because of his shakiness. In private he reveals that Michele Finlow was blackmailing him to reveal some of the lyrics of Jillian's more “deep” songs. (Depicted or suggested father daughter intimacy on a more sexual level). Now, he also reveals that he did not kill her literally, but figuratively. When Bondurant was supposed to pay Finlow in exchange of the lyrics, she also had put Jillian's head in the duffel bag. As soon as he looks, Bondurant shot and fatally wounded her. At this point, Angie comes to Kate's house with her supervisor Rob. When Quinn and Kovac arrived at the scene where Michele was shot, the body was no longer there, only blood. Now the killer will complete his most anticipated and fantasized kill.

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This is a story about an exFBI agent turned social worker/witness advocate who becomes entangled in a case with a serial killer. Plot twists abound, including the involvement of a billionaire and his missing daughter, Kate's former lover who happens to be the FBI's top profiler sent to find the killer and the witness who isn't talking! Great read!
The review of this Book prepared by Lynnell Irving

A victims rights advocate gets involved in a serial crime case thru working with a suposed witness.
The review of this Book prepared by Jenyfer Morgan

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) 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?    -   70% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American 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    -   Female Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   flamed Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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