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Most of John D. MacDonald's novels are set in and around the state of Florida, but for Barrier Island, he moves around the coast to an area off the coastal waters of Mississippi. However, the theme of the story is similar to a lot of his other books: how man's greed is increasingly destroying the natural beauty of the world. In Barrier Island, a shady land developer named Loomis has concocted a scheme to bilk the government out of a lot of money by selling lots on a barrier island which he knows can never be developed. His plan might have worked if not for the actions of a real-estate developer named Rowley who grows suspicious of the deal and sets out to thwart Loomis' evil plans.
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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 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   white collar fraud or theft General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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