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The last moments of life for Joseph and Celice were brutal and violent, bludgeoned by an unknown assailant armed with a large chunk of granite. They had just finished making love on the beach not far from where they had courted nearly thirty years before as young and energetic zoology students. Their bodies will lay undiscovered for many days slowly decomposing, changing in shape, texture, and color, all the while falling prey to small scavengers and being abused by the elements.
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Looking back in time to the week the couple first met, marred by a horrible tragedy, as the humble coastal shack that six university students were housed in while doing their zoology research catches fire, killing one of their fellow students. Back to the present, Joseph is initially missed at his work, so rebellious, non-conformist daughter Syl, is summoned to try and locate the now long overdue couple. As Syl hurries back to her childhood home, she expects her estranged parents will harangue her about her lifestyle choices resulting in an unpleasant encounter. En route she enlists the aid of a taxi driver named Geo, paying him with sex in lieu of cash. Her emotions vary as the search for her parents takes her from the hospital, to the morgue, and finally to Baritone Bay were her parents bodies are waiting to be identified.
The review of this Book prepared by David Fletcher

This book is the story of two married scientists who are murdered on a beach in Canada. The characters are dead at the start of the book and the author traces the decay of their physical bodies as well as looking back at their lives. The story also includes their only daughter as she deals with her parents' sudden passing.
The review of this Book prepared by Deidre Woollard

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   dying Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)    -   Canadian (Aboot!)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Water?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Weiner talk! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog    -   little dialog

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