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Terrell McCabe is convalescing on his boat in California, after a recent heart transplant operation. His previous career as a FBI agent took its toll on his health so he has retired from the Bureau. He is approached by beautiful Graciela Rivers, who claims to be the sister of the woman whose heart was posthumously given to him. A string of brutal murders are being committed against seemingly unconnected victims. McCabe is forced to defend himself against allegations that he may be involved once it is discovered the victims all possess a rare blood type making their organs precious commodities to those in need of transplants.
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As a romance evolves between McCaleb and Graciela it further complicates his ability to prove his innocence, as he is suspected of killing Graciela's sister to get the heart that would save his life. The killer proves to be very smart and elusive, staying one step ahead of McCaleb as the novel races to its conclusion.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% 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% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Murder of certain profession?    -   doctors/patients Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   physical disability/illness Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   retiree Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical 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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