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Dunne, Apr 2003, 22.95
ISBN: 0312290330

For his tremendous work as Chief Commander of Police in London's Second City, John Coffin can now use Sir in front of his name as he has been knighted. However, instead of an opportunity to rest on his laurels John's recent flirtation with fame haunts him. Apparently two dangerous thugs have challenged John in a game of cat and mouse that includes his wife actress Stella Pinero as bait.
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A pediophile stalker has written letters of exploits that showcase porno photos of children sent to the Second City police force. The other evil is a serial killer raping and murdering his victims, but leaving behind no useful evidence. Stella becomes a target for both criminals as the pediophile sends her letters with photos and the killer threatens to kidnap her and actually does. Stella escapes with proof that the alleged two culprits is actually one person committing both types of crimes. To keep Stella safe and halt the increasing homicide count, John and his staff must stop the perpetrator immediately, regardless of cost.

The Second City tales are always some of the better police procedural novels and the newest one, COFFIN KNOWS THE ANSWER, will join that meritorious list. The story line consists of intriguing interwoven subplots that focus on two strings of crimes and the impact on the personal lives, especially Coffin, of the police officers involved in solving and stopping the violence. Though well written, the climax seems disappointing in comparison to the preceding tale. Still, much stronger than most sub-genre entries, fans know that Coffin will find the answers to their reading needs.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, British Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   rapes Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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