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Five Stars, May 2004, 25.95, 229 pp.
ISBN: 1594141983

In Lincoln, Nebraska Daniel Rooney knows the pivotal moment of his life occurred when he was seven and his mother died. It was not the death that impacted him as much as his older sister Phoebe hiding their mom's passing for a month from everyone. Still Daniel overcame his infamous fifteen minutes of fame, got a degree, became administrator at the Farragut Nursing Home, and married a nurse who worked there.
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When Phoebe becomes in trouble for shop lifting, her parole officer arranges for her to do her community service at the nursing home. At first Phoebe does a great job, but the staff becomes concerned because she apparently has sex with septuagenarian ailing patient Harry Perlamet. When Daniel confronts Phoebe, she explains that she stole a million dollars from Harry that he had hidden in his safety deposit box and obviously expected her to steal it. Daniel becomes involved with the theft and no one, not his wife or sister included, will stop him from keeping the loot for himself.

Though the tale starts slow introducing readers to the protagonist and his sibling, this weird cornhusker noir hooks the audience once Daniel begins his spiral into paranoid darkness. From that moment the tale never lets up until the final bizarre twist. Phoebe is an amoral person while Daniel sheds his middle class trappings to join her in the theft. Ultimately he commits ever worsening crimes as he trusts no one once he gets gold fever. DAMAGED is a weird but gripping novel.

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 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for gems/treasure/money General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

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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