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The protagonist, a PHD mis-fit female detective/profiler "Susan" recently widowed, late husband also a police detective. Sinks into mentally ill soup of alcoholism, violent assault, alcoholism detox, hallucinations, job and status loss, delusions of persecution and justifiable loss of custody of her ward niece into the care of a foster family. Rather than be a come back from behind character Susan continues to secretly, she thinks, drink after her bout with detox. Remarkably, the police superior that fired her hires her back as a special consultant on a serial murder. Then even more remarkably Susan becomes the focus of the antagonist. Along the way Susan has drunken alley sex with someone she barely could remember to speak to in the bar earlier that night. The sex, implied as unprotected anal intercourse with a stranger, pushed this book over the edge and into the trash.
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Ballantine, Jan 2005, 125.95, 480 pp.
ISBN: 034547015X

Alcoholic Susan Pulaski loses her job as a police psychologist for the Las Vegas Police Department because she rarely stays sober. However, she has no time to drown her latest sorrow with more drink because her former boss LVPD Chief O'Bannon, who fired her, needs her skills as a profiler to stop a clever serial killer who murders young girls and leaves behind a cryptic note.

Susan asks her ex-boss' twenty-something son Darby, an idiot savant whose expertise happens to be encrypted messages to break the code. They soon find an Edgar Allen Poe cryptic, but have no idea what that means in the deadly modern context. Unbeknownst to Susan she plays a beleaguered heroine in a Poe work as the killer has a role for her that will end in her death if he directs the show.

Harriet Klausner

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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 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% 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?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   killer purposefully leaves puzzle clues Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   government investigator    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Desert?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   very gorey references to torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   touching of anatomy    -   descript. of breasts Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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