Dead Famous Book Summary and Study Guide

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Putnam, Sept 2003, 24.95, 304 pp.
ISBN 0399150846

It has been many months since New York homicide detective P. Riker was shot in the chest four times by a psychopath who was found not guilty of homicide in a trial in which Riker was the key witness. Although he has healed physically, the psychological trauma prevents him from going back to work. He currently runs his brother's business Ned's Crime Scene Cleaners where he meets the Hunchback Joanna Apollo.
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Joanna is a psychiatrist who was on the jury that found shock jock radio host Ian Zachary not guilty in a Chicago homicide case. Now a serial killer known as the Reaper is murdering the Zachary jury members. Zachary, who relocated to New York, eggs on his listeners to find out where the remaining jurors live. Joanna comes to New York to stop the killings but she doesn't count on Riker's growing feelings for her or the complicated plan, Kathy Mallory, Riker's partner, puts in motion to bring him past the crisis point. Mallory, Riker and Apollo become pawns in a game they may not survive.

Kathy Mallory is one of crime fiction's most unusual heroine's a sociopath who work in the NYPD and is able to stay within the law (usually) to solve a case. There are several sub-plots that tie into the main story line in a complex but realistic fashion. The heroine meets her match in Joanna, a woman and a doctor who not only understands her but also is able to stay one step ahead of her. A Carol O'Connell police procedural is always great and DEAD FAMOUS provides proof of that axiom.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by 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?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% 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:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

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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