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NAL, July 2002, 23.95, 368 pp.
ISBN 0451206326

At ten years of age, in a car fire deliberately set, Lacie Wagner burned her hands so badly that they were scarred and misshapen. Twenty-three years later, the man who set the car fire returned to Lacie's life, killing her daughter's father, kidnapping her daughter for six weeks, and almost killing her. Now, nine months later, Lacie is almost healed and ready to report to work as a TV anchor and reporter on Washington DC.

Relaxing in her Nantucket home, Lacie gathers the strength to reenter the real world. While jogging along the beach, she comes across the dead body of a young woman. Tests prove the woman was murdered and while investigating the victim's life, Lacie discovers that the deceased was part of an unauthorized black ops group. This group is linked to Lacie's next door neighbor and lover Justin Vale, a man who has a special agenda planned for Lacie.

Jeannie Kadow has written an exciting thriller starring a complex and driven protagonist who refuses to let her deformity handicap her in anyway. DEAD TIDE is a serial killer thriller that stars a villain that is ever more depraved than Hannibal Lechter. Ms. Kadow is on the level of a Patricia Cornwell and a Nancy Taylor Rosenberg in turning up the suspense in a believable manner.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%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?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   lover Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

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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