Deadline Book Review Summary

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On the way to a job interview, journalist Dalton Walker passes by a circus tent fire. Stopping to lend a hand, he notices an 8-year-old girl who died in the tragedy. Unclaimed by family, the coroner searches for her identity and Walker senses a story. Hired by the Tribune, a New Jersey newspaper recently acquired by a national chain, Walker's first assignment is to interview an Amish woman who left her past and became a Rockette. Intrigued by the unidentified little girl, Walker dogs the trail three months later when the girl is laid to rest in potter's field. Writing a story aimed at flushing out the mother of the child, he waits in darkness until a woman visits the grave. Following her home, he begins to unravel the mystery of the mother and the reason she refused to come forward.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 80%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Murder of certain profession?    -   athletes Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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