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When talented Terri Larsson ran away, everyone was shocked, but when the pesky kid that Terri called Dumb Doug is shot while trying to halt a man-made lake, no one is surprised. In fact, the only unhappy people are Terri's elderly grandparents; Willie Peploe, scion of an inbred clan whose roots trace back to the Fort Stanwix line; and Calvin Crowpole, a swamp-dwelling Chippewa hermit charged with the murder. In a place of timeless beauty, a terrible tragedy unfolds before the sharp blades of a bulldozer and the unrelenting gaze of Robin Beynac, a dedicated friend.
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Plot & Themes

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?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   lover Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Forest?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   fright Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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