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Signet, August 2002, 5.99, 304 pp.
ISBN 0451206770

Former police office turned private detective Scotia Mackinnon lives and practices in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The island's elected officials have allowed outdoor clothing manufacturer On The Edge to do a photo shoot at American Camp, a nature preserve. One of the people associated with the shoot M.J. Carlyle has hired Scotia to find out what happened to his sister, Tina Breckenridge an experienced sailor, who mysteriously disappeared in the San Juan archipelago.
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All her inquires come to naught. Soon Scotia's client is killed with the sheriff ruling it an accident. Tina's partner also meets with misfortune winding up in the hospital. While this is going on, Scotia receives anonymously threatening e-mails warning her to back off the case. The e-mails and the death of M.J. make the feisty detective need to find some answers no matter the cost to herself.

Putting Scotia Mackinnon on the case is a sure fire guarantee that she will go the extra mile to see justice occurs. Sharon Duncan has created a clever and feisty protagonist who knows how to cope with a client but is sometimes at a loss with how to relate with her hippie mother and her college age daughter. The mystery comes from today's headlines making it believable and realistic, but mostly entertaining.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%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?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   private investigator Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW

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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