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Derailed begins in Attica prison, in the classroom of a volunteer English teacher.
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A student hands in a remarkable story and thus begins a twisting, turning, fast-paced narrative of one man's ultimate downward spiral from a good life to that of a fugitive.
This story is best described as an experience, like riding a roller coaster blindfolded. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that this story is extremely graphic in places and definitely not for young readers. As the tale progresses the initial shocks seem somewhat justified, however, I believe much could have been insinuated without degrading the reader.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   seduction/blackmail General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Mid-Atlantic states City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dangerous    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of male nudity    -   rape (yeech!) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes

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