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Forge, Jul 2004, 14.95, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0765309092

The United States Postal Inspection Service is the oldest federal law enforcement agency, but also the least known. The public rarely if ever hears of it while postal employees mostly figure fat bald trolls in suits watching from the ceiling insure they do not steal a first class stamp. That is a function of the department, but the USPIS also investigates “external” crimes like mail fraud and letter bombs.

Max Diamond is one of the USPIS finest working in Southern Florida. Currently Max has picked up a case from a recently killed in action peer. Max watches tapes of kiddie porn sent illegally through the mail in hopes of finding the distributor until he sees the life of a female participant is snuffed out on a tape. His boss Wacona Smith insists it is an amateur production not a murder, but Max proves otherwise with additional snuff films that he tracks back to a South American connection. He believes that Miami's crime boss O'Burke is behind the deadly videos; Max investigates although he could become the star of his own picture filmed in a Little Havana post office.

DIAMOND EYE is a terrific Southern Florida law enforcement tale starring a warm, witty fortyish unique investigator. The story line is fast-paced as Max makes his inquiries. The support cast either is antagonists or enable the audience to see what motivates Max although the latter is a duel edged sword as prime secondary characters fall off the pages without regard. Still fans will appreciate dedicated Max of the USPIS as he struggles with a deadly case and in his relationships with his grandma, his boss, and his “Phayled” love life.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%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?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

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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