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There's no shortage of suspects when Eldon Mate, a somewhat Jack Kevorkian-like euthanasist, is brutally murdered. Not only are there the millions who considered his actions immoral but also his estranged son and nowhere-to-be-found attorney.
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Thankfully, Kellerman regulars Dr. Alex Delaware and Det. Milo Sturgis are on the case. Delaware, however, is faced with a conflict of interest: one of his patients is the daughter of Mate's final "traveler." As the investigation progresses, ties are drawn to an elusive psychopathic killer who started his spree decades ago.
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Dr. Alex Delaware is asked by a judge friend to see a friend of her daughter's. The friend (Stacy) is very depressed because her mother (Joanne) contacted a doctor to help her commit suicide. Dr. Mate has helped several people who were seriously ill to die humanely. Alex was contacted by a police officer friend that said they found Dr. Mate dead in a van on a country road outside the city, and that he was hooked up to his own machine. No evidence left in the van that would tell them how to find the killer. They go through a list of suspects from a deranged FBI agent to the couple that found Dr. Mate's van.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 15% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60%    -   90% Murder of certain profession?    -   doctors/patients Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   psychiatrist investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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