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Forge, Nov 2003, 24.95, 336 pp.
ISBN: 0765306492

Portland, Oregon prosecutor Max Travis has a tremendous conviction record though his sex life seems to be in a permanent slump. However, he feels that his luck is changing when he meets hairdresser Dana Waverleigh, though she is the mother of two children and the ex of three husbands. Max believes he has met his forever love who will forgive his workaholic transgressions unlike his two former spouses.
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However, Dana is not seeing Max exclusively as her former boyfriend, Jack Nizhl, expects her to use her body to gain insider information from her new beau on a crime investigation that involves both of them and a drug using maniac. Will Max see the light of how Dana, though she is blackmailed into her clandestine activities, is using him or will he continue to see the world through the rose colored head that reacts to her stimulus without thinking?

DYING FOR DANA is a delightful relationship investigative tale that works because of how well Jim Patton escorts the readers inside the heads of the key cast members. Fans will comprehend the dichotomy that makes up Max, a superstar in the courtroom and a zero in his personal life. Dana is even more complex as she is a nice person, but her choice in men is haunting her because she likes Max. Fans also see inside the two thugs, Jack and his maniac partner. Readers will enjoy this detective story that works on several levels due to the interactivity of the characters whether it is love, robbery, or murder.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book 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 30%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 Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   crazed lover/family member

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's 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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