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Echo Bay Book Review Summary

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Capra Press, May 2004, 25.95, 354 pp.
ISBN 1592660428

Once he was a star in the skiing world, thought to be sure gold medal winner at the Olympics but an injured knee put an end to Shawn Rainey's dreams of fame and fortune. After his divorce his ex-wife Loren has custody of the children and he has visitation rights until Loren and his ex-manager Terry set him up so that he can't even be in the same state with his children. He's working in a dead end job, living in a trailer and has no one he can call a friend.

Terry arrives at the trailer park offering a deal to Shawn. If he returns to his hometown of Lake Tahoe and helps win support to raise the steamship Constance from the bottom of Echo Bay, Terry will make sure that Shane gains access to his children again. Many people's support the venture but Catherine Mulvhill, whose father sunk the ship instead of selling her for scrap, opposes raising the vessel. Tempers fly in both camps and violence breaks out when Catherine's bank is torched and a big contributor is killed.

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?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   white collar fraud or theft Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

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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