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Bantam, July 2004, 6.99 400 pp.
ISBN 044026649

Everyone knows that Pittsburgh Doctor Dan Ross is a humanitarian and he proves it to any doubters by funding Pacusset Safe House, a place for young adults in danger to go to for a safe haven and counseling. He is such a good person nobody understands why he was murdered. Although the police have no leads, a determined officer, working on his own time, tries to find Dan's murderer. Dan's wife Elizabeth takes her husband's death hard, withdrawing into herself and rejecting the help of her friends.
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She has a new next-door neighbor Frank Razzi, a man who rented the housee just so he could be next to Elizabeth. He spies on her and goes out of his way to be her friend. He has a teaching job in Athens Ohio where he is letting Christie, an eighteen-year-old girl stay there working for him. Both Christie and Elizabeth find out who is has at approximately the same time putting their lives in danger from a man who killed twice before.

By the time readers figure out who Frank really is they will be glued to their chairs, frantically turning the pages to see what he does to the two women he loves and hates. The obsessed police officer is an interesting character, a jaded cop who becomes obsessed with bringing in the killer of a very decent man. Kathleen George has written an engrossing work of psychological suspense that takes into account not only the crime, but also the heartbreak that caused it. She makes it easy to understand the killer even though the audience hates what he has done.

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 obvious Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

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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