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Ann Carlisle, a probation officer in Ventura County, California, gets shot one evening after she leaves work and starts walking home. She is taken to the hospital and recovers--the shot did not seriously injure her, and she thinks it was a random shooting. However, when the policemen tell her that the ignition wires in her Jeep were cut, she realizes she was intentionally shot, but she doesn't know who would want to shoot her.
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The police think the man who shot her is Jimmy Sawyer, a young man who has been convicted of drug possession and may be going to prison for making and selling drugs. They think Jimmy shot Ann, who is his probation officer, to keep her from unexpectedly dropping by the house where he and two other young men have been running a drug lab, at least any time soon. Ann thinks the perpetrator may be her husband, Hank. Hank has been missing for four years and everyone thinks he is dead, but when Ann was lying on the sidewalk after the shooting, she thought she saw him.

Ann tries to continue with her life. She goes back to her job and continues dating one of the assistant district attorneys, but one night a man breaks into her house and tries to rape her. She is able to break away from him and get her gun. Once she fires the gun, the man runs away. She thinks the man who broke in may be Hank, by his voice, his build, and that the man seemed familiar. Then she starts getting calls where a man says a few things and hangs up, and she believes it is Hank calling her.

Ann has some good friends in the legal system, such as Tommy Reed, a homicide detective who promised Ann's dying father that he would look out for Ann and her son David; Noah Abrams, an old friend from when they were both police cadets; and Melanie Chase, one of the best forensics examiner in Ventura County. Ann gets help from her friends as she tries to figure out who is behind these attacks on her before harm comes to her and/or to her son David.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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