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Flash Point

Mira, Dec 2003, 6.50
ISBN: 1551667142

Now living in New York, photographer Kelly Santos vowed to never return to her hometown of New Orleans where she was raised at St. Anne's Orphanage. Her ability to see the past and future ostracized her with the other children so it was not a happy time for her at the orphanage except for Sister Grace who gave the lass her first camera and plenty of solace. The only reason that would drag Kelly to the Big Easy is Grace's death.

At a New Orleans' café, Kelly touches a discarded newspaper and “sees” a woman murder a man. She informs the police who scoff at her until her vision turns out true. The police wonder if Kelly committed the crime. That is everyone except detective Jack Callaghan who knows first hand Kelly tells the truth because years ago she told him things that no one knew but he knew. Kelly receives Grace's rosary, but when she touches the beads she realizes the kind Sister was murdered. As she and Jack fall in love, his partner “Vicious” Jerevicious believes he compromised the case but Jack only knows he needs to keep his beloved safe from someone who wants her dead.

Police procedural romance readers with a touch of the paranormal will enjoy FLASH POINT. The story line is action-packed though the visions duplicating scenes slow down the plot but also add depth to the comprehension of the scope of Kelly's skills. Kelly is a fine protagonist and Jack is the right person for her as she knows from one kiss.
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 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% 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% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   psychic investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

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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