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Everyone thought Del Pritchard was a nut, crazy, in other words a fruitcake. He kept mumbling about conspiracies. One day he engaged Gabe Rose, a Sacramento attorney to look into the conspiracy. Before the day is out, Pritchard turns up dead. Gabe had some recent bad luck of his own and was broke. He thought the man was probably loony too, but badly needed the $5,000 retainer Pritchard had given him. He felt like he needed to do something to earn the money. Before he can get started though he finds himself a suspect in Pritchard's death because a man and a cop were shot while trying to steal Pritchard's materials from Gabe's car. Gabe honestly don't know why anyone would be after the man's papers, but the fact they were, convinces Gabe that maybe Pritchard wasn't nuts after all.   Pritchard's cousin Margot, also an attorney, comes to Sacramento to settle her cousin's estate and attend the funeral. The two join forces to attempt to find out what Del was up to. Margot finds a secret room in her aunt's house where Del had all kinds of bank statements and credit reports. They soon uncover a bank scam of huge proportions. But who is behind it? Whoever it was had Del killed for what he knew. And the killer was double-crossed because now he is after them. Gabe and Margot must find out who killed Pritchard before he kills them.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 60%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Murder of certain profession?    -   businessmen Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant    -   "All in the family" murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


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

Writing Style

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

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