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Reporter Penny Mackenzie and her co-worker, Maxie hide in a field outside of the little town of Pearl to catch some teenagers suspected of smoking marijuana. There is only a whiff of marijuana and the sound of a shovel digging before the youngsters get spooked and take off running. Penny and Maxie investigate and find a small box of dirt and rocks which turn out to be gold nuggets, and a skeletal foot. Reporting their find brings suspiciously little investigation from the local powers that be and Maxie is killed, her death called accidental. Penny knows better and continues her search for the truth in spite of suspicians about the gold nuggets and the founders of Pearl who made their fortune in the Alaskan gold rush. Penny's old flame returns to Pearl, handsome and distracting as ever, on the pretext of finding his aunt's long lost husband. Could these old bones the authorities are so slow in identifying be the long lost uncle? Was the city of Pearl founded on stolen claims and gold which belonged to someone else? What did Maxie find that someone was willing to kill to hide?
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%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?    -   Difficult, but some clues given What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

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


Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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