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An entire family of people are murdered in their sleep, and CD Grimes is called to investigate in his role as state grand jury marshal. He finds the dead are truly despicable. No one in the rural area cares that they are dead.
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CD meets a variety of characters, such as the gay man who everyone likes. He certainly has motive - but he was with two bikers at the time, and they verify his alibi. Can they be trusted?

A woman who is a blues singer and her husband had motive - but so does everyone else. The Vietnamese who run the Circle K, the biker chick - but everytime CD asks questions, the subject gets changed.

Pack, a suspect, is attacked and almost killed. Did he know too much about druggies or that family's killer?

A local prostitute was used in some kind of blackmail/badger game scheme by one of that family, and CD investigates to find she is hiding from a gangster in Miami she was married to - then the gangster is hit. CD solves both of those, but gets nowhere on his own case.

This is a little rural town, and these people are open and honest. If they know anything, they will give a non-commital answer to his questions and change the subject.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes

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    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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