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Melissa Nelson is determined to get the rapist and stalker who caused his sister's death and put him behind bars. Smart and careful, he had walked away scott-free, and Melissa wants to make sure it doesn't happen this time. She studies criminal justice so that no technicality would let him slip away, then she finds the man and gets a clerical job at the same place where he works. One day, she invites him over and sets him up, having made sure she's got enough "evidence". The rape didn't happen, but Melissa still calls the police and claims that it did, determined to make the guy pay for what he did to her sister. As the investigation unfolds, detective Larry Millsaps gets suspicious to see so much evidence falling right into his hands - and the victim so willing to testify. He suspects that the evidence was planted. His partner digs out the suspect's previous criminal charges - and the fact that Melissa is a sister of one of his victims. The truth comes out, and Melissa has to face the consequences.
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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) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   rapist If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

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


City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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