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Atria, Nov 2002, 18.00, 310 pp.
ISBN: 0743453921

Former Viet Nam vet Dexter Whitlaw kept a book filled with secrets that he mails to his wife and daughter abandoned by him two decades ago. His daughter Karen, mourning the death of her mother, receives the package from her father, a person she prefers to forget exists. Rather than deal with him now, she buries the package amidst other possessions of her mother.

Meanwhile in New Orleans, someone kills Dexter and CIA agent Rick Medina who trailed after him. Police Detective Marc Chastain investigates the homicide of the John Doe street looking individual that he quickly learns is Dexter with a family living in Ohio. Upon learning that she is now officially an orphan, Karen goes to New Orleans to see to the remains of her father. However, his past written in the notebook contained in that package he sent to her leads from the Nam jungle to the congressional jungle with an unknown assailant trying to kill Karen. Only Marc keeps her alive though safe is another story as they uncover the truth of political power and love.

Already a highly regarded author, Linda Howard has written her best book to date with the incredibly exciting KILL AND TELL. The story line is fast-paced, filled with action, and very plausible due to a dynamite lead couple and a reliable believable support cast. Twists and turns aided by red herrings and cleverly drawn and placed clues lead to a wonderful reading experience. Suspense and romantic suspense fans will relish this powerful tale.

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 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% 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    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   politics Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive 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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