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License to Thrill Book Review Summary

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Warner, Dec 2003, 5.99, 353 pp.
ISBN: 0446613665

Five years as a Vegas private detective Charlee Champagne fears little. However, one of her two phobias arrives at the Sikes Detective Agency when wealthy investment banker CHARMED AND DANGEROUS hunk Mason Gentry charges through the door. An irate Mason demands to know where his grandfather is. Apparently, he vanished with a half a million dollars in embezzled funds. Charlee has no idea what the crazed man is talking about, but he insists her partner Maybelline Sikes does.

Though she has difficulty accepting her grandmother Maybelline would do anything nasty, Charlee takes Mason to Maybelline's home to see what they can learn. Not only is she surprisingly not there, but someone tries to kill them. As they follow the trail to Los Angeles, the banker and the sleuth fall in love, but first must insure their respective grandparent is safe from someone willing to kill to insure the real felon remains hidden.

Private investigative screwball romance readers will be pleased with the Wilde LICENSE TO KILL. The story line is part amusement and part dangerous sleuthing with a gender reversal of roles. Charlee and Mason are delightful as opposites falling in love even as they follow the money to Hollywood. The support cast adds wackiness to the mix even those who seem upper crust straight elitists (his side of course) as fans will enjoy this jocular caper on the wild side.

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 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:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   breaking up gang If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   private investigator Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

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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