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Five Star, Dec 2003, 25.95, 208 pp.
ISBN: 1594140723

In Hillsboro, attorney Amy Harrington hires former FBI agent Max Austin to investigate a murder. Her client Vickie Jacobson is accused of killing her much older husband Morrie. Vickie insists a prowler killed her spouse, but the case looks solved as she fired the murder weapon, had her spouse's blood all over her, and just took out a $2 million insurance policy on Morrie. Vickie can explain all blaming a prowler, but she remains guilty looking.
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Max sees little to persuade him that the woman is a widow maker except the odd angle of the victim's wrist hints at how the gun he held was taken from him. He digs into Morrie's business records and uses his former police connections to share information with Detective Bagley, head of the official investigation. As he uncovers more data on the deceased, other people die and Max is one of the prime targets.

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) 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?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

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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