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Regan Hamilton, a beautiful heiress, along with her two best friends, attend a self-help weekend conference hoping to find evidence suggesting that Dr. Lawrence Sheilds, the speaker, is preying on wealthy women and subsequently stealing their money. While at the conference Regan comes face to face with a masked man who tries to kill her. She narrowly escapes.
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Her brother Aiden demands 24-hour protection, and so Detective Alec Buchanan comes on the scene. He is transitioning from city detective to FBI agent and is relegated to what he initially characterizes as a menial task of bodyguarding until his transfer takes place.
As pictures of murdered bodies suddenly appear on Regan's computer and lists of murdered victims are faxed to her office, Alec realizes the seriousness of her vulnerability. He prohibits her from carrying on day-to-day activites and works to find the killer himself.
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Ballantine, Aug 2004, 25.95, 403 pp.
ISBN: 0345453824

Wealthy Heiress Regan Hamilton Madison and her two best friends attend a weekend conference sponsored by a rich con man. They hope to find proof to tie their host to the death of a woman who signed all her assets to him. One of the exercises that the attendees perform is drawing up a list of people they would like to see gone. Fed up with the smarmy atmosphere, Regan leaves early and spots a man who threatens her. Regan drops her files including her murder list in panic and drives away.

While in her office at her family's Chicago hotel, Regan receives an email supposedly from her assistant. When she downloads the attached file, she sees a picture of a dead male, who was on her list. A fax arrives next with thepicture of another person from Regan's MURDER LIST. Detective Alec Buchanan is assigned as Regan's bodyguard and a relationship between them begins while everyone hunts a killer.

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) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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