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A naked man is found murdered in a sleazy New Haven, Connecticut motel room, it seems and open and shut case of a hooker killing a john, until the guy is revealed to be the head of a ultra right wing religious organization called, and that he in fact planned on killing the girl, who was only defending herself. Of course, the FBI doesn't see things that way. They want the girl for murder. Only Detective William Shute sees through the hypocricy. And after being suspended from the force and the case (for shoving the Mayor), he takes the case on himself, vowing to find the girl and protect her. Wading through the world of internet escorts and made-to-order porn, Shute uncovers secrets that he never wanted to know. Secrets not only about the case, his town, and Yale University...but about his own life.
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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    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   lover Murder of certain profession?    -   prostitutes/stripper/porn Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   "All in the family" murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Religious overtones?    -   Yes Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   evil corporation/rich guy

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)

Writing Style

Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   use of artificial tools    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts Unusual forms of death    -   impaled Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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