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While doing a report on some rapes, Cassie Sheridan discovers the name of one of the victim's family and let it be known. Because of that the victim commits suicide. Cassie is then sent away from the center of career to do jobs that are below her usual status in the field of journalism.
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After relocating to her new job people begin to show up dead all over the place. In between trying to keep in favor with her daughter back home, but always having to cancel plans just like in the past she is waiting to see if the approaching storm is going to become a hurricane or not.

She befriends a young boy who ends up in the middle of the murders sights, because of something he found while treasure hunting. She ends up helping him make things right, while at the same time becoming a target of the murder herself.
The review of this Book prepared by Denise Bedwell

Cassie Sheridan is a reporter for a TV station in Washington D.C. She releases a key piece of information on network news that leads to a young woman committing suicide. The woman's mother sues the TV station for wrongful death. While the case works its way through court, Cassie is relegated to the station's least desirable assignment in Miami. Cassie's main job is to cover hurricanes and anything else that might have national interest. While there she stumbles upon a series of events that just might reveal that the woman was killed. The woman and two others were rape victims and the killer just might be in Florida. Two murders occur, a boy goes missing, and a hurricane is coming. Can Cassie redeem herself and solve the crime?
The review of this Book prepared by BethG

St. Martin's, Aug 2002, 24.95, 308 pp.
ISBN: 0312288662

Washington correspondent Cassie Sheridan is on her way to the top with an evening New York based show on the horizon until her career derails. Cassie reported that a serial rapist raped the daughter of the FBI Director. The teenage girl already struggling to cope kills herself when Cassie reveals her exclusive on national TV. Her station exiles Cassie to the Miami Bureau until her contract ends and her career with it.

Her husband and daughter sick of her ambition refuse to talk to her adding to her feelings of isolation. Now she is reporting on a coming hurricane when preadolescent Vincent Baylor finds a human hand with a ring on it on the beach. Vincent takes the ring with plans to pawn it knowing his desperate family could use the cash. However, the killer needs that ring and will murder to obtain it. Cassie and Vincent team up in an attempt to identify the culprit, but neither realize they are in the eye of a murderous human hurricane.

NOBODY KNOWS is fast-paced and gripping as the suspense builds up while readers wonder if Cassie will overstep her bounds again and what the killer will do. The crisp story line will grab the audience in spite of the Ferris Bueller-like pontificating. The support cast is somewhat stereotyped but likable as the families of Vincent and Cassie are used to evoke emotion from fans and to provide further insight into the lead characters. Though Mary Jane Clark has written a fine novel, the bottom line is Cassie is not likable and this is her tale.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 33.3%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 13.3% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Disaster, natural or nuclear    -   Yes Kind of disaster:    -   storm/hurricane What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Any non-mystery subplot?    -   natural disaster Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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