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The former Navy officer,medically discharged, has closed a million dollar real estate deal in California and is flying home to New York. He opens the door of his flat and finds his wife and friend in bed--he is furious--almost insane. He wakes up on the bedroom floor. He gets up and sees his wife and friend impaled on the bed--a World War II M-1 Garand with bayonet has been thrust through both--he can tell they are dead-no pulse and cold. He had no idea how long he had been blacked out and on the floor.
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He panics. He opens the safe, takes out all the money and a map to his grandfather's ranch in AZ. He looks at his watch--there is time to draw all of his money from the joint bank account. He packs a few things and withdraws the M-1 and bayonet. He might need the weapon.

He loads the car, swaps license plates with an abandoned car in the stall at the end of the parking garage and after going to the bank--heads west. He is fearful of being followed and plans a route to ellude police.

He finds the isolated ranch and prepares to stay hidden for a long time.

A youg girl is hiking in the area and falls and is moaning. He hears her and nurses her back to health. The cops are slowly finding there way west also. He finally decides to tell the young girl that he killed someone. She has fallen in love with him and he likewise in her. She is silent. Finally she packs and leaves for Los Angeles.

The cops finally find him--she has relented and comes back to get him to turn himself in--she changes her mind and helps him to escape on the condition that he drive to NY and surrender--he does.

He is scheduled for a long jury trial.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%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 Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   falling off Desert?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   impaled Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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