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Detective Caroline Mabry is called in on a dangerous case in Spokane, Washington. A dead prostitute has been found near the Spokane River. Caroline and her partner Alan Dupree team up to try to catch what is increasingly looking like a serial killer. But then they are shunted aside for nationally known "profilers" who promise to catch the bad guy. Dupree feels these guys are just full of hot air. Caroline just wants to keep her job and allows herself to be assigned to the task force, during mostly minor jobs and fetching coffee. Can the task force do the job or is it going to take off-duty sleuthing to catch the killer?
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Murder of certain profession?    -   prostitutes/stripper/porn Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW Forest?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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