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Harlequin Bombshell, Sep 2004, 5.50, 304 pp.
ISBN: 0373513232

Half Vietnamese and Half American, Lacie Reed has become a master of disguise who her “Uncle” Duran Reed, a US Senator with presidential ambitions, has employed in the past. However, he becomes upset with his favorite “niece when Lacie tells him she is going to New Orleans as a favor to her other “uncle” Tinh Vu who says her people need her. Duran insists that Tinh is an illegal documenter.

New Orleans Police Detective Anthony Beuprix needs someone to provide him insider information in the Little Saigon section of town where a serial killer has been at work. Anthony objects to Lacie as she is a northern outsider and too small for the job. Still Anthony has little choice and Lacie is willing to play the bait in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. However, as Anthony becomes acquainted with Lacie, he falls in love and detests using her as his lure to catch a killer, who seems to have insider information on what the cops will do next.

Harriet Klausner

This report prepared by 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) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues 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:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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