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This is a romantic suspense about a woman whose husband pays an ex-con to get his wife pregnant but later the husband ends up dead. Griff Burkett was released from Federal Correctional Institute, Big Springs, Texas after five years. Griff's lawyer Wyatt Turner picks him up outside the facility and Griff notices that Stanley Rodarte is following them.
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Five years ago Griff Burkett was the quarterback of Cowboys. He was accused of taking money from The Vista Boys, a mob group for losing a match. Bill Bandy, one of Vista Boys' bookie was questioned by FBI in the fixing regard but soon he was murdered. The murder was also pinned on Griff but could not be proved. Bill Bandy had Vista boys' money but the money was never found. The detective handling the case was Stanley Rodarte who thinks Griff took the money and has been harassing Griff ever since.

Wyatt Turner gets Griff a rundown apartment, his spare car and some cash. He tells Griff to find a job as soon as possible. A few days before his release from prison, Griff was contacted by Foster Speakman. When Griff meets Foster, he tells Griff that he wants Griff to impregnate his wife Laura.

Foster Speakman owned the SunSouth Airline. After his wife died he and Laura, who was his employee fell in love and got married. An unfortunate accident left Foster paraplegic and infertile. Manuelo helped Foster take care of his needs.
Foster offers Griff a hundred thousand dollars for this job. After the meeting Griff goes to meet Marcie, a high end prostitute. He meets Rodarte outside Marcie's apartment building and they have a fight.
Soon after Griff finds out that Marcie had been found out by her neighbor nearly beaten to death and sodomized. When he meets Marcie, she tells him that Rodarte did that to her.
Laura and Griff at an apartment and have sex whenever Laura. During these session Laura is always subdued and not much responsive.
Rodarte follows Griff and comes to know about Laura.
Laura begins noticing that Foster is becoming more and more obsessive compulsive. When Laura tells Foster about her new plans for SunSouth he rejects her. She is very upset and then she meets Griff that day at the apartment, Griff was also worried about Laura's safety due to Rodarte. Emotions were running high and in all this they make love.
Laura becomes guilty after this and decides to end the arrangement with Griff.
Foster invites Griff over, while Laura is on a business trip, to tell him that Laura is pregnant and that he can take his hundred thousand dollars. After this meeting Foster is found dead with a letter opener stuck to his neck and Griff's fingerprints are all over the briefcase with the money and the murder weapon.
Stanley Rodarte is the investigator in Foster's murder case. He sets out to arrest Griff.
Griff somehow meets Laura and tell her that Foster had ordered Manuelo to kill him but in the struggle Manuelo accidentally killed Foster.
Laura and Griff try to find Manuelo. Griff finds Manuelo in a rundown place but Rodarte appears there and kills Manuelo. He tells Griff that he killed Bill Bandy for the money.
In the end Rodarte is killed and Griff and Laura start a new life together.
Best scene in story: The climax scene, where there is the struggle between Rodarte and Griff and a lot of secrets come out.

Opinion about the main character: Griff who learns from his previous mistakes and goes to prison even if it wasn't his fault that Cowboys lost the match which changed his life.

The review of this Book prepared by Souko Kin a Level 2 American Robin scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   wrongly convicted clearing his name General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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