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The outskirts of Minneapolis is struck by a tornado but that isn't the greatest horror it is also struck on the same night by a brutal crime of 2 children and a mother. Handyman Karl Dahl is picked up for the crime and charged. The community at large has already tried him in their mind and he is guilty.
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Judge Carey Moore will set into motion a series of events when she rules that Dahl's prior criminal record cannot be used in court on this case. When Judge Moore is attacked and beaten in the parking garage after this ruling, the police department handles it as if it was a homicide and not a mugging. Detectives Liska and Kovac are assigned to the case. As the 2 detectives are coming up to speed in the case Karl Dahl escapes from custody after being beaten in a prison riot.

The story continues as the 2 detectives must navigate through a maze of suspects that includes the stepson of a murder victim, the Judge's husband who seems to have a secret life, and the cop who was first on the scene of the Haas murders who is now looking for revenge where the justice system failed.

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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) 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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to torture Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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