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A Catholic priest, Miguel Flores, falls dead while officiating at a funeral mass and Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Detective Delia Peabody are called upon to investigate the suspicious death.
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An autopsy confirms Eve's suspicions that Flores was poisoned, but throws up other startling details including plastic surgery on his face, old knife wounds and faint traces of a gang-tattoo on his arm.

Eve understands that 'Flores' is not an ordinary priest and to find his killer, she would have to first confirm his identity and find out why he ended up as a priest at a church in East Harlem. Why does he have a medal taped to the underside of his desk? The faint tattoo on his arm indicates that he had killed at least once. And a bigger question, where is the actual Miguel Flores if the dead priest is an impostor?

When another religious activist is murdered in the same fashion soon after Flores' death, Eve has to find out whether the murders are connected. Is the killer someone with a vendetta against the church or does he have a personal connection to the victim?

Best part of story, including ending: In Salvation in Death, Eve's victim is not innocent. She suspects him of having been a former gang member who assumed the identity of a priest for his own purpose. But even this does not stop her from standing for him or finding out his killer.

Best scene in story: Peabody is upset after grilling the suspected killer in Interview and takes it out on McNab and he tries to make her understand why she had to do what she did. It reveals a mature side to McNab that he usually hides behind his flashy clothes and wit.

Opinion about the main character: It is the first time that Eve has to deal with religion while investigating a case and she is decidedly uncomfortable in the beginning. Still she develops a personal relationship with Father Lopez who she meets during the course of the investigation and respects him for honouring his calling and chosen profession.

The review of this Book prepared by Amrita Nandagopal a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%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:    -   near future What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Murder of certain profession?    -   religious person Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person 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


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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