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Detective Sgt. Masao Masuto of the Beverly Hills Police Force must investigate the death of his friend, the Hollywood producer Al Greenberg. Al seems to have undergone a simple cardiac arrest but one of the guests present that evening swears that he heard the voice of a woman in Al's sleeping room at the moment of his death. Masuto will question the nine guests and finally learn that Al's death may be related to an event that happened eleven years before.
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At that time, a young 18 years old aspirant actress named Samantha agrees to sexually please six actors, producers and directors of Al Greenberg's studio in order to have a small part in a production. Four of the persons involved in this event were present at Al's home the day he died. Furthermore, one of them, the actor Mike Tulley has just received a letter signed Samantha announcing him that he was the next victim on her list. Detective Masuto is soon convinced that one of the wives also present at Al's may in fact be Samantha herself.
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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 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Murder of certain profession?    -   actors/producers/directors 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    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Japanese


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

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

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