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Morrow, Jun 2003, 23.95
ISBN: 0066213002

London Detective Tom Thorne is churlish and depressing when he is in what he would consider a good mood, quite a rarity for this cop. However, when he becomes involved in a homicide the police receive the best out of him professionally, but his behavior turns atrocious. His current case leads him to suffer from the Grand Canyon of misery when two murders with the identical MO occurs at approximately the same time in different parts of the city. One of the victims is a mother whose three-year-old watched her die.
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Tom and his team investigate the twin killings on the extraordinary concept that a pair of serial killers working in tandem committed the crimes. Forensics say the killers were radically different with one being a professional, smooth and experienced at the job while the other was an amateur. They believe the pro is teaching and leading the rookie and if the theory holds it is the accomplished killer who must be stopped fist. Tom will soon learn this individual is a master manipulator who learned his killing lessons two decades ago in school.

Readers who like a powerful police procedural with strong characters, including the secondary support cast, will want to read this superb tale. SCAREDY CAT develops the crime and the cast before going into hyperspeed as Tom digs deep into any clue he finds to insure no one else dies. This is a winner as was Tom's first appearance in SLEEPYHEAD.

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 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% 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, British Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

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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