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When Haskell Maloney takes her premarital blood test, she finds out that she is a carrier of the Tay Sachs gene. Since neither her late mother nor the late soldier whom she always thought was her father carried this gene, she questions her true parentage. This quest leads Haskell to break off her engagement and travel to Chicago, where her mother studied at the Oriental Institute.

Luckily, Haskell studied Egyptology as her undergraduate major, so she has an excuse to pursue employment where her mother's life existed prior to her birth. She accepts an unpaid clerical job in the private collection of Victor Nazarian and carries on her investigation among former friends of her mother.

As it becomes clear that her mother was murdered, Haskell finds herself running for her life, hoping to solve the mystery of her parentage and her mother's death before it is too late.

The author's background in Egyptology and archaeology help to create vivid descriptions of various artifacts and incidents in Oriental scholarship.
This report prepared by Samantha S.








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   art/artifacts Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for valuable art/artifacts Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago

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 A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   archaeology Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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