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When Detective Liz Ramsey is called out in the middle of the night to investigate the murder of a young woman who may or may not be a prostitute, she recognizes right away that the case could be complicated. There's no obvious motive or suspect in the death..
She doesn't intend to become romantically involved with a witness in the case, but Greg Conyers is too attractive to ignore. The mysterious and reclusive local celebrity lives with his dying mother in a decaying old mansion next door to the site of the murder. He claims he didn't hear anything that night, but is he telling the truth? When the evidence starts pointing to Greg as the chief suspect, Liz will have to make an agonizing decision about who to trust. She'll have to put her career, and even her life, on the line to catch a killer.
This report prepared by Rachel Elmslie



When Detective Liz Ramsey is called out in the middle of the night to investigate the murder of a young woman who may or may not be a prostitute, she recognizes right away that the case could be complicated. There's no obvious motive or suspect in the death.. She doesn't intend to become romantically involved with a witness in the case, but Greg Conyers is too attractive to ignore. The mysterious and reclusive local celebrity lives with his dying mother in a decaying old mansion next door to the site of the murder. He claims he didn't hear anything that night, but is he telling the truth? When the evidence starts pointing to Greg as the chief suspect, Liz will have to make an agonizing decision about who to trust. She'll have to put her career, and even her life, on the line to catch a killer.
This report prepared by Karen McCullough








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   lover Murder of certain profession?    -   prostitutes/stripper/porn Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover 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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of male nudity Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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