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Gwen Gellman is an ex-police investigator. Now she's a private investigator specializing in finding missing teens. Gwen, known as Gigi to her friends, looks much younger than her 30-some years, and can see visions of what happened to people when she's holding something that the person had when they were taken/hurt/etc. Her parents were killed when she was young and she was raised by foster parents and homes.
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A case of a missing daughter is brought to her, and in the course of investigations she is doing undercover work in a strip club, where the owner of the club recognizes great power on her, and asks her to look into another case for him. This case is to look for a missing heir to a family fortune, the parents were killed in a car crash 30ish years ago and the bodies disappeared out of the morgue.
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Tor, Oct 2004, 23.95, 304 pp.
ISBN: 076530970X

Thirty-four year old Gwen "GiGi" Gelman works undercover for the vice squad when a bust turns ugly. Several people die and Gigi is scapegoated and fired.

Needing to eat, GiGi opens up a private investigative firm. Her current case is to find a missing teen. As the inquiries spin between abduction and runaway, GiGi begins to find she stunningly has psychic powers and starts to ascertain that she is not quite human. As she learns more about her elfish genetic makeup, her investigation propels her to apply her vice squad experience as an undercover operator looking into the Underhill gentlemen only club where children perform erotic dances. The inquiries begin to spin into something more than a missing teen as a conspiracy involving her family ties surface with the club's owner.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 15%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 15% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   finding a killer (criminal)    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book If enemy is a group...    -   cult

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   private investigator    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   clairvoyant


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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