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Deaver's latest protagonist is a location scout, who checks out sites for movie sets. John Pellam has discovered the town of Cleary and decides it is perfect for shooting a film called 'To Sleep in a Shallow Grave'.   He hasn't been in town long before he finds someone doesn't want him there. His mobile home is vandalised and his partner is murdered. It seems as if everyone who matters is against him when he is beaten up and drugs are planted on him. The Mayor who is the local magistrate prosecutes him for being drunk and disorderly and the sheriff seems to be in the conspiracy too. Pellam is determined to solve the mystery of his friend's murder and won't leave town till he does.
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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    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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