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Shot Book Review Summary

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Henry Holt, Sept 2002, 24.00, 256 pp.
ISBN 0805072039

Before he was murdered and the death made to look like a cover up, scientist Carl Greene worked for a Seattle based pharmaceutical company, Bioflux. He asked an old friend, journalist Kevin Burns to meet him, but Carl never shows up. Later Kevin learns about the accident.

That night Carl's widow Lucy hears somebody rummaging in Carl's home office. She chases the perp off but the next day the people from Bioflux come to take away Carl's computer files and papers, claiming it is proprietary information. Darcy, a former jewel thief hooks up with Lucy because her boss, the warden of a prison, wants the documents Carl had on the prisoners dealing with TB. Lucy's brother who is suffering from Gulf War Syndrome is shot to death for knowledge he held. Lucy, Darcy and Kevin are determined to find out what Bioflux wants so desperately to hide or die trying.

Without realizing it, Lucy and Darcy stumble across an illegal government cover up that they want hushed up despite the collateral damage. After losing her husband the protagonist finds the strength to duel the various factions who want to silence her. Lucy is a smart and likable character who draws on her own inner strength when she needs it. Darcy is a scene-stealer with her sarcastic quips and pithy comments. Jenny Siller has written a fantastic crime thriller that fans of Nancy Taylor Rosenberg will enjoy.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   wild experiments on people    -   cure/disease What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Murder of certain profession?    -   doctors/patients Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

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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