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Twenty years ago, in 1983, Detective Francis X. Loughlin put away 17-year-old Julian Vega for the vicious murder of a young female doctor with a hammer. Vega has served out his sentence and has been recently released. But another young female doctor is murdered in Manhattan, and Loughlin can't help figuring Vega for the suspect.
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But a DNA test of skin under the new victim's nails not only doesn't implicate Vega, but turns out to contain the genes of the girl killed 20 years before! Loughlin has to order the earlier victim exhumed and reexamined. Where was a mistake made? Could he have put the wrong person away the first time?

Along with the pressure on his record, Detective Loughlin has another secret he doesn't even want to share with his wife: he's going steadily blind. The story also views events, past and present, from the point of view of the suspect Vega as he tries to make his way in society, tries to remember the events of the crime for which he was convicted, and gets to know a pretty young cartoonist from Prishtina named Zana.

Blauner's 2006 novel, his sixth, is a compelling thriller that garnered high praise from Stephen King.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   "All in the family" murder    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   physical disability/illness Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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