Special Circumstances Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mike has just been "let go" from the prestigious law firm he works for. Two partners are found dead the next morning, and Mike's best friend, also firm partner, is accused of their murders. Every piece of the evidence points to Joel and Mike strives to find something that will absolve his friend of the crimes, although at some point he comes to doubt of his innocence, and so does the reader. It seems that there is a conspiracy of a sort to convict Joel and alienate Mike. There is also an interesting sub-plot about Mike's relationship with his ex-wife.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   power struggle within govt between two factions What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Murder of certain profession?    -   lawyer creatures Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   investigating murder of lawyer(s)    -   fighting evil law firm    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Misc setting    -   prison

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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