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Five Star, May 2003, 25.95
ISBN: 0786252340

In New York City, Dwayne Navrone wants to marry his mistress Jennifer Bailey without paying alimony to his current wife Mavis. After meeting Jennifer's psychiatrist Calvin Harris, he pays the doctor and a cohort Ambrose Ruffle to kill his spouse.
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The two men enter the Lyndon Johnson Community College Finance Aid Office where Mavis works and patiently wait for her to go to the bathroom, using her pocketbook as a guide. They snatch her when the opportunity arises. However, Calvin quickly learns that he has abducted the wrong woman as he and his partner kidnapped Gloria Steahan of the same department. To rectify their error, they kill Gloria, but as the police investigate with Dwayne as the prime suspect, a falling out between thieves occur adding to the death count and complexity of the case.

Though a coincidence involving pocketbooks sets the plot in motion, this crime thriller is an entertaining tale filled with twists and turns as the two Doctors try to place blame on the other. The story line moves forward at quite a pace with corpses appearing everywhere. The characters make for a fine ensemble whether they are killers, conspirators, or victims. Ralph McInerny has written a delightful tale that mystery readers will fully enjoy.

Harriet Klausner

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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 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

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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