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Bill Kaiser is a man on a mission. He's a computer genius bent on saving the historic Carnegie-Hayden Library-Lyceum from being converted into America's first privately-owned prison. Bill is arrested while breaking into the home of Senator Arvin Baker, the man behind the plan to sell the building to industrialist Edward Mackinnon.
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Faking insanity, Bill is sent to the psychiatric ward at Bellevue Hospital, where he forms a friendship with Sharon Blautner, a nurse at the hospital. When Bill dupes Sharon into bringing him a "care package" and then blows up half of the prison ward in his escape, she is, at first, suspected of being his accomplice.

But when Senator Baker's computer explodes, taking the senator and his family with it, Sharon is enlisted to help the police and the FBI apprehend Bill, who is now targeting Edward Mackinnon and has snatched the man's son and his $52 million Van Gogh and threatens to destroy both if Mackinnon does not obey his commands and transform the Carnegie-Hayden into a library/daycare/theater...
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%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:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   on the run from the law Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   high tech/computer crime Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

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


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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