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First, Detroit millionaire Nate Quigley, disappeared. Then Eddie Devine vanished. Eddie's wife, Jennifer, convinced Stephen Fargo, a family friend and former detective, to find Eddie, suspecting his involvement in Quigley's disappearance.
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Fargo took the job and soon got a message that his life was in danger. Confirming the threat, someone took a shot at Fargo and two men kidnapped him and his new girlfriend. Fargo escaped by killing the two men.

Meanwhile, Eddie Devine sought refuge with Naomi Butler, with whom he'd corresponded while in prison for assault. They attended a poetry slam featuring Crank, who Eddie knew in prison as Pellet.

Next day, Pellet flew to Florida to kill a friend of Quigley's, Frank Altobello. On the flight, Pellet reminisced about killing Quigley for the same mysterious client who put out the contract on Altobello. Back home, Pellet got yet another assignment—famous talk show host and survivalist, Eric Crowe.

Pellet had enraged his employer by making an anonymous call to the Scott Crowe show admitting to Quigley's murder. Naomi, making the connection between the caller and “Crank� had now become a threat, along with Eddie.

But Crowe had been Pellet's client all along. He set up Pellet, then killed him in “self-defense.� At that point, a former fellow inmate of Eddie's, Stanford Burke, whom Eddie had hoped to join on the Big Island of Hawaii, showed up, admitting he had been working with Crowe.

Suspecting a double-cross, Crowe kidnapped Jennifer Devine, demanding that Fargo, Burke, and Devine engage in a guerrilla raid to rescue her.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   criminals killing each other Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   evil corporation/rich guy

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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