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Ben Bradford's father expects him to follow in the lawyer field, but Ben is a born photographer. After a running battle through college, and more than one failed relationship, Ben does his father's bidding and becomes a lawyer.
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Ben marries Beth. Although they plan to continue both of their careers and never live in the suburbs, they end up in the burbs with Beth at home trapped with young children. Their marriage goes very sour.

Beth becomes involved with a photographer neighbour and Ben kills the man in a fit of rage. Ben then removes all signs of the murder, and assumes the dead man's identity. This requires Ben to stage his own death and disappearance.

Posing as the murdered man, Ben goes west to small town MOntana, and becomes the photographer he always wanted to be. His incredible success almost causes him to be recognised as the fraud he is.

One person does figure out who Ben is and threatens to blackmail Ben for the rest of his life. In a fortuitous car crash, Ben is given another chance at life when the blackmailer is killed, but mistaken for Ben.

Meanwhile, the woman he has now fallen in love with discovers Ben is a fraud. She is also pregnant with Ben's child. Ben is now totally at her mercy in terms of identity and finances.

She decides to take a chance on Ben for the long run of marriage and a family. She finds a new home and job in LA and Ben digs up a third identity. Ben finds contentment in a simple homelife and begins building his photographic career once more.
The review of this Book prepared by Paulette Halliday

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%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 Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   West City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   crushed    -   frozen    -   flamed    -   impaled    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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