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Viking, June 2003, 23.95, 288 pp.
ISBN 067032220

He served in the Special Forces as a black-ops agent before mustering out. The CIA hired him as a free lance mercenary to fight in Sarajevo. When he received a severe head injury while in service to his country, the agency obtained a job for him in the Baltimore County Police Department. After his last case, when he went outside the box and did something illegal but very just (see RED RAIN), Luther Ewing resolves to play by the rules.

When he gets shot outside his apartment building, he doesn't have a clue who wants him dead though he is working undercover looking for crystal meth operations. When he is discharged from the hospital and back in the field, he discovers in the woods a trailer where the drug is manufactured. This leads him to the heads of the organization. A DEA agent includes Luther in a sting operation that will bring down all the players in the area. Luther realizes that he has been set up so once again he must bend the rules if he wants to stay alive and take out a rogue DEA agent.

THE BITE is a hard-boiled urban noir police procedural that starts at light speed and continues at warp drive. In another time and place, the protagonist would have been a powerful warrior king but in today's society he has trouble obeying rules that let criminals go free. He is a good man with a kind heart who plays dirty when the need arises. Michael Crow has written a powerful thriller that forces the audience to take sides on the issue of might makes right.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by 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 30%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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   drug dealers If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

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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