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Bantam, Nov 2004, 6.99
ISBN: 0553586343

In Sedona, Arizona, Bradnor, Kelly and Bolin defense attorney McKenna Wright works late into the night on a case involving client Todd Harmon. The state accuses Todd of selling drugs to an undercover cop; the only other witness Maria Oranto returned to Mexico having been bought off to leave town. When McKenna learns that Maria was bribed she knows she must tell the prosecution, in this case Tom Markham, who used to work at her firm.
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Before she can, McKenna is in a car accident she suffers amnesia. Her doctor thinks the crash was caused by her high blood pressure leading to a transient schematic attack similar to a stroke. As she recovers and wonders why she never made a play for Tom, someone wants her dead. Only Tom and Titi the cat keep McKenna safe from a culprit raising the ante making her wonder what she knows inside her amnesiac brain especially in light of Titi directly talking in “English” with her, something that has only occurred since the accident.

The tale starts as a legal thriller, but switches into more of suspense tale with McKenna as the target. Tom is a likable protagonist, but the amnesia changes the heroine; before the injury she was a Type A lawyer with nothing torpedoing her path from achieving victory for her client in the courtroom as long as the actions were legal.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   amnesia

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   lawyer creature Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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