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Dunne, Jun 2004, 23.95, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0312326327

Five years ago, Ed “The Night Hunter” Fagan killed his last prostitute, but suddenly vanished without being caught. In Dublin Post free lance journalist Nick Elliott informs former FBI agent Saxon that he received a letter from someone claiming to be Fagan and insisting it is time to start again. Saxon pursued The Night Hunter serial killer without success, but kept a journal with hopes of a true crime book coming out of their “joint” endeavor; not catching the killer left that book seemingly dead.
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However, Saxon is a bit shocked with Elliott's news because she knows why Fagan and her book vanished since Saxon killed him though everyone else thinks the Night Hunter lost interest temporarily. Saxon agrees to uncover the identity of the serial mudererer who has begun to kill. Though the killing signature and his modus operendi are slightly different, the Dublin police believe Fagan is back. Teaming with her secret lover Dublin police detective Grace Fitzgerald, the American expatriate searches for a killer.

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 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, British Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland

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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