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When his mother dies Luke is free to pursue his experiments into language. Free from any restraints such as human warmth, he performs his experiments with extreme cruelty but his own obsession is his undoing. Cold & cruel, there is no mystery, no whodunnit to unravel in this story; it is a psychological examination into psychosis left unchecked.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk!    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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