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As Talcott (Misha) Garland, a Yale law school professor, mourns the death (murder?)of his father, a federal judge once nominated for the supreme court, Jack Ziegler, a longtime friend of the family, approaches him at the cemetery and tells him two facts; his father left "arrangements" that Jack wants, and Talcott and his wife, Kimmer (Kimberly) and his three year old son are out of danger.
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    With these words, Talcott is led into a madcap race for the "arrangements", complicated by a cryptic note left by his father. Are they papers, treasures or valuable objects? Why does the criminal, Jack, want them? The quest for information is strewn with dead,tortured bodies, false FBI agents, and an unfaithful wife. Chess moves provide Misha with clues if he can only figure them out. This 658-page mystery, unraveled in Washington, D.C., Martha's Vinyard, and a town suspiciously similar to New Haven, Connecticut, keeps the reader on edge with its cleverly placed clues and intellectual mindgames.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Any non-mystery subplot?    -   minority/women/gay rights Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   40's-50's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   super strength


Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   on vacation City?    -   Yes City:    -   Washington D.C.

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   actual description of sex A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   math Unusual forms of death    -   run over    -   crushed    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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