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Eight murders have been committed, one a day for eight days, in an unidentified Flemish town. When a ninth, a retired profesor, is murdered, Wallas, a police agent, is called in to investigate. The novel follows him around for twenty four hours as he searches for the killer or killers. The problem is that one cannot be certain that the professor is even dead. As the day progresses, it also seems possible that it is Wallas himself that is the assassin.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Murder of certain profession?    -   students/teachers Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, Foreign Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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