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The body of a female soldier is found dead, possibly raped, on a U.S. Military Base. Amongst the suspects are the victim's father, a General and Vietnam War hero, as well as a dozen or so military personnel she had been sexually involved with. Assigned to the case are Warrant Officer's Paul Brenner and Cynthia Sunhill, former lovers who tangle with suspects and each other in their search for the truth.
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The review of this Book prepared by Michael Ignagni

Paul Brenner is an investigator in the army's Criminal Investigation Division. His assignment is to solve the murder of Captain Ann Campbell, daughter of General Campbell.   The victim has been strangled and staked out naked on the firing range. Brenner is joined in this investigation by Cynthia Sunhill a former girlfriend who is now married. The pair soon find that the Captain was extremely promiscuous and went out of her way to embarrass her father. There are about thirty sex partners, fellow officers, who must be considered suspects. They have all been Ann's guests in a room she has had specially designed for the purpose. This is a great page-turner and de Mille does not disappoint his readers.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 45%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 15% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70%    -   90% Murder of certain profession?    -   soldiers Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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