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Basin City is dark, dangerous and generally nasty sort of place where the women are either prostitutes or table dancers and the men are either vicious, brutal murderers or good-hearted, brutal murderers, according to the storyline.
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Marv falls into the second catergory. He is an ugly, brutish-looking ex-con with a heart of gold. One night a beautiful girl who calls herself Goldie comes for him, asking for help in exchange for her spending the night with him. He, of course, excepts. After a night of intimate love making, Marv wakes up to find Goldie lying dead next to him. He then vows to find her killer and treat him to a slow, painful and messy death. The only problem is, he's been framed for her murder. With the cops after him, he launches into a roaring rampage of revenge. Using his own brutal brand of persuasion, he gets the information he needs and discovers that what he thought was just a simple murder, is actually something much more sinister, as the horrific secrets of a haunting farm on the outskirts of the city come to light.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

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:    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts Unusual forms of death    -   eaten Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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