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The House of Special Purpose
Christopher Hyde
New American Library a Division of Penguin Group, 2004
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ISBN: 0-451-41108-0

In November 1941 cash strapped freelance photographer Jane Todd is introduced by a friend to William "Wild Bill" Donovan, head of America's newly created spy agency the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), and William Stephenson the Canadian born head of British Intelligence operations in North America. America is still officially neutral, the attack on Pearl Harbor is still a month away, but Donovan and Stephenson are hard at work preparing for the day when the U.S. will be in the war.

Donovan and Stephenson want Jane to help them obtain some documentation that, if made public, could prove damaging to the U.S. and Britain in the coming war. Despite their attempts to play down the risks, Jane knows the assignment will be dangerous but finally agrees to accept the assignment once they agree to her demand that she receive the official accreditation necessary to become a war correspondent once the war starts. Jane is then teamed up with Scotland Yard inspector Morris Black and Ian Fleming is assigned as their control officer. Jane and Morris soon learn that the documentation in question is rumored to be linked to the brutal murder of Czar Nicholas II of Russia and his family in 1917 and its contents could prove embarrassing to high officials in the American and British governments and even to the British Royal Family. Britain and the U.S. obviously want to keep this documentation from being made public while others including the Soviets, Nazi Germany and even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor want to obtain it as a tool to obtain their own ends.
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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 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   nazis! Search for technology?    -   state secrets

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   photographer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California    -   Hawaii The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico

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    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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