The Law of Betrayal Book Summary and Study Guide

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Port Town, Oct 2003, 8.95, 304pp
ISBN: 159466000X

During a hostage situation in which she was the prime captive, Crimson County, Kentucky Prosecutor Alma Bashear learns of a link between her missing father and an unknown female, Allafair Adair. However, before she finds out specifics, a SWAT member kills the culprit.
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Almost three decades ago, Alma's father Esau left to work in Michigan with the promise to see his family during Christmas. Esau never came back breaking the heart of his nine year old daughter Alma. A few years ago Alma heard of the link between Allafair and her father from the vindictive dying breath of the Gentry matriarch. Now her boyfriend Police Chief Grady Forester renews his search, but instead of success someone kills him. As Alma renews her quest with increased vigor, she finds herself looking into the Melungeon race that hides secrets from their neighbors.

More an investigative tale than a legal thriller, readers will enjoy the LAW OF BETRAYAL, an exciting tale that shines a deep light on rural Kentucky. The main ingredient to the plot is the strong cast that orbits around Alma. She makes the tale fun to follow as the audience can feel her frustration over her father's vanishing without a trace that occurred when she was a child and still haunts her as an adult closing in on forty. Readers will never guess what really happened then and now, but will enjoy this captivating Appalachian thriller.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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