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   Ex-CIA agent Ward Hopkins' life was never perfect. But in the last few months, it's definitely taken a turn for the worst. Ward is on the run, slinking around the USA's least glamourous states, staying in run-down motels and other dark, dubious places where there is usually a KEEP OUT sign on the door. Three months ago, Ward discovered a group of well-heeled sociopaths called The Straw Men while trying to find the people who killed his parents. Together with Bobby Nygard, his best friend, and two agents trying to solve a kidnapping case, Nina Baynam and John Zandt, Ward storms The Straw Men's hideout. Along the way, Ward 'reunites' with his long-lost twin brother, Paul, also known as The Upright Man, and gets The Straw Men's billion dollar hideaway blown to bits.
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   Now Bobby is dead, John is AWOL, and Nina's career is going downhill. Ward is trying to track down his brother when Nina asks for help on a murder case. A woman has been found dead, sitting bolt upright in her hotel room. After some investigation, and a second murder, Ward begins to suspect that the killings and his own problems may be connected, and that The Straw Men's influence is much farther reaching then he first thought.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%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?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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