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Dr. Thomas Purdue's Christmas Holidays aren't going as planned. They started with a call from his music box picker, Broadway Schwartz. Its seems that Schwartz, while scoping an antique store, stumbled on a rare swiss rigid notation music box. Thomas goes to the dealer and buys the music and gets an interesting bit information. The seller gave the dealer a false name, the name of the music box restorer and Thomas' best friend Charles "Shackey" O'Shacker. Thomas takes the box to Shackey's and find out that it had belonged to fellow friend and major collector Harry Hardwick, who had been murdered the night before. The trail of bodies doesn't end there. Soon the antique dealer and Shackey are dead. Thomas sets out to find the one in The New York Music Box Collectors Association is willing to kill to get the box and why.      
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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 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% 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?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   best friend Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for valuable art/artifacts Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   mechanical engineering Unusual forms of death    -   hanging    -   flamed    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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