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Book #9 of the Dick Hardesty Mystery series finds protagonist Dick Hardesty and his partner Jonathan with a new upstairs neighbor, Carlene DeNuncio, a lesbian single mother with a four year old son, Kelly. When Jonathan's own four year old nephew, Joshua, comes for a ten-day stay, he is enrolled in the same day care facility as Kelly, run by two lesbian sisters for the children of gays and lesbians.
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Carlene's death by a hit-and-run driver prompts one of the sister-owners of the day care to hire Dick to look into the death, which she suspects was not accidental.

The reader follows Dick through a maze of suspects--the other owner-sister of the day care, Carlene's angry ex-partner, and a very dysfunctional mother and son (Kelly's father).
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat 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?    -   50% Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   minority/women/gay rights Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   homosexuals doing their thing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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