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Molly Cates is a crime reporter who has written a book about the brutal murders committed by Louie Bronk. He was referred to as the Texas Scalper because all his victims' heads were shaven clean. Days before Louie was due to be executed, Molly receives a message that Louie may not have committed one of the murders he confessed to.
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Molly's book focuses on this murder. She must find out if Louie is responsible for the murder. She begans by visiting the victim's family to set up interviews but finds she is unwelcome. The victim's husband tries to buy Molly's silence. She will not relent, however, and as a result, someone tries to kill her into silence.

Molly's investigation reveals that Louie is guilty of murder, but not the one in question. The closer Molly gets to the truth, the more in danger she becomes.
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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:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Misc setting    -   prison

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:    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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