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Amanda Jaffe was a rising legal defense attorney until an encounter with a psychopath left her suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Amanda longs to return to normal, but when a popular senator (and friend of her father's) is murdered, a pimp is arrested for the crime. The police believe that Jon Dupre killed senator Travis over a dispute about a prostitute, and Jon is given a high profile defense attorney. When the attorney is murdereded during their first consultation, all other lawyers are afraid to work for Jon, and Amanda takes the case, seeing it as a challenge and a way to conquer her fear. But as she looks into Jon's claims to he is innocent, she realizes that he may be telling the truth. He may be a victim of a vast conspiracy reaching as high as the president of the United States.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   politicians Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   fighting judge/jury tampering    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty 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:    -   Pacific NW

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   rape (yeech!) Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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