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State Senator Ellen Crease is running for the U.S. Senate when her husband is gunned down in their Portland, Oregon, home. She is able to reach her bedside weapon and shoot the perpetrator. At first it looks like she killed the man in self-defense and for shooting her husband. But further investigation reveals that she may have hired the man to shoot her husband and then she shot him so that she would have no witnesses. She is immediately indicted for murder.
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In the meantime Judge Quinn, a more junior superior court judge is assigned the case. While vacation just prior to the trial, he is lured by a young woman to a secluded cove for snorkeling and perhaps more. Quinn's relationship with his wife had been on the rocks and he was further disappointed when she had to stay behind and work on an important real estate deal. However, they are both being set up. The girl was sent to Quinn and her death was faked. This information and some secret photos cause Quinn to suppress evidence at the pre-trial hearings of the senator in order to preserve his own career and keep from being accused of the girl's death.

It is soon evident that the girl didn't really die, the dead man's son had a motivate for murder, and Ellen's competitor in the senatorial race may have gone too far in order to win the election. Judge Quinn must quickly find out what really happened in order to clear his name and to convict the right person.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   fighting judge/jury tampering    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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