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Frank Cauldhame is the Laird of his domain, surrounded by his Sacrifice Poles, which he ritualistically adorns with small-animal body parts, and his ultimate contrivance - The Factory. The Factory is made up of a scrapped clock-tower clock face laid flat, and modified to incorporate trap doors leading to an acid bath, a flame pit, and so on. He describes the killings of his younger brother Paul, his cousin Esmerelda, and another boy, Blythe, as simply a phase he was going through, He also tells of how he attends to the destruction of a local rabbit colony using catapulted steelies, and a flame thrower made up from a plastic squeeze-bottle. His only sign of remorse is for the irrevocable damage caused to his catapult, The Black Destroyer.
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And then there's Eric, Frank's older brother; an ex-medical student with a habit of setting animals, mostly dogs, on fire, on his way home to the island, a trail of destruction in his wake. But Frank has been forewarned by The Factory…

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a teen


Europe    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   astronomy Unusual forms of death    -   flamed    -   drowned    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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