The Winner Book Summary and Study Guide

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David Baldacci has come out with another surefire winner, and this is his best book amongst all I have read so far.
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It is a crime thriller full of relentless action, fast paced drama, nail biting suspense and awesome thrills. The book reads like a screenplay, one can visualise and feel the sharply etched, strong characters that he has created, especially the devilish, cold-blooded, clever, ingenious villain.

Lu Ann Tyler, 20, is a poor orphan working hard to make a living and bring up her 8 month old illegitimate daughter. A mysterious trickster Jackson who offers a deal that can't be refused approaches her. Multi-million dollar lottery rigged to be won, she can take a part of it and get out of the country.
Lu Ann while thinking about the offer gets trapped into a situation where her boyfriend has been killed and the killer attacks her too. In self-defence Lu Ann hits him hard and looks like she has killed him. Now she is on the run. In sheer desperation she accepts Jackson's offer, wins the lottery and disappears from U.S.

After 10 years of travelling all over the world with a new identity as a rich heiress, she is sick and tired of her life. She decides to come back to U.S and risks to break her promise of not ever coming back.

Jackson is after her, so are many others including FBI, IRS, Police, Media, and some more, she is on the run again, so many resourceful, strong persons as well as organisations are after her. Lu Ann is no less clever. She is intelligent, sharp, strong, brave and determined. How she manages to avenge herself and gets rid of all the problems and settles down to a new life with new found love is all the interesting story.

This is a book that will keep you up late and reading long past the bedtime.

The review of this Book prepared by r b siddhanti

A young mother is given the gift of a lifetime; a $100 million dollar lottery jackpot. All she has to do is leave the country and change her identity. She almost refuses until violence leads her on a big business, multi million dollar search for the truth and breaks the promises that she made. If she returns home, she will face the criminal mastermind behind one of the biggest conspiracies of all time.
The review of this Book prepared by Crybbe

LuAnn Tyler finds the dream of a life-time--she wins a hundred million dollar lottery. The only problem is, its fixed. Her benefactor gives it all to her and skims off the profits. The only catch is: she must never re-enter the United States. Except she does, and her benefactor promises to make her pay for disobeying his orders.
The review of this Book prepared by BethG

David Baldacci wrote one of those books that keep the
reader late at night reading. A book full of twists and
complete amazing emotions. Enjoy this book. Love this
The review of this Book prepared by Marco Aurelio

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   power struggle within govt between two factions Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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