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A loved one, brutally murdered. Paul's life is suddenly invaded by police, reporters, and the harsh glare of spotlights on a family's private grief. The killer shows no sorrow, no remorse--a teen sociopath whose dead eyes stare in sullen silence. Paul does not want blood or vengeance. He wants to know why. Paul Kelly was a good man. But his obsession is drawing him into the darkest depths of the human soul. Where a terrible truth lurks in the shadows of lies.
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The review of this Book prepared by Kim Hermanson

Harper Torch, Dec 2000, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0380793059

    In Glendon, New Jersey, Paul Kelly is a model citizen. He regularly risks his life as a firefighter-rescue worker helping to save total strangers. He has been happily married for almost two decades to schoolteacher Julie. The couple has one daughter, sixteen-year old Kyra. To Paul, his world is near perfect even with his beloved child going through a rebellious stage.

    While working a case involving a decaying corpse at a motel, Paul's partner receives the call that starts the end of Paul's life as he knows it. The victim becomes personal. An unknown assailant has brutally beaten Kyra. Paul arrives at the scene in time to enter the ambulance.      In spite of his and the emergency crew on board, Kyra says a last word, “daddy”, before dying. Unable to cope with the senseless death of his beloved child, Paul expects the police to catch a brutally vicious looking monster. However his stereotype fails to prove true as the prime suspect seems more like an innocent looking teen. Paul needs to know why the kid resorted to violence.
    TO BURY THE DEAD is every parent's worse nightmare because no one wants to believe that bad things happen to good people. The story line works because readers understand the needs and relationships of the Kelly family. Augmenting the gloom is the specter of the killer who should look like a deadly animal. This work offers no solace or LIGHT AT THE END of the nightmare. Readers, who want gripping, well-written authenticity in their suspense novels, will ghoulishly enjoy Craig Spector's in close thriller.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Medical Thriller    -   Yes Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Disaster, natural or nuclear    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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