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Berkley, Oct 2002, 5.99, 288 pp.
ISBN 0425186911

Stockbroker Maggie Connors is making millions for her clients and herself since she discovered Palimo Technologies, a company that is very close to creating an AIDS vaccine. In fact, business is so good that Maggie is planning to give notice to Hamilton Securities and start up her own business. Her life falls apart when it is discovered that Palimo is falsifying data and is nowhere close to finding a cure for AIDS.
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Maggie uses her own savings to give back the money her clients could ill afford to lose. One client trashes her home and threatens her life before she can get away from him. Life continues to go downhill for Maggie when she is arrested for murder after the police find a dead woman in the trunk of her car. Determined to clear her name and not go to jail, Maggie decides to find out whom is trying to frame her, headless of the danger she puts herself in.

Readers will like, sympathize and empathize with the heroine all the while thanking the fates that they are not in her shoes. Maggie goes from one disaster straight into the other all the while keeping her sense of humor. TO GIVE OR DECEIVE is a delightful and charming amateur sleuth tale with an intricate but humorous storyline.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%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?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript
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