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Religious issues provide a background for murder in this Gregor Demarkian mystery. Four varieties of religious belief are represented on one block in Philadelphia. St. Anselm's Catholic Church is still reeling from the the child molestation scandals. Across the street from St. Anselm's is St. Stephen's Episcopalian Church which has become a refuge for members of the gay community. Down the street from these two churches is a fundamentalist religious group which deplores homosexuality, and across the street from this group is the home of Edith Lawton, an author of articles in atheist magazines. The deaths of two Catholic parishioners are the beginning of a tragic series of events which will involve people of every religious persuasion on the block and even the Cardinal Archbishop of Philadelphia.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes Any non-mystery subplot?    -   minority/women/gay rights Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Mid-Atlantic states City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

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

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