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A horrible car accident destroys virtually everything that was important to Michael Drake, he loses his mentor grandfather, and his marriage ends. As he tries to begin a new life with his former high school sweetheart, Michelle, she suddenly disappears. Under Abnormal Conditions picks up six months after Michelle's disappearance. Michael is going through his usual routine at the jazz club he manages and when he receives a threatening phone call. The caller tells him that there is a bomb somewhere is the building. He makes the decision to clear the building and that is where his trouble truly begins. It turns out that the bomb threat was merely a cover for a more sinister crime, the murder of a person who was a link to his past life with Michelle. Being the only suspect that the police are interested in, Drake is faced with the task of finding the real killer himself if he ever hopes to put the past behind him and have normal life.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% 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% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   businessmen Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Black Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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