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Investigator Eve Dallas gets a call from a mysterious man who tells her riddles that will lead to his crime. When Eve arrives on the scene, she is shocked by the gruesome way the victim died. The mysterious man doesn't stop there. He calls Eve again and leads her to another crime. Eve slowly figures that the victims have been associated with her husband in the past. When Eve tells her husband Roarke, he confides to her how he has one by one killed all the men responsible for his beloved friend's daughter's death. The criminal is apparently emulating the ways how those people in the past died under Roarke's hand. Eve discovers that the killer is targeting those people who helped Roarke in the past. However in one crime scene, Roarke's friend Sommerset has been implicated to be the suspect of the killings when his image appears in the surveillance video of the house of one victim. Roarke knows that Sommerset is innocent and Eve believes him too and she determinedly try to solve the mystery to acquit him of the crime. Roarke confides to Eve all the people who might have been involved with helping him in the past and Eve rushes to save them before the murderer can get to them. In the process Eve gets into a explosive accident when the murderer tries to stall Eve in her progress. Roarke becomes enraged and personally helps Eve find the killer before it's too late.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%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?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   near future What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   killer purposefully leaves puzzle clues    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to torture Unusual forms of death    -   decapitated Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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