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Mira, Apr 2002, 6.50, 384 pp.
ISBN: 1551668947

    Retired Braden, Montana botanist Frank Walton comes to Brooklyn to “smell” the Brighton Beach “Little Russia” neighborhood a reminder of his homeland. He needs this because he knows he is dying from cancer. However, someone recognizes him as Vaclav Waller, a Russian Nobel Prize nominee, who died in a plane crash in 1970. Threatened to be returned to Moscow, Frank chooses death.
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    The FBI cannot understand how a Russian supposedly dead thirty years is a modern day murder victim. FBI agent Jack Dolan travels to Braden, Montana, the last known address of the victim, to ferret out the truth. In the remote small town a very popular, extremely successful fertility clinic services people from all over. The local boardinghouse owned and operated by Isabella Abbott caters mostly to clinic visitors, employers, and patients. Jack and Isabella share the magnetism that draws them towards each other even at their first encounter. Still, the Fed wonders how she is involved in the secrets of a person who died “twice” and the sensational accomplishments of the clinic run by her family and friends?

    WHITE MOUNTAIN is an exciting romantic intrigue that starts off at a high level of tension and just keeps rising until the tale is finished. The story line is fast-paced whether its in Brooklyn or Braden. The lead couple is a delight and the support cast brings out Brighten Beach and Big Sky country so that readers will believe they have been to both while perusing Dinah McCall's taut thriller.

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) Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   bio manip. to get new abilities What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies 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

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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