3rd Degree Setting & Symbolism

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San Francisco

This novel takes place in modern San Francisco, California. The cities diverse population figures into the plot.

Fake Bomb

At this first crime scene, Boxer spots a potential fake bomb. Bomb squad authorities find only a fake bomb, revealing the nature and knowledge of the perpetrator.

X/L

The first victim made a great deal of money on questionable dealings through his company, X/L. This greed led the killer to target Lightower as an example of capitalism gone wrong. Such a story jumps right out of headlines from the time of this novel's publication.

McDonalds

Caitlin Lightower is left at a McDonalds by Michelle, showing Michelle's human side and her remorse for her actions. The location gives a clue to Michelle's location.

Inhaler

First, a melted inhaler offers a clue as to the Lightower's missing nanny's identity. Then, a tipster spots Michelle purchasing a new...

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