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At first glance Seward Island is an idyllic rural community. The perfect place to raise a family. So when the ravaged body of young Tara Breckinridge is found the reaction is shock and a refusal to believe that the murderer could be one of Seward's own citizens. The islanders clamour for a speedy arrest and any likely candidate will do. Eyes turn to a recent arrival, Jerry Frankel, who is from the East, Jewish, liberal and outspoken - a combination which makes the community leaders uneasy. Then, as certain unsettling facts emerge about his past, prejudices that have been simmering beneath Seward's placid surface begin to emerge, guaranteeing that hate and ignorance, not the pursuit of justice, will dictate the outcome of the case. Inspired by a true story about the malignancy of prejudice, AN ISOLATED INCIDENT, is a novel of rare dramatic intensity, social resonance and breathtaking drama.
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Susan Sloan is a former lawyer who has worked as both prosecuting and defence counsel.


Sloan (Guilt by Association) attempts to show the dangers of vigilante justice in this suspenseful and provocative thriller. Although bucolic Seward Island is only a short ferry ride from Seattle, it seems worlds away from the big city. When the body of 15-year-old Tara Breckenridge‘the sweet, quiet daughter of the local bank president‘is found tossed in a dumpster, the community is devastated. The girl's death is the first homicide in the island's recorded history; and the local authorities‘police chief Ruben Martinez, who's made his way to the island from the Los Angeles barrio, and bright, tomboyish detective Ginger Earley‘have no leads. The only thing Seward Islanders agree on is that the murderer is probably still among them. When a reporter uncovers questionable evidence about high-school history teacher Jerry Frankel, Ginger declares him a suspect in order to save the career of Ruben, with whom she's fallen in love. To her surprise, some of the townspeople are ready to blame Frankel because he is Jewish‘and to take matters into their own hands, with violent results. An able storyteller, Sloan brings this tale to an unflinching conclusion. Nevertheless, her narrative relies far too heavily on coincidence, and her use of stock characters‘from the hard-nosed lady-journalist who'll do anything for a story to the work-obsessed investment banker who puts her firm before her family‘is an ironic flaw in a novel that so convincingly portrays the worst consequences of stereotyping. Author tour. (Feb.)

'A well-built and very powerful piece of fiction.' - COSMOPOLITAN 'a top class crime novel with a gripping conclusion' SUNDAY TRIBUNE (Ireland)

When a 15-year-old girl is murdered on a quiet island off the Washington coast, her friends and neighbors look around for the first newcomer to blame. Stone's recent Guilt by Association sold over 540,000 copies in paperback, so expect demand.

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