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A 15-year old girl is murdered in Seward Island, Washington.

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A 15-year old girl is murdered in Seward Island, Washington.

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With eight million copies of her books in print, life must be a bed of roses for romance author Stone. But not for her heroine, who lies in intensive care, her fate dependent upon the man she inexplicably jilted.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780446606455
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/13/2009
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 837,243
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    Race Relations in modern America

    While An Isolated Incident is not an example of any specific historical events, it captures trends in race relations among Americans of the 20th century. In particular, the setting of the novel shares many parallels with the isolationist feelings of the 1910¿s and early 1920¿s. In a way, the events that take place on Seward Island reflect, on a smaller scale, the events in greater America. Like the Americans of about century ago, the inhabitants of Seward Island have strong anti-immigration feelings. Americans considered the New Immigrants the ¿refuse of Europe¿ (pg 730) and implemented Immigration Quotas to stop the flood. Within the country events such as the Great Migration led to embittered race relations because Southern blacks were stealing jobs in Northern industries, much to the anger of northern whites and ultimately leading to the resurgence of the KKK (pg 723-4). On Seward Island, too, we are given a glimpse of secret meetings conducted by seven men who live on the island and are anti-Semitist. The actions of the islanders, led by this secret society of men, reveal hidden feelings of hatred towards the growing Jewish population. The main historical focus of the text is the KKK of the past and present. The author, Susan R. Sloan, brings particular attention to the KKK¿s ¿love of on-the-edge adventure, in-group camaraderie, and secret ritual¿ (pg 724). The men on Seward Island conduct their meetings in secret and use underhand techniques to influence the greater society on Seward Island. We see, in numerous places in the book, the effects of mobocracy. Led by the secret society of men, all who wield considerable influence on the island, the mostly Catholic community turns against a Jewish man who is accused of the murder of the daughter of the island¿s figurehead, Mr. Breckenridge. I believe that this novel would bring particular attention to the underhand discrimination that occurs in much of our society today. The reader is shown several different viewpoints, all of which demonstrate distrust for those who are ¿different¿. These suspicions lead to a series of events which become openly discriminatory and lead to death of an innocent man, all because his ¿race¿ was not considered a ¿safe¿ one. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would give An Isolated Incident a 4. The book is extremely engaging and manages to incorporate historical context without becoming dull or textbook like. Sloan does not preach equality, or the KKK, but allows the reader to take all events into consideration and finally create his/her own point of view.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2007


    This is the first book i have read by this author. Susan Sloan is a very talented author. She kept me guessing until the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2003

    One of the Best Books I Have Read in Awhile

    I loved this book. It's an engrossing book that brings you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and makes you want to tear your hair out trying to figure out whodunnit. I have not read any other books by this author. Somebody gave me this book and recommended I read it. I am so happy I did! Definitely get this one - you won't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2003

    Great Book!

    This is the first book I read from this author, and it was very good. I had a hunch about the killer.. but was still surprised at the end. This movie should be a movie. I hope the author writes a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2002

    THIS WAS SO SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the first book I've read of Susan Sloan and I couldn't put it down basically until I was finished. I loved it so much I almost cried on one part at the ending, how sad when the teacher was coming out of the courts. And the shock at the end!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    A great book!

    I finished reading the book on a flight from Connecticut to Tennessee. I was so engrossed in the story that the flight seemed like just a few minutes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2001

    How long until Ms. Sloan's next novel?

    I had one major problem with this novel, and that was upon finishing it--disturbing as it was--each and every time I picked up something new to read, I had to put it down. And this comes from someone who firmly believes in reading a book from cover to cover...regardless. It took something like eight or nine tries to lose myself in another book. Having said that, Ms. Sloan's earlier novel, 'Guilt by Association,' was also riveting. When can we expect another great read from this author?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    What a Great Read!!!!

    I finished reading this book last night and couldn't wait to see what other readers had to say. I don't usually read mysteries, but I loved this book!! I had it figured out...twice! And I was wrong both times! I was positive I had it solved and...WRONG!! I had to read the end twice before I believed my eyes!! READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2000

    A Captivating Novel

    From page one to page 354 this novel will have you on the edge of your couch. The way the author elaborates it is outstanding. This is a very intriguing and heart-breaking story...pick it up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2000

    An Wonderful and Clever Novel

    An Isolated Incident keeps you on the edge of your seat. I found myself staying indoors during the first week of my summer vacation becasue I could not wait to find out the ending of this novel. Susan Sloan is brilliant working around the tiniest details. This novel is something that everyone should certainly take the time to read. I think 'An Isolated Incident' most definately calls for a sequel. To continue the interesting side of the Breckenridge family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2000

    Riveting,engrossing novel.

    I just finished the book yesterday. I could not put it down except to go to work. It was such a page-turner and it really kept you guessing as to who the real killer was.Excellent descriptions of the place and people on Seward Island. This particular book definetely calls for a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2000

    Susan Sloan is an exciting newcomer for mystery readers

    I was thrilled to discover this book! I found it gripping and very well written. I am from Vancouver Island, and way originally attracted to the book because of our close proximity to the Pugeot Sound. One of my favourite things about this book was that I didn't have it all figured out by the end. The facts were there, but the outcome wasn't obvious. I personally thought this was a very big improvement on her previous book, 'Guilt By Association'. I am anxiously awaiting another from her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    Is this the end ....?

    I have just finished reading 'AN ISOLATED INCIDENT'. I have to say it only took about 6hrs. This story is so perceptive in the way we 'see' one another. I just hope and pray no one will ever 'see' me in that light. Of course it left me wanting to know more about Seward Island's main characters. This book could(hopefully)lead to a sequel. I want to see justice done the legal way. Read the book, you will be thinking about this for awhile.

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