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Katie I feel the same about the case that was introduced in the first chapter. Gerritsen could've written a sentence or two about it at any place in the book. Really, that would've been enough. But she just left it open...
But what I find pretty clear is how Jane freed herself in the end. She had hurt her head hitting a loose screw in the trunk of the car and probably noticed that she'd be able to use it to get rid of the tape around her wrists. After that she only had to open her suitcase and get her gun out. Gerritsen likely left the descriptions of this event out to surprise the reader in the next scene - a scene which would've been pretty boring if we had already been certain that Rizzoli had freed herself.
Red Heaven Airplane Man is not a loose end. It's explained that he's most likely a stowaway illegal immigrant. He has no bearing on the story, and no resolution is required, but he is a plot device so that (on page 376 of the Kindle version) Gerritsen can write: "She thought of Airplane Man...the perpetual symbol of futility. His own as well as hers. We dream our dreams ... and sometimes they take us places we never anticipate."
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