American Gothic Book Summary and Study Guide

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Dr. G. Gordon Gregg is one of Chicago's foremost citizens, the owner of the Castle, a gothic-style mansion in the heart of 19th century suburban Chicago that doubles as a pharmacy and hotel.
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But Dr. Gregg hides a dark secret, for inside its walls the Castle is a maze of secret rooms, hidden passages, torture chambers, dissection labs, gas chambers, and crematoriums. The operator of a lucrative sweetheart scam, Gregg makes tens of thousands of dollars wooing women, transferring their assets to himself, and making them "disappear," along with a few troublesome wives and former business partners.

Dr. Gregg is no longer working undetected, however, for a spunky newspaper reporter named Crystal is hot on his trail. Crystal is angry that Gregg is getting away with wholesale fraud and murder, and also that his machinations have cost her fiancÚ his job with the latest victim's insurance company.
Now, with the help of her editor Charlie Hogan and a local police detective, Crystal is going undercover inside the Castle to ferret out Gregg's secret.
The review of this Book prepared by James Craver

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror Story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the mad stabber chased me!

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   poisoning    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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