Cold Springs Book Summary and Study Guide

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Bantam, May 2003, 23.95, 340 pp.
ISBN 0553802364

Chadwick intends to send his teenage daughter Katherine to Cold Spring, a boot camp style school in Texas because she's addicted to heroin and running with the wrong crowd. Before he can do that she overdoses while she is baby-sitting five-year-old Mallory Zedman. The incident traumatizes the little girl who saw her beloved baby-sitter die.
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Nine years later Mallory dates the boy whose brother supplied Katherine with heroin and is an addict too. Accompanied by Chadwick she is sent to Cold Springs, but once she arrives everything begins to fall apart. Mallory's mother has been accused of embezzling $27 million dollars. Mallory's father is tired of paying blackmail money and sends his bodyguard to kidnap his daughter so they can flee the country. Mallory becomes the target of a killer who has murdered anyone who has gotten in the way and the only person who can save her is Chadwick, who is a suspect in at least two homicide investigations.

Rick Riordan has written a crime thriller that ranks with the works of Patricia Cornwell, Dennis Lehane and Thomas Harris. Chadwick feels guilty for not acting sooner in saving his daughter and in Mallory he sees the hope for his redemption, The protagonist soon learns, almost too late, that only Mallory can save herself from her own destructive impulses. Although much of this novel takes place on an isolated school in Texas, it has the feel of an urban noir thriller. This is a must read for anyone who wants to read an unforgettable thriller starring a villain that matches the bite of Hannibal Lechter.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   best friend Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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