A Cruel Season for Dying Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mysterious, Jun 2003, 24.95, 321 pp.
ISBN: 0892967749

The victims share in common that they were gay, killed by the same perp using an unknown source, and swan feathers inserted into slits in their backs to apparently simulate angels. NYPD assigns Japanese-American Lieutenant James Sakura leads the investigation to stop the serial killer.
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Due to the MO, the media turns the case into a high-profile circus placing pressure on NYPD to solve it yesterday, which leads to the Brass doing likewise to Sakura. He obtains help from others including a Yeshiva University professor, who insists clues can be found in the biblical Book of Enoch. As danger to those he love suddenly surfaces, Sakura knows he must capture the culprit before someone he cherishes dies.

Though much of the case comes out of Serial Killer Novel 101, sub-genre readers will enjoy this delightful police procedural due to the lead sleuth. Aspects of Sakura's home life and childhood provide an interesting look at his divided cultural loyalties messing up a mind that prefers order to chaos. However, the gaze into the hero's personal life never unites with the who-done-it, which in spite of its textbook methodology remains fun to follow.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

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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