Dance at the Slaughterhouse Book Summary and Study Guide

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Matt Scudder is an alcoholic, a private detective without a licence and a good guy.   In Block's earlier novels featuring Scudder he drank a lot, now he doesn't drink at all. He spends a lot of time at AA meetings. In this book he is hired to find out if Richard Thurman killed his wife.   The police think he did but cannot prove it. Matt has his work cut out and before he finds a solution he is enveloped in a case of more violent death. A friend gives him a videotape he hired which has had a snuff film recorded over the top of it. There are quite a few coincidences like Matt thinking he recognised the man in the movie at a boxing match and a connection between the two crimes that Matt is working on.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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