Dancing at the Shoulder of the Bull Book Summary and Study Guide

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Houston police officer John Suarez returns to the life of a ranch hand after accidentally killing a child in a drug bust.
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Six months later, Ranita Hunter is awakened by a series of early morning hang-up calls. Alone in the house with her two young daughters, Ranita unsuccessfully tries to reach her husband who is away on business.

A body is found on the golf course behind Ranita's house and when her father learns the deceased is Ranita's husband's boss, he hires John to investigate.

But John is reluctant for two reasons: he's still having nightmares about the shooting, and fifteen years earlier, he lost Ranita, the woman he loved. Reluctant or not, John has no choice when Ranita's stalker grows bolder.

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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 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Hispanic


United States    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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