Death At The Door Book Summary and Study Guide

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Dunne, Sept 2003, 23.95, 304 pp.
ISBN 0312318092

In Door County, eastern Wisconsin, Ann Ranson, her husband John and Sheriff Lark Swensen of Big Oak play golf at the Gibraltar State Park course. Ann isn't a good player so when her shot goes off the mark, she thinks she injured the man lying on the ground. When they go to investigate, they discover that he is bleeding profusely from a knife wound. A call to 911 has State Detectives Lacey Smith and Joel Grenfurth work the scene because the local sheriff is short on help.
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Lacey and Russ drag Lark into helping them since the three of them have worked on a case before, with a little help from John, and brought it to a successful completion. Russ and Lacey are in the area because they are working on a string of burglaries where antiques are taken from summer residents but there is no sign of forced entry and nothing in the houses are disturbed. When Paul Larsen dies, Lark, Lacey, Russ and find themselves spread thin working both cases not realizing that there is a link between the two crimes and if they find it, they will also find the killer.

K.C. Greenlief has written an exciting police procedural set against a back deep of beautiful backwoods country. The case is solved by tried and true investigative techniques but the who-done-it is interesting because anyone living in the area could be the killer or the thief. The relationship between Lacey and Lark is a hoot because he spends so much time trying not to show his feelings though they are obvious to everyone including lacy. Ann and John add civilian support that leads the police to some significant clus. DEATH AT THE DOOR is an incredible reading experience.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by 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?    -   70% 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:    -   Midwest

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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