Early Graves Book Summary and Study Guide

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Joseph Hansen has created a successful series in which he features Dave Brandstetter.
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This time, Brandstetter is involved with “the Knifer in the Dark”--and this villain's victims
are exclusively young men, homosexuals, who are dying of AIDS. This is a fast-paced
West Coast novel . In “Early Graves,” Hansen's series maintains its edginess, its
excitement, as the author relies on modern themes and situations to carry his narratives.
“Fast money” and “risky deals” keep Brandstetter on his toes, as he doggedly hunts down
this killer. Hansen sets us up for quite an exciting ending, to say the least (and not to give
away the conclusion!)

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   biohazard/virus Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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