A Fine Dark Line Book Summary and Study Guide

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This "Texas Gothic" literary thriller revolves around a thirteen year old boy's discovery of a cache of letters in the ground in 1958. This leads him to search for the killer of two girls in the past. Along the way he becomes involved with an older Native American who helps him solve the murders and also explore racial relations in small town Texas in the '50's.
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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    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   arson Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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