|Plot Summary of For The Dogs|
Simon & Schuster, July 2004, 22.84, 209 pp.
One night a gunman enters the Hatto house and kills the father, mother and son. It has all the earmarks of a professional hit. Their teenage daughter Ella is in Italy with her boyfriend when two men aim guns aim at her. Out of nowhere before they can murder her, a third gunman kills them. Lucas tells them that Ella's father hired him to watch over them in their travels.
He informs Ella that her family is dead; she does not understand why someone would order professional hits on an ordinary middle class family. Lucas tells her that her father once operated on the wrong side of the law, selling drugs and armaments as well as laundering money. When she returns to England, Ella gives the police time to find her family's killer, but they fail. Ella is determined to take the law into her own hands. She hires Lucas to find out who destroyed her family and then she will deal with them personally.
There is a lot of action in FOR THE DOGS but the heart of this book lies with the two main characters Ella and Lucas. She becomes more like the man Lucas once was, a cold, remote loner intent on personally make the people who destroyed her life pay while Lucas is moving in the opposite direction. After his business with Ella is finished, he wants to connect with his daughter and reconnect with the only woman he ever loved. Kevin Wignall's prose is stark yet eloquent as his latest thriller is exciting and heartbreaking.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of For The Dogs|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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)
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?
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- vigilante getting revenge
Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?
General Crime (including known murderer)
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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