Good Bad Woman Book Summary and Study Guide

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Kensington, Sept 2002, 22.00, 342 pp.
ISBN 075820258X

Frankie Richmond is a working class London barrister who is very loyal to her friends so when Saskia asks her to represent her in court on a drunk and disorderly charge, she agrees. When the hearing is over, a seedy-looking individual asks Frankie for her client's name and her own but she refuses to tell. When she goes to a local Italian restaurant she spots the same mangy man who was at the court. Angry at being followed, she turns the tables on him by following him by car.
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He knocks out her vehicle's rear end forcing Frankie to stop. When she does, he hits her, giving her a black eye. Not long afterward, the police question Frankie in the murder of Kevin Latimer. When they search her apartment they find his credit card and down at the jail they inform her that her car's license plate was on the body. Frankie goes looking for Saskia for some answers but she proves hard to find, but locate her she must if she wants to clear her name and have the charges dropped.

GOOD BAD WOMAN is a funky urban noir crime thriller. The who-done-it is very cleverly constructed and multi-layered with many interconnecting paths. The protagonist is a likable character desperately trying to figure out why she is being framed and who is behind it. Along the way, there are several times she comes close to losing her life, which makes her think that the perpetrator is becoming desperate. Elizabeth Woodcraft is a talented writer who uses humor to defuse tense situations of a strong mystery thriller.

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 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:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

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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