Heartstone Book Summary and Study Guide

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Elaine Murray and Richie Walters, two high school students, are killed at the local teen hangout. There are two very obvious suspects, but the local police can't make a case. Cop Roy Schindler just can't let the case die. Even after being officially removed from the case, he keeps trying to find a way to prove the Coolidge boys guilty. He finally finds a hole when he discovers that Esther Pelagosi was with them when they killed the two students, and witnessed at least the death of the boy. The only trouble is, she can't remember it. Will her testimony, enhanced through hypnosis, be enough to get the revenge he has sought?
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The review of this Book prepared by BethG

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 35%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 35%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 15%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 15% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Murder of certain profession?    -   the rich! Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey references to torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript. of other female areas    -   rape (yeech!) Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   frozen    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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