In The Forest Of Harm Book Summary and Study Guide

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Bantam, Jan 2001, 21.95, 304 pp.
ISBN: 0553801287

    In the highly visible and dangerously charged Calhoun “Handsome Cal” Whitman murder trial, Atlanta assistant District Attorney Mary Crow attains the homicide conviction. After a particularly ugly final courtroom scene on the part of Cal, Mary returns for the first time in over a decade to her childhood home in Little Jump Off, North Carolina to complete unfinished business. Mary needs closure on the rape-murder of her beloved mother Martha twelve years ago. Accompanying Mary on her hiking trip is friends Alexandra McCrimmon and Joan Marchetti.
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    However, the camping sojourn turns dangerous as a local individual and Cal's brother attack the three women. As the violence against the trio of females increase, Mary and her cohorts know they must fight back to survive.

    IN THE FOREST OF HARM is a distaff version of DELIVERANCE. The story line is exciting and the relationships between the three women is idealistically beautiful yet seemingly genuine. The two predators perform their attacks in a near perfect way as they try to trap their prey. However, those supermen like abilities of the two males add energy and action to a non-stop thriller that should make Sallie Bissell a household name.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Forest?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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