Killing Time Book Summary and Study Guide

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St. Martin's, July 2002, 23.95, 256 pp.
ISBN 0312285663

As the superintendent of Horizon House, a pre-release facility for felons, Natasha Price is proud of her accomplishments and the success of the program. Still she's a little uneasy that her best friend Maggie Austin is socially involved with one of her clients, Dean Thomas Walsh who served eight years behind bars for rape. When a police officer answers the phone and tells Nat that Maggie is dead, she immediately thinks of Dean.
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She is afraid that the spotlight on Dean will derail her career and that fear increase when Dean escapes from Horizon House. Nat dives head first into the investigation, putting herself in jeopardy when the killer feels she's getting too close to uncovering his identity.

This is the start of an innovative and intriguing series. The workings of Horizon House and its goal of slowly acclimatizing the criminal back into society is fascinating and definitely keeps the interests of society, the individual, and the reader as its vision. Readers will like the protagonist, a woman committed to making society into a better place.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Russian


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

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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