Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man Book Summary and Study Guide

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It's been a long time since the enigmatic master criminal who calls himself the Deaf Man last harassed the detectives of the 87th Precinct in general and Det. Steve Carella in particular.
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That's why, when the photographs of George Washington, J. Edgar Hoover, a Zero fighter plane, and other esoteric subjects begin arriving at the 87th, each one sent twice, the detectives don't immediately consider them anything more than the bizarre missives of a crank.
But when the Deaf Man calls the squad and tells them the date and amount of his next robbery, and goes out of his way to mention that he's going to do it with their "help," they take notice.
Now, while Detective Kling and his partner are out tracking down a cat burglar who leaves live kittens as his calling card, the rest of the squad must try to figure out the Deaf Man's new angle, and do it quickly, before they become the madman's unwitting partners in his most sensational crime yet...
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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    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   white collar fraud or theft General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   catching thief

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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