Like a Knife Book Summary and Study Guide

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Warner, Mar 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 044662308

As a child Rachel Goodman lost both of her parents with the strokes of a knife. She watched the vicious murder of her mother and the “disappearance” of her father into his publicly acclaimed “Safer America” movement. As an adult, Rachel manages St. Anthony preschool for children whom witnessed violence in Astoria, Queens.
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Six months ago, Rachel hires reticent handyman Nick Raine to make repairs at St. Anthony. Unbeknownst to Rachel is that Nick is a former gunrunner who quit the profession six years ago. Now Nick's former boss and mentor Spier demands he locate a six year old son he did not know he sired as his recently murdered wife hid him with her aunt from him. If Nick fails to do Spier's bidding or fails at his task, Rachel will suffer the wrath.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving criminal Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   criminal Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   champion of justice


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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