Living In Darkness Book Summary and Study Guide

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Someone is brutally executing young men around the slopes of Diamond Head: a vicious stabbing, a sadistic hanging, and a horrific death. Detectives Nick Keone and Paul Noa of the Special Division Detective Team [SDDT] Honolulu Police Department are convinced that the victims are gay. When the three victims turn out to be members of a notorious gay-bashing gang, The Gang of Four, both detectives join forces with detectives Philip Michael Carnegie and George Maikai'moku on a desperate search to catch the killer who appears to be on a horrific campaign of revenge. The team follows a twisted trail that takes them from the luxurious heights of the volcanic slope that overlooks Honolulu - into the sordid depths of Hotel Street in Chinatown. Their search also takes them into the middle class world of the naval and marine encampments on the island and into the world of young gay runaways. In the novel's dramatic denouement, the team, with the help of an unexpected ally - the fourth gay basher - uncovers the identity of the killer on the verge of committing his final, sadistic murder.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   best friend Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   minority/women/gay rights Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Pacific Islands

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   flamed Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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