Mischief Book Summary and Study Guide

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As Detectives Kling and Parker investigate a serial killer who chooses graffitti-artists as his victims, Detective Steve Carella begins receiving calls from and old adversary, the Deaf Man. Soon, portions of a science-fiction novel begin arriving at the 87th, clues to the Deaf Man's next big crime.
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This novel, more than most McBain books, deals with larger issues than an individual crime, in this case racism, as Detective Parker, a notorious bigot, dates the Hispanic mother of a murder victim and the Deaf Man readies a horrific scheme that hinges on inflaming the everyday racial tension present in the big city.
The review of this Book prepared by James Craver

This is another novel in McBain's series featuring the 87th Precinct. All the usual characters are present doing the same detective work they have been doing in fifty odd previous novels. The main villain in this novel is 'The Deaf man' an old adversary of protagonist, Steve Carella. The 'deaf man' is sending Carella messages loaded with hints as to where he is going to strike. Carella and his partner do not reach a conclusion about the crime that is going to be committed until the last pages of the book as the clues the Deaf Man gives are meant to mislead.
Running parallel to the case of the Deaf Man are several other crimes the officers in this fictitious city are trying to solve. Someone is dumping old people all over town and someone else is murdering graffiti artists.

The review of this Book prepared by Penny

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Killer purposely leaves clues 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


United States    -   Yes 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    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   crushed    -   perforation--bullets    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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