Name Games Book Summary and Study Guide

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Michael Craft's fourth in the Mark Manning series is a page-turner as were the first three. Manning has now settled in his life as editor of the small Dumont Register, a paper in Wisconsin. He and his lover Neil are getting accustomed to being the "parents" of their teenaged ward Thad. Doug Pierce, the town sheriff, comes under suspicion when a visiting collectibles expert is found murdered. It is up to Mark to use his ingenuity and journalistic wits to uncover the murderer and prove the innocence of his friend Doug.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%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?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Murder of certain profession?    -   businessmen Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Writing Style

Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   homosexuals doing their thing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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