Ransom for a Killing Book Summary and Study Guide

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After a decade in prison, convicted of raping a classmate, Ben Harvey, is released when DNA evidence proves his innocence. Shortly after being released, Laura Shay, his accuser, is found murdered in her apartment. Ben is the prime suspect.
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Chicago Police Detective Jeremy Ransom, with the help of his elderly friend, Emily Charters, begins looking into the ten year old rape. The answer to who killed Laura Shay, will be found in the past. Who really raped Laura Shay? Why did she lie? So many unanswered questions and the answers will point directly to the rapist/murderer.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% 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?    -   90% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   wrongly convicted clearing his name Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   rapist

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago

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