Salem Book Summary and Study Guide

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Sarah Goode has gone missing in Boston. She is a long way from home and her parents want to find her. They hire Joe Kinsella, an English small-town private detective. Joe heads to the States hoping for a holiday, but he knows he has a problem. The police want to find her first, because when Sarah Goode went missing, her boyfriend was found in her bed, murdered.
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Joe searches for Sarah Goode but he turns up someone else as well, a killer hidden so deep in the shadows of Massachusetts that the police don't know he exists. And the more Joe looks, the worse it gets. But he has been hired to do a job and he's going to do it, no matter what the cost.

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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?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   Boston

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   hanging    -   flamed    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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