Scamming the Birdman Book Summary and Study Guide

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Dr. Purdue and his gang of manic Mannhatanites are back. It's the summer after The Music Box Murders and Doc's friend and wealthy Musical Snuff Box collector is not having a good day. He's just gotten home to discover that: A. His wife has been having an affair with Vincent "The Birdman" LaPriore, a rather violent collector of bird autmotons. B. His wife has stolen the Snuff Box collection and Hugh's proof of ownership. And C. She is in the ER with 9 toes in the grave. Purdue gathers a team to commit a theft.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   best friend Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   criminals killing each other    -   Get treasure/money from another criminal Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's


City?    -   Yes

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 A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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