Seventh Inning Stretch Book Summary and Study Guide

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Walker, June 2002, 23.95, 228 pp.
ISBN 0802733743

Jake Hines is a captain and the chief of
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Detectives in the Rutherford Police
Department who loves his job only slightly
less than he loves his significant other,
Trudy Hanson. They live in a farmhouse that
needs a lot of work but Jake isn't worried
about such trivial thing since he finally has
what he always wanted since being a foster
child: a place to call home.

A group of grifters consisting of two men,
two women and a child descend upon the
citizens and merchants of Rutherford, conning
them out of their hard-earned money. When two
bodies are found in a home garbage can, the
police believe that the two male drifters are
involved in the crime. Jake and his teams try
to solve a double homicide with very little
evidence and no leads.

This is the fifth Jake Hines police
procedural and it is definitely the best in
the series. The police, a tight knit group,
are truly baffled by the strange turns in the
case and their collective and individual
bewilderment humanizes the force. This allows
the readers to empathize with and appreciate
the hard, often unrewarding work cops do. The
hero is a rarity as an person totally happy
in his personal and professional life.
Elizabeth Ginn continues to deliver an
ingenious mystery.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

Chapter Analysis of Seventh Inning Stretch

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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