Smoke Filled Rooms Book Summary and Study Guide

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By the fall of 1968, Smokey and Jimmy have settled in Chicago just in time for the Democratic National Convention. After the deaths of Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy, this was considered the "year of assassinations," and the city of Chicago is tensed and primed to combat any whisper of rebellious schemes. The controversial Vietnam War, the Black Panthers, Hippies, and gang violence make Chicago a hotbed of covert and overt investigations. Now, someone is following Smokey and a little boy Jimmy's age is tortured and killed. This is the third child killed in the same way. Smokey must protect Jimmy and find who is following him and murdering little boys in the city.
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Details of the torture seem familiar to Smokey from his military past and someone who knows of such interrogation tactics.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   students/teachers Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator 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:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Black


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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