Southland Book Summary and Study Guide

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This story is set in Los Angeles during 1930 to present and is the tale of a Japanese family and a murder that takes place during the Watts uprising in 1965. There were 4 black Negro boys found murdered in Frank Sakai's walk-in freezer. His grand daughter has found something in an earlier will leaving money to a man named Curtis Martindale and when she goes to find him, she finds out that he was one of the boys found in the walk-in freezer. Jackie, Frank's granddaughter, teams up with a man by the name of James Lanier who was a cousin to Curtis to hopefully find the truth.
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The story goes from Frank being a young boy in Angeles Mesa to present day when he has just passed on. He left a box of items that Jackie has went through to see if there are any clues for $40,000, Frank left.

It took me a while to get used to the book jumping from one time frame to another and also from one person to another person. But I am glad that I stuck with it, because it is a very well done book. There is also a lesbian relationship that Jackie is trying to work out for herself.
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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    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Japanese


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   lesbians! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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