Such Vicious Minds Book Summary and Study Guide

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St. Martin's, August 2004, 22.95, 240 pp.
ISBN 03112319401

In 1965 Memphis, Elvis Presley buys out the movie theatre so he can see “Dr. Strangelove” as many times as he wants without getting in the way of any other customers. When he is had enough and returns to Graceland, he finds Colonel Tom Parker paying $5000 to Mr. Crampton to keep quiet about Elvis having sex with his underage daughter. Elvis gets angry because he never seen the teen in his life and does not want to give in to blackmail.
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That is not the end of Elvis's troubles because the Sheriff of Waynesboro asks him to see him as soon as he can. When he meets Sheriff Tip, he tells him that he will prevent Muffy Kent, another underage teen from saying she made love with Elvis in return for his giving the sheriff a music audition. Someone is taking pictures starring an Elvis imitator and using them as blackmail pictures but when the photographer is killed, Elvis realizes he has to get answers before his reputation is ruined and he ends up in jail.

Harriet Klausner
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   seduction/blackmail General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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