Swallow the Hook Book Summary and Study Guide

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Pocket, June 2004, 6.50, 332 pp.
ISBN 0743467582

After mishandling a case in Kansas City, Frank Bennett was fired from the department. He took a job as the chief of Police in the small town of Trout Run, located in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. At first he thought it would be a quiet job but when he got a homicide case, he realized that he could be very happy living and working in an area where everybody knows everybody else.
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Mary Pat Sheehan was a friendly twenty-eighth year old woman who lived with her parents and never dated. When she was discovered dead behind the wheel of her car, nobody, including her parents, knew that she was pregnant or that she died from complications stemming from the delivery. Frank discovers that Mary Pat gave birth to a healthy girl and handed her over to a shady adoption ring. The radical environmental group Green Tomorrow, whose leader was murdered while staying in Trout Run, and various residents who feel they were played as fools by this group are ready to brawl and Frank has all he can handle to keep the peace.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   breaking up gang

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

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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