The 37th Hour Book Summary and Study Guide

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Sarah Pribek is a detective for a Minnesota County Sheriff's department. She investigates missing persons. But her job really hits home when she must investigate the disappearance of her husband of two months, Mike Shiloh. Mike was supposed to be in Quantico, training for the FBI, but he never arrived.
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As she delves into the mystery, back stories are told, particularly about her partner Genevieve whose teenage daughter was brutally raped and murdered, and the perp went free. Sarah and Mike had been with Genevieve when the battered daughter was found. Another back story is about Mike and his strong religious background that helps make up his stoic, inscrutable character. Another gives hints at Sarah's dysfunctional family and how she grew up, and tells how she and Mike got together.

All the stories are woven through Sarah's not-quite "by the book" search for clues about what happened to Mike, including her trip to Utah to interview members of his estranged family.
In the end, the stories meld to a probable resolution with a twist that hints at future Sarah Pribek mysteries.

The review of this Book prepared by K Cheatham

Delacorte, Jan 2004, 21.95, 324 pp.
ISBN: 0385337132

Minneapolis Police Detective Sarah Pribek, an expert on missing-person cases, worries about her partner, Genevieve Brown, whose mental collapse is understandable since her daughter was recently raped and murdered. The accused Royce “Shorty” Stewart is free due to a legal technicality, which adds to Genevieve's stress due to a lack of justice providing her some closure.

Sarah's husband, Police Detective Mike Shiloh, leaves for a four-month training class at Quantico with the FBI, but never arrives at his destination. Sarah investigates the disappearance though her peers and superiors believe Mike walked out on her after two months of marriage. Sarah finds no clues in her spouse's trek east or in his behavior just before his departure. She looks into Mike's past, but her inquiries lead to her Utah-based family while also bringing Genevieve back among the living assisting her on her quest. However, the long and winding road seems to have one more twist around the bend, but always returns to Minneapolis, but what will Sarah find at the end of this rainbow?

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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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 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   hunted by BAD vigilante getting revenge If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest    -   West City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

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

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