The Bad Samaritan Book Summary and Study Guide

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When the local vicar's wife befriends and even looks after a young Bosnian waiter whom
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she's met while on a holiday, raised eyebrows are not the only reactions among the
parishioners. And it soon comes to pass that a murder is committed! With his usual
penchant for capturing the moment, Robert Barnard makes “The Bad Samaritan” a read
that is not to be missed. Barnard is a master at characterization and this book is no
exception. Once more, Detective Constable Charlie Peace and his boss Mike Oddie are on
the scene and before the book's over, their methodical--and sometimes entertaining--modus
operandi find the murderer. The author's fans will recognize this book as being “typical”
and new readers will, no doubt, want to sample more of his writing (and he's written more
than 25 novels previously!)

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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