The Puzzled Heart Book Summary and Study Guide

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Kate Fansler is a private detective, but this time she is in trouble herself. Her husband has been kidnapped by radical right-wingers who threaten to harm him if she doesn't print an ad in the local paper renouncing her feminism. Kate does not want to do this as it would be harmful to her professionally, since she is a college professor at the local college, lecturing on feminism and women's history. She hires her own detectives and they are soon able to find Reed, locked up in an on-campus dorm room. Reed is safe and sound and Kate never had to write an article.
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But the mystery remains of who did this. The known radical groups don't seem to be involved. Could it be someone from Kate's past, someone who has been harboring a grudge? The detectives suggest a number of tactics to try to sniff out the culprit or make them show themselves, but nothing help. Finally Kate gets an idea of who it might be and confronts her at risk to herself.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

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

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