The Visitor Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book is about a drifter called Jack Reacher helping the FBI solve some strange murders. It is also about his personal life. His commitment to his girlfriend and whether he wants to be weighed down in the same place for the rest of his life.
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Jack Reacher is an old military policeman who is very bright and in very good physical condition.

The review of this Book prepared by Alex Watterson

Reacher is profiled as a serial killer by the FBI. They watch his activities, force him through threats to cooperate in their investigation. He's eliminated as a suspect after a humiliating interrogation. One threat after another finally gains his cooperation. Being a former major in the Army, and a military policeman, he's outraged by the FBI tactics. But he decides to cooperate, against his better judgement, in trying to solve the serial killings of former Army women who filed harassment charges against their former superiors and left the service.
The review of this Book prepared by F. Scott Sinclair

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Murder of certain profession?    -   soldiers Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas    -   Pacific NW    -   California    -   Mid-Atlantic states Forest?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   fort/military installation    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   drowned Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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