The Yellow Bastard Book Summary and Study Guide

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Basin City is dark, dangerous and generally nasty sort of place where the women are either prostitutes or table dancers and the men are either vicious, brutal murderers or good-hearted, brutal murderers, according to the storyline.
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Hartigan is an exception, though. He's a good cop, a real straight-shooter, about to go on early retirement on account of his bum ticker. His final case is one that's very important to him: saving the fourth victim of a sick, pederast rapist - the son of a senator. The victim in question: 11-year-old Nancy Callahan. After cornering the rapist, Hartigan is severly injured and betrayed by his ex-partner. When he wakes up in hospital, he's been shamed by the police academy and the city, and made to look like a pederast and a murderer. He spends eight years in prison and, when he finally gets out, goes on a search for Nancy. From that point on it's a race against time to see who will reach her first, Hartigan or the murdering rapists.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   rapist Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity    -   rape (yeech!) Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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