Thread of the Spider Book Summary and Study Guide

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St. Martin's Oct 2002, 23.95, 256 pp.
ISBN 0312276818

Knute and Nora were bank robbers and folk heroes in 1940 Utah until they robbed the wrong bank. Unbeknownst to them, top secret documents were taken along with the cash and the media was told they slaughtered everyone in the bank, which was a lie. They died in a shoot-out after they already surrendered but the documents and the cash was never found.
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In July 2001 in Gulch Canyon, Utah, historical archeologist Nick Scott and her father are searching for Anazzi ruins. In one of the caves she finds the top secret documents and realizes the information she has. She can change the way people look at the attack on Pearl Harbor. However, there are people who prefer those papers never see the light of day and will go to any lengths to stop her.

THREAD OF THE SPIDER is a fascinating amateur sleuth tale starring a protagonist one must admire for her tenacity. The plot is fast paced and filled with enough startling revelations to keep reader interest throughout the plot. Val Davis is a natural storyteller who parcels out crucial information one tantalizing piece at a time.

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 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Search for technology?    -   state secrets

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

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

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