Vineyard Shadows Book Summary and Study Guide

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Scribner, Jun 2001, 24.00, 356 pp.
ISBN: 0684855453

    Fifteen years ago, Boston police officer J.W. Jackson was injured on the job and subsequently retired on disability. He moved to Martha's Vineyard and married his beloved Zoe. They raised two children. One day, two thugs
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enter the Jackson home looking for Tom Rimini. Zoe informs them that she does not know anyone by that name, but they do not believe her. They injure her and her daughter, forcing Zoe to kill one of them and injure the other.

    Zoe and her child go to the hospital for treatment. After visiting them, J.W. returns home only to find Tom there. He admits to being married to the former's ex-wife. Tom also confesses that loan sharks are after him. J.W.
agrees to help Tom, but quickly learns the man lied to him. Unable to leave well enough alone, J.W. enters the fracas in a manner that disproves fifteen years of investigative rust.

    VINEYARD SHADOWS contains all the excitement of the showdown at the OK Corral with none of the subsequent violence. Zoe comes into her own as a strong "I am woman" persona and J.W. continues his up the middle practice of justice. Phillip R. Craig writes one of the best books of his illustrious career as the action flows hot and heavy yet allows for timely time outs via family interplay to cool down the lava flow.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char. spying/sabotage Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   criminal's rise in a crime organization Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

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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