Wild at Heart Book Summary and Study Guide

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Ivy, Oct 2002, 6.99
ISBN: 0804119694

In Tolosa, Texas game hunter Jack Reichert hires private investigator Valerie Parker to tail his younger spouse Shannon in order to learn what she does when he is away. Val follows Shannon to the Blue Onion where she makes a play for off duty police officer Alex DeMarco. Val wants nothing to do with Alex who five years ago was her instructor at the police academy. They made love and he flunked her the next morning. Alex reluctantly takes Shannon to her home when her key breaks in her car lock. Shannon insists there is an intruder in her house so he hesitantly checks. All this is a ploy so he starts to leave until he feels a sting and falls unconscious. When he awakens Shannon is dead and the evidence points to him killing her during rough sex with Val as a witness that he was at the crime scene.
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Alex visits Val to find out what she knows. Someone takes a shot at Val slightly wounding her. As Alex and Val work together, they begin to fall in love but first must find the killer before she can understand what happened that night when all her dreams died.

Wild at Heart is an engaging romantic suspense novel that fans will enjoy as the male protagonist is set up to take the fall with his female counterpart as the prime witness against him. The story line is fast-paced, though the grudge adds unnecessary tension that takes away from the taut thriller. The lead couple is a delightful pair trying to solve a homicide while avoiding the passion of love.

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 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% 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?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas

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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