Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is the setting used in the beginning of the book? What time frame is used?
This novel opens in a park in San Francisco, California, in modern times. Homicide Detective Lindsay Boxer jogs through the park with her friend, Jill.
2. How does the reader get the impression that Boxer works far too many hours in her job?
Boxer takes time to enjoy a Sunday afternoon with a good friend. The friends do not get to see each other enough and the lack of exercise has affected Boxer.
3. How does Boxer respond when the townhouse she is admiring explodes?
Boxer calls 911 and despite the danger, goes into the house to attempt to rescue the inhabitants. She rescues a small boy and exits the house with him just as firefighters arrive.
4. Discuss the introduction of Claire. What is her relationship to Boxer?
Claire is at home cleaning out her attic. As medical examiner, Claire is always aware of homicides that often involve her best friend Lindsay Boxer.
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