Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapters 1 through 6 Abstract
* Chapter 1:
* The narrator, Spenser, is a private detective in Boston.
* Spenser is hired by Patty Giacomin to find her missing son, Paul.
* Patty believes that her ex-husband, Mel, has kidnapped Paul.
Chapters 7 trhough 12 Abstract
* Chapter 2:
* Spenser begins looking for Paul by locating Mel's girlfriend, Elaine Brooks.
* Spenser sits outside of Elaine's house hoping...
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