Essay Topic 1
Part 1) Compare Scarpetta and Marino. What do these characters have in common? What is different about them?
Part 2) How does Scarpetta feel about Marino at the end of the book compared to the beginning.
Essay Topic 2
Part 1) What is known about the killer psychologically? Is there any indication that he would have stopped killing?
Part 2) What did the author achieve by killing this character off rather than letting him be questioned?
Essay Topic 3
Part 1) Both Scarpetta and Abby Turnbull are career women. Describe their personalities.
Part 2) Speculate on the reasons that Abby didn't go to the police with her accusations of Bill Boltz's rape. Would Scarpetta have done the same as Abby? Explain your answer.
Essay Topic 4
Part 1) Explain the relationship that Lucy and Scarpetta have.
Part 2) What does Lucy represent for Scarpetta? What does Scarpetta represent for Lucy?
Part 3) What is significant in Lucy's statement...
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