Essay Topic 1
Why does the story have so many characters? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having so many characters in a novel?
Essay Topic 2
How has Megan's upbringing affected her character? What are her motives for returning to Iberia?
Essay Topic 3
What does the novel say about race relations during this period? Why do the blacks still seem to struggle to get on in New Iberia?
Essay Topic 4
What kind of family life does Robicheaux have? How is the different to the family lives of other fictional detectives? In what way does Robicheaux's family life have a positive affect on his life and work?
Essay Topic 5
Why is Purcel so important to Robicheaux? How would Robicheaux have coped without there to help him?
Essay Topic 6
Choose one of the following people and discuss their involvement in the murders. What was his or her motive for getting...
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