Writing Techniques in Looking for Mr. Goodbar

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Looking for Mr. Goodbar begins with the end, the aftermath of the murder.

Rossner introduces the murderer, Gary Cooper White, and develops some sympathy for him before launching into the narrative about Theresa's life.

The effect of this is to know Theresa is doomed from the start; the only suspense that remains is what will precipitate the murder and how much of her life will precede her death. Still, ignoring Rossner's warning, the reader gets involved with Theresa in spite of himself and hopes she will free herself from the trap she has set. The proportions are just right, with the murderer getting the first word, although brief, and Theresa getting the balance of the book. Readers may find themselves rereading the first section when they reach the end to bring the story full circle.

The novel is a psychological one, and Rossner gives a clear look into...

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