This week, book club leader Christine has a few questions based on page 79 (…Getting Their Man) to page 157 (…Payback).
Next week we’ll discuss page 158 (…Girl on the Ceiling) to page 229 (…Below the Salt), and following that we’ll conclude with page 230 (…Shootout At the Ah-So-Easy) to page 303 (…Mountain High).
Welcome to week two of discussion. We left off last week with “…Loose Lips” where Nick left Travis standing with the limp body of Tuff Dubb.
1) With that, did any of you anticipate that happening? We saw another one of Grey’s “associates” get their teeth kicked in but escalating to the point of death, I simply did not see that coming. I had anticipated Travis being the one that would do something like that, but it really shocked me that it was Nick. How did you all feel about this? Do you think there’s a chance at all that Tuff Dubb may have survived the shot?
2) I also found it interesting in this section that you saw more interactions and dialogue between Grey/Dara and Travis/Lexie. Do you think that the story is perhaps progressing in the direction of a redemption arc for Travis instead heroic arc for Grey? I’m asking this because I’m finding that Kalteis is really good at subverting the reader’s expectations.
3) This book does not “build the world” for the reader in the typical way. How did you feel about passages like: “Said he wanted to pay me in syringes” (85) to build the setting? Do you think they build the setting instead of regular descriptions? Do you also think that it was deliberate on Kalteis’ part on choosing the setting of Whistler given the active drug scene there?
As always, please feel free to share other thoughts you had for this passage and ask questions as well! Happy reading all 🙂