In the opening chapters, both Grace and Harrigan witness scenes of violence. The reader becomes aware that they are dealing with ruthless, even cruel people. How does someone, such as Grace or Harrigan, even if they have voluntarily chosen this kind of a career, deal with the sight of violence and then try to prevent it from happening again?
Grace′s earlier sense of deliberately pushing into danger - defying fate - has been replaced by a deeper concern for her daughter′s welfare. How do these greater levels of complexity reflect on her earlier life?
In his investigations into the car that was following him and Ellie to child care, Harrigan uncovers an old case which may indicate other sinister crimes at work. As he investigates, he uncovers an old tragedy. This strand of the narrative touches on issues of identity and family, which indeed also apply to a Somali family Harrigan encounters along the way, as well as the young Chinese girl, Narelle Wong whom Grace encounters. How do the characters, both the victims and the murderers, understand their sense of self?
When Grace′s boss, Clive Smith tells Harrigan to stay out of the investigation, he can′t do it; he can′t leave Grace unprotected. Should he have done? Would it have been better if he had?
In the end, Grace is placed in the position where she has no choice but to shoot someone. Her actions leading up to this incident are almost a provocation to the shooting itself. How do you understand why she acted the way she did?
In the end, how much do we understand the psyche of Craig Wells? Is it possible to understand the mind of someone like that?
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