Summary on the Novel Stone Cold

There are two main characters in the novel “Stone Cold”. They are called Link and Shelter. Link’s situation at home has forced him to beg on the streets and become homeless. Shelter, however, is a former soldier, who has begun a killing spree of the homeless in London, where Link is soon to go when he leaves home.

The structure of this novel helps to emphasise the contrast between the characters. In alternating chapters, Link and Shelter tell their own stories in first person. The author also changes the language and structure of these personal stories to contrast the different characters. For example in Shelter’s passages, the heading is written as “Daily routine orders”, this hints to the reader that Shelter is a strict and organised person. The type of language Shelter uses says a lot about him, for example when he says “all of my clients are dossers”, and it is meant to mean that he is in fact helping his victims. It appears that Shelter is very intelligent when he states in his passage “There is a trap serial killers fall into, namely, the trap of pattern”.

Early in the story, we find out that Shelter is a cold hearted man with no ethics or morals. For example, we are told that Shelter thinks killing the homeless is good for society. One reason he thinks this, is because he is cleaning the streets of London of all these eye sores. Another reason is because he thinks he is doing his victims a favour by “putting them out their misery”. He is also very calculating and deceptive, for example in his passage he says, “I have acquired a cat”, which he uses to fool his victims in thinking he is caring. Shelter also wears do-gooder clothes to hide the suspicion from his victims.

Link’s characteristics are very suitable for his role in this novel. One reason is because he’s a teenager which makes him vulnerable because he still can’t quite look after himself. This makes the audience feel more sympathetic towards him will feel more sympathetic towards him than they would if it were an adult. He is also very sensitive, we find this out when Link starts begging on the streets, and feels rejected when people ignore him. Also when he finds “Doggy Bag” he feels sorry for him, and thought about what his parents felt about him when he was a child and what he would accomplish. Another example of Link’s sensitivity is when he finds out Gail was using him, and he feels very hurt. Link became homeless over no fault of his own because he had not support from his family and they let him down. Link is very capable at making friends, which act like family to him throughout the story. When Shelter kills Ginger, Link is very sad to find out he has disappeared, which shows that he is caring.

Shelter on the other hand, is very incapable of forming relationships, because he does not think about anyone except himself. Although Shelter does not really care that he has no friends. He has still not gotten over the fact that he is not in the army anymore, and is still acting very cold and hard towards people. The way he treats normal people is how a sergeant would treat his soldiers, for example he calls the homeless “riff-raff” and doesn’t put in mind that maybe some of these dossers were forced into homelessness like Link. This is because he is most likely psychotic even though were not told that in the story. However, he is a very intelligent and manipulative which makes him a hard killer to catch. The reader has no sympathy for Shelter because he also has a nasty sense of humour and is very disrespectful of other people around him. Another reason for the lack of sympathy is because his victims are people he’s never interacted with. Shelter is killing them because they mess up the streets and look scruffy, and also so that he can pretend he is back in the army and have his little army which he calls the “Camden Horizontals” which I think is degrading to the victims.

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30 Comments
  1. ammoynimous
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Thnx 4 the summary. Its excellent!!!!

  2. Melanie
    Posted November 29, 2008 at 9:29 am

    i’m looking for a stone cold by john francome. do u have that summary? btw well done.

  3. sex
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    well done exactly what i wanted

  4. Britney
    Posted April 22, 2009 at 4:53 am

    great summary helped a lot thanks

  5. lapis pholosopphorum
    Posted April 29, 2009 at 8:45 am

    this is one of the best reviews i have ever read fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    it helped me loads you are the best

  6. phillip white
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 7:48 am

    this book was not good

  7. tom rees
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 7:51 am

    well this book gave me a lot plessure and i will read it again so i can stick all the pages toghether

  8. charlie morgan
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 7:54 am

    i loved the link charictor i wish he was my boy friend

  9. Nathan Jones
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I love this book, the pleasure of imaginging Gail was brilliant, several times i saw white substance fall from the end of my penis.

  10. Cheers
    Posted May 19, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Got my english let in an hour so i think this will jog my memory a little as i read it about a year ago!!!

  11. sweet leonie
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    ne die ist schlecht die summary du beschreibst du die charakters und schreibst eigentlich keine inhaltsangabe.Das was edu da schreibst gehört in eine analyse vom autos Z.B.

  12. sese lino
    Posted May 30, 2009 at 7:36 am

    i love the way like acts in this book … it’s fantastic!!!

  13. missyhg
    Posted June 3, 2009 at 11:26 am

    script about the who book and today we had to reald about 60 pages in an hour so not good so i missed ssome oages out n now im stuck people help me plz

  14. Meeeee
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 9:38 am

    it was good, but not a real summery.

    But it was excellent

  15. sarthak mehra
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    a good website

  16. i hav no name
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    good review and the first bit was really good but could you make it have detail about the plot aswell

  17. uyfoufofo
    Posted November 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    you didn\’t mention the 7 killings !!!

  18. reader
    Posted November 18, 2009 at 7:04 am

    good summary, very easy to understand
    fantastic!

  19. Posted March 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

    well at the end of the book it was googd it was a really good book but in the middle it sucked
    For me it was the worst book everr but scine i read this summary i liked it a little bit more and by the way thx for it its my homework and my teacher loved it jk xd xdxdxdxdxddx

  20. Anonimous
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Great, I read the book in the past and I think this summary describes it perfectly without giving much details…Which I consider a good thing

  21. Posted April 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Your welcome all… I’m so pissed off lately, I’m trying to find my inner self, and try to understand how this world works

  22. annonymous
    Posted May 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    thnx it really helped for ma homework.

    wtf is the point of the stay awake with the linx rise ad!!!!!!!!!

    luvs ya

  23. annonymous
    Posted May 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    i agree totally with Nathan luvs ya

  24. Posted September 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

    gail made my penis curl and go hard just the thought of her. My undies got wet when we watched the film, pwahh.

  25. amy
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

    thanks for the summary but i want to ask a question

    ( according to link , do people become more generous to the homeless when the weather is cold and wet? )
    i have a homework about the story but i cant find the answers , so i need your help
    can you reply as soon as you see this please!
    thanks !

  26. mR. bEauTifuL :)
    Posted November 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    mGa BoAnG mHan D i MhUng ThAnan!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR….

  27. nina
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

    thx 4 great sumary! needed it 4 my assesment 4 skl, this helped ALOT thank u again n well dun :)

  28. Posted October 16, 2011 at 7:03 am

    really helpful……. Thnx! xx :) well dun

  29. you are
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    you guys should get a life, play xbox instead

  30. sam
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 7:10 am

    the book is boring

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