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Discussion Questions for Iron Collar

  1. The Back Matter says Secrets Beget Lies and Lies Beget Secrets. What are the secrets and lies in The Iron Collar?
  2. Where is the title The Iron Collar derived from?
  3. What is Detective Sommers favorite beverage?
  4. What habit is Detective Sommers struggling to overcome?
  5. What did you think about the Detective Sommers sense of self-esteem?
  6. Do you think Det. Russell Wilkerson’s wife has reason to be jealous? Why or Why not?
  7. Examine the complex relationship between Detective Sommers and her mother Maze Sommers.
  8. What was the personal motive for Detective Sommers move from Chicago’s West Side to South Holland Illinois?
  9. Do you sense that Det Sommers is a feminist? Why or Why not?
  10. What do you think motivates Detective Sommers as a crime fighter?
  11. Does the method of killing used in The Iron Collar harken to any modern day murders you are familiar with?
  12. Did you figure out who the coed’s killer was before the ending?
  13. Was there a clue that tipped you off?
  14. Could you picture Detective Sommers and Russell Wilkerson characters that could sustain a television series or movie? Why or Why not?

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