|Plot Summary of American Gothic|
Dr. G. Gordon Gregg is one of Chicago's foremost citizens, the owner of the Castle, a gothic-style mansion in the heart of 19th century suburban Chicago that doubles as a pharmacy and hotel.
But Dr. Gregg hides a dark secret, for inside its walls the Castle is a maze of secret rooms, hidden passages, torture chambers, dissection labs, gas chambers, and crematoriums. The operator of a lucrative sweetheart scam, Gregg makes tens of thousands of dollars wooing women, transferring their assets to himself, and making them "disappear," along with a few troublesome wives and former business partners.
Dr. Gregg is no longer working undetected, however, for a spunky newspaper reporter named Crystal is hot on his trail. Crystal is angry that Gregg is getting away with wholesale fraud and murder, and also that his machinations have cost her fiancÚ his job with the latest victim's insurance company.
Now, with the help of her editor Charlie Hogan and a local police detective, Crystal is going undercover inside the Castle to ferret out Gregg's secret.
This synopsis report prepared by James Craver
|Chapter Analysis of American Gothic|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- the mad stabber chased me!
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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