|Plot Summary of Black Betty|
Easy Rawlins is hired to find Elizabeth Eady, a black woman who is missing from the house of her rich employer who has just died. He discovers that her brother has been killed, and as he continues to search for her he learns that she was the mistress of the wealthy dead man and had two children with him. He also discovers that she is the heir to his fortune. The police seem to want to blame Elizabeth for the murder of her employer, and Easy must try to find her and learn the truth. In the process, her two children are also killed.
This synopsis report prepared by Jack Goodstein
|Chapter Analysis of Black Betty|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
- the rich!
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- "All in the family" murder
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- minority/women/homosexual issues
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
Use our site!
Search for your favorite town
Trade Links with Us!
Most recent discussions:
General Book Talk
Book writing discussion
Off-topic message board
Aline Countess of Romanones
Mark C. Ross
David R. Palmer
Graham D. Watson
More message boards
Our Chief Librarian