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Black Betty Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis 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.
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Plot & Themes

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    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% 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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Black

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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