|Plot Summary of Burning Garbo|
Simon & Schuster, Oct 2003, 23.00, 288 pp.
Paparazzi Nina Zero needs a break to change her finances that live up to her name. She decides to make one for herself by photographing the Hollywood legendary recluse, Angela Doubleday. A picture of Angela goes for about $50K and Nina plans to obtain that cash.
Nina heads to the Malibu Hills and climbs a barrier to gain entrance to the Doubleday estate. Almost immediately, a man assaults her knocking her out and destroying her camera. When she regains consciousness, Nina sees that the Doubleday house is on fire and the cops and an arson investigator want to question her as the torch suspect. Nina flees the scene anyway knowing that her parole (see manslaughter in KILLING PAPARAZZI) is shaky and only she has reason to prove her innocence. When a burned to the crisp humans remains are found, Nina knows that she better leave no doubt to her innocence with her only ally Dog the toothless Rottweiler.
The third Zero novel is an exciting Hollywood tale that crime thriller fans will enjoy though not as out of the box as Nina's previous excellent adventures. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action as Nina watches her world spin out of control, but refuses to idly wait for the big crunch. Nina remains a strong protagonist, but her fans anticipating the unexpected will find BURNING GARBO a well written sleuthing 101 tale.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Burning Garbo|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- investigator him/herself
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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