|Plot Summary of Dead Lagoon|
In the fourth book of the Aurelio Zen series, Zen has returned to his birthplace, Venice. His old American girlfriend Ellen has asked him to look into the disappearance of a wealthy American named Durridge some months ago; nothing came of the case and somehow the investigation was politically squelched. But Zen cannot investigate in an official capacity, so he finds a harmless excuse of an affair -- repeated complaints of "hauntings" lodged by a batty old countess who's something of a family friend.
But when a fisherman sees a "ghost" of a body in a white suit on the deserted Isle of the Dead, then turns up drowned, and the head of the Venice police's drug squad is discovered smothered in a cesspit, Zen realizes there's a lot more going on here than anyone thought or might want to have come to light. Worse, his recent girlfriend Tania moves into his apartment in Rome with Zen's mother and complains by phone about his absence, while Zen finds himself falling in love with childhood friend Cristiana Morosini -- who is separated from her husband, a slick businessman running for mayor of Venice. Or is she?
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of Dead Lagoon|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, Foreign
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards lover
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
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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