|Plot Summary of Deadly Pedigree|
Nick Herald, a professional genealogist working in New Orleans, is hired to search for Louisiana relatives of an elderly man, a Holocaust survivor. After finding the old man murdered, Nick realizes that this is no ordinary case of innocent genealogical curiosity. He uncovers a tangled tale of betrayal, bigotry, lust, and shame spanning two centuries of Louisiana's history, back to the Civil War and slavery days and beyond. Nick stumbles upon murderous mysteries with roots in Jewish and African American triumphs and tribulations. His investigation delves deeply into the unique history and complex ethnic gumbo of Louisiana. Ultimately, genealogical sleuth Nick Herald makes courageous decisions to right old wrongs and expose the guilty—while doing his best to save his own neck.
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|Chapter Analysis of Deadly Pedigree|
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 - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- "All in the family" murder
- solving long-past murder
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- minority/women/homosexual issues
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- Deep South
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
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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