Death's Jest-Book Book Summary and Study Guide

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This story features British detectives Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe.

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   Dalziel, the senior of the two is an old-fashioned policeman, unbound by the new codes of political correctness sweeping the force. Pascoe, younger and more idealistic, still cannot hide the grudging admiration for his boss.

   Pascoe is troubled though by letters he is receiving from ex-con Franny Roote that seemingly points to Roote's involvement in a number of unsolved crimes. Dalziel focuses his attention on an old enemy, solicitor Marcus Belchamber who specializes in getting the guilty off the hook.

   The two strands come together as Belchamber is implicated in the heist of a priceless artifact on its way to North Yorkshire for display while Roote is seen spying on a young librarian who was a key witness in a case that implicated one of his closest friends.
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Plot & Themes

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    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for valuable art/artifacts General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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