|Plot Summary of Exile, Texas|
Five Star, Nov 2003, 25.95, 302 pp.
In 1984 teenager Megan Leary finds her mother Doris dead. Everyone in Exile believes Megan killed her mother. However, during the trial, someone else confesses he killed the older Leary. Megan flees town, but most townsfolk still believe she is the killer.
Fifteen years later Megan returns to her hometown hired by an old friend to look for her missing high school age daughter, Aurelia Galvan. Meg is a licensed sleuth to the chagrin of the local sheriff's department who want her to leave town. Only newcomer Sheriff Deputy Dan Fox acts undisturbed by her activities though he has to rescue a drunken Meg from a deliberately set fire. Together they begin to learn what happened to the vanished teen and to her mother. However, someone wants to keep her ignorant of the truth and begins killing people, who may have been part of a conspiracy of silence. Meg and Dan could easily be next.
Though Megan getting drunk even while she needs to maintain her tough girl posture seems out of place except to allow Dan to rescue her, fans will enjoy this crime thriller. Once Meg speeds into town, the story line never eases off the accelerator. Meg is a strong protagonist and a bewildered Dan is an ideal sidekick. Fans will enjoy Roxanne Lomgstreet's fast-paced multiple murder mystery.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Exile, Texas|
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
- solving long-past murder
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
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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