|Plot Summary of A Free Man of Color|
When beautiful and ruthless octoroon Angelique Crozat is found strangled to death in the midst of an opulent Mardi Gras costume ball, authorities' reluctance to become involved spurs Benjamin January to take on the investigation. January, a physician and music teacher (and the son of a slave), soon finds himself embroiled in a quest that takes him from the mansions of rich white planters to the huts of voodoo-worshipping slaves, and through the dark streets of 1833 New Orleans. However, when the dark-skinned January becomes the convenient prime suspect in Angelique's murder, he must act quickly to stop the real killer from going free - and ensure his own freedom and safety.
This synopsis report prepared by Christine Hung
|Chapter Analysis of A Free Man of Color|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- investigator him/herself
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Big focus on forensic evidence
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
- Deep South
- New Orleans
- fancy mansion
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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