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Good Neighbors Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Good Neighbors

The last day of Reggie DeLillos' life starts out with a bad cup of coffee and goes downhill from there. His dog Molasses is poisoned by the boy next door, and Reggie, who threatened to kill David Robertson when the boy admitted what he'd done, is discovered in the Robertsons' house standing over David's dead body with gun drawn. The rookie cop who stumbles onto the scene, draws his own weapon and shoots Reggie dead.

Reggie's friend Juke Miller, an ex-cop who took early retirement seven years ago--after his wife was raped and murdered by parties unknown---doesn't believe his good friend and neighbor Reggie killed the David Robertson. But if Reggie didn't, who did, and why?

Disturbed by Reggie's death, Juke takes matters into his own hands, turning up some very (VERY) ugly facts which rock his small town and shatter the lives of his "good" neighbors.
This report prepared by William Roberts








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad 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?    -   70% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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

Setting

Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   lesbians!    -   rape (yeech!) Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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