|Plot Summary of Hornet's Nest|
Charlotte Observer police beat reporter Andy Brazil is tired of his life after college. He lives with his shut in, alcoholic mother and works out when not putting in long hours at the newspaper. He wants to be a cop like his deceased father. A series of gruesome serial murders have occurred and the police are looking inept. The politicians are pointing fingers at Chief of Police Judy Hammer, a woman. Hammer authorizes Brazil to ride along with deputy chief Virginia West to help improve community relations. West and Brazil fall for each other but fight like crazy as only people in love can.
Meanwhile West's marriage is failing, the number of murder victims continues to increase, and the heat is turned up on the investigation and the romance. Despite occasional moments of humor and lightheartedness the novel has a dark side and is full of nasty characters; corrupt politicians, philanderers, drug dealers, weasel-like journalists, moronic rednecks, and a psychotic gender-conflicted killer. The story reaches a satisfying climax when the killer is tracked down in a final confrontation with police.
This synopsis report prepared by David Fletcher
Andy Brazil wants to be a cop. But for now he is a journalist. Until he can reach his goal, he will combine the two by volunteering to ride around with the police. He's allowed to write about some bizarre murders of some very prominant men while on business trips. Brazil ends up riding with the Deputy Chief of police and finds her very attractive but they can do nothing but argue. Despite many mistakes and humorous moments, the murders of visiting business men are solved once and for all.
This synopsis report prepared by Tracey Ray
|Chapter Analysis of Hornet's Nest|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 25%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 25%
Tone of story
- very humorous
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- chronically deranged person
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- character killed during/after sexing
- Big focus on forensic evidence
- Killer purposely leaves clues
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards lover
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Mid-Atlantic states
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
A lot of techno jargon?
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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