Hornet's Nest Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews 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.
Click here to see the rest of this review

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.

The review of this Book 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.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

Chapter Analysis of Hornet's Nest

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

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?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   businessmen 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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Mid-Atlantic states City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like Hornet's Nest

Patricia Cornwell Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian