|Plot Summary of Jake's Burn: Arson in Cisco|
|"ACE, Private Investigator, is hired by his wealthy friend Jake to investigate the cause of a fire which burned down the house Jake loved but lost to his ex-wife in a divorce settlement. Ace uncovers Arson combined with murder. He finds romance and tragedy in the course of his pursuit of the truth. Aided by his two charming cats, he discovers the criminal and brings the case to a close."
Regina Pounds, Resident Scholar
Quiet Storm, 2004, 14.95, 262 pp.
In Dallas, former police officer turned private sleuth Arthur Conan “Ace” Edwards ekes out a living to complement his retirement pay mostly finding information on cheating spouses. Three years ago, Ace worked a case for a client from his hometown, multimillionaire Jake Adams, seeking proof that his wife, Sheila was cheating on him so that he would pay less in alimony and most likely keep the home he designed. Ace succeeded, but Jake lost the house to Sheila anyway.
Jake wants to hire Ace to investigate who burned down “his” home. Though he would prefer to stay away from Cisco, Ace accepts because the fee will pay off his outstanding debts. Ace immediately learns two people died in the fire. He assumes Sheila is one, but has no idea whom the other is. Though local, townsfolk treat Ace like an outsider refusing to cooperate with him; except for Bubba, who loved Sheila and was the cause of the divorce. As Ace continues his inquiries for a conflict of interest pair of clients (Bubba vs. Jake) and falls in love, someone tries to ace the sleuth whose only allies are his two cats.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Jake's Burn: Arson in Cisco|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 15%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 45%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very humorous
- 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?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Big focus on forensic evidence
- Big focus on autopsies
Kind of investigator
- dog/cat investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards lover
- life in small town
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
- private investigator
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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