Jake's Burn: Arson in Cisco Book Summary and Study Guide

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Quiet Storm, 2004, 14.95, 262 pp.
ISBN: 0974960810

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.
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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

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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.
The review of this Book prepared by Regina Pounds

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Plot & Themes

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:    -   1980's-1999    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70%    -   80% 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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   flamed Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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