|Plot Summary of Law of Gravity|
Alienated from society in the aftermath of family tragedy, the protagonist is summoned to investigate the death of an apparent government spy just before election. The trails brings him on to uncover at least two more apparent murders.
This synopsis report prepared by Anthie Zachariadou
Harper Collins, August 2002, 24.95, 336 pp.
Phillip Barkley was a whistle blower in a city that puts politics above truth so now he spends his days in the justice department in the Appellate Division writing briefs. After three hospitalizations after the death of his daughter and a job that is going nowhere, all Phillip wants to do is quit and open up his own law office in a small and quiet Oregon town.
His boss promises him a place in US Attorney's office in the Portland office if he will investigate the disappearance of Martin Greer. Martin is a senior staffer for the Intelligence Committee-headed by Warren Young, the party's candidate in the upcoming presidential election. Warren wants Young on the case because he's known as an honest man and he wants his office cleared of any charges if Martin turns out to be a spy. Although evidence points in that direction Phillip thinks there's another agenda going on and he's going to uncover it even if it costs him his new job, his sanity and even his life.
This is a thrill a minute chiller written by an author who has the same magic touch as John Grisham. The protagonist is a man struggling to pick up the pieces of his life after the death of his daughter and readers will have an immediate feeling of empathy for the man. His need to seek out the truth no matter who gets hurt is his most endearing quality- but one that gets him in trouble many times over. LAW OF GRAVITY is a fantastic crime thriller.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Law of Gravity|
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 - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- 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?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- searching for missing person
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- government investigator
- a lawyer creature
- Eastern Europe
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
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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