|Plot Summary of Let's All Kill Constance|
On a dark and stormy night, an unnamed writer of fantasy and science fiction is visited by a terrified actress friend. She gives him two books - a 1920s telephone book and a personal address book. Most of the people she knows from the 1920s are dead, and many of the names in the address book are circled in red. Her name is among them.
The implication is that those whose names are circled are marked for death.
The writer goes off on a madcap chase that takes him to an ancient collector of tons of old newspapers, a fortune-teller, an ancient priest and the projectionist in Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. After the author and his sidekicks interview these witnesses, the witnesses mysteriously die.
In Grauman's, photographs and names of obscure actresses appear and disappear, and finally the author and his sidekicks discover an underground tunnel in a sub-sub basement of the theater, and a wild car chase takes place under the streets of Los Angeles.
This synopsis report prepared by David Gordon
|Chapter Analysis of Let's All Kill Constance|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Moderately Challenging
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- "All in the family" murder
- killer purposefully leaves puzzle clues
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- searching for missing person
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin
- Los Angeles
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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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