Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (1977) Book Summary and Study Guide

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The year is 1940. A Los Angeles-based private investigator, Toby Peters, is hired by M-G-M to investigate the murder of a little man on the set of "The Wizard of Oz". The star of the film, Judy Garland, feels threatened. Peters attempts with little success to enlist the aid of his antagonistic brother, a detective in the L.A. Police Department. Fortunately, superstar Clark Gable, director Victor Fleming and writer Raymond Chandler prove more helpful.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   actors/producers/directors Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   big city life Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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