Now You See It... Book Summary and Study Guide

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When a magician decides to commit murder, how does he do it? With poisoned champagne, with an African spear and blowgun, with a pair of 1879 English dueling pistols, with a 19th century Spanish pike, with a coffin, with a freezer ... or with ALL OF THE ABOVE? Maximilian Delacorte, known as The Great Delacorte, has summoned his agent, Harry Kendal, to his rural Massachusetts home for an astonishing showdown with his lover -- Max's second wife Cassandra -- and maybe Cassandra's brother Brian. The events take place almost entirely in a single room and are witnessed by Max's father Emil, the original Great Delacorte, who has been totally paralyzed and speechless since a stroke 14 years ago. Though powerless to do or say anything as the story unfolds, Emil narrates the events for the reader. This short, fast, and compelling narrative, though a bit of a strain on one's credulity, is one heckuva read.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker    -   game where people hunted

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   poisoning    -   frozen Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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