Pale Kings and Princes Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book is part of a series starring Spencer, a private detective. This series is the basis for the TV series called Spencer for Hire, starring Robert Urich. Spencer lives in Boston, used to be a cop, but now is a private detective. He is hired by a local newspaper to find out what happened to one of their reporters. He was investigating the cocaine traffic in a nearby small town called Wheaton when he was killed. But the police all seem to be on the take and won't cooperate. It seems that local produce farmer Esteva is the ringleader of a drug ring, but how will Spencer prove it? Things get a little dicey and he brings his psychologist lover Susan Silverman and his enforcer friend Hawk to Wheaton to help him figure out the puzzle.
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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 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   Boston

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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