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Puss in Boots Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Puss in Boots

This series by Ed McBain stars Matthew Hope, an attorney in Calusa, Florida. This book is early in the series as it states it is Matthew's first criminal case. A woman is killed on her way home from work. She is a film producer and it seems like someone doesn't like the film she is making. However, all clues seem to point to her husband. He insists he didn't do it. Matthew believes him. It begins to look more and more like someone didn't want something in the film revealed. What was it?
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Murder of certain profession?    -   actors/producers/directors Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Ed McBain Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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