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"Red Herring" is Michael Hollinger's spoof of the film noir spy movies of the thirties and forties. Set in 1952, America is developing the H-bomb and the Russians are after information. Unfortunately the spy they are using, Andre Borchevsky, is not very bright. Agents Maggie Pelletier and Frank Keller are trying to find him. They also are in love. Andre has been having an affair with his American contact's wife, and she has killed her husband to be with him. When the agents begin to suspect something, she persuades Andre to pretend to be her husband.   Their plot works for awhile, but things go awry when the fiance of a naval officer who has the plans for the bomb tries to make contact with the dead contact. Hollinger creates a clever farce of mistaken identity.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   stopping a saboteur/spy Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   commies! Search for technology?    -   special bomb Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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