|Plot Summary of Sacred Clowns|
This story is very interesting, a detailed story of the investigation of two murders that relate to each other. Sometimes some stories tend to clutter but this story gave just enough detail, not too much. This was an excellently written book.
This synopsis report prepared by Jacky
To Navajo Tribal Policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, the two murders seem quite
unrelated. But nothing is as it seems in “Sacred Clowns” and author Tony Hillerman takes
care, patience, and expertise in making this one of his very best. A local Navajo school
teacher has been murdered; an official at the Tano Indian pueblo is dead. They seem
unrelated. Of course, as we find out, they aren't. A runaway schoolboy helps provide some
missing links and Leaphorn and Chee “have their man.” Hillerman seems to have taken
more time with “Sacred Clowns” and has created a complex, readable, fascinating thriller.
He is at his descriptive best in the scenes where the kachinas (sacred clowns) dance their
way, mesmerisingly, into the ancient plaza. The solution, too, seems quite complex (thus
more rewarding). This is one book you won't want to miss.
This synopsis report prepared by Bill Hobbs
|Chapter Analysis of Sacred Clowns|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- no powwow with Indian killers
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- searching for missing person
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- drug dealers
- finding a known killer
- government investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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