|Plot Summary of Sinister Heights|
Mysterious Press, Feb 2002, 24.95, 262 pp.
Rayellen Stutch, beautiful widow of deceased Michigan industrial millionaire Leland, hires Amos Walker to find the illegitimate child of her late husband. Though years ago Leland had a paternity case thrown out of court, he quietly paid child support until the child turned eighteen. Rayellen fears DNA testing would prove the offspring is Leland's and erode her estate much more than a benevolent gift of a million or so would.
Amos figures the case is an easy one. He immediately proves himself right when he finds Leland's daughter Carla Witowski. That leads him to Carla's daughter Constance Glendowning and her grandson Matthew at a battered woman's shelter run by Amos' former girlfriend Iris. However, the case takes a strange spin when a Dodge rams Amos' car. Iris is decapitated, Constance lands in a coma, and Amos is left unconscious, while Matthew is abducted. When Walker recovers he revises his assignment as he has some butt to kick while trying to rescue Matthew.
The latest Amos Walker case is a wild joy ride around Detroit as the hero accepts a simple case that leads him to one confrontation after another. Amos retains his hard-boiled with a mouthy retort to anyone persona as expected by fans of this “dance instructor”. However, Amos and his renowned propensity for ending up in violent situations overwhelm the investigation. SINISTER HEIGHTS is for fans of the series who know what to expect from Loren D. Estleman and get that and two or three rounds more of violent action.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Sinister Heights|
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 - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 60%
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:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
- escape/rescue from kidnappers
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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