|Plot Summary of Southland|
This story is set in Los Angeles during 1930 to present and is the tale of a Japanese family and a murder that takes place during the Watts uprising in 1965. There were 4 black Negro boys found murdered in Frank Sakai's walk-in freezer. His grand daughter has found something in an earlier will leaving money to a man named Curtis Martindale and when she goes to find him, she finds out that he was one of the boys found in the walk-in freezer. Jackie, Frank's granddaughter, teams up with a man by the name of James Lanier who was a cousin to Curtis to hopefully find the truth.
The story goes from Frank being a young boy in Angeles Mesa to present day when he has just passed on. He left a box of items that Jackie has went through to see if there are any clues for $40,000, Frank left.
It took me a while to get used to the book jumping from one time frame to another and also from one person to another person. But I am glad that I stuck with it, because it is a very well done book. There is also a lesbian relationship that Jackie is trying to work out for herself.
This synopsis report prepared by Connie Rutter
|Chapter Analysis of Southland|
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 - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
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:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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