|Plot Summary of The Blue Edge Of Midnight|
Dutton, April 2002, 22.95, 288 pp.
Max Freeman was a Philadelphia police officer working a beat and taking it easy when he's called to a neighborhood store that has a robbery in progress. Even at a distance, Max hears gunshots fired so he's prepared to go in shooting but before he enters the store, he takes a bullet. Almost as a reflex, he returns the fire and later learns he shot a twelve-year-old boy.
Even though it was a clean shooting, Max can't handle the fact that he shot a child, even rationalizing that the preadolescent was a killer in the making. He accepts a fantastic buy out from the police department and moves into an isolated shack in the Everglades. He's trying to distance himself from society but that won't be possible when a serial killer of four children tries to frame him for the crimes. Max, refusing to go down without a fight, uses himself as bait in the ultimate cat and mouse game.
This might be Jonathon King's first novel but it definitely won't be his last creation. He has developed a character who, though he is one of the walking wounded, is a heroic figure, trying to do the right thing even if he ends up in trouble because of it. Readers will love THE BLUE EDGE OF MIDNIGHT because of the complexity of the plot and the exciting finale. Picture an angst-laden Die Hard Bruce Willis fighting for survival and justice in the Everglades.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Blue Edge Of Midnight|
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:
- 2000+ (Present)
Exploring into the wild
- surviving elements in wilderness
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- investigator him/herself
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- champion of justice
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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