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The Blue Edge Of Midnight Book Review Summary

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Dutton, April 2002, 22.95, 288 pp.
ISBN 0525946438

    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.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

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    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   surviving elements in wilderness What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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