|Plot Summary of The Bright Silver Star|
St. Martin's, Nov 2003, 24.95, 320 pp.
Near Dorset, Connecticut, movie star Tito Molina drives through the protective railing overlooking a cliff side to his death. Though it appears to have been an accident, State trooper Desiree Mitry investigates the incident with the press corps devouring everyone and everything in its quest for sensationalism. The media is bad enough, but Tito's fans also flock to the site impeding the investigation to determine whether this was an accident, suicide, or homicide as enough evidence surfaces to cause doubt. For relief from the pressure cooker Desiree turns to her squeeze, expatriate New York film critic Mitch Berger.
Between the media and the police, Gold Coast residents find their nighttime sexsecrets revealed. It seems much of the populace spends more time out of home and in someone else's bed than the military does (Rumsfeld would want to make this the goal). All this bed hopping just makes the case more complex as many folks had a reason to kill the actor. Desiree is horrified to learn that Mitch also had a run in, though not sexual, with the deceased after trashing a film starring Tito. Then a second death in a motel bed occurs.
Though more like Peyton Place than a police procedural. fans of the series will enjoy the return of M & M. The story line is filled with characters hopping from one bed to another, providing motives and opportunities for wanting Tito dead as the film star is one of the more frequent boudoir travelers. The interference of the press and the Tito's fans offer insight into a celebrity investigation, but that still takes second place to sex in the suburbs.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Bright Silver Star|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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