|Plot Summary of The Burying Field|
Putnam, May 2002, 26.95, 291 pp.
In Jefferson, a small town north of New Orleans, four teenagers vandalize a slave cemetery for kicks. Caryl Jackson, a black man tries to stop them, but he is attacked by the ringleader and lies near death in the hospital. Successful land developer Michael Tournier, aware of his image, owns the land where the cemetery is located.
He hires Danny Chaisson, a former prosecutor and FBI informant, to do damage control. Danny drives to Jefferson to make sure the Jackson family does not sue Tournier's company in civil court. He carries out his assignment but he finds he needs to help the Jackson family who don't expect justice in a town controlled by the whites. Danny's involvement in local affairs leads to murder and a town verging on the edge of exploding.
THE BURYING FIELD is a dark gritty story that deals with race issues in a realistically brutal manner. Kenneth Abel hold a mirror up to American society and the reflection it reveals is something that never died even though well over a century since when Lincoln emancipated most slaves. Like it or hate it readers will not easily walk away from this book unaffected.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Burying Field|
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)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
- KKK/racist group
General Crime (including known murderer)
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
- a lawyer creature
- Deep South
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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