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Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Chinaman

A Vietnamese war veteran and former refugee, nicknamed THE CHINAMAN by his enemies, goes into action when his wife and daughter are killed in an IRA terrorist attack in London. As the authorities are of no use to him when he persistently harasses them into solving the case, he decideds to take matters into his own hands and take on the IRA High Command. But it is soon revealed that a score of high-profile terrorist attacks in the UK are actually the work of a renegade Irish splinter group, and it seems that both sides are after one goal . . . to stop the bombings and preserve the peace process.
This report prepared by Nick Warren








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Ireland Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)    -   dangerous Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   military technology Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   dropped from large heights    -   run over    -   flamed    -   impaled    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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