The Golden Gizmo Book Summary and Study Guide

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THE GOLDEN GIZMO is a novel written by Jim Thompson in 1954.

Los Angeles. Todd Kent is unhappily married to Elaine, a dominative and alcoholic woman. His job consists in trying to buy at a low price from naive people golden objects he delivers to Milt, a small businessman. One evening, Todd remarks that he has involuntarily stolen a golden watch from his last client Mr. Alvarado. The next day, he finds his wife Elaine strangled in their hotel room and the watch has disappeared. Todd is going to have a hard time searching for his wife's murderer in the circle of gold traffickers.
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A very weak effort of the american master.
The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

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    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's The crook is....    -   Get treasure/money from another criminal    -   commit white collar fraud or con Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   rude people Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   eaten    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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