|Plot Summary of The Mask of Red Death|
Ballantine, Aug 2004, 24.95, 308 pp.
In 1845, the Raven and several scathing reviews in newspapers have brought fame to Edgar Allan Poe. He relocated to Manhattan accompanied by his fragile spouse and his mother-in-law. However, the city is in an angry uproar as someone is killing and scalping people. The locals believe that Indian Chief Wolf Bear, working in P.T. Barnum's sideshow, is the serial killer and a lynch mob forms.
However, Kit Carson arrives in time to prove that Chief Wolf Bear is innocent and that the reprehensible John "Liver-Eating” Johnson is the killer. Joining ranks Kit and Edgar follow the deadly trail that includes a mysterious albino client of the author. While Edgar would prefer to say NEVERMORE and Kit believes a big city is HUMBUG, both know they must stop this vicious murderer before he adds more to his scalp collection.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Mask of Red Death|
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 - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- stalking/killing innocents
Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
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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