|Plot Summary of The Nominee|
Atria, Sep 2002, 25.00, 376 pp.
Boston Record publisher Paul Ellis informs his expert investigative reporter Jack Flynn that a hostile takeover of the newspaper is in the works. He also states that the sudden heart-attack death of his predecessor five years ago may have been a homicide. Paul wants Jack to learn what is going on with the buyout attempt and the strange death of the previous publisher.
Jack already has interesting information that Massachusetts Governor Lance Randolph inflated his résumé by recalculating his conviction record as a district attorney. Since the President plans to nominate Lance as the next Attorney General, a fabrication may prove almost as embarrassing and damaging as it did to college football coaches. Then again one must consider the standard of an Attorney General vs. that of a head football coach at Notre Dame. Jack flies to Florida to talk with the retired detective who apparently failed to investigate thoroughly the former publisher's death. Upon his return to Boston, Jack learns that Paul was killed in the head during what appears to be a robbery turned ugly. Now Jack seeks the connections that if he lives long enough may more than just abash a president and his nominee.
THE NOMINEE is an urban noir starring a modern day Sam Spade tough guy clone. Jack is an interesting hero who keeps the tale from spinning out of control with his colorful descriptions that uses bodily parts as metaphors and similes. Though the shifting between first and third person jars the reader, the investigation is fun and Jack's way with words will keep the audience thinking did he really say that?
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Nominee|
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)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- power struggle within govt between two factions
- political blackmail
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
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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