The Old Silent Book Summary and Study Guide

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In this 1989 book (that follows Five Bells and Bladebone), Richard Jury is visiting the Bronte Museum in Haworth, York, when he becomes interested in another visitor, a well-dressed woman who seems rather remote. Later in the local inn where they the only two diners, a man shows up who she first argues with and then shoots. After the inquest Jury recalls a case from years before in which the woman's stepson had been kidnapped and never found.
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With the assistance of Melrose Plant, Jury interviews family members and locals. There is a subplot involving popular music, as well as the appearance of Brian Macalvie, Jury's polar opposite except in dedication. There are scenes in Devon and London, and subplots involving the usual gang.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Murder of certain profession?    -   the rich! Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, British Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Any non-mystery subplot?    -   squabbling with fellow investigator(s)/police boss Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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