|Plot Summary of The Poisoned Rose|
Bantam, Oct 2002, 6.50
He lives in a quiet little Long Island town that is home to the rich and famous but booms during the summer season. There is a clear class division year round between the rich and the working stiffs like Declan MacManus, a man barely making ends meet, who is drunk more than he is sober. Frank Gannon, a powerful private detective in the area, hires Mac and pairs him up with Augie to deal with a man who promised to stay away from a girl but broke his word.
When they catch up with the young man, they witness him being killed by professional hitmen. They follow them but the professional thugs escape while Augie gets injured and Mac saves their lives. Augie becomes Mac's new friend and the two work on cases for Frank until they can get a line on the killers. Neither Mac nor Augie realize they are the fall guys in a serpentine plot orchestrated by one of the town's most prominent families and the chief of police.
There are so many twists and turns in the POISONED ROSE that the audience will feel obsessed to read it in one sitting; that is if they want to find out who is the manipulator and who is the manipulated. Mac is a man with many flaws and failings but when the chips are down he is a man a friend can count on. He is in essence of a hero in every sense of the word. Daniel Judson is an expert at writing novel crime thrillers.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Poisoned Rose|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
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?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
- vigilante getting revenge
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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