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The Problem of the Wire Cage Book Review Summary

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Frank Dorrance was found strangled in the middle of wet sand tennis court surrounded by a wire cage. There are no footprints other than his own and some others demonstrated to have been made long after the murder around his body. Dr. Gideon Fell has to figure out not only who the murderer is, but how it was done as well.

Suspects include Dorrance's fiancÚ, Brenda White, who is in love with another man; Hugh Rowland, the other man; a young woman who has been having an affair with Dorrance and an old boyfriend of hers.

When the boyfriend, who is an acrobat, is shot in a theatre after it is suspected that he has photographs of the murder, Fell has a second killing to solve.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   lover Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

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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