|Plot Summary of The Puzzled Heart|
Kate Fansler is a private detective, but this time she is in trouble herself. Her husband has been kidnapped by radical right-wingers who threaten to harm him if she doesn't print an ad in the local paper renouncing her feminism. Kate does not want to do this as it would be harmful to her professionally, since she is a college professor at the local college, lecturing on feminism and women's history. She hires her own detectives and they are soon able to find Reed, locked up in an on-campus dorm room. Reed is safe and sound and Kate never had to write an article.
But the mystery remains of who did this. The known radical groups don't seem to be involved. Could it be someone from Kate's past, someone who has been harboring a grudge? The detectives suggest a number of tactics to try to sniff out the culprit or make them show themselves, but nothing help. Finally Kate gets an idea of who it might be and confronts her at risk to herself.
This synopsis report prepared by BethG
|Chapter Analysis of The Puzzled Heart|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
- escape/rescue from kidnappers
General Crime (including known murderer)
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
- private investigator
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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