|Plot Summary of The Role Players|
Book #8 of the Dick Hardesty Mystery Series finds protagonist Dick Hardesty and his partner Jonathan taking a much-needed vacation to New York City to visit Dick's ex-partner Chris and Chris' new partner Max, who are involved in an off-Broadway show. When Ron Pierce, one of the show's leads and lover of the production's playwrite is murdered a few days before Dick and Jonathan's arrival, Tait Duncan, the founder of the company, hires Dick not to find the killer so much as to rule out anyone from the theater being involved.
1980s New York as seen through the eyes of first-time visitor and always enthusiastic Jonathan adds flavor to story as Dick tries to eliminate possible suspects, including the dead actor's understudy, the playwrite, Tait's 'personal assistant' and Tait himself.
This synopsis report prepared by Roger Margason
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|Chapter Analysis of The Role Players|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- homosexuals doing their thing
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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