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THE WINSTON AFFAIR was first published in 1959.

The setting is Burma during WWII. An American officer, Lieutenant Winston, has just coldly murdered an English soldier. Winston must die in order to calm Washington and London. General Kempton, commanding officer of the American troops of the region, asks Captain Barney Adams, the son of one of his dearest friends, to come to Burma and be the attorney of Winston who must face a court martial on the next week.
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Adams takes his job seriously and discovers by talking to the psychiatrist who's examined him, that Winston is paranoid and can't be taken responsible for his acts, even criminal. Alone against the public opinion, against General Kempton who tries to influence him and even against Winston who refuses to speak to him, Adams will plead insanity during a trial which won't let anybody unharm.
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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% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   military trial

Main Character

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


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Jungles?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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