|Plot Summary of To Give Or Deceive|
Berkley, Oct 2002, 5.99, 288 pp.
Stockbroker Maggie Connors is making millions for her clients and herself since she discovered Palimo Technologies, a company that is very close to creating an AIDS vaccine. In fact, business is so good that Maggie is planning to give notice to Hamilton Securities and start up her own business. Her life falls apart when it is discovered that Palimo is falsifying data and is nowhere close to finding a cure for AIDS.
Maggie uses her own savings to give back the money her clients could ill afford to lose. One client trashes her home and threatens her life before she can get away from him. Life continues to go downhill for Maggie when she is arrested for murder after the police find a dead woman in the trunk of her car. Determined to clear her name and not go to jail, Maggie decides to find out whom is trying to frame her, headless of the danger she puts herself in.
Readers will like, sympathize and empathize with the heroine all the while thanking the fates that they are not in her shoes. Maggie goes from one disaster straight into the other all the while keeping her sense of humor. TO GIVE OR DECEIVE is a delightful and charming amateur sleuth tale with an intricate but humorous storyline.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of To Give Or Deceive|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
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?
- investigator him/herself
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- business executive
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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