|Plot Summary of Unforced Error|
Poisoned Pen Press, April 2004, 24.95, 212 pp.
A beautiful woman propositions Peter Damon, but he turns her down because he loves his wife. He learns later that his refusal was broadcasted on the reality show Reality Check Live. His stunned spouse hears how he describes her in glowing and loving terms while Linda has just cheated for the first time on him with her boss at Jackrabbit Press, R. Thomas Quinlan. Feeling guilty, Linda resolves to tell her beloved the truth about her transgression if she can work up the courage.
The Damons and their friends Rep and Melissa Pennyworth go to the Civil War reenactment of the BATTLE OF CEDAR CREEK. Afterward both couples attend a party given by Thomas. While Linda tries to tell Peter about her transgression, Rep attempts to win his host's legal account. Peter suddenly rushes out of the house and subsequently Rep finds Thomas' murdered body inside a Porto-potty. At Peter's home, Rep and Melissa find his civil war sword with blood on it that turns out to be a DNA match with the victim's blood. Somebody set Peter up for the murder and Melissa, Rep and Linda intend to find the culprit or die trying.
The first book SCREENSCAM was a witty and fascinating who-done-it but UNFORCED ERROR is an even better tale. Michael Bowen is a gifted storyteller who creates believable and memorable protagonists, puts them in Byzantium situations, and then turns them loose as they seek to do what they believe is right while they cause mayhem and confusion for anyone who tries to stop them but elation for the audience. Readers will love UNFORCED ERROR and want more installments forthcoming in this delightful series.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Unforced Error|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
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?
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)
- a lawyer creature
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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