Yeats is Dead: A Mystery by 15 Irish Writers Book Summary and Study Guide

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Knopf, Jun 2001, 23.00, 259 pp.
ISBN: 0375412972

    Somebody(s) killed retired pharmaceutical researcher Tommy Reynolds. Or did they? He may have been dead even before he was shot. However, Gene Kerrigan kills one of Tommy's alleged killers and that is followed by a string of homicides that never ends until the end and the fifteen Irish authors have their shot at the plot.
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    YEATS IS DEAD: A MYSTERY BY 15 IRISH WRITERS is a series of vignettes tied together into a novel through a curvilinear string of murders. The prime “plot” often loses itself with several sidebar homicides, but the tales are usually humorous and entertaining when the reader treats the book more like an anthology rather than a novel. Overall, this is an amusing mystery in which each contributor has done a fine job, but invariably meandered from the main theme. This work is fun to read and raises money for Amnesty.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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