|Plot Summary of Purple Cane Road|
|"Dave Robicheaux is a former alcoholic and big city copy gone to work in a small Louisiana town. All is well until he learns his mother did not run out on the family years ago. She was murdered by dirty police officers."
Jeff Trotter, Resident Scholar
|"dave robicheaux solves the murder of his mother."
linda benoit, Resident Scholar
|"Detective Dave Rabicheaux is obsessed with the murder of his mother. He longs to solve the most important investigation of his career...and life. He must set the record straight. Was his mother murdered, or not? And why? Did crooked cops kill his mother? And if they did, how far does the trail lead? To the top levels of law enforcement in the state of Louisiana? He must use his friends at the bottom, and in high places in Louisiana to complete the investigation. The bait is set. How far will the villains--dirty cops, hit men, etc.--run with the line? You're sure to find out, because when the hook's set, the actions of the villains brings the true killers out into the daylight. On the way to solving his mother's murder, Detective Dave Robicheaux must deal with the process society sanctions more and more each day: executions. The murder of his mother haunts him, and so does the forthcoming execution of a black woman accused of murder. A double-edged sword, that tears Dave apart. An excellent read!"
F. Scott Sinclair, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Purple Cane Road|
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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
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?
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- minority/women/homosexual issues
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Motive of antagonist
The antagonists are:
- evil politicians
- Deep South
Part of a series?
- mostly 1st
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
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