|Plot Summary of Now You See It...|
When a magician decides to commit murder, how does he do it? With poisoned champagne, with an African spear and blowgun, with a pair of 1879 English dueling pistols, with a 19th century Spanish pike, with a coffin, with a freezer ... or with ALL OF THE ABOVE? Maximilian Delacorte, known as The Great Delacorte, has summoned his agent, Harry Kendal, to his rural Massachusetts home for an astonishing showdown with his lover -- Max's second wife Cassandra -- and maybe Cassandra's brother Brian. The events take place almost entirely in a single room and are witnessed by Max's father Emil, the original Great Delacorte, who has been totally paralyzed and speechless since a stroke 14 years ago. Though powerless to do or say anything as the story unfolds, Emil narrates the events for the reader. This short, fast, and compelling narrative, though a bit of a strain on one's credulity, is one heckuva read.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of Now You See It...|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Tone of story
- scarey (primal ax-wielding fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Story partially from villain's perspective
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- cooped up in spooky house
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
- vigilante getting revenge
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
- game where people hunted
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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