|Plot Summary of Absolute Certainty|
An Assistant District Attorney is prosecuting a brutal murder and believes the guilty party is the accused. However, she discovers that it is really the work of a serial murderer and the accused perpetrator has been framed. She is alone in her quest, as the Chief District Attorney and his right-hand person are totally against her further investigation due to their own selfish motives.
This synopsis report prepared by Yvonne Lovell
Scribner, August 2002, 24.00, 304 pp.
The assistant district attorney for Barnstable County on Cape Cod believes that Manuel Rodriguez is guilty of murdering Michael Scott, a bright college student with his whole future ahead of him. She is so convincing that a jury eventually finds Manuel guilty of murder in the first degree.
One year after Michael's death on Memorial Day, a second person is murdered, a nineteen-Navy man home on leave. A roman numeral II is carved on his chest just as the number I was carved on Michael's chest. Assistant DA Marty Nickerson thinks the same killer murdered both men, but her superiors dismiss her concerns until a third person is murdered and the Roman numeral III is carved on his client. Marty knows she must do something to trap the serial killer before anyone else gets killed.
ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY is an absolutely fantastic legal thriller. Readers get an up close and personal look at the judicial system as seen through the eyes of the protagonist, a woman who goes from being an idealistic to a cynic over the course of the novel. The perpetrator is hiding in plain sight but readers won't be able to recognize the villain hiding behind a well-liked and respected person. Rose Connors is clearly a gifted storyteller.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Absolute Certainty|
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?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
- finding out whether someone is really guilty
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- champion of justice
- a lawyer creature
- scientific labs
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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