|Plot Summary of Gone Tomorrow|
St. Martin's, Nov 2002, 24.95, 368 pp.
In London, the Hammersmith Park attendant discovered the male adult corpse sitting on a children's swing. The police arrive on the scene led by Detective Inspector Bill Slider. The cops have little to go on, as the victim is unknown with apparently no identification on him. The discernible deathblow is a single stab wound to the heart. The killer searched the victim, but left behind a substantial amount of cash. Bill and his cohorts conclude a professional performed the hit.
With little to go on, Bill and his squad begin making inquiries in the Shepherd's Bush neighborhood. Though they make slow progress on solving the homicide, they inch closer to the truth. However, Bill realizes the clock is ticking even if additional murders had not occurred. If they do not attain a break through soon, Bill's superiors will remove him and his team from the case even though it is their turf and professional pride propels them to find the culprit.
The Bill Slider police procedurals are some of the best sub-genre novels of the past few years. The DI's latest case is exciting from the opening paradoxical imagery of a murder victim resting on an innocent children's swing until the final climax. Bill retains his wit though the investigation baffles him and his romance disconcerts him just as much. Fans of the series and any reader who enjoys a well written cleverly designed murder investigation will gain much delight with Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' GONE TOMORROW.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Gone Tomorrow|
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 - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
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?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
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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