|Plot Summary of Without Warning|
In what looks like another ripped-from-the-headlines instance of a disgruntled employee 'going postal' and slaughtering his co-workers, someone entered the Huntington Beach office of Payroll Computation Services and gunned down 18 employees in broad daylight. Veteran Detective Bart Starcevich has been assigned the task of solving this gruesome multiple-murder case. Little evidence was found at the crime scene. There are no witnesses. There are no leads. The brass at PCS headquarters in Chicago are trying to quiet the media frenzy and retain their Southern California customer base.
District Attorney Stanton Treadwell brings in FBI Profiler Tracy Conway to assist Detective Starcevich. The main suspects appear to be several surving PCS employees, and the slain Vice President's daughter, Julie Albright, who turns out to be proficient with firearms. Sales rep Denny Lydick takes over for Julie's dad in running the Orange County office, and romance soon blossoms between Denny & Julie. Accounts Payable Manager Carl Strayhorn is booked by Starcevich when the murder weapons are found in a storage locker rented in his name. Detective Starcevich thinks he has his man, but does he?
This synopsis report prepared by Jay Williams
|Chapter Analysis of Without Warning|
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?
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
- business executive
- Los Angeles
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- descript. of breasts
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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