|Plot Summary of The Kill-Off|
THE KILL-OFF is a novel written by Jim Thompson in 1957.
Twelve chapters, twelve different points of view. Who will finally kill Luane Devore, an aging woman stuck in his house and spreading by phone rumors about the private life of the people living in this small town of the North East coast of the U.S.
This synopsis report prepared by Daniel Staebler
|Chapter Analysis of The Kill-Off|
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 - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
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?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- local police w/ IQ of a houseplant
- "All in the family" murder
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
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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