|Plot Summary of The Irish Sports Pages|
Dunne, Jul 2002
In Cleveland, Cathleen Hartigan arranges a meeting between her mother Common Pleas Judge Maureen Hartigan and an almost boy friend private investigator Milan Jacovich. The Judge wants Milan to find Irish con artist Brian McFall, who told Maureen, her brother Hugh Cochran, and his friends that he just came from the “auld” country, but has been unable to find his cousin in Akron. Brian conned Hugh and Maureen out of several thousand dollars and stole some photographs that the Judge wants back.
Finding the vanished Brian through his several identities turns out to be quite easy as someone murdered McFall. Cleveland Police Lieutenant Florence McHargue lectures Milan to stay out of her case, but he cannot remain on the sidelines as Cathleen's family is suspects and he might be too. Then there is also the real killer targeting Milan for a spot in THE IRISH SPORTS PAGE, better known as the obituaries.
The latest Jacovich mystery like most if not all the other series novels contains an entertaining tour of Cleveland through the ethnic neighborhoods. Though nothing new from the previous dozen Jacovich tales surface, the investigation remains fun to observe as readers know what to expect with Milan retaining his charm as a strong lead sleuth and his greatest enemy Florence somewhat tolerating him at best when it is convenient to her case. Fans of the series will feel fortunate that the thirteenth entry consists of a solid investigative plot starring a steady hero.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Irish Sports Pages|
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?
- Difficult, but some clues given
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
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
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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