|Plot Summary of The Pale Criminal|
Two years after the events in _March Violets_, in August to October 1938, things are getting worse in Germany. Private eye Bernie Gunther has taken on another good ex-cop as his partner, Bruno Stahlecker, but Bruno is killed on a stakeout. The two have been working on what looks like a fairly simple blackmail situation (someone is leaning on the wealthy mother of a homosexual male by selling back his love letters to a male doctor), but then Bernie is tapped by none other than Obergruppenfuhrer Heydrich for a much bigger job: catching the serial sex murderer who is taking down blonde Aryan teenage girls in Berlin and making fools of the police. Bernie has no choice but to accept the temporary post of Kriminalkommissar in Heydrich's state Security Service, with a team of men underneath him that he's not sure he can trust any more than his superiors. Our hero finds himself wallowing through some of the grimiest sectors of the Nazi hierarchy in search of the man or men who are killing young girls (and, it turns out were responsible not only for his partner's death, but the unexplained disappearance of his beloved Inge in the first book).
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of The Pale Criminal|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- power struggle within govt between two factions
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Big focus on forensic evidence
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- minority/women/homosexual issues
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
- evil subgroup in own govt
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Search for technology?
- state secrets
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- actual description of sex
- descript. of breasts
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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