|Plot Summary of The Emperor of Ocean Park|
As Talcott (Misha) Garland, a Yale law school professor, mourns the death (murder?)of his father, a federal judge once nominated for the supreme court, Jack Ziegler, a longtime friend of the family, approaches him at the cemetery and tells him two facts; his father left "arrangements" that Jack wants, and Talcott and his wife, Kimmer (Kimberly) and his three year old son are out of danger.
With these words, Talcott is led into a madcap race for the "arrangements", complicated by a cryptic note left by his father. Are they papers, treasures or valuable objects? Why does the criminal, Jack, want them? The quest for information is strewn with dead,tortured bodies, false FBI agents, and an unfaithful wife. Chess moves provide Misha with clues if he can only figure them out. This 658-page mystery, unraveled in Washington, D.C., Martha's Vinyard, and a town suspiciously similar to New Haven, Connecticut, keeps the reader on edge with its cleverly placed clues and intellectual mindgames.
This synopsis report prepared by Betty-Jeanne Korson
|Chapter Analysis of The Emperor of Ocean Park|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- chronically deranged person
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- "All in the family" murder
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Any non-mystery subplot?
- minority/women/homosexual issues
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- super strength
- on vacation
- Washington D.C.
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- actual description of sex
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
Unusual forms of death
- run over
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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