|Plot Summary of Killing Paparazzi|
St. Martin's, Apr 2003, 13.95, 310 pp.
When Nina Zero was Mary Alice Baker she swears she was a good girl. A stud here and a stud there turned her into what she is today. Finally after serving five years for blowing up a section of LAX airport that she insists was an accident Nina is paroled.
Unable to obtain work and written off as a terrorist by friends and family, Nina agrees to marry English photographer Gabriel Burns for two thousand dollars and a weekend in Vegas so that the Paparazzi can obtain a green card. Nina takes pictures of a heavy-metal band electrocuted in a hotel hot tub that she sells to an agency. This gives her the impetus to start a new career as a paparazzi. However, when her new husband's body is found battered, Nina resolves to find the killer. Is Los Angeles big enough to handle a Nina earthquake off the Richter Scale?
KILLING PAPARAZZI is a visual satire that leaves few prisoners as much of Southern California media life is exposed to humorous ridicule. The story line tosses rocks at many an icon as Nina does what she does best, cause havoc. However, this mystery is not for everyone because the plot and its references to the previous tale SHOOTING ELVIS loses some of its off the wall edge as it will remind much of the audience of 9/11.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Killing Paparazzi|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
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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