|Plot Summary of Shallow Graves|
|"Deaver's latest protagonist is a location scout, who checks out sites for movie sets. John Pellam has discovered the town of Cleary and decides it is perfect for shooting a film called 'To Sleep in a Shallow Grave'. He hasn't been in town long before he finds someone doesn't want him there. His mobile home is vandalised and his partner is murdered. It seems as if everyone who matters is against him when he is beaten up and drugs are planted on him. The Mayor who is the local magistrate prosecutes him for being drunk and disorderly and the sheriff seems to be in the conspiracy too. Pellam is determined to solve the mystery of his friend's murder and won't leave town till he does.
Penny, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Shallow Graves|
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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 - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
- chronically deranged person
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- local police w/ IQ of a houseplant
- "All in the family" murder
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
Motive of antagonist
Part of a series?
- mostly 3rd
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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