|Plot Summary of Offer of Proof|
Morrow, Sep 2003, 24.95, 297 pp.
New York legal-aid public defender Arch Gold is assigned the Damon Tucker murder trial. Damon is a poor kid from Harlem accused of killing businesswoman Charlotte King during a mugging incident. Besides the obvious class warfare angle, the media frenzy focuses on the first New York death penalty case since the early 1960s when the state tested the impact of electricity on Wood.
Arch believes that his client is innocent and thanks to Damon's persistence, he checks into the background of the victim to see if anyone had a motive. Arch quickly learns that Charlotte had an affair with her employer, James L. Yates of Yates Associates. Feeling he has found the real culprit, Arch tries illegally breaking and entering before turning to former clients in a desperate attempt to free Damon and place Yates on trial.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Offer of Proof|
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
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very obvious
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- finding out whether someone is really guilty
- a lawyer creature
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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