|Plot Summary of The Schoolmaster|
W.J. Burley is perhaps best known for his Superintendent Wycliff series, but in
“The School Master,” Burley goes with a different central character. (As this was written
in 1977 it perhaps precedes the Wycliff series.) It seems that Arthur Milton's wife has left
him for another man; it seems that shosrtly thereafter the man if found murdered; it seems
that Arthur himself is the chief suspect, as he was seen in a nearby cafe on the night of the
murder. The waitress, Julie, doesn't report him and thereafter they begin a love affair.
This lasts for only so long, as guilt starts to bother Arthur, even though he knows he didn't
do the killing. As the narrative progresses (and it does seem a bit convoluted at times!),
Arthur himself begins the investigation of another murder, some 20 years earlier and then
Burley's talent as a top-notch crime writer takes over--more convolution--as the plot takes
a number of spins before coming--believe it or not--logically to an end. Besides the unusual
plot, the author gives us a good insight into an incredibly troubled mind.
Bill Hobbs, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Schoolmaster|
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How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
- investigator him/herself
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Motive of antagonist
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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