|Plot Summary of Relative Danger|
Poisoned Pen, Feb 2004, 24.95, 268 pp.
Over fifty years in 1948, Singapore, smuggler and jewel thief Russell Pearce is shot to death in a hotel room, killed with a gun that contains the initials of his best friend Charley Hodge on it. No one was ever arrested for the crime.
In the present day, Russell's nephew Douglas goes to Canada to visit Edna Bowers who is willing to pay for Douglas to clear Charley's name and find out what happened to the Red Diamond, an eighty carat one of a kind jewel that Charley and Russell had in their possession.
Having just been fired and bored, Russell takes Edna up on her offer, hoping to see a bit of the world and find out who is uncle really was. Finding the jewel would be a bonus and he relies on clues that Edna provides to steer him in the right direction. He starts in Casablanca where it all began than follows the jewel's route to Egypt, Bahrain and finally where it ended in Singapore. All the whil, Douglas is traveling and searching, someone is shadowing his every move, someone who wants the Red Diamond.
RELATIVE DANGER is an enjoyable action thriller starring a protagonist who is ill equipped to proceed on his quest but surmounts his own naivety to follow the trail despite the dangers. Readers who liked the Indiana Jones and Lara Croft movies will find Charles Benoit's work a thrilling reading experience
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Relative Danger|
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 difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- search for gems/treasure/money
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
Part of Africa:
- Arabic Africa
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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