|Plot Summary of Under World|
|"Reginald Hill paints a graphic picture of life as a coal miner. The community of Burrthorpe is one made up of miners and their families. They have been through a harrowing strike during which they made enemies of the local police. Apart from the usual characters that make up the Dalziel and Pascoe series, like Sergeant Wield and Ellie Pascoe, the main people in this book are these villagers. Years earlier a small girl disappeared and the police closed the case blaming a pedophile who had committed suicide and confessed to similar crimes.
Now a local journalist is digging into this case and raking up new evidence which may point to a local miner who was last seen with the child, and who is also dead following a fall down a pit shaft, which may have been suicide or murder but was classified as an accident. This man's son has returned to town and is a general troublemaker who hates authority. When his direct supervisor is murdered he is the first suspect. Hill fills his books with many twists and turns and we end up with a most unexpected ending."
Penny , Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Under World|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
How difficult to spot villain?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, British
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
Motive of antagonist
Part of a series?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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