|Plot Summary of The Heckler|
Someone is having fun at Dave Raskin's expense. That person has been harassing him by phone for weeks, threatening him with death if he does not leave his second-story shop by the last day of April. But Dave Raskin, patriotic American, knows what to do. He reports the heckler to Detective Meyer Meyer at the 87th Precinct.
Meanwhile, Detective Steve Carella is investigating the discovery of a nude corpse with the unlikely name of John Smith, a man wearing two-dollar shoes and staying in a four-star hotel.
As Carella tracks Smith's movements, he discovers a plot to rob a bank somewhere in the city, a plot involving bombs and a $2 million payday, while, back at the 87th, Meyer discovers that at least 40 other storekeepers are receiving the threatening calls, and they are all next-door to a bank!
As the multi-layered plot unfolds, the two cases become intertwined around a mysterious criminal genius known only as the Deaf Man. Who is the Deaf Man? Which bank does he plan to rob? And how? Will the detectives stop him in time? McBain's book answers a few of these questions and poses others as the novel hurtles toward an explosive and unconventional finale.
This synopsis report prepared by James Craver
|Chapter Analysis of The Heckler|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Story partially from villain's perspective
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- committing armed robbery
Any non-mystery subplot?
- theft/fraud investigation
- white collar fraud or theft
Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- catching thief
- Dirty, dangerous (like New York)
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Unusual forms of death
- exploded into bits
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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