|Plot Summary of No Beast So Fierce|
|"Career criminal Max Dembo finds himself paroled from prison after a long stretch for running a check-forging scheme. Max, a former heroin-addict who kicked his habit and became self-educated in jail, resolves to go straight but is stymied at every turn by an apathetic parole officer who won't give him a break, a prejudiced society that won't give him a job, and the temptations of his old life, which seem to be omnipresent.
Finally deciding that quitting his former profession is impossible, Max falls back in with his old friends, including a former stick-up partner with a dying wife and a former cellmate who has just escaped from prison. With these men, Max sets-out on an old-fashioned crime spree, culminating in a typical "last, big score," an armed heist at a high-priced jewelry store."
James Craver, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of No Beast So Fierce|
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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 - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- committing armed robbery
Mostly a criminal POV story
- thief/con artist
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- an organization
- Los Angeles
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog