|Plot Summary of The Black Piano|
Constance Little, Gwenyth Little
Rue Morgue Press, March 2004, 14.00
Gloria Rouston was on a brief vacation when she was in an accident. Attorney John Cowrer and his Aunt Mamie find her and shelter her while she recovered. Gloria knows someone from her own family threw her off the nearby bridge trying to kill her. When John mentions the scar on her face will make it difficult for anyone to recognize her, Gloria decides to visit a plastic surgeon. Afterward she plans to uncover the identity of the person who tried to kill her.
John falls in love with Gloria and gives her an even better cover as his wife Jane than a job would have provided her. She begins her undercover investigation into her own “demise” starting with her “legal husband” Dick, who fails to recognize the pretty newcomer is his wife Gloria; only a blind man recognizes her. Jane feels bad that when the dust settles she will have hurt John and Mamie who mean the world to her as they showered her with love when they thought she was an injured middle class tourist rather than a wealthy upper crust individual
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Black Piano|
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 - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
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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