|Plot Summary of The Ties That Bind|
|"Amanda Jaffe was a rising legal defense attorney until an encounter with a psychopath left her suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Amanda longs to return to normal, but when a popular senator (and friend of her father's) is murdered, a pimp is arrested for the crime. The police believe that Jon Dupre killed senator Travis over a dispute about a prostitute, and Jon is given a high profile defense attorney. When the attorney is murdereded during their first consultation, all other lawyers are afraid to work for Jon, and Amanda takes the case, seeing it as a challenge and a way to conquer her fear. But as she looks into Jon's claims to he is innocent, she realizes that he may be telling the truth. He may be a victim of a vast conspiracy reaching as high as the president of the United States."
fran laniado, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Ties That Bind|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Somewhat obvious
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
- Big focus on forensic evidence
- Big focus on autopsies
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy
- fighting judge/jury tampering
- finding out whether someone is really guilty
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- a lawyer creature
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- Pacific NW
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
How many deaths?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- rape (yeech!)
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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