|Plot Summary of Alone with the Dead|
|"There is a serial killer on the loose in New York, leaving a string of women in his wake. Detective Joe Keough isn't actually working on the case, but he should be. He discovers he is not the only one in the department to believe that there are two killers, one a copy cat. He teams up with this believer, an old friend, but they don't have long to work the case before murder finds his friend. Now, they are looking for a cop killer too. Departmental corruption works hard to keep Keough from pursuing the serial killers, and especially the murderer of his friend. This supports his theory that someone in the department killed his friend."
Tracey Ray, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Alone with the Dead|
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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%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- chronically deranged person
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- character killed during/after sexing
- Killer purposely leaves clues
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- stalking/killing innocents
Any non-mystery subplot?
Mostly a criminal POV story
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
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
- average physique
- a teen
- mentally ill
- emotionally unstable
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
Motive of antagonist
- very athletic
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture
How many deaths?
- 8 or more
What kind of sex:
- rape (yeech!)
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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