|Plot Summary of The Ax|
|"Burke Devore was downsized from his middle management position with a paper manufacturing company in Connecticut almost two years before. In his desperation to earn a living he has devised a novel approach to getting a leg up on the competition in the pursuit of a job in his field of expertise. Devore has taken out ads in a trade publication for the type of position he is seeking and as the most qualified candidates respond with resumes he drives to their homes, sometimes several hours away in neighboring states, and kills them.
Devore is a married family man but lately his family has been victimized by his extended period of unemployment. His wife Marjorie announces she wants them to seek counseling for the extramarital affair she is having and their teenaged son Billy is arrested for burglarizing and stealing from a local computer software store.
As his whole world is spiraling out of control around him Devore methodically snuffs out his industry rivals and the current jobholder of his ideal position with Arcadia Paper, Upton ‘Ralph' Fallon. His method of killing varies (never with an ax despite the title) and though meticulously planned several of his crimes go awry. He is visited by Detective Burton who is investigating the bizarre and seemingly random murders that have taken place in Connecticut with victims having an employment history in paper processing as their only connection. No link is made to the killings he has committed in New York or Massachusetts. Although riddled with guilt and remorse Devore carries out his plan to the end and anxiously awaits the call from Arcadia to fill their newly vacant position. Throughout the novel Devore ironically talks about the immorality of corporate downsizing, the squeeze on the middle class, and survivorship. "
David Fletcher, Resident Scholar
|"Burke Devore is an average man. Married with one child, he's been unemployed for two years, the victim of the downsizing that raises the stock value for shareholders of the paper plant he used to work at.
He's gone to interviews, sent resumes, but he's come to a conclusion. The competition is getting in his way. He needs to eliminate the competition. With despair and rage pounding at his soul he puts together a meticulous plan that gives him the exact locations of the other people gunning for his position, and with grim determination he goes about taking them out of his way, once and for all.
He's repulsed at first, but it gets easier with each one, and as the body count rises and unexpected complications develop can Burke keep the deadly secrets inside him from his suspecting wife and the police?"
Melvin Cartagena, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Ax|
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Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 40%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
The crook is....
- stalking/killing innocents
Mostly a criminal POV story
- emotionally unstable
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
- a tremendous amount
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
Motive of antagonist
The antagonists are:
- big business leader(s)
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
- Average intelligence
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture
How many deaths?
- 8 or more
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
Unusual forms of death
- run over
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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