|Plot Summary of Set in Darkness|
|"Inspector John Rebus has been stuck on the liaison committee between the police and the new Scottish Parliament which is taking forever to build. Rebus is annoyed until the renovations of the Parliament building reveal a twenty-year-old corpse.
The intrigue and annoyance deepen for the dark and complex Rebus as a politician from a prominent Edinburgh family is found dead at the Parliament building and a homeless man kills himself for no apparent reason. The subsequent investigation into the deaths leads Rebus and his colleagues into a maze of politics, schemes and machinations of the political system.
At the same time, the strained relations among the various officers threaten to hamper their investigations. Rebus hates politics; all he wants is to get the job done well and quickly. But because the one victim was a politician, the police are under public scrutiny, and Rebus' bluntness does not sit well with his superiors.
L. Watson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Set in Darkness|
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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 - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
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
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, British
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- quite fatty
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Motive of antagonist
The antagonists are:
- evil politicians
Part of a series?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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