|Plot Summary of The Quiet Game|
Penn Cage is a former prosecutor, now writer who has returned home to Natchez, Mississippi with his young daughter after the death of his wife. Once at his parents' home, he quickly becomes involved in solving the 1960s unsolved murder of Del Payton, a black factory worker working for civil rights.
As Penn reconnects with the towns people receiving vague clues and innuendo from several of them, he and his family are also threatened on several occasions. He connects with the FBI, deals with blackmail, encounters his childhood sweetheart and teams up with the lovely newspaper publisher, Caitlin Masters. Combining information and pursuing his investigation Penn reveals information and secret relationships in his quest to identify Payton's murderer.
This synopsis report prepared by Carolyn
|Chapter Analysis of The Quiet Game|
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 - 60%
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?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- minority/women/homosexual issues
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Deep South
Small town people:
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of sex
- descript. of breasts
- descript. of other female areas
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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