|Plot Summary of Yeats is Dead: A Mystery by 15 Irish Writers|
Knopf, Jun 2001, 23.00, 259 pp.
Somebody(s) killed retired pharmaceutical researcher Tommy Reynolds. Or did they? He may have been dead even before he was shot. However, Gene Kerrigan kills one of Tommy's alleged killers and that is followed by a string of homicides that never ends until the end and the fifteen Irish authors have their shot at the plot.
YEATS IS DEAD: A MYSTERY BY 15 IRISH WRITERS is a series of vignettes tied together into a novel through a curvilinear string of murders. The prime “plot” often loses itself with several sidebar homicides, but the tales are usually humorous and entertaining when the reader treats the book more like an anthology rather than a novel. Overall, this is an amusing mystery in which each contributor has done a fine job, but invariably meandered from the main theme. This work is fun to read and raises money for Amnesty.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Yeats is Dead: A Mystery by 15 Irish Writers|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of story
- very humorous
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
- champion of justice
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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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