|Plot Summary of Paradise Lost|
Morrow, Aug 2001, 25.00, 371 pp.
In Cochise County, Arizona twelve-year-old Jenny Brady and her friend Dora Matthews sneak out of the Girl Scout's camp after lights are out to smoke cigarettes. However, the two mischievous girls soon find a corpse. Though she has a homicide to investigate, Jenny's mother Joanna, the county sheriff, is livid with her daughter, not only for sneaking out but for smoking as well.
However, Joanna revises her concern when a hit and run driver kills Dora. Not believing in coincidences, Joanna worries that someone wants to eliminate the witnesses to the first killing, which makes her beloved daughter a potential next victim. Joanna uses all her police skills to uncover the identity of the culprit before Jenny becomes the next casualty.
As expected from JA Jance (see the Beaumont mysteries as well as other novels in this series), PARADISE LOST is paradise found by fans of police procedurals. An intense personal side to Joanna leads to a taut story line that enhances the who-done-it. Both subplots converge on the heroine as her personal life and professional lives collide. Whether it is Seattle or Arizona, Ms. Jance always provides a powerhouse of entertainment.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Paradise Lost|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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