|Plot Summary of Shadows Of Sin|
Morrow, Oct 2001, 25.00, 352 pp.
In Century City, California, at the office of respected plastic surgeon Dr. Bushnell, a patient pulls out a gun and kills the receptionist, the nurse, and the physician. The police believe that this was a premeditated crime of passion because one of the bullets was fired directly into the man's scrotum.
As in any such crime suspicion falls directly on the immediate family. Homicide detective Jessie Drake and her partner Phil quickly focus on Dr. Bushnell's adopted son Ethan. The college student has been missing and it becomes obvious that he is on the run from the police, his biological family as well as his adopted one. By the time Jessie finds and arrests him, she is no longer sure that he is guilty of the crime. She thinks he's protecting somebody close to him and she intends to prove it.
This is a very complex and juicy police procedural starring a likable and independent protagonist who believes in both the law and justice. The author humanizes Jessie by showing her interactions with her dysfunctional family as well as her tentative steps towards embracing her Jewish heritage. Rochelle Krich is a gifted storyteller who knows how to capture the interest of her audience.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Shadows Of Sin|
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?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
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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