|Plot Summary of Because the Night|
In the second part of the Lloyd Hopkins trilogy, a year has passed since the events in BLOOD ON THE MOON. Two events precipitate the new case: the cold-blooded shooting of three people in a liquor store, and the disappearance of Jack Herzog, a 13-year veteran of the LAPD who is a master of disguise. Hopkins's nemesis in this book is John Havilland -- "Dr. John the Night Tripper" -- a brilliant psychiatrist with a tortured past who manipulates his patients in order to enrich himself and control still others. His ultimate goal is to get the files of prominent and famous police officers and control them ... and the way he gets to Hopkins is by using a dazzling prostitute named Linda Wilhite as bait.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
BECAUSE OF THE NIGHT, published in 1984, is the second book of the Lloyd Hopkins's trilogy. The period is the early eighties and Hopkins is the smartest police officer of the Los Angeles Police Department, he works alone, is respected by his fellow companions and despised by his superiors.
When a well-known policeman is missing, Lloyd Hopkins is asked to solve the case. He will soon encounter John Havilland, an eminent psychiatrist whose obsession is to manipulate his patients in order to get private informations about his next victims.
Hopkins, whose wife and children has left, becomes the next target of the mad doc. In possession of Hopkins's professional file, Havilland knows for sure the weakest sides of the policeman.
This synopsis report prepared by Daniel Staebler
|Chapter Analysis of Because the Night|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
How difficult to spot villain?
- Story partially from villain's perspective
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- character killed during/after sexing
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
- Los Angeles
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of sex
- descript. of breasts
- descript. of other female areas
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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