|Plot Summary of Exposure|
St. Martin's, May 2002, 24.95, 336 pp.
He may be the best paparazzo in Europe for the rich and famous know that when Graham Wells sets his scope on you he gets the shot. Graham sees a monster scoop in Paris when he catches celebrity philanthropist Lady Anne Godwin with French soccer star Georges LeMoine. The couple recognizes they are spotted and take off with Graham in pursuit. However, tragedy occurs when the stars' vehicle crashes. Graham flees the scene not wanting to be part of the story especially in French court.
Graham recuperates in Los Angeles unaware that the CIA knows he was at the scene of the accident. Agent “Mr. Smith” contacts Graham in order to blackmail him into destroying selected celebrities. After wrecking a few lives, Graham concentrates on actress Lanie Byrne, but this time digresses from the plot when he saves her life following a suicide attempt. Now he is the target and his enemies seem to be everywhere.
This novel is not a rehashing of the Princess Diana tragedy though the opening act is almost identical. Instead, EXPOSURE is a powerful conspiracy book whose key is that the prime cast seems real and their actions and reactions plausible. Anyone who relishes a powerfully well-written conspiracy novel by an author who would make Earl Warren believe that an invading Cuban military force killed President Kennedy, will want to be exposed to the works of Mr. Russell.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Exposure|
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)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- main char. spying/sabotage
- govt. doing secret bad things abroad
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
- law enforcement gone bad
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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