|Plot Summary of The Edge of Justice|
Delacorte, Jun 2002, 21.95, 336 pp.
Wyoming Special Agent Anton Burns goes to Laramie to investigate the death of a young female mountain climber. The local officials quickly declare that Kate Dunning died from an accidental fall, but Anton has immediate doubts that a major cover-up is occurring.
As he begins to make inquiries into the final days of Kate, Anton also deals with his media image of "Quick Draw" and "rogue cop" for recently killing thugs in a nasty confrontation. He also receives no support from his superiors on the Laramie case, but plugs away. Soon his investigation leads to a series of beatings and literally one cliffhanging scenario after another. Still the obstinate but disillusioned law enforcement official continually climbs uphill trying to expose the conspiracy that conceals the murder of Kate.
Though an exciting police procedural with the added dimension of mountain climbing, EDGE OF JUSTICE is overwhelmed with too many subplots. When the story line focuses on Anton's investigation of Kate's death, it is a fast-paced thriller that takes no prisoners. When the tale spins into Anton's personal life through his girlfriend and his brother, it feels like intruders have invaded the prime theme. Still Clinton McKinzie provides sub-genre readers with a strong novel that hopefully will lead to future appearances of the heroic Anton, but in a more taut tale.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Edge of Justice|
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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)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Exploring into the wild
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)
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- very athletic
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Motive of antagonist
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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