|Plot Summary of Political Suicide|
St. Martin's Dec 2003, 24.95, 336 pp.
His license says he's a private investigator but his job calls for him to evaluate the services of client hotels and restaurants. While evaluating the service of the Blue Crab Inn in Maryland, he notices a man put something in a woman's drink at the bar. When she turns drowsy and disoriented, they try to hustle her out but Will Travis pretends to know the woman and gets her away from them. A shootout occurs and a man is dead at the hands of his victim Claire Harrington.
The two escape and team up to get away from the scene of the crime. Claire confesses that her father recently died and the police think it was a suicide but she believes it was murder. The perpetrator is one of the candidates running for President of the United States. Suddenly, Claire and Will are wanted by the state and federal agencies on bogus murder charges and it is clear that the candidate is manipulating events.
Alan Russell's political thriller POLITICAL SUICIDE takes off at light speed and doesn't slow down until the unbelievably exciting climax. The hero is a true patriot, honest to the core and thoroughly likeable thus endearing himself to the audience. The author's story is an indictment of a political system where one needs money, image, spin control, and charisma to ever having a chance of winning office. This political thriller is both timely and exciting.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Political Suicide|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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