|Plot Summary of A Dangerous Road|
|"This story takes place in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Smokey Dalton is an unlicensed private investigator . When Laura Hathaway, a young, Chicago heiress comes to his office he is drawn into a case that involves him personally. The woman's deceased mother has left him $10,000 in her will. Smokey has never seen nor heard of the woman's parents, but he wants to know why this is the second time he has received the same amount from an unknown source. While investigating the connection between Ms. Hathaway and him, he discovers that Laura's parents were living a lie based on the stolen identities of a dead mother and child and that he was investigated by her mother!
With flashbacks to 1939,Smokey remembers the Atlanta premiere of Gone With The Wind.This event preceded the destruction of his childhood. When he was 10 yrs. old, his parents were killed and he was sent away to live with foster parents. For almost 30 years, he's never returned, but now he must to find the answers to questions he's never allowed himself to ask.
He's also caught up in the life of a little boy named Jimmy who has been abandoned by his family. During the heightened tensions of the Civil Rights campaigns in Memphis, Jimmy witnesses something he shouldn't have. Now, Smokey and Jimmy must leave the South in order to save both their lives. "
Marianna, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Dangerous Road|
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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 - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
The antagonists are:
- Deep South
Part of a series?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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