|Plot Summary of Half Moon And Empty Stars|
Scribner, Jun 2001, 27.00, 448 pp.
The town is filled with evil and prejudice that walks in sunlight, not content to hide in shadows. It is a place where a half-breed Arapahoe child watches the murder of his father as deputies use the man as a punching bag. The residents of Twin Buttes, Wyoming taught Charlie Radtail quite a lesson that he will never forget.
The person most responsible for the final lesson Charlie received as a child wants to develop Spirit Mountain, a place the Arapahoe hold scared. When that individual Ronnie Colter dies, the Sheriff's Department believes that Charlie killed him. When the case against Charlie goes to trial, manufactured evidence and perjuring witnesses become prominent. Thus, twelve people must set aside their own biases and struggle through conflicting information to determine whether Charlie murdered Ronnie out of vengeance or some higher cause, or is he just an innocent dupe.
Gerry Spence makes his publishing debut a memorable one with a dynamite novel that chillingly exposes how prejudices hamper and even destroys justice. The story line is powerful and the key cast members including the jurors feel authentically human. Reminiscent of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Ms. Spence stirs the emotions of her audience as she hits on several complex social issues in a roller coaster of a plot worth riding.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Half Moon And Empty Stars|
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Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Somewhat obvious
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- power struggle within govt between two factions
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- fighting judge/jury tampering
- finding out whether someone is really guilty
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- champion of justice
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an above average amount
Motive of antagonist
The antagonists are:
- big business leader(s)
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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