|Plot Summary of Cut and Run|
Onyx, Nov 2003, 6.99, 416 pp.
In Port Leo, Texas the doctors have given his beloved father, who raised Judge Whit Mosely and his five brothers, four months to live. As such Whit wants his mother Ellen, who abandoned the seven Mosely males decades ago, to apologize for what she did to all of them before his dad dies. He hires private investigator Harry Chyme to make inquiries though his father did just that when the trail was warm with no success.
Harry thinks out of the box tracing Ellen to Montana where she had run off to with a bank embezzler. Then he traces her in Detroit where she cut a deal with the Bellini mob, who relocated with her to Houston. As Whit confronts Ellen, he becomes embroiled in a mob deal involving a five-million-dollar Miami connection and double crosses that test his moral system to the core. Will he choose to protect the person who deserted him or will he opt to obey his conscience. He is encouraged to do so by Claudia Salazaar, the woman he loves.
CUT AND RUN is an exhilarating thriller that runs on two levels. First there is the mob scenario with its double dealings in which Ellen is in the middle. Then there is Whit's ethical dilemma even when murder influences the equation. Thus the audience receives a powerful novel that will add to Jeff Abbott's growing reputation for suspense.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Cut and Run|
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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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- commit white collar fraud or con
- white collar fraud or theft
Mostly a criminal POV story
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- breaking up mobsters
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Motive of antagonist
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- 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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