|Plot Summary of Pale Kings and Princes|
This book is part of a series starring Spencer, a private detective. This series is the basis for the TV series called Spencer for Hire, starring Robert Urich. Spencer lives in Boston, used to be a cop, but now is a private detective. He is hired by a local newspaper to find out what happened to one of their reporters. He was investigating the cocaine traffic in a nearby small town called Wheaton when he was killed. But the police all seem to be on the take and won't cooperate. It seems that local produce farmer Esteva is the ringleader of a drug ring, but how will Spencer prove it? Things get a little dicey and he brings his psychologist lover Susan Silverman and his enforcer friend Hawk to Wheaton to help him figure out the puzzle.
This synopsis report prepared by BethG
|Chapter Analysis of Pale Kings and Princes|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Somewhat obvious
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- local police w/ IQ of a houseplant
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards lover
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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