|Plot Summary of Body of Evidence|
An author, Beryl Madison, ends up in the Chief Medical Examiner's office as a patient. Her death seems to revolve around the manuscript she was writing which is now missing. Kay Scarpetta finds herself experiencing what Beryl lived her last days. She is being stalked and threatened. Scarpetta strongly believes if she can track down this manuscript she can save her own life. However, the medical examiner meets much resistance as she learns she is not the only one avidly searching. In her search, Kay actually lives the last moments of Beryl's life in as much horror as her patient had known.
This synopsis report prepared by Tracey Ray
When up and coming author Beryl Madison ends up dead, Kay Scarpetta and Pete Marino begin piecing together the last few moments of her life. Why did she let the killer in to brutalize her? Did she know her assailant? The answer may lie in a missing manuscript which contains Beryl's memoirs, but someone would kill to find it, as Kay soon discovers with every step closer to the truth.
This synopsis report prepared by LaPierre
A young author is murder in Richmond, VA. It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's Job to find out who did it and why. As she probes deeper into the crime she finds herself sucked into a nightmare she never expected.
This synopsis report prepared by Michelle
|Chapter Analysis of Body of Evidence|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 25%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- chronically deranged person
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Big focus on forensic evidence
- Big focus on autopsies
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Mid-Atlantic states
- scientific labs
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- rape (yeech!)
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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