|Plot Summary of Fortunes of the Dead|
Atria, Sept 2003, 24.00, 320 pp.
Someone is targeting FBI and ATF agents who were involved in the Waco firestorm. So far five Feds are dead and within minutes after each killing an Internet broadcast announces the name of the victim and location. The Feds have targeted somebody associated with the US Pro Am Markus Bourbon Rodeo as the killer but they don't have any idea who that person is.
ATF intern Cheryl Dunkirk has been missing for eight weeks, her car the scene of a violent struggle. Not satisfied with the work of the local police force, the family hires private investigator Lena Padget to run a separate investigation hoping she will bring a fresh perspective. There is a link between Cheryl's disappearance and the killing of the federal agents that Lena figures out. She goes to the place where she believes the killer will strike next and finds quite a horrific scene with a killer still in the area needing to be caught.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Fortunes of the Dead|
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)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- stalking/killing innocents
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards lover
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
- Deep South
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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