|Plot Summary of Shella|
|"Andrew Vachss writes the fifteen minute eggs of the mystery genre. Be forewarned - his books are extremely hard boiled.
That said, Shella is a love story. Ghost, the narrator, is a killer-for-hire, and quite good at his job. Seperated from his lady love, the titular Shella, by circumstances beyond his control, he quests after her through the gritty underworld in which the author has done so much time, and which he colors in shades of gray and blood-red blotches.
Ghost's specific skills - grift and guns - get him through yet again, to a heart-wrenching ending. "
Fran Carey, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Shella|
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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 - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Mostly a criminal POV story
- thief/con artist
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
- Smarter than most other characters
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
The antagonists are:
- government bureaucracy
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
What kind of sex:
- actual description of sex
- descript. of breasts