|Plot Summary of Bluebird Rising|
St. Martin's, Dec 2003, 24.95, 384 pp.
California lawyer J. Shepard would prefer to surf than work the legal system, but he understands that he needs money to ride the waves. However, the ocean is on hold when Dale Bleeker pays a visit on J. Dale, at one time, was the superstar of the prosecution world until he committed an embarrassing mistake that has made him persona non grata amidst the state Bar.
J would rather ignore the apparent alcoholic, but Dale gave him the lift that established his career ten years ago. Though concerned that good Samaritans get burned, J helps his former mentor. However, the mess is worse than he imagines as J finds himself in the midst of an unauthorized practice of law scenario. Even more dangerous is that those greedy people willing to use and dispose of Dale and now J are ready to commit a homicide or two.
The keys to this legal thriller are the intelligent, amusing California mellow dude J and the two humorous California Girls that support the lead protagonist. Surprisingly, the surf sidebars seem more of an undertow than the enhancement that this provided to the first tale (see REEF DANCE). Still, the legal look at UPLs and the subsequent assault in court, on the beach, and in the street at J and Dale make for surf's up time for readers.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Bluebird Rising|
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:
- 2000+ (Present)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- finding out whether someone is really guilty
- wrongly convicted clearing his name
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- breaking up gang
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
- a lawyer creature
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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