|Plot Summary of The Killing Room|
|"Beijing detective Li Yan is called in to investigate a series of 17 murders, all women found in a mass grave in Shanghai and one in a Beijing. This leads the police to think another killing spree is starting in Beijing and they want to stop it before it progresses. Another female detective Mai Ling is also attached to the case as is a forensic coroner Margaret Campbell, an American.
They must first identify the murdered women,a difficult task as they have been "autopsied" by someone and cut into pieces, perhaps when they were still partially alive, and some of the deaths occurred as long as a year ago.
They must determine what the women have in commom.
They must discover who the muderer is, a demented surgeon or perhaps a group of people involved in an organ harvesting scheme.
To futher complicate matters Li Yan and Margaret have worked before on a case, have fallen in love and are having all the misunderstandings associated with a new relationship. "
dena farquharson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Killing Room|
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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 - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, Foreign
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards lover
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
- government investigator
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Part of a series?
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
- 8 or more
What kind of sex:
- homosexuals doing their thing
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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