|Plot Summary of Cold Day In Paradise|
|"In the first of Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight mystery series, Cold Day In Paradise develops the character of Alex McKnight as he moves to Paradise, Michigan to run a hunting camp built by his late father. The story gets rolling when Edwin Fulton, the son of a wealthy Detroit family and a compulsive gambler, calls Alex from a motel where he has found the murdered body of his bookie. After McKnight is pursuaded to become a private investigator he is hired by Fulton's mother to watch the family when another bookie is murdered. This then prompts a local lawyer and McKnight to search for Edwin on their own. It's around this time that McKnight starts getting mysterious notes, phones calls, and roses left at his residence. It seems like the man who killed his partner while he was a police officer in Detroit is back to haunt McKnight. "
Bobby Blades, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Cold Day In Paradise|
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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 - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- chronically deranged person
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- local police w/ IQ of a houseplant
- killer purposefully leaves puzzle clues
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
Motive of antagonist
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
How many deaths?
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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