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Essay on Silent Joe by T Jefferson Parker Student Eric Kasum Advisor Rachel Pollack Goddard College February 21 2004 - WinterSpring I first heard about Silent Joe at the Bare Bones Writers Retreat held in the mountains above San Diego by the Sisters In Crime T Jefferson Parker its author was invited to speak The buzz I couldnt put the book down Everyone seemed to agree that Silent Joe was the best-written character theyd ever seen I never read murder mysteries Dont like em But I picked up a copy of Silent Joe From the first page T Jeff Parker salt-and-peppers every paragraph every line of dialogue with hints about Joes character By the inciting incident - his adopted father Will is murdered by gang members and Joe vows revenge - we are fully hooked into the story After spending 20 pages with Joe I want to kill the guys who murdered his adopted father too Its my belief that the secret desire of every reader is to unwrap a story like a Christmas present First they inspect the outside of the package then they shake the box and try to guess whats inside then they pull off the bow then they tear at the paper Its a process of discovery And we love the tickle-tickle ha-ha of being forced to wait until Christmas morning T Jeff Parker could have served Joes life to us on a TV dinner tray In his ninth novel he could have gone for the jugular of Joes ugliness appealing to our pity or to the macabre curiosity that forces us to slow down and ogle a fatal accident hoping to catch a splash of blood But no that wouldve been too easy By making us wait breathlessly as it turns out for each snippet of information Jeff conjures a spell We are no longer casual observers He makes us participants in his dream As Robert McKee says
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