Killer Joe by Tracy Letts

Killer Joe

Tracy Letts

96 pages first pub 1999 (editions)

fiction play dark slow-paced


The Smith family hatches a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for the insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. But once he enters their trailer home and comes face to face with D...

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Community Reviews Summary of 78 reviews


dark 100%
tense 62%
challenging 37%
funny 37%
mysterious 37%
emotional 25%
sad 12%


fast 71%
slow 14%
medium 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Character: 20% | Plot: 20%

Strong character development?

No: 40% | Yes: 40% | N/A: 20%

Loveable characters?

No: 60% | It's complicated: 40%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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