Killer Joe by Tracy Letts

Killer Joe

Tracy Letts

84 pages first pub 1999 (editions)

fiction play dark slow-paced


This exciting first play by the author of August: Osage County premiered at Chicago's Steppenwolf before going on to acclaimed productions in London and New York. Hired by the dissolute Smith family to murder the matriarch for insurance money, Kil...

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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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