A Death In The Limelight: Literature

  • Racing Tom Turkey: The entire story is set in a funeral and centers around describing the deceased.
  • In the H.I.V.E. Series, Lucy Dexter suddenly becomes Otto's love interest, when she previously had only mild to moderate character development. Predictably, she dies in the same volume.
  • In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novels, individual Ghosts are brought forward, by name, with details for a scene or a few scenes before their deaths. This is not distinguishable from the characters who are named and developed to play more important roles in the books until the character dies. In other words, sometimes it's just a Day in the Limelight, and sometimes it's a Death.
  • The Honor Harrington novels have over 9000 characters, but if the narrative abruptly switches to an unknown character, then it isn't really that hard to tell how they're going to end up. A specific example being the Havenite soldier on leave in At All Costs whose total experience in the limelight is getting in his air car and crashing it into a plot-relevant character's vehicle.
  • Goes all the way back to The Iliad, though technically inverted: Many characters (most relatively minor) are sometimes given some rather detailed obituaries in the narrative right after someone kills them.
  • The twenty-second Warrior Cats book Night Whispers focused on Ensemble Darkhorse Flametail's attempts to unravel a mysterious prophecy. At the end, he drowns.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, the POV character of every prologue and epilogue dies at the end of it. Granted, the series tends to practice Anyone Can Die in general.
  • Battle Royale has a few chapters like this. One notable one is Mizuho's, which is only three pages long and ends in her getting gunned down by Kazuo very shortly after her introduction.
  • In Death series: If the book looks through the viewpoint of anyone who isn't Eve or Roarke, then there's a 90% chance this trope will occur. The viewpoint may be the killer, a victim, or sometimes both.
  • A common complaint about Steven King is that he will introduce a character, complete with backstory, only to kill that character off in the next chapter.
  • A chapter in The Malloreon focuses about a sailor carrying a deadly plague to Mal Zeth.
  • The Shaara (Michael and his son Jeffery) American Civil War novels do this:
    • In The Killer Angels, General Armistead only gets one chapter from his point-of-view in which he is mortally wounded.note 
    • In The Last Full Measure, J.E.B. Stuart gets the same thing that Armistead did: one chapter to himself at Yellow Tavern, where he is mortally wounded. A few enlisted men are also given scenes in which they quickly die.
  • Simpkin the foliet in The Bartimaeus Trilogy is the only character outside of the main three to have a chapter told entirely from his point of view. He dies at the end of it.
  • The final Age of Fire book, Dragon Fate, makes use of several A Day in the Limelight chapters, but only one has its focus character die: NiVom.
  • The Queen of the Damned gives Baby Jenks one chapter, which ends with Akasha killing her.