Blog Posts by Uncle Will
Short stories are always a challenge to create for mystery writers. Stephen King has in the past said that he thinks the successful ones are more difficult to write than the typical novel. There isn't an unsuccessful one in the bunch collected here.
The lengths of all the stories are perfect for that bedtime nightcap to end the day.
In 2011 Rod Lurie released his remake of "Straw Dogs" but it was more an adaptation of the earlier film than the novel that originally inspired it.
Leave it to Hollywood to take a nice, neat novel and botch the big screen adaptation, not once, but twice.
First published in 1969, Gordon's book was a tight psychological thriller. The protagonist was an introverted American author, George Magruder, married to an English lady (far above his station) that longed for returning to her homeland. His passion for his work and her homesickness adversely affect their marriage and their 8-yr. old daughter, Karen. Together they agree to leave America and move to England
where they purchase a quaint British home known as Trencher's Farm.
This continental jump creates a chasm in the Magruder family that cannot be corrected. George and Louise begin to bicker more frequently and Karen withdraws from being party to her parents' poor problem-solving practices.
The country setting that they've settle in has an escaped mental patient, Henry Niles, on the prowl. He has been hospitalized for a history of murdering young girls. Needless to say the town is outraged that a psychotic killer is on the loose. How humans react when an alleged wild animal is on the hunt becomes the central theme. At what lengths will a man go to protect himself and his loved ones?
If one has seen either of these film adaptations and found them interesting, then reading this book will undoubtedly be more fulfilling.