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The Minus Man

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The Minus Man, adapted and directed by Hampton Fancher is being released as a film in fall 1999 starring Owen Wilson, Janeane Garofalo, Mercedes Ruehl, Dwight Yoakam, and Sheryl Crow. Lew McCreary's brilliant, chilling novel enters the mind of a harmless drifter whose idea of intimacy is murder.
Vann Siegert is by all appearances an ordinary man. With only his truck and a
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 26th 1999 by Grove Press (first published September 1st 1991)
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Sep 09, 2011 Bagtree rated it it was ok
Overall, this book was okay and I don't have many comments to make. However, there is one single batfuck psycho line early on that I really need to share with as many people as possible: "She was helpless because I had showed her my smile, which is like a charming hamster a boy might keep in his pocket and take out only to show on a special occasion to a special friend" (4).

Because that's how you seduce people, you know.

With pocket hamsters.
Jun 01, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2003, age-adult
Interesting book about a serial killer... The movie version was strange--with a slew of comedy actors like Owen Wilson, Jeanine Garafola--for a fairly dark and somber story.
Susan Skelly
May 26, 2016 Susan Skelly rated it did not like it
Terrible writing. It drags and drones and induces sleep.
Oct 17, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it
The Minus Man reads like a cross between Catcher in the Rye and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, providing a first-hand account of an active serial murderer who, as with all the famous examples, blends into a small and unsuspecting community and kills among them. Vann isn't a Jason Voorhees or a Michael Myers. He isn't a Hannibal Lecter. He doesn't kill brutally or sadistically but is all the more frightening because he does it with a calculated efficiency. Just a couple of sips from his flask ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Jon rated it it was amazing
I read this after watching the movie and was glad for it. Had I seen the movie after reading, it would have been an utter disappointment. The book has so many more layers too it, is so much darker than the movie.

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Nov 23, 2012 Mia rated it really liked it
Great read! Lew McCreary gives us just enough information to send our imaginations deep into the dark side leaving us with unanswered questions(like 'what kind of a sicko was Vann's mother?')and a longing for more!I would have loved a little more info about the hospital & Tim.
I saw the movie first & liked it well enough that I thought the book would be worth a shot(of course, I thought that about Nancy Price's book from which 'Sleeping With the Enemy' was taken & boy! was I wrong abo
Joel Roberts
Aug 25, 2011 Joel Roberts rated it really liked it
a psychological thriller with a touch of black comedy. the author did a great job creating (and mostly maintaining) a dark, unsettling tone for the narrative, one that felt almost understated and "quiet". his characters were interesting and well-developed.

apparently, the book was made into a movie, and Owen Wilson stars as the lead (a strange and intriguing choice). i'll have to see if it is on Hulu.
Chris Meger
Jun 02, 2008 Chris Meger rated it really liked it
So good, I never saw the movie. He's a serial killer that uses poisons and is genuinely personable. All told from the killer's POV. And he's crazy in an interesting way, not a Hollywood way, you know?
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Shelves: 2008
Saw the movie first. This is one of those situations where I like them both equally even though they have some differences. I wonder how I would have felt if I read the book first.
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