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I have to say that the book is not nearly as creepy or suspenseful as the movie (the remake), and there are many differences in plot ...more
John D. MacDonalds EIN KÖDER FÜR DIE BESTIE (OT „The Executioners“) ist ein lesenswerter Thriller, doch eines muss vorausgeschickt werden: So lustlos, wie das Cover auf der 1985er Neuauflage im Ullstein Verlag, so katastrophal ist die Übersetzung von Charlotte Richter. Fast jede idiomatische Redewendung gerät ihr zum Fettnapf, aber selbst alltägliches Vokabular scheint ihr nicht geläufig zu sein. Am schlimmsten aber ist, d ...more
Now Sam has become a somewhat stuffy small-town lawyer, secure in the bourne of his family: wife Carole, 14-year-old daughter Nancy, younger sons Jamie and Bucky. What could upset this steady if rather boring existence?
After having served 13 years of his sentence, Max Cady has been released ...more
10. Max Cady Don't recognize the name? Would it help if I said Cape Fear? Cady is the crazed-for-revenge psychopath who stalks the Bowden family in John D. MacDonald's The Executioners (1957). Played on the silver screen by Robert Mitchum in 1962 and Robert De Niro in 1991, but never more scary than in MacDonald's tightly wrapped novel."
Upon reading the summary, and thinking this would be a promising thriller, in both book and film adaptions, I couldn't have purchased th ...more
It is of a time and could probably be pigeonholed as 'pulp fiction' but the prose is full of little nuggets of writing gold and the pacing is spot on. Suspense is maintained by the less is more approach in a very Hitchcock like manner with the only slight let down being the way the story was finished (hence the dropped ...more
The 50s setting is apparent all the way through ("golly!", separate beds, lots of smoking), but I did quite like the period feel. Having seen both filmed versions, I grabbed the book when this new edition came into the library. I've never read the author before, and fancied a look at the source material for the films.
Sam Bowden learns that the man he helped put in prison 14 years earlier (an army man he witnessed raping a teenage girl), is being releas ...more
The story is based on a tense game of hide and seek, cat and mouse, yet I personally didn't find it to be that tense. The chapters felt long and drawn out, and for me this killed much of the tension. There are pieces throughout that reignite that, and that's what worked for me ...more
This was one of those impulse buys that I picked up on sale after watching every film adaptation there is.
An interesting read even if you've seen both films! Many of the characters have been left out and/or changed in their adaptations.
Whilst the 90's movie is skin-crawling in comparison, this book still had me gripped enough to finish it in just two sittings (it would have been one if I had not had to work the day I first picked it up).
Whilst some of the ideas are old-fashioned due to the time
I thoroughly love sitting on the edge of my seat, and this story does that exquisitely for you. Sam Bowden is a successful lawyer with a beautiful wife, three children, a dog that's good for nothing other than being a dog (but they all love her, anyway), and a life he rather enjoys. What could possibly go wrong?
The only problem is, fourteen years ago he p ...more
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