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The Minus Man
Lew McCreary
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The Minus Man

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  11 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
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Viking Books
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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.
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.
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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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
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
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?
Robb Todd
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.
One of the scariest books I have ever read. You will never hitchhike again if you read this.
A strange and unusual movie - a rather dull murder story.
Thus far, the scariest book I have ever read.
great companion to the movie
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