The Intruder by Peter Blauner

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The Intruder by Peter Blauner
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Sat, 06-24-2006 - 2:38pm
I will happily send this to someone who would like to read it.

I'm sorry to say I found this to be only so-so. The premise sounded good: homeless guy becomes obsessed with his social worker and threatens her family making the husband question how far he should go to protect his family; i.e., stay within the confines of the law or not. I felt Blauner's writing was not up to par in several instances (I do not need to know about a secretary's 'raging yeast infection'.) John G.'s (the homeless guy's) spiral into drug addiction and homelessness did not follow a seamless path. It took a long time to really understand the tragedy of his past that lead to his downward turn. Some of the action disturbed me on a whole 'nother level. John G. is raped in a shelter and I don't buy that the bad guy is a latent homosexual trying so hard to stay in the closet that he has to be violent to make up for his feelings. Up to a certain point, I believed Jake's (the husband's) actions to protect his family, and maybe I'm just cynical by nature (or maybe too much of a Pollyanna!), but I just don't buy it when innocent people allow themselves to be suckered into taking the fall for the bad guy. I had a real hard time with the end of the book, the real climax of the story. Plot Spoiler Warning:

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It makes sense to me that Philip would be so desperate to avoid conviction that he would intimidate Jake and his family not to testify. It might even be plausible that he would kidnap them and kill them. But I did not find it plausible that Jake and his family could kill Philip. The scene with them all locked in the bathroom was very tense and violent and it would have been enough for me if Jake's family had simply overpowered Phillip and then let the justice system deal with him. I just do not believe that Jake, Dana and Alex were capable of murder. I think their morality would have kicked in once Philip was unarmed. Holding the head of an unarmed, struggling man in the toilet bowl until he dies seems a little extreme.

I hope someone else reads this one so I can see if I'm way off base or not!

"Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good."
Vaclav Havel


"To the world you may be one person,
but to one person you just might be the world."

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Registered: 09-03-2005
Sat, 06-24-2006 - 3:02pm
I'm sorry this book didn't turn out to be such a good read.


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Registered: 02-09-2000
Tue, 08-22-2006 - 9:25pm
Sorry it took so long for me to read this.