The Intruder Mass Market Paperback – 1997
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The latter is no surprise coming from Blauner, whose finely textured and harrowing 1992 debut, Slow Motion Riot won that year's Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Novel. Blauner's books are as much about sociological observation as about thrills-and-chills. His keen journalist's eye and psychological insight make for terrifically pungent prose. Tricks of social perception amongst the characters make there be not one titular intruder in this book, but at least three as Jake, Phillip and John join in a dance that finds them accidentally and purposely stepping on each others' turf and toes.
I can't blame Mr. Blauser. Like most of us, he's gotta eat. Let's give him the benefit of a doubt. THE INTRUDER probably started out in life as a screenplay for a TV movie and would've been OK if left at that. But evidently somebody at Warner's convinced his agent that with very little effort they could crank up the PR machine and make more in 3 months on the paperback BS list than they could on TV. That's Showbiz... I just wonder if any of the Names quoted on the cover ever really read this book.
daylight horror short story. Unfortunately the desire for sensationalistic hero gets the bad guy takes over and spoils the read.
The book begins with the thoughtful and sometimes heartbreaking description of the downward spiral of a train conductor into homelessness, then crescendos into the thrilling tale of a couple being terrorized by this man who has begun to fixate on them. Just when you think this story is going somewhere, Blauner adds in a stereotyped Mafioso in the mix for some bizarre reason and this ultimately takes the story in a
completely uninteresting direction.
Overall, I believe the first half book is worth reading. Once mafia guy enters the picture - feel safe in closing the book and calling it a day.
Blauner has a deft touch in creating seemingly hopeless situations, and though he redeems himself with characters finally doing something right, it ends on a rather dim vision of the future of our characters.
Well done but disheartening.
Most recent customer reviews
This was the first book I've read by Peter Blauner and it will not be the last.
At one time, John Gates felt that he had it all, a family and job of his own. Read more
I picked up this book to read during a long flight, and I am so sorry I did. It is supposed to be gripping and exciting, but all I did was yawn! Read morePublished on March 7 2003
This book stinks, stinks, stinks. Maudlin, contrived, cliched characters, and wretched similes.
Here's a good one for you. Read more
First, the write-up on the back cover of this book is definitely more exciting than the actual story. I felt like I had been deceived after reading this snore-inducer. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2001 by Bart
compelling storyline, fluid prose and deftly depicted contemporary nyc setting.homelessness and pride in nest-building come crashing together in a hauntingly plausible way in... Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2000
Peter Blauner has a way in scaring the heck out of you with this book. The intruder in the novel will surprise you, as well as put fear in your thoughts. Read morePublished on June 13 2000 by Joe McDonald
This novel was just average and it took me forever to get excited about it. I finally started enjoying the last 100 pages. Read morePublished on May 31 2000 by Bill Garrison
I had seens ads for this book all over the subway a few years back. The plot looked cool and it had some good reviews on the covers. Read morePublished on May 3 2000 by wutanglen