Sunday, November 23, 2014
How much fear can a man take before he strikes back?
I anticipated a good read and the novel delivered. There is reason why the book is on many lists of the top 100 mysteries to read.
Sam Bowden was a young officer in the navy when he witnessed a rape during WWII. He testified against Max Cady and Bowden's testimony was the main reason why Cady was found guilty and sent to prison for life.
Years later, the court decides to lower his sentence and Cady is freed. Suddenly, he appears in Bowden's small town and begins to harass Bowden.
Bowden is an attorney and believes in the law. He has a wife and three children. As Cady begins tormenting Bowden, Bowden goes to the sheriff, the city attorney and others, looking for a solution but they can't find anything.
Cady's threats become more intense and something happens where Bowden fears that Cady plans to hurt him by hurting his family.
What would cause a man of the law to disregard the symbol he has believed in for his whole life?
Bowden becomes desperate as Cady begins making innuendos about Bowden's fourteen-year-old daughter and Bowden's wife.
This is a well written drama and re-reading it was like visiting with an old friend, definitely enjoyable and a highly regarded author from our past.