Friday, August 9, 2013

A Killer is Loose

Gil Brewer
A Killer is Loose

Gold Medal, 1954

The plot summary could be described within the three sentenses - even one, that is the title of the book. And obviously, the plot is not the most important here. It’s enough to know that the book includes a loser with a pregnant wife, empty pockets, barely seeing eye, and a psychopathic killer, whom almost until the very end we know nothing about.

Brewer feeds us the details of a psychopath in small portions, to keep us hooked. The book is a good illustration of the fact that even the most miserable existence can turn into a complete nightmare in one instant, though it’s impossible to think that things might be even worse.

“Thanks,” he said. “I’m just telling you thanks. You saved my life. We’re buddies now, pal.”


  1. Sounds like good noir, if the main character is that much of a loser. You've sold me with just a brief review.