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Intruder Paperback – February 12, 2008
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
Pretty early on, it occurred to me that I didn't want to run in the same race as everybody else anyway. A writer should have has her own slant on things. So I decided to go my own way. Even though I write what are classified as "crime novels," I don't have granite-jawed heroes or spunky heroines who always triumph over the bad guys. There are enough of those in the bookstores. I write about people with considerable flaws and consuming struggles, trying to make sense of their lives. I don't expect you to cuddle up to them or want to invite them to your Christmas dinner. But I think they have a lot of heart. Not in the sentimental sense. But in the raw, pulsing, heaving, still-beating-in-spite-of-everything sense.
I certainly don't mean to sound high-minded. After this many years in the game, I don't think a novel (particularly a "crime novel") can - or even should try to - cause great social change and upheaval. Most people just want a good story that can help pass the time on a plane. And that's my goal as well. But every once in a while, it can maybe also give you a slightly different way of looking at the world.
Top Customer Reviews
But, then again, maybe I'm reading symbolism in to places where it doesn't belong. What the heck, it's fun. This book is a good read and has enough plot twists to satisfy all but the most jaded of readers.
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.
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
"The Intruder" is a novel that simply won't let you go to sleep. Peter Blauner's work is the very definition of a page-turner: thrilling, realistic, with unexpected bursts... Read morePublished 18 months ago by imafunker2
The reviews here are NOT for the book by Helen Fowler, written in 1952. They should be moved to the correct page for the book by a Peter Blauner. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by A. E.
This was my first time reading anything by this author. It was kind of slow in some portions but otherwise, he kept me captured by the storyline and how it was going to end. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
What a book! I am three quarters of the way through this book in two days and I can't put it down. The suspense is killing me. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by A. Roach
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
There is some originality in Blauner's subject matter. Blauners tale would have made an excellent low-grade, realistic,
daylight horror short story. Read more