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Peter Blauner's dark thriller The Intruder centers on John Gates, a homeless man in Manhattan who has come to believe that a lawyer named Jake Schiff has stolen his family and ruined his life. When Schiff takes up extreme measures to put an end to Gates' harassment, the world is turned upside down for both men. Blauner's characterizations are taut and he excels at creating short, edgy scenes that fray at the nerves as this morality play careens toward its inevitable conclusion. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Edgar-winning author of Slow Motion Riot (and of Casino Moon) makes an intense journey into Death Wish/Straw Dogs territory, producing an edged weapon of a novel that stabs at the fears of the urban middle class. Jacob Schiff is a successful Manhattan attorney. His wife, Dana, a psychiatric social worker, offers help and hope to a mentally disturbed homeless man named John Gates. When his feelings for Dana turn obsessional, Gates begins to stalk the family, generating violent confrontations and threats. The police offer no real solutions and so Schiff makes the mistake of his life: he recruits a day-laborer/street enforcer, Philip Cardi, to warn the homeless man off. But Cardi, in pursuit of Gates, brutalizes and kills another homeless man. In response, Gates, who witnesses the crime, runs away, leaving Schiff to face a murder charge on his own. The scenes of violence are horrifyingly real, rendered in stark imagery that marks Blauner as a genuine stylist. Adept characterization makes the violence even more effective, as Blauner constructs Schiff as a decent, intelligent, caring man who learns that his friends aren't friends, his associates don't care and that he and his family must slay dragons alone. The final scene, in which the Schiffs face off against an infuriated killer, is a tour de force of savagery. There is a lot of button-pushing going on here: a crazed homeless man and a bully from Bensonhurst make easy targets; the Schiffs make obvious victims/heroes. Even so, Blauner is a skillful manipulator, offering a disturbing thriller that won't be easily forgotten. 200,000 first printing; film rights sold to Mandalay Entertainment; foreign rights sales sold in U.K., Italy, France, Japan, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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 13 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 23 months ago 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
This book stinks, stinks, stinks. Maudlin, contrived, cliched characters, and wretched similes.
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