- Paperback: 245 pages
- Publisher: New English Library Ltd; First Edition edition (October 1, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0450055140
- ISBN-13: 978-0450055140
- Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,431,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Visitor Paperback – October 1, 1982
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The main character, Bart (played by Weller in the movie), is left at home by himself when his wife takes their kid on vacation. He is terrorized by a giant rat that seems to have a mind of its own and seems to be out to get him. His friends, co-workers, and family all think he is having a nervous breakdown as the rat drives him to drink and to act in ways he has never acted before. The final showdown with the rat was a bit more over-the-top in the movie, but was handled well in the book.
A pretty creepy and well done book that was turned into a movie that scared the pants off of me when I was in 7th grade. I would like to see more from this author, who seems to have only published one or two more books in a career that spans over 20 years.