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The Basement A Novel

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A Short Novel of Suspense by Stephen Leather
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Excellent Short Tale That Keeps You Guessing!

  • Nov 14, 2011
This book is listed as being "reintroduced." Well it is so good I wonder why it didn't do well the first time around. Marvin is a writer with many ideas for screenplays. Some of them center around the mind of serial killers. He hangs around the buildings of famous movie directors hoping that he can directly hand one of his scripts to them. The doormen of some of these buildings report him to the police. He is then visited by a pair of detectives who believe that Marvin may be responsible for the disappearance of several women.

Spaced throughout the book, written in italics and told in "first person" by an apparent psycho who has captured a woman and is keeping her prisoner in a basement to be a sex slave. The woman who is named Sarah, happens to be missing female that the two detectives investigating Marvin believe has been abducted by a serial killer.

There is some great writing as Marvin matches wits with the two detectives and tries to prove he is smarter than they are. The reader is never sure is the psycho in question, though all signs seem to point to him. In such a short novel, the author really builds a connection with the reader to Sarah, Marvin, the two detectives and the psycho. The story never gets boring and it is very difficult to put this book down. Should not be missed.

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