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4.0 out of 5 stars Obviously a trifle old fashioned as it was written in ..., 20 Aug 2014
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P. M. Allen (Cullompton, Devon) - See all my reviews
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Obviously a trifle old fashioned as it was written in the fifties -but well written with believable characters,although it should not be
billed as a Travis McGee novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cape Fear by John D. MacDonald, 23 July 2009
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P. Newman (Dorset, England) - See all my reviews
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This particular book is a Bloomsbury Film Classics paperback (a series that never gives you much detail of either author or film) with a cover showing Robert de Niro as the villain of the tale. He doesn't physically resemble the villain in the book but never mind; much is different in this original novel of the 1950s harking back to events in the war. Scorsese made the 1991 big screen adaptation, although it had previously been filmed in 1962 apparently. It was an obvious 1980s/90s favourite because it's the story of a stalker, that now much overworked theme of the hidden psycho who kills the family pet then has his eye on the hero's wife and daughters and so on. And for that reason alone (that this theme has since been done to death) I was less attached to this than other early John D. MacDonalds I have been reading, which is slightly unfair as this was probably the original of all those later filmed copies. MacDonald is incapable of writing poorly and anything bearing his name is worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cape Fear, 8 Sep 2014
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I read this book because I am a Lee Child fan and he wrote that he was inspired by MacDonald.... it was a good book and I enjoyed it, but I still like Lee Child best! maybe because they are more up to date. however, I would probably read more of MacDonald's books, although I don't think they are available on the High Street or libraries as they were written mainly in the fifties and sixties. Looks like it's Amazon, then!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Aug 2014
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John Pelham (Leeds UK) - See all my reviews
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A classic and the orginal version of the film is also a classic.
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