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The Executioners by John D. MacDonald

The Executioners (edition 1992)

by John D. MacDonald

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Title:The Executioners
Authors:John D. MacDonald
Info:Severn House Publishers Ltd (1992), Hardcover, 208 pages
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This is a heck of a read! Max Cady is a true psychopathic character and his presence brings terrific tension to this story! And this book gave me one of my favorite movies - "Cape Fear" - the one with DeNiro! It was cool to read this! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
This is a heck of a read! Max Cady is a true psychopathic character and his presence brings terrific tension to this story! And this book gave me one of my favorite movies - "Cape Fear" - the one with DeNiro! It was cool to read this! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Feb 27, 2015 |
"The Executioners" has been sitting on my bookshelf for ages. Something made me pick it up for a new reading. It was such a big hit and the basis for the thrillers, "Cape Fear," in 1962 and 1991.

I anticipated a good read and the novel delivered. There is reason why the book is on many lists of the top 100 mysteries to read.

Sam Bowden was a young officer in the navy when he witnessed a rape during WWII. He testified against Max Cady and Bowden's testimony was the main reason why Cady was found guilty and sent to prison for life.

Years later, the court decides to lower his sentence and Cady is freed. Suddenly, he appears in Bowden's small town and begins to harass Bowden.

Bowden is an attorney and believes in the law. He has a wife and three children. As Cady begins tormenting Bowden, Bowden goes to the sheriff, the city attorney and others, looking for a solution but they can't find anything.

Cady's threats become more intense and something happens where Bowden fears that Cady plans to hurt him by hurting his family.

What would cause a man of the law to disregard the symbol he has believed in for his whole life?
Bowden becomes desperate as Cady begins making innuendos about Bowden's fourteen-year-old daughter and Bowden's wife.

This is a well written drama and re-reading it was like visiting with an old friend, definitely enjoyable and a highly regarded author from our past. If you haven't read it, you're missing one of the legends in mystery writing.” ( )
  mikedraper | Nov 28, 2014 |
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  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Evermore convinced of MacDonald's brilliance. True, the Bowden family could have been given a few more warts, but what is important is that they are meant to be average. In the midst of a page turner of a thriller, MacDonald also examines the effectiveness of our legal system, the frailty of life, the effect of fear on the individual -- all while painting the picture of everyday terrorifying menace which is much more believable than thethriers where the body counts are in double digits. Starting to reach conclusion thatMacDonald is the most complete mystery writer of all. ( )
  RDHawk6886 | Dec 30, 2012 |
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For Howard, who believed; and for Jennie, who believed in Howard
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Sam Bowden lay on his back under a high Saturday sun, eyes closed, right hand clasping the fading chill of half a can of beer.
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An insane criminal threatens to destroy a family, and the police are powerless to protect them.
For fourteen years convicted rapist Max Cady nursed his hatred for Sam Bowden into an insane passion for revenge. He lived only for the day he would be free -- free to track down and destroy the man who had put him behind bars.
Murder was merciful compared to what Cady had in mind -- and what Cady had in mind was Bowden's innocent and lovely teenaged daughter . . . .
"A powerful and frightening story." -- The New York Times

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Sam Bowden's teenage daughter becomes the target of Max Cady's obsessive scheme to destroy the man who sent him to prison for rape.

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