Scribner, April 2002, 24.00, 320 pp.
Chris Nielson has lost his job in the rock and roll band he has played with for years and his long time girlfriend has thrown him out physically after he kept her out of his life emotionally. Needing to regroup and reenergize, he accepts a job as a house sitter for his father's friend on a tiny island off the Maryland Coast connected to the mainland by an unnamed, almost hidden bridge.
The owner of the house, Ted Harper, is a very successful, wealthy and powerful businessman who decides to show Chris that he isn't living up to his potential. When he discovers what his employee is doing, Chris takes his revenge in a very diabolical manner. His satisfaction is very short lived because he crossed the wrong person, a man who knows how to take care of his enemies.
John Maxwell's debut novel is the ultimate in suspense, a work that could have been created by Anthony Shaffer (SLEUTH) or Ira Levin (DEATHTRAP) because it is so darkly foreboding and atmospheric. POINT FURY stars two characters, neither of them very likable, making it remarkable that readers become involved in the torturous mind games that the predator designs for his prey. This is a very well designed novel that once started can't be put down until the audience finds out how things turn out.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner