Author(s): John D. MacDonald
This dark psychological thriller was first published in 1957 as THE EXECUTIONERS. First filmed as CAPE FEAR in 1962, it was subsequently turned into a movie by Martin Scorsese in 1991, starring Robert De Niro as convicted rapist Max Cady, who stalks the family of his defence lawyer after discovering that he withheld evidence at his trial. For 14 years Cady has nursed his grievance against Sam Bowden, and as soon as he leaves jail he mounts his campaign of terror. The police are powerless to protect the family who must use their wits to survive a psychopath bent on revenge.
"The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller."-Stephen King
My favorite novelist of all time ... All I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me. No price could be placed on the enormous pleasure that his books have given me. He captured the mood and the spirit of his times more accurately, more hauntingly, than any 'literature' writer - yet managed always to tell a thunderingly good, intensely suspenseful tale Dean Koontz To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen Kurt Vonnegut A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer ... John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best Mary Higgins Clark
One of the best-loved and most successful of all the masters of hard-boiled crime and suspense, John D. Macdonald was producing brilliant fiction long after many of his contemporaries had been forgotten, and is still highly regarded today. The Executioners, possibly the best known of his non-series novels, was filmed as Cape Fear in 1962 and 1991, but many of the crime thrillers he produced between 1953 and 1964 are considered masterpieces, and he drew praise from such literary greats as Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King, who declared him to be 'the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller'. His novels are often set in his adopted home of Florida, including those featuring his famous series character Travis McGee, which appeared between 1964 and 1985. He served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and in 1972 was elected a Grand Master, an honour granted only to the greatest crime writers of their generation, including Ross MacDonald, John Le Carre and P. D. James. He won many awards throughout his long career, and was the only mystery writer ever to win the National Book Award, for The Green Ripper.