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Does Milton Grant, an evil, vindictive ex-police officer, reflect the hatred that lies within modern society?
Milton has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Divorced, and with an estranged daughter, he feels he has nothing to live for – and nothing to lose. He begins a self-imposed mission to ‘correct’ what he believes are some of the main faults of his fellow human beings. In his way are a fumbling old lady at the supermarket checkout, an inconsiderate driver, selfish users of mobile phones, and self-satisfied chief executive Ray, who boasts about tax avoidance. Milton’s acts of corrections become more extreme and violent as the novella progresses. He is spiralling out of control. In the meantime, two police officers, Lucy and Dave Smith, are close to exposing Milton. In the explosive finale Lucy finds herself facing him, as he points a gun at her head. She is alone and has no backup. Dave is four minutes away. Will Milton kill Lucy? Or will good triumph over evil?
The Man Who Hated is inspired by the 1993 film Falling Down, starring Michael Douglas. It is the fourth in the Novella Nostalgia series, which links cinema classics with modern stories.
I purchased this as I have previously liked Mr Tony Drury’s Novella style and the way he brings relevant and thought provoking human behaviour issues to his books. It had a storyline where I definitely wanted to know what happened next, it was very clever and well thought through, it developed interesting characters. It was however depicting violence to create the story needed.
This is a very exciting novella and immensely readable. In other words it is hard to put down. There are many things that irritate us in this life, but how Milton reacts to those that get to him is absolutely fascinating and gripping. The only other characters are a police woman and her policeman husband, trying to track Milton down. I recommend this book; it is Tony Drury’s best novella yet. I have the hard copy, so that I can take it with me anywhere and pull it out of my pocket.