BOOK REVIEW: THE SERIAL KILLERS CLUB
Can you imagine just going about your business working on a dockyard and all of a sudden someone comes at you with a knife and starts screaming "I'm going to cut your heart out?"
Self-defense played an important role here and the man making the threat is the one who ended up with the knife in him. The man who defended himself was quite surprised that he had so much strength. He called it "fighting like a man possessed".
Curious to find out more about the would-be killer, the man who was almost killed decided to go through dead man's wallet. Much to his surprise, he found newspaper clippings about the dead man's killing career. He also found copies of messages that the killer had sent to the media and signed them "Yours sincerely, Grandson-of-Barney". The most interesting item found in the wallet was a note from Errol Flynn inviting the serial killer to "come in from the cold and share a pastry with us?" Now how could this be? Errol Flynn has been dead for fifty years!
It just so happens that the invitation was to a club - a serial killers club. The members named themselves after movie stars. They also referred to themselves as "skillers'. The newest member called himself Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
One rule of the club is that no two members were to target the same victim. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. came up with a plan all of his own. What is it?
This is one of the cleverest satires you will read. It has the touch of a mystery but at the same time it will make you laugh. The narrator of the story is not identified and this adds to the mystique. It is interesting to see how the author makes this lead character start off by "accidentally" killing one man and then really getting into it once he is a member of the club. Jeff Povey has written a novel that is witty and a great read!
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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