Most writing classes say that a good story must capture the reader's interest in
the first ten pages. Levien manages to do it in under five. He pulls us in
quickly by creating a very likable twelve-year old, Jamie, and then immediately
placing him in harm's way. The suspense builds quickly as the scenes repeatedly
switch from Jamie on his morning paper route to the abductors in their car.
The foreshadowing builds and our worst fears are confirmed when Jamie's bike meets the grill of the car.
Levien's technique of multiple view-points and short tense scenes, which one might attribute to his screen-writing expertise, heighten the on-going suspense and parallel the urgency of a missing child situation.
He gives us a story that offers more than a fast-moving crime plot. It is also a tale of losses - the loss of a child, the loss of innocence, the loss of the parent'...
Coming Soon: Where The Dead Lay (USA - July 2009): After the sinister disappearance of two highly-paid detectives, Frank Behr is pulled into his darkest, most relentless case.
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