THE SUITOR by Michael Allegretto


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Another of Allegretto's damsel-in-distress fictions (The Watchmen; Night of Reunion). Here, Denver artist Valerie Rowe, with more charm than good sense, invites Leonard Tully, the young man who rescued her purse from a mugger, to join her and gallery owner Brenda for lunch--thereby setting in motion Leonard's passionate fantasies about getting Valerie alone. Soon he's bombarding her with phone calls, unexpected drop-ins at her house--and strangling Brenda in a parking garage and tinkering with Valerie's lover's car brakes. Finally, Leonard abducts the distraught Valerie and her son and terrorizes them in a mountain cabin. With pluck and determination, Valerie outwits the demented Leonard, then ever so cheerily survives to consider her lover's marriage proposal. A very pale, ho-hum variation on Fatal Attraction--and no match for John Fowles's classic story of obsession, The Collector.

Pub Date: Jan. 5th, 1993
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster