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WILLIAM JOHNSTON
from the screenplay by Andrew K Lewis & David Lewis
Klute


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Sphere, London, 1971
(price: 25p; 144 pages)


The blurb on the back:

Klute was a cop from Pennsylvania. Bree Daniel was a New York call girl. They met when Klute came to the city looking for his best friend. Bree was his only lead but she couldn't remember the man. Or so she said. Her world of sex and hard drugs fascinated and repelled Klute. Its wanton cruelty represented everything he hated about the city.
But as Klute and Bree chased the missing man through New York's depraved underground society they found themselves drawn irresistibly together.
And then the killer appeared...


opening lines:
John Klute, tall, rawboned and trim, stood at the bedroom window of his house on the outskirts of the small town of Tuscarora, Pa., peering toward the distant highlands. Even through the early morning mist he could see that the mountains were green with summer growth.


The movie's a classic, of course, with two of America's finest screen actors - Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda - on top form and with an Oscar-nominated script by Andy & Dave Lewis. So the question is, as ever: does it work as a novel? And, hallelujah, this one does. Not brilliant, but William Johnson keeps it tight and brief with the emphasis so heavily on dialogue that telephone conversations are reported simply as script.

Perfectly fine, in fact, and would almost have passed muster even if the film had never existed.


ARTISTIC MERIT: 2/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
3/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
3/5


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Get Smart

Happy Days

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