Thrilling and terrifying, this tale of psychological suspense centres around Mort Rainey, a successful writer who is shocked when he finds out about his wife's extramarital affair, to the extent that he has a nervous breakdown.
In order to escape the pain and ignominy of a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years, Amy, he moves to a secluded cabin. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing, when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey's success and fame were all from stolen material, laying on him the accusation of plagiarism.
Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine which published the story in question years ago, things begin to happen around Shooter. Mort's dog dies, people begin to die, and his divorce proceedings with Amy continue to get uglier. It seems that Shooter has Mort over a barrel, but perhaps Mort has his own ideas on how to resolve all the problems that plague him lately. What is the true identity of John Shooter? Is Mort's life in danger or is he the threat?
Did you know?
Mort explains to John Shooter, in his defense, that his story is the original and was published originally in the June 1995 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Ted Milner (Timothy Hutton) tells Mort that he's from a town called Shooters Bay, TN, adding doubt in Mort's mind about Ted's real intentions. Timothy Hutton's father, Jim Hutton, portrayed Ellery Queen (1975) in the 1975 TV series. Ellery Queen himself was the son of a police detective and the writer of mystery novels as well as an amateur detective. Read More