Book Review: Deathtrap by Ira Levin
If you’re a fan of the classic Dial M for Murder or the remake A Perfect Murder, then this nail-biter may be just the thriller for you.
And some humor.
The plot features a play within a play. Veteran play write Sidney Bruhl receives a draft of a play from his former student Clifford Anderson. The play is the perfect thriller. When Bruhl’s wife asks how good the play is, he responds, “It can’t miss. A gifted director couldn’t even hurt it.”
While there are other jabs at the world of theater, the play mainly concentrates on how Bruhl will regain his success. His last moneymaker was 18 years ago. He comments, “Nothing recedes like success.” Is Bruhl willing to kill to regain top billing?
Characters and motives shuffle continuously. I loved the surprise after surprise momentum that Levin creates within 68 pages. Word choices are crisp and concise!
I chose this play for my Reading Challenge in part because it was short, but also for the rave reviews on what an unpredictable thriller the story was. And now I want to see these words performed. I may have to settle with watching the movie version.