Don Kurtwood's father was a blue-collar family man who liked to read. At least, that's what Don thought. After his father's death, Don discovers there's much more to this man he barely knew… Peter Ganim's performance of Rides a Stranger is deep-voiced and melancholic. His pacing meanders slowly, almost sleepily, through this family drama. These choices appropriately fit the story's weighty content and support the mysterious tone. At just under two hours, this short thriller will satisfy mystery fans in need of that quick fix.
Until his death, Don Kurtwood's father was known as a simple family man, defined by his blue collar career and obsessive, albeit pedestrian, reading habits. When a rare book dealer who seems to know more about the late Mr. Kurtwood than his own son does turns up at the wake, Don jumps at the opportunity to see a part of the man he hardly knew. However, before he can speak with him, the book dealer is murdered in his own shop, setting into motion a slow unraveling of the life of a man who everyone thought they knew. The imagined life of Don's father as a distant conservative with his nose stuck in a Louis L'Amour novel becomes shrouded in mystery when the police suggest that Don's father is the author of a highly coveted pulp western novel.
In Rides a Stranger, David Bell crafts a fascinating family drama in which even the most obvious character is not what he seems.
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