I really don't know how much of this book is factual in terms of the murder inspired the book "Waiting for Mr. Goodbar" and the movie starring Diane Keaton. But, I do know that she has changed all the names in the book, including the victim and the killer! Why?! I can understand changing the names of others in the book, but not the victim and the killer. She also admits that much of the dialogue and the thoughts of those involved are based what she imagines them to be. This sounds much more like a novel to me, and "the real story" On the plus side, it is fast moving and easy to read--but I wouldn't bother.
Story is a bit dated, but still catching your attention. What bothered me the most was that I know that the story is based upon reality, but a lot of liberties were taken to make a story. I realize that the author had to do this to make the story work, but I felt it was unfair to the young woman's memory. I don't normally have this issue with most books that are factionalized, but this one for some reason I did.
For those of you who remember the movie with Diane Keaton and Richard Gere, Looking for Mr. Goodbar , also the book by Judith Rossner (I think that was her name) of the same name, you would never forget it. This is the true depiction of the actual crime that was committed back in the 70's before New York city cleaned up its' streets. A haunting story of a lonely woman who wanted to spread her wings in the new coming of age of women breaking free of the stereotypical woman as wife and mother. Of a man who was suffering from an identity crisis also at the apex of his life. Both crossed paths on a night when both were looking for another persons touch late in the night of a time when no one wanted to know each others name. This book, could not put it down. I read it in about 3 days time., A couple of those nights, slept only because I could not keep my eyes open. A fabulous read for those who lilke the drama of true life and death who comes to soon. Fascinating.
I saw the movie, "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" some years ago; I also read the book of the same name. Diane Keaton was the main character. This book fills in some gaps that I didn't know. When the book first started out, I didn't think I would like the author's style of writing but that changed pretty quickly and his style was very good. The book told a lot of the two main characters history and then, later, it tells of both of the famililes
Good read, I read it quickly. I felt that the author gave a compassionate treatment to both the main characters. They were two people with a lot of baggage and low self esteem, searching for purpose in life and feeling it slip through their fingers. I did not blame the victim and I accept that the murderer had deep mental issues and did not plan the events that resulted tragically. I got some insight into NYC as it was in the seventies....pretty rough compared to today's NYC.
Really wanted to watch the film again after many years and not available anywhere.(Looking for Mr. Good bar) Then I came across this book not realizing it was based on actual events. When I saw the endorsement by Truman Capote I felt compelled to read it and compelling it is. Well researched, written and fascinating how two damaged people came together for one unfortunate and tragic encounter.
I liked the biographic style this is written in. It gave me a lot of insight into Katherine and her killer(real names were not used). This is a very dark story and gave the feel of the bars and sort of people in them. So many dangers people think are new really have been there all along, this is a cautionary tale. This book also shows how many different sides people can have, we never really know them all. It shows how easily it is to remain anonymous in a big city, how you can hide your darker side. Closing Time is a very thought provoking book.
abrupt, as is death, usually. Unbelievable true story, that all involved are as "normal" as the rest of "us" and yet, so abysmally abnormal. Very good read, couldn't put it down. It left me speechless in its normalcy and yet so oddly sad.