The Ector County Library held a used book sale a couple of months ago, and it was a great place to get some good books at the cheap price of $4 per bag. I took home two bags.
One of the books was "Absolute Power" by the prolific writer, David Baldacci. It was a riveting mystery story that involved a master burglar, the burglar's daughter, a homicide detective, and a lawyer. The hero was the lawyer, and although the burglar was an important part of the plot, his character was mainly in the background.
Well, Clint Eastwood must have liked it too, since he bought the rights and made a movie based on it. But the fellow who rewrote the story, William Goldman, made a huge change which didn't make it a better story.
Coincidentally, I found a copy of the movie and watched it after finishing the book.
In the movie version of the story, the lawyer was completely absent, and the hero and main character was the burglar. And guess who played the burglar? Yup. Clint Eastwood.
Oh, I know what you are saying. "The book always seems better." Well, maybe so. But in my opinion, the book earned five stars. The movie, not so many. But don't take my word for it. Check out Rottentomatoes.com where it received a dismal 47/52.
Anyway, when I donate the book back to the library, I'll tie the movie vhs to the book with the hope that they resell them as a package. That seems logical, no?
12:52 PM 8/26/2018