RARA-AVIS: The Ice Harvest

From: Craig Larson ( CLarson@nhcc.edu)
Date: 14 Nov 2005

I'd had this book by Scott Phillips on my TBR shelf for years and finally broke it out this weekend to read in preparation for the upcoming film version. Based on the previews I've seen, it looks like the film is a fairly accurate adaptation, but not having seen it, I couldn't speculate much further. Anyway, the book itself is a neat little story that covers several hours on Christmas Eve, as small-time lawyer/bagman to the mob Charlie Arglist prepares to leave Wichita, Kansas, with the money that he and a partner have been skimming for years. The book follows Charlie as he drives around town and drops in on old acquaintances, wrapping up a few last-minute errands before he leaves, killing time as he waits for his 2 am meeting with partner, Vic. This was a fun, fast-moving little book that is a great modern noir--everyone in this universe is screwed, destined for a bad end. I can only hope the movie captures the book--it could be great (although the way it plays up the c
 omic elements of the story has me a bit worried). And Harold Ramis, the director, has had a very hit-and-miss career (he directed the great _Groundhog Day_, along with a number of less memorable films). Still, with a screenplay co-authored by Richard Russo and Robert Benton, one can hope. I had a great time with the book and am looking forward to Phillips' _The Walkaway_, billed as both a sequel and prequel.

Craig Larson Plymouth, MN

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