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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Here Come da Judge
4:16 pm edt
I am not a movie producer or director, but if I were and could cast anybody I choose in the role of Judge Joseph Force
Crater and his wife, I would select Leonardo deCaprio and Laura Linney. He was so good in J.
Edgar ... and she was wonderful as the lead in The Big C, they'd
be perfect together in the movie version of Ariel Lawhon's first novel, The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress.
Heck, for a chance to work with Leo and Laura as we bring this talented author's words to the silver screen (do
they still call it that anymore?), I'd even help Lawhon write the script and offer my services as director. Of course, we'd
need two actresses to play the maid and the judge's mistress, but I think open auditions to find fresh, new faces would do
the trick. Although I do have Meryl Streep in mind for the older Mrs. Crater...
You can tell that I really, really,
really want The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress made into a movie. Why? Because this book, which is really not a mystery but a literary historical tour-de-force, is the
best mystery that I've read in a long time. Let me explain. It's about the disappearance of Judge Crater on the evening of
August 6, 1930. After dining with a friend in a second-rate New York restaurant, he got into a taxi cab and was never seen
nor heard from again. What happened to him was/is the biggest conundrum of the 20th Century, even topping the demise
of Jimmy Hoffa. Yet, Lawhon deftly, coolly, and cleanly knits together pieces of truth with chunks of imaginative fiction
and – et viola! – we have a wonderfully written, intriguing, Jazz-pizzazz-filled edge-of-your-seat satisfying
When you get the chance, hightail it over to www.authorexposure.com to read my five-star review while I see if I can't convince Leo and Meryl that these are their next Oscar-winning roles.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville
during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her fourth novel.