MISS MASSACRE’S GUIDE TO MURDER AND VENGEANCE – Book Review
Author: Michael Paul Gonzalez
Publisher: Perfect Edge Books, 2014
Paperback, 286 pages
If Quentin Tarantino was a novelist instead of a filmmaker, he might write something like MISS MASSACRE’S GUIDE TO MURDER AND VENGEANCE, a vigilante tour through the vicious underbelly of a city, with an unreliable narrator as our guide. The physical state of said narrator is one of several reasons that this otherwise inherently cinematic book may be challenging to bring to the screen.
Our protagonist – let’s call her Mrs. Robinson, as some other characters do – has it very rough. She has two prosthetic legs, a scarred face and an incomplete tongue, which makes it difficult for her to be understood by others, unless they know her well and are paying close attention. Mrs. Robinson wasn’t always like this. Once she was whole, married and pretty, but something happened. Her husband and daughter are both dead, she has been mutilated and everyone responsible is going to pay, even if Mrs. Robinson cannot remember everything that happened to create this state of affairs.