"Min's Monster" is a Book of Unrelenting Horror Caused by an Escaped Madman
Young Min Wills is in for the most terrifying experience of her young life when a “monster,” an escaped convict holds up in her family’s warm kitchen, unaware that she sleeps in the attic above. Now she must devise her own means of escape, thereby placing her life in jeopardy.
Jason Edgar, alias Bruno Hessle - a name he stole from a dead wino in an alley behind a liquor store- escapes from a minimum security prison camp during the worst snowstorm in recent history. In his twisted mind, he is a wild animal who roams through forests, dripping saliva through large protruding fangs, savoring, wishing, hoping for the taste of blood as he hunts for human prey.
Min Wills is a young girl of the Quinnu village who decides against accompanying her parents into the city for next-day Thanksgiving Day supplies. The expected snowstorm arrives earlier than expected, stranding her parents out on an impassable highway, but provides the cover Bruno needs for his escape.
Blossom Edgar is mother to Jason/Bruno who once cut off her tongue to keep her from revealing his secret - who he really is- a murderer wanted far and wide for multiple atrocities. Valerie mason, a nurse is the one who “got away” and can recognize her assailant. Franklin Hessle, brother to Bruno who died a wino in a dark alley behind a liquor store where Jason Edgar stole his identity. Adam Cooper is a half-breed policeman sent down to Quinnu where he has roots to investigate the escape.
Some sort of weird connection exists between Min and the violent murderer who tracks her throughout the white backwoods.
Reviewed by Kathy Campbell, Managing Editor, The Quill Review
Young Min passes up a pre-Thanksgiving trip into the City to have some time alone, never suspecting that it’s a decision that may mean the end of her life. A fierce snowstorm strands her parents in the city, and provides the cover needed for a maniacal serial killer, Bruno Hessle, to walk away from the minimum security prison located near Min’s village. Cold, hungry and rapidly losing his mind, Bruno takes up residence in Min’s house, forcing her to use everything she’s been taught to attempt an escape.
News of the escape is reported to the police sending bi-racial Adam Cooper into the storm and back to his native village powered by an overwhelming sense of impending doom. As the story is picked up and broadcast by the news media, Bruno’s mother, an escaped victim, and Min’s parents all struggle to fight there way back to the village through snow and ice covered roads. With the weather hindering all of their efforts, the characters each embark on personal examination and the circumstances that brought them to this place.
Set in the 1950’s in rural Washington, this story takes the reader into the twisted mind of a serial killer, the troubled thoughts of an earnest and dedicated police officer and the innocent young girl growing up poor in an Indian village. Richly woven with description of a time gone by, readers will relate to these characters and the internal struggles hindering their everyday life.
Reviewed by Gene Woodwick, The Canoe People’s Bookshelf
Lila Pinord has moved away from her intricate interweavings of strong American Indian spirituality, characterizations and placid Olympic Peninsula settlings in her latest book, Min’s Monster. But her fans will not be disappointed. The sparseness of Pinord’s writing forcefully presents irredeemable and relentless evilness in a tautly-paced story of murder and mayhem.
Pinord’s latest book—her third—is multi-layered. Min’s Monster, the main character of the story is a depiction of how evilness, once put into action, eats the soul and sanity of mankind. Pinord deftly contrasts the monstrous acts of this escaped prisoner with the people of the Quinnu Indian Reservation who may be poor in material possessions but rich in familial love, deep friendships and abiding generosity of spirit and possessions.
Short sentences and quickly changing narrative of the Monster’s hunt for an innocent child provides for riveting reading. The evilness of the monster becomes out of control as nature and circumstances in the village spin out of human control.
The monster’s mother, Min, a nurse, and a neer-do-well, blue collar worker are drawn into the mesh of evil as it surrounds the Quinu village. A sheriff, a forest ranger, a highway heavy equipment operator are all sucked into the evil vortex.
Native American spirituality is not ignored but Pinord handles it in a subtle way that may not be completely understood by non-Indians but those with Indian heritage will certainly understand all the nuances.
By the end of the horrifying tale, the reader becomes aware of the underlying and subtle lesson Pinord is teaching using the Monster as a symbol for an issue confronting many rural Indian villages today. Urban violence and darkness has been brought to the reservations by those who practice the violence of drugs and lawlessness find their escape into the isolated communities of the family elders to prey upon the gentleness of the people whose life has been a practice of traditional respect.
Pinord’s fans will want to read Min’s Monster the first time just for the story. But be warned it is not a book to read when you are alone. The reader will have to read it again to savor the nuances of the book.
Min's Monster may be purchased at: www. virtual bookworm.com, www.Amazon.com and www.BN.com, through Ingram’s website, www.Ingrambooks.com Baker & Taylor, and it is also available through on-line bookstores everywhere.
Or ask for it at your local bookstore. ISBN: 10: 1589399914