It is Friday evening before Labor Day weekend. Americans are hitting the highways in droves; the radio crackles with warnings of traffic jams and crashed cars. Steve Hogan and his wife, Nancy, have a long drive ahead-from New York City to Maine, where their children are in camp. But Steve wants a drink before they go, and on the road he wants another. Soon, exploding with suppressed fury, he is heading into that dark place in himself he calls “the tunnel.” When Steve stops for yet another drink, Nancy has had enough. She leaves the car.
On a bender now, Steve makes a friend: Sid Halligan, an escapee from Sing Sing. Steve tells Sid
all about Nancy. Most men are scared, Steve thinks, but not Sid.
The next day, Steve wakes up on the side of the road. His car has a flat, his money is gone, and there's one more thing still left for him to learn about Nancy, Sid Halligan, and himself.
Steve Hogan, a dissolute drunk, is on a road trip with his wife to pick up their children, but he becomes distracted at a bar along the way. While he is drinking, his wife leaves, taking a bus north. Soon Hogan picks up and befriends a drifter who embodies, for Hogan, a heroic free spirit, a man who has rejected the miserable confines of society. However, it turns out that this man, an escaped convict, has ****** Hogan's wife. Now Hogan has to embrace the society he has rejected and face his own culpability in the crime.
Belgian author Georges Simenon wrote hundreds of novels during his incredibly prolific literary career and was best known for his Inspector Maigret mystery novels. However, his "romans durs" or "hard novels" such are RED LIGHTS are rightfully hailed as minor masterpieces that provide disturbing dissections of society and humanity.
- Fiction + Literature Themes
- Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Conflicts + Dualities, Medicine + Health, Types of Characters, Psychology
- July 18, 2006
- July 18, 2006
- Georges Simenon