Counterpane by bob chartain is written in screenplay style which is a different read than novel. There are few inner thoughts of the characters given and there is a bit of head jumping where juxtaposing viewpoints, occurring in different locations, in the same scene.
The story is of David Carson, a spy and Sherry, the woman he loves, but won’t leave his job for. She becomes pregnant and doesn’t tell him until the last month, when it’s too late to do anything about. He returns home to her and becomes involved. She has a pregnancy “mask” which is common among pregnant women, except hers is extreme and ends up being the side effect of something much worse. She dies shortly after giving birth to a boy, Tommy.
David hires a live in caregiver and continues with his job, returning periodically to see his son. Years pass and Tommy turns out to be a genius, who only really wants his father’s love. He goes into his father’s briefcase and finds plans for a nuclear device and attempts to build it. Until his father’s partner, Manny, finds out and stops the boy, saying David will be in big trouble.
Except, David is missing. The exact details of his return are fuzzy, but he does return home. To find his son is dying. Tommy links the illness with his mother’s due to a drug she took before she pregnant. David realizes it’s a “youth” drug he smuggled in for her.
I can see how this would be a good movie if done well. There is a good story. I can’t say anything about the writing style since it’s not comparable to a novel. But there is a good story.
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