Even psychos get fan mail

I was enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with Katy King (she informed me last week that I should refer to her as the Princess Consort) and her family. A propos of nothing, Katy asks her sister, Sally, “Who was your favorite character in ‘Crashers?’”

Sally, who makes me laugh like no one else on Earth, says, “Hmm … Dennis?”

Are you old enough to know what I mean if I say, “Danny Thomas Spit-Take?” Katy and I both performed perfect spit-takes of champagne across the turkey and stuffing.

Dennis, of course, is the sociopathic villain of “Crashers.” No spoiler here; Dennis is revealed as the baddie in Chapter 1.

In the five months since the book was released, Sally is the first person to list Dennis as a fave character. He’s just such a sick, sick bastard. It’s fascinating to me which characters people cling to. For some, it’s Daria, the ex-pat Israeli spy. For some, it’s the über-cool politico Susan Tanaka.  Ray Calabrese, the FBI Boy Scout, gets under some people’s skin.

But Dennis? Really?

I’m still thinking I should seek psychological help for even thinking up such a twisted sicko. Come to find out: He’s got a fan-base. Didn’t see that one coming.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on December 1, 2010, in Blog and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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