On the night he retires as a Reno detective, Jerry Black pledges to the mother of a murdered girl that he will find the killer. Jerry doesn't believe the police arrested the right man; he discovers that this is the third incident in the area in the recent past with victims young, blonde, pretty, and small for their age. So he buys an old gas station in the mountains near the crimes in order to search for a tall man who drives a black station wagon, gives toy porcupines as gifts, and calls himself the wizard, all clues from a drawing by the dead girl. Jerry's solitary life gives way to friendship with a woman and her small, blonde daughter. Has Jerry neglected something that may prove fatal?Written by
Very slow, almost static in places. Many of the scenes lent the promise of being significant to the plot, but turned out to be just "padding". This could have been done in 30-40 minutes and might have been interesting as a result. As for the supporting cast, they don't come any better than Redgrave, Mirren, Rourke, Stanton et al but in this they were a waste of space. In short, good short story material overly stretched.
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