Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cinemystery: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick Optioned for Film

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

The Weinstein Company has optioned Matthew Quick's soon-to-be-published young adult novel of suspense Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock for film. James Ponsoldt has been tapped to direct his own adapted screenplay.

Quick is probably best known for his debut novel, Silver Linings Playbook, the film adaptation of which garnered an Oscar earlier this year for Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is published this August by Little, Brown. More about the book, below.

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Matthew Quick

In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was — that I couldn't stick around — and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault.

Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, Amazon Kindle format  Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, iTune iBook format

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