A short novel; perhaps even a short story containing the elements Ballard usually included in his writings. There is a new edition (a reprint) scheduled for release inj 2018. In it are Ballard’s undisguised feelings about the ills he feels are inherent in modern society and his disdain for our vaunted civilization; social protest and then some.
The story is about a murder investigation of killings in a very upscale community in London. All the adults are killed. This includes married couples, servants, single people and security personnel, 32 in total. All of the children living in the subdivision, 13 in total are missing with no sign of them, nor any clue about where they were taken.
Dr. Richard Greville is Deputy Psychiatric Adviser to the London Metropolitan Police, and through his forensic diary on the case brings us the details of the investigation into the crime. What the crime entails and what the motivations were of the killers forms the crux of the entire novel and certainly represent J.G. Ballard at his best. It is for the reader to reach conclusions based on the events described and to do so requires a very open mind.
12/17 Paul Lane
RUNNING WILD by J.G. Ballard. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (April 30, 1999). ISBN 978-0374525460. 112p.