Running Wild (novella)

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Running Wild
RunningWild(1stEd).jpg
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author J. G. Ballard
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Novella
Publisher Hutchinson
Publication date
1988
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 72 pp
ISBN 0-09-173498-3
OCLC 18629186
823/.914 20
LC Class PR6052.A46 R8 1988

Running Wild is a novella by J. G. Ballard, first published in 1988.

The novel takes the form of a detective novel, recounting the investigation of a mysterious massacre in suburbia through the diary of a forensic psychiatrist.

Plot summary[edit]

Pangbourne Village is an estate for the upper middleclass, protected by security fences and discreet guards. Its ten families are wealthy, respectable, 40-something couples with adolescent children on whom they lavish everything money can buy.

One morning it is discovered that all the adult residents have been killed and the children have disappeared without trace. Dr Richard Greville of Scotland Yard puzzles over the scanty evidence: it gives no leads to the identity of the murderers and kidnappers. No demands for ransom are received. No terrorist group claims responsibility.

The reader soon realizes that the missing children are also the missing murderers. Their controlled and materialistic upbringing has left them no way to establish their own identities except by rebelling into criminal savagery. However, in a tradition of obtuse policemen going back to Inspector Lestrade in the Sherlock Holmes stories, Greville resists drawing this obvious conclusion - until the children strike again.

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