In my now relentless pursuit of Dean Koontz novels, I am reading “The Husband”. Although it is predictably terrific, it is not my favorite by any stretch. However, it raises an intriguing philosophical question, ie…how far would you be willing to go for love? Would you die for love, would you kill?
Here’s the plot in a nutshell, all of which is revealed in the first twenty pages:
On an ordinary afternoon, an ordinary man, a gardener of modest means gets a phone call out of his worst nightmare. The caller says, “We have your wife. You can get her back for 2 million dollars cash. You have 60 hours. To prove our seriousness, see that man walking his dog across the street?” A second later the man is shot in the head by an unseen gunman. The caller doesn’t care that this gardener has only $11,000 in the bank and can’t possibly raise that kind of money in only 60 hours, or ever, for that matter. He’s confident that Mitch will find a way. “If you love your wife enough…”
Reading this book has forced me to ask myself what I would do if put in that situation. So now I put the question to any husband out there who happens to read this Blog. What would you do? How far would you go to get your wife back? Which of your devoutly held principles about the sanctity of life would you cast aside in the pursuit? Any wives out there can also respond by answering the question a bit differently, ie..How far would you expect your husband to go to attempt your redemption?
A few ground rules. Mitch cannot go to the police for help with this kidnapping since the bad guys have already planted evidence that implicates him in his wife’s future murder. He must operate entirely outside of the law, and for the purposes of this thought experiment, so must you.