It’s a story that our culture is talking about over and over again these days. The plot of the new movie “Spinning Man” centers on a man — in this case, a professor — who is accused of sexual misconduct. Except this story was written 15 years ago.
Author George Harrar, of Wayland, published the novel the film is based in 2003. In the book, the main character is driving his 10-year-old twins when he’s pulled over and notified that he’s the prime suspect in the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl. Over the course of several weeks, the professor tries to explain away the evidence the detective finds as much as he can.
George Harrar: “I heard on the radio reports of a girl going missing. Her name is Molly Bish. And in the first days after her disappearance police were wanting to speak to the owner of a white car that was seen in the parking lot and no one came forward and I began to wonder who that person was. Were they connected to the crime? Were they just someone there for another reason? And from that point on, I stopped listening to news reports because I didn’t want to write about a specific case. I just took it from there and developed the characters around that little kernel of a story.”
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