The dictionary defines despicable as deserving of hatred and contempt. Strong words! In the best thriller novels there is always a despicable character or two roaming through the story wreaking havoc. They must be there! Their presence is mandated. They make the novel worth reading. We can’t wait to see them get their just rewards. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. But readers need to loathe them. In the best thriller novels despicable characters trump the wimpy, timid, and pleasantly nice characters. They just do!
Consider Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” What would that story have been without Nurse Ratchett? We needed her. She was so deliciously heinous!
In “A Moving Screen,” Michael is contemptible. He needs to be stopped and punished in the worst way.