Dolan’s Cadillac Review
Dolan’s Cadillac tells the story of Robinson, a schoolteacher from Las Vegas, and his quest for vengeance against the man, a crime boss named Dolan, who has his wife murdered.
Robinson does not get satisfaction quickly or easily, waiting over a period of seven years before the means and opportunity for his retaliation is just right.
Guided by his wife Elizabeth, her voice haunting his mind, Robinson devises a plan to bury Dolan inside his Cadillac using the road construction on the highway to his advantage.
Robinson does not do this quickly, but plans, studies, and readies for the perfect opportunity to set everything into motion.
Dolan’s Cadillac reaches its peak when the trap is set and Dolan drives to his death, begging, pleading, and screaming for his life once caught inside his Cadillac. But Robinson does nothing to stop himself from throwing more dirt and gravel onto the Cadillac with Dolan inside it.
This short story references Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Cask of Amontillado, especially in Robinson’s burial of Dolan. Dolan’s line “For the love of God, Robinson!” is a direct reference from The Cask of Amontillado. And Robinson getting away with the murder is another reference to The Cask of Amontillado. Conveying the story through the murderer’s perspective is another nod to Edgar Allan Poe.
Dolan’s Cadillac is all about the buildup, Robinson’s tireless efforts to successfully avenge his wife’s murder. He is nothing more than a schoolteacher, but he buried the man who had his wife killed and he got away with it. It is quite chilling when you think about it.
What I enjoyed the most was the parallels between Dolan’s Cadillac and The Cask of Amontillado, it made this short story more of an homage to another great horror storyteller.