This book, for me, has had a cloud of mystery and darkness surrounding it since John Lennon's death in 1980, because it was found on Lennon's killer, who, if memory serves, even quoted some passages from it during his trial. Now having read and thoroughly enjoyed the book, I don't see how anyone could possibly ever perceive something/anything evil or murderous in the story or its very entertaining lead character, Holden Caulfield. If you have yet to read it, be aware that Holden uses one particular curse phrase repeatedly, and toward the end briefly stumbles upon on another phrase on a few walls around NYC. I'm glad I got to spend 3 days (the approximate time frame in the story) with Holden in New York... he's a good kid. He would make a good catcher in the rye.