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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; paperback / softback edition (4 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007210035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007210039
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A jaw-dropping mystery that makes a hairpin turn on nearly every page’ Entertainment Weekly

‘A good, taut thriller, with lots of action and a very gripping ending; Marshall takes the reader with him on the investigation with a great deal of guile and style.’ Guardian

‘Devilishly clever … a tautly crafted page-turner of the highest order.’ Bookpage

‘A provocative and supremely intelligent thriller’ Publishers Weekly

‘Subtle, satisfying – and really scary.’ Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Michael Marshall:

'A definite page-turner – and a terrifying discourse on the nature of human evil and the darkness among us … this is as fierce as thriller writing can get.' Guardian

‘The taut pace, crisp style and ever-present sense of menace are those of a top-drawer thriller’ Telegraph

‘Marshall is a cracker at writing tense, rich scenes’ Observer

‘Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun in the world of the suspense novel, along comes one hell of a nasty spider called The Straw Men. It’s brilliantly written and scary as hell. Be the first on your block to stay up all night with this one; it’s a masterpiece, reminding us that even paranoids really do have enemies.’ Stephen King

'A staggering, suspenseful journey through the darkness of American crime … succeeds in revitalising the serial killer novel with assured gusto… A new beginning for a major British writer, whose crime debut instantly moves him into the Thomas Harris division' Guardian

‘Brilliantly plotted, stunningly written … I read this in one go … if this isn't a hit, I am a monkey's uncle. And I don't think I am’. Independent on Sunday

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlie_Crocker on 17 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
I've got to say I was hugely disappointed with this. I think the books he wrote as Michael Marshall Smith are all fantastic, and I also enjoyed the Straw Men series (by now writing without the Smith).
This one never really got going until about three quarters of the way through, by which point I'd quite frankly had enough of the lead characters ramblings and really just wanted to move onto something else. And the blurbs on the cover - jaw dropping mystery, taut thriller, full of twists - were completely wide of the mark.
OK, I know he writes in a different style to most writers, but this book was marketed as a straightforward thriller. It isn't, and that was what disappointed me.
Hopefully Mr. Marshall Smith will get back to what he does best pretty soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. George on 3 Nov. 2014
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I bought this on the strength of the first two episodes of the BBC’s adaptation and read it over the course of a weekend. Due to how the initial plot development was slightly rewritten for television, I was aware of the major ‘what-the-hell-is-going-on?’ question, long before it really appears in the novel. I don’t however, consider this to be too much of a delayed reveal if you are reading the book first. The prose has a great rhythm and voice (I loved the frequent sardonic observational quips) and though some of the characters fell off the radar for a number of chapters, the key point is that I turned the pages, wanting to read on.
It is often said that after a novelist entertains, they should try to hold a mirror to society and inform. Marshall’s solution to this in this book is well worth the relatively brief, and highly enjoyable, investment in time.
Twilight Zone moment: I included a DVD from my Wish List to make up this order. It was only when it arrived I realised the weird coincidence. It was a horror movie entitled Session 9. Read the book and discover why that is so spooky.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yorkshire Rose on 9 Oct. 2014
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What a very odd book. It starts off remarkably well and then for the next 200+ pages I had to keep asking myself what on earth was I reading.

I liked the hero, Jack Whalen, who was fearless in his quest to uncover the truth about the murder of the family of Bill Anderson (which is right at the start of the book) but as for the rest of it I had no idea what was going on half the time, I have to say.

The only way I can describe it is like a badly written Stephen King book, but I use that phrase extremely loosely.

I was struggling to finish it if only to see what has been going on as, when a friend recommended this book to me, they actually advised me not to read the blurb as this would spoil it for me. In fact, had I read the blurb I don't even think I would have started it.

I have heard there is going to be a TV adaptation of the book which may transfer nicely to the screen, but I doubt I will be tuning in to see it.

My first Michael Marshall book but, after having finished it and read a few reviews, I have discovered that it is not his best novel so may try some others in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. G. Cops on 29 Jun. 2008
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Another slightly offbeat but extremely compelling thriller from MM Smith - excellent characters who you really believe in and a well developed plot.

I don't know whether you have to have a slightly odd taste in literature to get his books or whether some people just don't buy the story - I'm not sure how to explain how little some people thought of this excellent novel. If you liked the strawmen trilogy you'll devour this - I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Gill on 5 April 2008
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this is the fisrt Marshall book I've read so I've nothing to compare it to and must admit that I was drawn to the brief on the back and the 'amazing reviews' that were offered. However, anyone who reads should know these can rarely be trusted, as was the case with this book.

The story follows an ex cop turned author whose wife goes missing and, at the same time, so too does a 10 year old girl in apparently unrelated circumstances. The plot is reminiscent of a stephen king novel and is more supernatural than thriller. The books is ultimately a bit of a rollercoaster in that it started fairly well then tailed off, before picking back up. The problem for me was not neccessarily believability (you just have to switch your brain off really) but rather one of interest.

You really dont find out whats going on till the end of the book and by around mid-way the reader is still in the dark and, for me anyway, I rapidly lost interest in wanting to find out what was going and, perhaps also, even caring what happend. plausibility is stretched to the absolute limit and the author doesnt quite carry it off. For example, story aside, how the little 10 year girl behaved and particulalry how adults behaved who met her could not be believed. also the very end of the book was a further disappointment because it was completely out of character for the lead, especially given what he had learned by then.

I've no doubts it was thrown in as the final twist but it was unneccessary, unbelievable and perhaps stretched the credibilty of the novel too far
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GeneralCromwell on 9 May 2011
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Couldn't believe i was reading a book by the same author who wrote Only Forward. The Intruders commits the worst book crime, in that it takes an age getting to the big reveal and then said 'reveal' ain't that interesting!

I was fed up with it halfway through, and only completed it because it was a Michael Marshall book.
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