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The Night of Four Hundred Rabbits [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Mar 2002
The pyramids of Mexico City's Walk of the Dead towered above and around Carold Farley, their beauty shrouded in the terror they suddenly held for the young American. For someone had tipped her that her father was alive in Mexico, and now that someone is after her!
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380731207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380731206
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 11.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love it 1 Oct 2007
By BM
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm an Elizabeth Peters fan. I feel the need to write that at the beginning as I think you either love or hate her books with no room for "quite liking". I've read this several times but always with a couple of years in between so that I forget many of the details. I've just re-read it and I found it thoroughly enjoyable - AGAIN. The plot is clever and I found myself wondering over and over who the real villain (s) would turn out to be. The 1960s setting is believable and yet doesn't feel too outdated, given the ongoing issues with drugs... Very enjoyable easy read.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Peters is certainly one prolific author, whether
she calls herself Barbara Michaels, or whether she goes by
her real name, which my sources would not have me disclose,
no matter what form of torture is applied. (It does appear,
of all places, in Grolier's Multimedia Encyclopedia.) In
this novel, Ms. Peters does the wonder of transporting us to
a Mexico that never was, with characters handpicked to
represent the heyday's of the 60's and 70's, right out of
El Zorro, with just a little bit of Tijuana thrown in for
good measure. As always, she manages to involve her
readers in the most mundane of occurrences, while managing
at the same time to make them seem earth-shattering and
unique. I have to confess that I, too, at this point,
suffer from an addiction to her books, which is perhaps
mitigated by the knowledge that it is the medium which
allows me the greatest utilization of my free time in
order to dissipate my everyday tensions. I heartily
recommend this book, which will keep you guessing wrong
until the last moment which hero is going to carry off
the heroine (or is it heroin?). Anyhow, please do not
take this the wrong way, but this book is probably best
read with a turist guide to Mexico right at your side,
which is probably the way the author composed her book,
just using it to refresh her memory for the most note-
worthy tourist treasures. Bravo!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good 28 July 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am an ardent fan of Ms Peters her books fill two shelves of my library....if you want a mystery to unravel with a touch of humour, or spiritual influence she will give it to you.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Peters's best 29 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Peters is a great writer of mysteries. Most of her books have a terrific mixture of lighthearted style, tricky puzzles, exotic settings, and characters endowed with personality. I almost always enjoy their interactions. Four Hundred Rabbits was written in the early 70s, and the protagonist is still something of a stereotypical helpless woman--understandable for its time, but not so great when you compare her to the protagonists in Ms. Peters' later books (especially the Amelia Peabody mysteries). However, what really disappointed me was the shallowness of secondary characters, and the relationships among the characters. In 400 Rabbits, there's a murkiness in the relationships that doesn't feel mysterious, just not carefully thought out. The voices don't sound as real as usual.
Of course, I'm comparing thsi work to other works by the same author; I'd recommend you select one of Ms. Peters more recent mysteries, which are nearly note-perfect, over this. But by all means, pick something she's written; you're certain to be hooked.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast read after a slow start 1 July 2003
By Moe811 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book starts out slow, and I had to get through the first couple of chapters to get to the interesting part. A young college student and her boyfriend journey to Mexico to find the woman's father. The father left when she was a child and has not communicated with her since. He seems to be ambivalent about seeing her again and his household is a strange one. The boyfriend strikes up a friendship with Ivan, the son of Carol's father's paramour, and the trip seems to disintegrate from there. His previously mild drug habit becomes worse and a strange man seems to be following Carol.
There are a few unexplained plot points and loose ends here, and the language is a bit dated, but this is an entertaining book, good for the beach.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alarming drug content... 10 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read 8 Elizabeth Peters books to date and this was the only one that I didn't absolutely adore. I was not prepared for the amount of drug content in it, and frankly it caught me completely off guard and made me uncomfortable. If you're looking for something light-hearted and a more fun read, stick to the Vicky Bliss books.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best beach book that took me to Mexico airfare included. 24 Nov 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Peters is certainly one prolific author, whether
she calls herself Barbara Michaels, or whether she goes by
her real name, which my sources would not have me disclose,
no matter what form of torture is applied. (It does appear,
of all places, in Grolier's Multimedia Encyclopedia.) In
this novel, Ms. Peters does the wonder of transporting us to
a Mexico that never was, with characters handpicked to
represent the heyday's of the 60's and 70's, right out of
El Zorro, with just a little bit of Tijuana thrown in for
good measure. As always, she manages to involve her
readers in the most mundane of occurrences, while managing
at the same time to make them seem earth-shattering and
unique. I have to confess that I, too, at this point,
suffer from an addiction to her books, which is perhaps
mitigated by the knowledge that it is the medium which
allows me the greatest utilization of my free time in
order to dissipate my everyday tensions. I heartily
recommend this book, which will keep you guessing wrong
until the last moment which hero is going to carry off
the heroine (or is it heroin?). Anyhow, please do not
take this the wrong way, but this book is probably best
read with a turist guide to Mexico right at your side,
which is probably the way the author composed her book,
just using it to refresh her memory for the most note-
worthy tourist treasures. Bravo!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast read after a slow start 1 July 2003
By Moe811 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book starts out slow, and I had to get through the first couple of chapters to get to the interesting part. A young college student and her boyfriend journey to Mexico to find the woman's father. The father left when she was a child and has not communicated with her since. He seems to be ambivalent about seeing her again and his household is a strange one. The boyfriend strikes up a friendship with Ivan, the son of Carol's father's paramour, and the trip seems to disintegrate from there. His previously mild drug habit becomes worse and a strange man seems to be following Carol.
There are a few unexplained plot points and loose ends here, and the language is a bit dated, but this is an entertaining book, good for the beach.
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