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The Throat (Blue Rose Trilogy)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2001
This continues Straubs work on the after affects of Vietnam which he started in Koko. Throat concentrates on Tim Underhill as he retraces his childhood whilst helping an old freind to discover a killer. Its hard to define this as horror as its also a compulsive page turning thriller. Absolutely brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2006
Like a jigsaw puzzle whodunnit where, just as you think all is revealed, Straub throws a few more pieces on the table just to confuse you. I wouldn't call this a horror story, more crime+thriller category - though there's several horrible moments described vividly. The story has echoes of "Apocalypse Now" type Vietnam memories, all linked up with child abuse, and serial killing on a grand scale across America. It's narrated in first person by Tim Underhill,(vet hero of 'Koko') who is chasing personal demons alongside investigating this mystery. His pal and fellow investigator Tom Pasmore is the son of the "Shadow" (Of "Who knows what lurks in the minds of men? - only the Shadow" - radio play fame)- and has appeared in Straub's book "Mystery" - of which this book could be called a sequel, or maybe just an off-shoot. I thought it was great - kept me guessing (almost) to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2004
"Mystery" and "The Throat" once saved me from winter depression, sending me deep into the dark, gloomy stories of Tom Pasmore and Tim Underhill. Lies, deceit and violence inhabited the large mansions as well as the ramshackle buildings of "Pigtown", the ghettolike part of the island, where the poor black people lived. People look down on the "detectives", disliking their digging in other people's miserable secrets and their interest in the truth, truths they themselves wanted to keep hidden. Men in high places try to stop them, at all cost..

The writing is superb and I enjoyed the books to the last page.
Straub has been said too be the "Stephen King for adults", perhaps an unhappy choice of words, since both writers deserve far more credit than that, but I partly agree. They are both masters in building this tension, this uncanny feeling that someone is watching you. If you want that feeling, without any supernatural stuff, these books are for you. I promise you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2010
This is one of Straub's finest novels. Don't try to categorize it as 'horror' or 'mystery/thriller', as this book defies classification and lives independently of any genre. It helps if you've read 'Mystery' first but don't let that stop you from reading The Throat. It is a clever, entertaining, and moving book with a lot of heart, and has sub-plots that are almost as interesting as the main story that Straub is telling here. Read this if you liked Koko. Read it if you like beautifully written and complex fiction populated by believable and richly drawn characters. I loved every word. Writing this review makes me want to read it again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2005
How do I convey in words just how good this book is? I continue to read it at least once every 2 years and still get involved in the complex storyline as if it were the first time. The characters inhabit a world that seems just a little beyond my reach - they're all more intelligent than I am, but they do not feel alien to me. It's easy to compare Mr Straub with Stephen King, but that is misleading. King's books provide a pleasant diversion away form ordinary life (though I haven't actually read any of his books for a number of years now - why read King when I can re-read Straub?). The books of Peter Straub are on a whole different level. Try one and see...
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on 21 December 2014
Surprised at the graphic violence for a book that is so well written.
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