- Publisher: Grafton / HarperCollins (1992)
- ISBN-10: 0586218459
- ISBN-13: 978-0586218457
- ASIN: B000KL5I8I
- Package Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
The Animal Hour
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Sooooooooo, that bein' clarified let's get down to the carpet tacks of what this story is 'bout. Well it's got lots of newyorkisms; of lots of Jewish Yiddish, an American Chop Suey of language and Cultural Walking Metaphors: the ultra insightful, unperturbable ultra can't-get-anything-passed-him detective, Muldoon maybe his name was. Anyway, he was humorously clever. He'd letcha walk into a trap. As clever as the closing "Gesundheit" in "The Taking of Pelham....".
Nancy Kincaid and 'er opening scenes in the office was great; and all the gargoyles and reliefs (on New York buildings) was great: especially in this age (in Ireland anyway) of....well, let's not go there: be seein' two waltzing mice talkin' about Ireland. (A Le Corboisier Culture. Street Planning like a Linzer Torte [criss-crossing of strips etcetera- horridly amateur. Your fault if ya see it as a holidaymaker).
Zach and Ollie were great and the Fernando Woodlawn's of the world an' Nancy's stay in the Montessori/Prison or Hospital (It's a question on when you place your emphasis) was great, an' escaping and such.
It hadda great line, like Groucho Marx, or maybe Andrew Klavan should take all the credit for the "'Drop the !'" line; as it could only 'ave fit in this novel. Avis was great an' all the new york repertoire of banter (kvetching?) and dreams: an' all of New York life stuffed in a can. It was Andrew Klavan's Campell's Soup Tin; of NW when Pres. Ford said? "New York: Fuhhgeddabboudit!!"
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i normally don't go for this style of book, when i first found this book it had been miss shelved in the sci fi/fantasy section and i was a silly little teen that judged books by their cover
i still do that and am often right about what i will enjoy ;)
anyway, i read the back, i was curious and off it went into the pile of books my mom and i were buying that day
and i do mean pile, most book buying days was a minimum of 5 books for each of us and the really great days had us buying 10 or more for each of us
we love to read, way better than tv (usually)
so i was a young teen when i read this and i fell in love with it
i was living not too far from where it was all happening in the book
the words drew me in, the poetry added something that still sticks with me
and the ONLY thing i am annoyed about with this book
is that it isnt in kindle format as i write this review
even decades later
i still love this book
Nevertheless, I'm afraid I can't recommend it, because it is so, so, so, so, SO disturbing. It has left me with images I wish I could scrub from my mind.
I would fault Andrew Klavan, however, for killing off one of the secondary characters late in the story. That was unnecessary, and in a way broke trust with the reader. We don't care how many good guys are killed to further the plot, but that character could have been badly wounded. Also, the ending should have been very clear. As a reader, I hate it when things are not totally and absolutely wrapped up (it was, but I wish he had written another half page).
Nevertheless, I highly recommend this forgotten thriller.
If you like this strange plot of someone going to work and nobody recognizing them, then also read "The Trader," by Charles DeLint. A old man wakes up in the body of a young man and vise-versa. The problem is that the young punk now has all his money. I won't say anymore. Trader (Newford)
You would probably also like Richard Laymon's "Body Rides." Body Rides
And "Desolate Angel," by Chaz McGee, where a detective is murdered and wakes up as a ghost.Desolate Angel (A Dead Detective Mystery)