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The Monkey House Paperback – 6 Aug 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (6 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330419757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330419758
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,549,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely first-rate...shocking enough to steal the breath and bruise the heart...Too good to miss. (refers to hardback) -- Literary Review

Fullerton captures the grit and dust of the imploding city beautifully. -- The Observer

Highly accomplished. This is writing of the first rank...(refers to the hardback) -- Irish Times

Powerful and authentic (refers to hardback edition) -- Mail On Sunday

Well-written and tightly plotted, The Monkey House is a chilling, angry thriller...(refers to hardback) -- The Economist

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"I wouldn't compare this to Gorky Park, I would compare it to Dante's Inferno. The mystery is, why aren't there more books as good as this? The reason is that very few people of us have been to places as dark as this, and John Fullerton has." - Martin Cruz Smith, author of Gorky Park

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By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best anti-war books - and crime novels - I've read. A lone policeman insists on investigating the murder of a young woman - although murders are happening every day in Sarajevo at the hands of the Serb nationalists surrounding the city. This is a heart-rending story of conscience, a man's love for his fellow man, for his alcoholic wife, for his city, for a young woman. A wonderful war story.
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This excellent story transcends the bounds of "thriller" and goes into deeper territory where morality, honour, truth and duty all come under scrutiny. Apparently written using incidents culled from the author's own experiences while a Reuters correspondent and put on paper as a sort of catharsis, the tautness of the storyline and the evocative writing elevate The Monkey House to the front-rank. It reminded me strongly of of (long-forgotten) Geoffrey Household in its intensity of evocation of atmosphere and the best of Le Carre in plotting.
The basic tenet of the story is very simple: how does an honourable man cope when the world descends into madness around him? and what does that honourable man do if he is a policeman investigating murders when almost everyone else in his whole world is busily engaged in the legitimated murder of civil warfare?
John Fullerton has written an exceptional book with a story based in one of the nastiest of modern conflicts but drawing out a timeless morality of the Good Man.
This book was published three years before Dan Fesperman's much-lauded "Lie in the Dark" and deals with much the same themes -- but in superior writing, to my mind
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This excellent story transcends the bounds of "thriller" and goes into deeper territory where morality, honour, truth and duty all come under scrutiny. Apparently written using incidents culled from the author's own experiences while a Reuters correspondent and put on paper as a sort of catharsis, the tautness of the storyline and the evocative writing elevate The Monkey House to the front-rank. It reminded me strongly of of (long-forgotten) Geoffrey Household in its intensity of evocation of atmosphere and the best of Le Carre in plotting.
The basic tenet of the story is very simple: how does an honourable man cope when the world descends into madness around him? and what does that honourable man do if he is a policeman investigating murders when almost everyone else in his whole world is busily engaged in the legitimated murder of civil warfare?
John Fullerton has written an exceptional book with a story based in one of the nastiest of modern conflicts but drawing out a timeless morality of the Good Man.
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I picked this book up in a charity shop and I've been stunned by how good it is, I can't understand why this hasn't been made into a film .
Set in the 1990s in war torn Sarejevo a detective is investigating a murder in a city where death is ever present.
We think we are the good guys and they are the bad guys it's easier to make sense of events, the truth in war is messier and this story has good things done by bad people and visa versa
I urge you to read this book you won't regret it but you will wonder why there hasn't been a follow up
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Format: Hardcover
This excellent story transcends the bounds of "thriller" and goes into deeper territory where morality, honour, truth and duty all come under scrutiny. Apparently written using incidents culled from the author's own experiences while a Reuters correspondent and put on paper as a sort of catharsis, the tautness of the storyline and the evocative writing elevate The Monkey House to the front-rank. It reminded me strongly of of (long-forgotten) Geoffrey Household in its intensity of evocation of atmosphere and the best of Le Carre in plotting.
The basic tenet of the story is very simple: how does an honourable man cope when the world descends into madness around him? and what does that honourable man do if he is a policeman investigating murders when almost everyone else in his whole world is busily engaged in the legitimated murder of civil warfare?
John Fullerton has written an exceptional book with a story based in one of the nastiest of modern conflicts but drawing out a timeless morality of the Good Man.
This book was published three years before Dan Fesperman's much-lauded "Lie in the Dark" and deals with much the same themes -- but in superior writing, to my mind
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