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  • Paperback: 689 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Books; 1 Reprint edition (10 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030747223X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307472236
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 931,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A masterpiece. . . . The most intelligent novel of suspense to come along in years." --"Washington Post Book World"
"Disturbing. . . . Satisfying entertainment. . . . A bloodstained tapestry of stunning emotional power." --"San Franscisco Chronicle"
"A classic mystery novel. . . . Deft, impressive." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Magnificent. . . . Intensely riveting. . . . A haunting tale of murder, obsession, and the malevolent horror that can inhabit those dark forbidding places in us all." --"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Terrifying psychological horror. . . . One of this year's best contemporary horror novels. . . . Straub, a master storyteller, weaves a tale that's rich in detail and character." --"Cleveland Plain-Dealer"
"An intense thriller. . . . Fans of Straub's "Koko" will be pleased to know that Tim Underhill is back." --"USA Today"
"An excellent psychological novel. . . . Straub well understands the dark recesses of the psyche where the personal demons dwell. . . . We may want to turn away . . . but we cannot because the horror mesmerizes us." --"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
"Suspenseful and compelling. . . . Mesmerizing. . . . An accelerated roller-coaster read that is totally engrossing. . . . Just when the reader thinks he has the cases figured out, Straub manipulates the plot to expose yet more twists." --"Chattanooga Times Free Press"
"Marvelous. . . . Enormously satisfying. . . . Unashamedly designed to fascinate."--"Sacramento Bee"
"The best of Peter Straub's writing." --"Houston Chronicle"
"The characters are outstanding. . . . They are the story, enshrouded by a nightmare that never lifts. Peter Straub takes bold risks and he succeeds." --"San Jose Mercury News"
"Enomously entertaining and scary. . . . Rich, complex, dark, and tough to put down."--"New York Daily News"

A masterpiece. . . . The most intelligent novel of suspense to come along in years. "Washington Post Book World"
Disturbing. . . . Satisfying entertainment. . . . A bloodstained tapestry of stunning emotional power. "San Franscisco Chronicle"
A classic mystery novel. . . . Deft, impressive. "The New York Times Book Review"
Magnificent. . . . Intensely riveting. . . . A haunting tale of murder, obsession, and the malevolent horror that can inhabit those dark forbidding places in us all. "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
Terrifying psychological horror. . . . One of this year s best contemporary horror novels. . . . Straub, a master storyteller, weaves a tale that's rich in detail and character. "Cleveland Plain-Dealer"
An intense thriller. . . . Fans of Straub s "Koko" will be pleased to know that Tim Underhill is back. "USA Today"
An excellent psychological novel. . . . Straub well understands the dark recesses of the psyche where the personal demons dwell. . . . We may want to turn away . . . but we cannot because the horror mesmerizes us. "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
Suspenseful and compelling. . . . Mesmerizing. . . . An accelerated roller-coaster read that is totally engrossing. . . . Just when the reader thinks he has the cases figured out, Straub manipulates the plot to expose yet more twists. "Chattanooga Times Free Press"
Marvelous. . . . Enormously satisfying. . . . Unashamedly designed to fascinate. "Sacramento Bee"
The best of Peter Straub s writing. "Houston Chronicle"
The characters are outstanding. . . . They are the story, enshrouded by a nightmare that never lifts. Peter Straub takes bold risks and he succeeds. "San Jose Mercury News"
Enomously entertaining and scary. . . . Rich, complex, dark, and tough to put down. "New York Daily News""

From the Back Cover

"A masterpiece… the most intelligent novel of suspense to come along in years"
WASHINGTON POST

Writer Tim Underhill, the haunted Vietnam-vet hero of 'Koko', has been summoned by childhood friend John Ransom to his home town of Millhaven, the site of old horrors now plagued by new demons. After decades of silence, it appears that the Blue Rose killer has struck again – brutally murdering Ransom's wife.

Assisted in his search for the truth by the reclusive amateur detective Tom Pasmore, Underhill is swiftly drawn into a dark labyrinth of lies and deceit, each turn punctuated by jolting shocks, leading inexorably back to the terrors of his own past – to mysterious events in the jungles of Vietnam; to the day he witnessed the killing of his young sister; and to the ensuing series of murders that rocked the city.

"Gripping and many-layered enough to hook even readers who never sample horror novels. Think of a high quality 'Twin Peaks', only deeper and far better plotted. Straub matches Stephen King's feel for the real America."
DAILY MAIL

"A blood-stained tapestry of stunning emotional power, thoroughly satisfying"
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Very impressive… a classic mystery."
NEW YORK TIMES

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By A Customer on 4 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
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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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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"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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