Tim Underhill, now an acclaimed novelist, travels back to his home - town of Millhaven, Illinois after he gets a call from John Ransom, an old army buddy. Ransom believes there’s a copycat killer on the loose, mimicking the Blue Rose murders from decades earlier - he thinks his wife could be a potential victim. Underhill seeks out his friend Tom Pasmore, an aging hermit who has attained minor celebrity as an expert sleuth, to help him investigate.
They quickly discover that Millhaven is a town plagued by horrifying secrets and there is a twisted killer on the loose who is far more dangerous than they ever imagined. Expertly tying together the events of Koko and Mystery, The Throat proves Peter Straub to be the master of the suspense novel.
©1991 Peter Straub (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Terrifying psychological horror... Rich in detail and character.” (The Plain Dealer)
“Disturbing... Satisfying entertainment.... A bloodstained tapestry of stunning emotional power.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“A classic mystery novel.... Deft, impressive.” (The New York Times Book Review)
Have always loved to read. Life is busy, marriage, work, the kids. Time is limited. My commute is now listening to my books. Heaven!
Have read the book and liestened to it, Patrick Lawlor's voice is superior to the voice in my head while reading.
Not to give too much away, the confrontation between Tim and the killer at the end of the book is very memorable.
Mr. Lawlor is the voice of the characters, he understands the material. He is the story.
No extreme reaction but I certainly was riveted by it.
I recommend this book to any myestery lovers, but read Mystery and Koko first!!
Of our time.
Vietnam was more than a war.
This is a complex book that for baby boomers is an interesting read. The Vietnam war is an integral part of the plot, and the book shows that in the name of "war", we can lose our way, that we can sacrifice our values for not a goddamn thing.
Great Book, but you really are missing the full experience of the book, if you have not read Mystery.
Love "just call my Joyce" section~!!!
The story. Narration is also very good. The midwest accents are spot on. It takes a moment to get used to the TV Weatherman type of narrative delivery, but that sense soon passes. His dialogue is consistently excellent. I can always tell when a different character is speaking, and that's all I need.
The plot is a slow accretion of character elements and events that accumulate into a story that involves many lives, with threads that lead in many directions and incidents from decades past. It is a novel you can brood about and parse and enjoy just thinking about. The characters are very real and authentic. The conflicts are external and internal. It is everything you want in a novel.
All of the scenes from Tim Underhill's point of view regarding Vietnam. Especially the body detail scenes.
The Heart of Darkness is closer than you think.
Other reviewers are unfairly critical of Patrick Lawlor's performance. Give it half a chance already.
I started this book not realizing it was third in a trilogy, but found myself so intrigued I didn't want to quit listening to go back and start from the first in the series. I've been a Peter Straub written stories fan since my first trip to the public library as a pre-teen, and am not disappointed at my first Straub audio experience. Five stars!
I am an avid hot rodder and enjoy restoring antique airplanes and automobiles.
There are some good insights to the human nature in this book. Certain sections are compelling, but the story loses stide from time to time.
Create a Readers Digest version keeping the better parts and losing the extra verbage that is truly unnecessary.
I felt the narration hurt this story. Some of the highlights were not read with the intensity they deserved.
I will not listen to it a second time.
More of a storyline and less graphic gore/blood/disgusting stuff.
He was OK
I would not read another book by this author.
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