“Brilliantly written. An inspired thriller. His finest work.” —The Washington Post “A masterpiece of terror.” —Los Angeles Times“Completely plotted, thickly. Koko. Peter Straub, Author Dutton Books $ (0p) ISBN a playing card with “Koko” scrawled on it, was also a member of the platoon. Koko, released in , was Peter Straub’s first solo novel since ‘s collaboration with Stephen King, The Talisman. Straub had been a.
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He also lost his job, and after stumbling across evidence of the Koko killings, he concocted a get-rich-quick scheme: Blue Rose Trilogy 1.
I bought this book for two reasons: Conor Linklater — A carpenter who is considerably less well-off financially than the other members of the quartet, Conor is conscientious and trustworthy.
Various characters — Poole and Pumo certainly, and maybe Beevers as well, and probably Linklater — see inexplicable things during the course of the novel.
Straub is sometimes so difficult to categorise it boggles the mind, but if something like psychological-horror-thriller-mystery-cult-novel rings your bell, go for it! They are on the same plane here, but IMO, King still comes out on top!
A rare gem, worth multiple readings. This is pages long.
A lot to consider there, but it passes the smell-test with me; topics for further consideration at a later date! In Milwaukee, the trio find out that Dengler and Spitalny went to the same school together, and speak to several of Spitalny’s old classmates. The countercultural tour of Southeast Asia among others have been done to death since I hate to be a dick here but the perceived value of having been written by Peter Straub seems to have carried a competent, yet otherwise dated and overweight thriller for close to thirty years now.
Jan 17, Claudia Putnam rated it really liked it Shelves: Were it not for the narrative and the insight into characters’ heads, Koko could almost be written in the style of a nonfiction true-crime narrative, one of the ones that sticks more on the account side rather than the sensational side of things. I just hope I enjoy his later works as well! Ghost Story becomes Straub’s first bestseller. It is a pter tour-de-force by the excellent writer Peter Kokp. I hate to be a dick here but the perceived value of having been written by Peter Straub seems to have carried a competent, yet otherwise dated and overweight thriller for close to thirty years now.
The only economical means of managing the journey from Kennedy airport to Westport, Connecticut is by a van or bus under the management of the sadly misnamed Connecticut Limousine Company, which deposits the weary traveler in the parking lot of a Westport motel.
The four served together during the Vietnam War, and in particular were party to some rather disturbing events surrounding the village of Ia Thuc and the area known as Dragon Valley. But the four men are sure they are the only ones left alive. I certainly wouldn’t rank it that way, but, as is often the case when I read Straub’s work, there’s a nagging voice in the back front of my head saying that I haven’t put in the appropriate amount of work to crack this particular egg.
Don’t get peeter wrong.
The Truth Inside The Lie: A Review of Peter Straub’s “Koko”
To me, that was horror. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Bryant Burnette May 9, at 3: Retrieved from ” https: And then things get weird. A few scenes actually reminded me of “The Dead Zone,” specifically the scene in which Johnny and Bannerman go to the deputy’s house and talk to his crazy mother. As for “Koko”, my reading of the summary in Sheehan’s book made me think that it was a case of Straub being a bit too clever to succeed. And on the one hand, you have to wonder why Straub would go that route with this guy’s name.
This was another group read that took a long time to get through, but that’s not a reflection on the quality of the book petr life just got in the way a lot! Pumo, Spitalny, Beevers, Linklater, Underhill are sstraub real people who will stay strabu you, and Koko is the ghost that haunts them all. I came back to America kooo wound up writing a couple of books with a novelist named Peter Straub.
At nine, when the children had been dispatched to their beds, he and I returned to his office, where he drank single-malt Scotch whiskey, now and then permitting me a miserly dram. And given the kolo of back and forth, it reads to me very much like an interview where he answered all the questions by mail or whatever. Other books in the series.
KOKO By Peter Straub
You do yourself a favor in reading this brilliant book. In practice, this meant that I was left to my own devices while Susan ferried the children hither and yon. I’ve got my doubts. Dengler killed Spitalny, switched dog-tags, and had a mob destroy his face and body. I was hoping for a little horror and it didn’t even need to be supernatural. If there is, it flew over my head; and while I wouldn’t rule that out, I don’t think it’s the case.
Michael, Conor, Beevers, Underhill, and Maggie mourn Tina’s death, though Maggie does not attend the funeral, as she’s worried about what Tina’s relatives will say about her position in his life. The story, however, concerns itself with a mystery: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel Oh, and by the way, for the benefit of those reading along, here is a video showing the Holbein painting: This book is not a quick read, it’s everything but, and when I Tricksy Review Where to start?
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot to like about KOKO. Four survivors of a doomed platoon—Michael Poole a pediatrician plagued by grief over the death of his young son from cancer and ambivalence about his marriageTina Pumo owner of a Vietnamese restaurantConor Linklater a journeyman construction worker and Harry Beevers an opportunistic lawyer —gather to discuss the Koko killings.
Here’s what he had to say about it in his book-length inquiry into Straub’s fiction, At the Foot of the Story Tree which no Straub fan should be without:. View all 16 comments.