“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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Found this novel staring at me from the shelf of a used book store about a year ago.

As I walked it to the counter, a single playing card fell out of the middle of the book, where, I assume, someone had marked a page.

And then things get weird. I was hoping for a little horror and it didn’t even need to be supernatural. It is a hard cover first edition that graces my shelves. This one took us awhile, but as always the group read experience makes for a better read.

King’s primary focus is on story, with a strong secondary focus on character and a strong tertiary focus on prose style. If you’re never able to shake the feelings it gives you, it’s won. Anonymous January 30, at 9: It’s a tale of a group of men who travelled to hell and returned with their own personal devils. Not a great novel, but a step up.

Kokothe novel, is a disjointed, psychological, somewhat confusing affair. And given the lack of back and forth, it reads to me very much like an interview where he answered all the questions by mail or whatever. Underhill narrates the end of the story, and imagines Koko’s first few days in Honduras and the constant anxiety that would come with them.


Meanwhile, a killer with the almost preternatural ability to move from place to place, vanish in plain sight, and make his face forgettable is tracking the men.

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They are on the same plane here, but IMO, King still comes out on top! 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.

Conor and Ellen are waiting fervently for them at the airport, where Underhill is arrested because Harry Beevers had made an anonymous call to police so he could get Michael and Pfter out of the way and capture Koko alone. There is an underlying, pervading menace in this novel and perhaps that’s why it was so hard to put down.

Fiction Book Review: Koko by Peter Straub, Author Dutton Books $ (0p) ISBN

Jan 17, Claudia Putnam rated it really liked it Shelves: In all cases, probably not. There is real madness to be found here.

It’s called “Sides” and is to date his only collection of non-fiction criticism. King would be kind of right about that, because one could simply drop a reference to the Holbein painting — or an indirect allusion, in this case, I suppose — and then call oneself brilliant.


I don’t blame Straub much if at all for the relative imperfection, though. Did he wish to shock, annoy, disturb, and provoke?

KOKO By Peter Straub

As it turns out, they are not there merely for the dedication of the Wall; they have also been assembled because their lieutenant has become aware of serial killings that he suspects have been carried out by one of their fellow soldiers, Tim Underhill, who was last known to be living in Bangkok.

On the first page of “The Throat”, narrator Tim Underhill writes ” Lists with This Book. Even trying to explain this is a bit exhausting, especially if your brain isn’t working any better than mine is working today.

More, as always, below Koko tells the story of four men: Sure, there were four different Vietnam vets that reunited in Washington but to me they all read like different versions of the same man, each individually cloaked or tricked out in some other fashion, they all seemed like revenants of a common host.

Michael Poole — I guess you’d say he’s strraub novel’s main character. And don’t sell yourself short: View all 16 comments. I could not read this book all at once.