“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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Oct 20, Duncan Ralston rated it liked it. We have to talk a bit about Koko himself, the titular antagonist.
Meanwhile, back in America, Tina Pumo is murdered by Koko in his apartment. As the reunion goes underway their former commanding officer does show them something that really spooks them. Earlier in life, when I undertook my limited kpko with Lynch, I just threw up my hands and walked away. I think Straub is precisely the kind of author who would do a thing like that. But the four men are sure they are the only ones left alive. He moves down a flight of stairs, a knife in one pocket and a pair of handcuffs in the opposite pocket.
Just finished book one of this trilogy. Loko prompted me to buy a Peter Straub book every time I came across one, and unfortunately no novel of his I have read has compared. But I wouldn’t have cut a bit of it out, even the Under Venus -esque bits with Michael and Harry’s ex or soon to be -wives. Misguided in every aspect of its intention, pster and execution, actually misguided at its core, this resolute display of narrative perversity now and again nearly succeeds, quite mysteriously, in its struab ambition to surpass the time-honored conventions of genre fiction.
Another thought, and this might be pretty out there, is about the constant thread of the novel The Ambassadors. None of the men are particularly stable to begin with.
The character of Harry Beevers also appears as a teenager and central pteer in Straub’s novella, Blue Rose.
Koko – Peter Straub
He had spent months writing no more than increasingly irrelevant notes. And then when I figured out what the book was really about, the pieces suddenly clicked into place and what I saw as disparate, offhand elements suddenly came together and clicked. This took me on a Right off the hook with this book Peter puts you in the story of Four Vietnam veterans that reunite after what has been 15 years after the war, they all made their little ways in the world after the war, but to some of them the war is still very fresh in their minds, and one horror of it, a chain of murders is committed in south Asia.
Let’s let Straub expert Bill Sheehan explain what happened next.
No one who did not serve in Vietnam is capable of writing about that experience. Review originally appeared on www. Starub not; if you find me guilty of pretension here, I don’t disagree with you. Newer Post Older Post Home.
The Truth Inside The Lie: A Review of Peter Straub’s “Koko”
The word has eerie connotations for the four men – they believe that a former member of their platoon is behind the murders. And probably solve – or exquisitely confuse – my issues with the novel.
Then there’s “The Throat”. During these late hours, he at last confessed to me that his latest project was a sort of thriller involving Vietnam veterans and with no discernible supernatural element whatsoever.
Michael explains this to Murphy, the policeman who arrested Underhill, and reveals that Koko is not Spitalny as they had thought, but M. It does take awhile to get pefer engrossed in this novel. It is a hard cover first edition that graces my shelves. Wtraub book does not incorporate a supernatural antagonist, and if it had it would have probably made the book a true “Horror Book”, at least in my mind. The story is very well written and you really live with the characters, some less sympathetic than others.
It’s obvious that you really enjoyed “Koko” as much or more than I did, so you really should try to read the story “Blue Rose” and both novels “The Throat” and “Mystery”. Right off the hook with this book Peter puts you in the story of Four Vietnam veterans that reunite after what has been 15 years after the war, they all made their little ways in the world after the war, but to some of them the war is still very fresh in their minds, and one horror of it, a chain of murders is committed in south Asia.
But yeah for me I read about an antagonist like Koko or the Dragon and I have way too many questions I get irritated for even having to ask. There’s so much to say but to organize it is a task.
KOKO By Peter Straub
It’s kind of tough to be cogent about Straub, isn’t it? The terrors explored within this novel are especially cutting as they focus on the all too true atrocities of war. At one point toward the end, it even becomes possible that the entire novel is merely a fictional or fictionalized narrative written by one of the characters.