The Throat by Peter Straub (1993)

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The Throat
by Peter Straub
Publisher: Dutton / A Dutton Book
Copyright: 1993
First Printing

"I realized at last that the thought of seeing Millhaven again filled me with dread. Millhaven and Vietnam were oddly interchangeable, fragments of some greater whole, some larger story -- a lost story that preceded the fables of Orpheus and Lot's wife and said: You will lose everything if you turn around and look back. You turn around, you look back. Are you destroyed? Or is it that you see the missing, unifying section of the puzzle, the secret, filled with archaic and godlike terror, you have kept from yourself."

In this searing novel of psychological terror. Tim Underhill, the haunted Vietnam vet-hero of Koko, courts ultimate destruction as he dares to look back to a dark past that holds the secret of the evil which signs its name Blue Rose.

Tim Underhill has been summoned to Millhaven, the site of old crimes now plagued by new demons, by his childhood friend, John Ransom. After decades of silence, it appears that the Blue Rose killer has struck again -- brutally murdering John Ransom's wife, April. Ransom enlists Tim Underhill's help in uncovering the true identity of this madman who was supposed to be dead, having committed suicide over 40 years ago . . . Millhaven's resident sleuth, the brilliant and reclusive Tom Pasmore, last seen in the pages of Peter Straub's novel Mystery, comes out of apparent retirement to assist his friend Tim Underhill, and the two men are drawn into a dark labyrinth of lies and deceit, each turn punctuated by jolting shocks that reveal connections between the tantalizingly mysterious Green Woman Taproom and the elusive truths buried in the steaming jungles of Vietnam . . . between the peaceful surface of everyday life and the secret shame that seethes below.

The Throat is Peter Straub's ultimate thriller, his most powerful book to date. Brilliantly executed, it tightens the screws of suspense as it toys with our expectations and primal fears. This harrowing novel strikes resonant psychological chords and demonstrates a literary mastery that has never been more dazzling. It confirms Peter Straub as one of America's premier writers of profoundly terrifying fiction.

Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover shows a bit of shelf wear and light discoloration. Pages are tanned from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.


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