The Throat is told by tormented writer Tim Underhill. He's been through some terrible stuff in his life, including being on the body squad in Viet Nam! In the beginning, I learn that the accident I thought had happened to Tom Pasmore in Mystery actually happened to Tim, a witness to his sister's murder across the street. After that trauma, Tim goes on to talk about his years in "Pigtown" and meeting John Ransom, a wealthy young man who seems to have a lot of character. I learn that John Ransom also went to Viet Nam, married, and that his wife has become a victim of the Blue Rose Killer ... maybe. Or maybe it's a copycat. Or maybe it's someone else all together.
I think this would have been a good book if it hadn't been so long (did we really need half the stuff in that book?) and so confusing. Okay, so Tom Pasmore is a made-up character by author Tim Underhill except...wait a minute, he's not. So what is what and whose story is whose? My head was spinning half the time. The other half I felt annoyed by the antics of Underhill, Ransom and Pasmore, running around investigating people and shooting them like they are the law of the land.
Actions repeat themselves too much too. In all three books, there is some weiseheimer a-hole who really doesn't know what the heck he's doing...in two of the books, a murdered man is made to look like he committed suicide -- and this is a set-up by the so-called good guys! Yes, these murdered men were bad and evil but still...
I'm putting this book on the available list and letting paperback swap know that it's available again too.
This is one of the most distrubing books I have ever read..actually gave me nightmares!
when i started this it seemed familiar until about the halfway point. that's because i'd read the first half before, and then the book was accidentally used in a craft project. i just forgot to get another copy so i could finish it. that being said, this was a very good read. i'm glad i finally finished it and would recommend it to anyone who likes a mystery with a lot of twists and turns. i don't, however, recommend reading half the book and finishing it 10 years later.
Peter Straub is a much better writer than Stephen King in my opinion. His books are much more realistic, and therefore, much scarier. King often goes for the grossout, but Straub is classier. This is one of his best books!
The classic horror story by author of Koko and a big book!