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Book Reviews of The Thanatos Syndrome

The Thanatos Syndrome
The Thanatos Syndrome
Author: Walker Percy
ISBN-13: 9780804102209
ISBN-10: 0804102201
Publication Date: 3/12/1988
Pages: 404
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.

2.9 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Ivy Books
Book Type: Paperback
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SutterTom avatar reviewed The Thanatos Syndrome on + 191 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A very well paced mystery thriller, that is also very witty & Thoughtful at times, about a doctor who returns to his rural Louisiana home down after a long absence to find all the townspeople behaving strangely. With the help of his fellow physician cousin, he begins to uncover a criminal experiment to influence people's behavior by tainting the water supply.
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"Thanatos"in Greek mythology cheated "Death" by assuming to be an animal. Great prose with an interesting premise, it centers on a paroled psychologist who has at one time made a "breakthrough" discovery. Now he is faced with secret and illegal dealings by (what else) BIG money, BIG enterprise, BIG egos, and whatever. A nuclear power plant is adulterating the water supply, but to what end? The end will surprise you, the story entertain you, the theme disgust you. But, read it anyway.
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If you like thrillers about odd circumstances in life then you\'ll really enjoy this book. Doesn\'t quite build to the climax I\'d hoped for but the premise is very interesting.
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"Spins along at a brisk thriller pace, laced with escapes and chase scenes and risky, ingenious detective work." -The New York Times Book Review

"He is a dazzlingly gifted novelist...Percy stages a lively medical mystery...that no serious reader will want to miss." -USA Today
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This was a very odd and original story. I'm sort of neutral on it, actually. the "mystery" part of it is not very interesting or convincing to me.
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