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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,365 ratings  ·  126 reviews

Jack Ketchum is back to frighten us again with...Red!

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Published October 27th 2009 by Audio Realms (first published January 1st 1996)
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Adam Light
Red is the story of Avery Ludlow, an old widower out fishing, his trusty dog at his side, when he is set upon by three teenage boys intent on robbing him. When they realize Avery hasn't got anything worth their while, the boy with the shotgun blows the dogs head off for shits and giggles.
The titular dog was Avery's best friend, and he wants justice. He plans to get it no matter what the consequences might be.

This is the first Ketchum book I have read that was not necessarily a horror story, and
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Maicie
Most of us go somewhat insane when someone messes with our child or our dog. You can talk smack about my sister, my mama, even my husband, but one snarky remark about my child and you will meet my alter, not very nice, ego. Kick my dog and I turn into a pro-death-penalty, gun toting, gray-haired bundle of irrational action.

When Avery Ludlow decides to go after the three teenagers who shoot and kill his dog, I was pumping my fist in the air. I was still pumping it when the book ended. Lord, I hat
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Tressa
Very difficult book to read (I've always had a tender spot in my heart for animals), but great satisfaction seeing a man get fed up and take the law into his owns hands.

Red really highlights the inability for citizens to take responsibility for their actions and the actions of their snot-nosed slacker brats.
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*

When most people think of Jack Ketchum, they think of horror. You think of horror again when you read a book blurb that sounds like a more realistic, friendlier version of Pumpkinhead. So hey, it’s a horror story right?

Well, not really. Life has decided to stop being predictable after all. Red is much more than the typical revenge story it touts itself as being. Av doesn’t believe a crime can’t be forgiven, but he doesn’t believe in scapegoats, liars, or not manning up to your mistakes and acce
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Adam
I was initially reluctant to read this, especially after reading Off Season, since that book clearly demonstrated that Jack Ketchum is a writer who is not afraid to "go too far." After reading Off Season and the back cover blurb for Red, I was worried that Red would callously use the death of an old man's dog as an excuse to depict an old man going over the edge and murdering and torturing the boys who did it in the most disturbing and horrific ways possible. After reading The Girl Next Door, ho ...more
Marc-Antoine
No one writes revenge like Jack Ketchum. A masterpiece in my mind.
Ken McKinley
Avery is a 67 year old veteran of the Korean War and a widow. Red is his dog and faithful companion. His wife bought him when he was a puppy for Avery and is one of the last links to his deceased wife. While fishing in a rural Maine stream one afternoon, he's confronted by three spoiled punk teenagers with a shotgun. In an attempt to rob Avery, they are enraged to learn he only has a few dollars in his wallet all the way back in his parked truck. They then turn the shotgun on the dog instead. As ...more
Claudia
I'm not a dog person. I wouldn't normally pick up a book about a dog but this one came highly recommended. It's not really about the dog, but about the man, Av and a crime that triggers a series of events both good and bad. This story is about responsibility, consequences, and the often torturous path to the truth. Are there actions that are too heinous to forgive? I believe there are and so does Av. Passion is often considered a young man's condition but Ketchum shows us that given the right ci ...more
Melissa Helwig
During an attempted robbery, three teens shoot a man's dog for kicks. But that dog was the best thing in Avery Ludlow's life and he's not going to let them get away with it. He wants justice for Red and he's going to get it no matter what it takes.

What I love about Jack Ketchum is that all of his novels are realistic. I could see any of his plots happening to myself, which makes them even scarier.

And Red is no exception. Loving and losing an animal is something everyone can relate to, making it
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John
For those who have never read Jack Ketchum dont believe everything you hear.His work has been called pornographic and thats one of the nicer things said about his work.I cant speak for everything he has wrote but this book has a lot of heart.

The basic premise is a man in his sixties is harassed by a trio of teenagers.They kill his dog Red in a terribly violent manner.The main component of the story is how the old man Avery Allan Ludlow deals with this loss and what he chooses to do about it.This
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11811 (Eleven)
Ketchum is a master of horror that lacks supernatural elements. Another 3 stars for the bonus novella, "The Passenger."
Bandit
Great story, really good movie adaptation too.
Alex Gherzo
Red wasn't exactly what I expected after reading a few of Jack Ketchum's other books, but I loved it just the same. It isn't a horror novel in the way that those others are, but it deals with similar themes.


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When Avery "Av" Ludlow's dog, Red, is murdered in cold blood by a sadistic teen (with his younger brother and an obnoxious buddy looking on), Av seeks justice. But at every turn, it's made abundantly clear to him that no one will have to answer for Red's death. When every traditio
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Chris
Jun 25, 2008 Chris rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the unaware
Red – Jack Ketcum
Leisure – Horror – 211 Weak Pages

You’re at the bookstore, under the gun as the girlfriend has imposed an unwavering 5-minute limit on your remaining time. And there it is….. part of a 3 for the price of 2 bargain…… endorsed boldly on the cover by the greatest hack of our age, Stephen King….. the blood red cover showcasing a wooded area as the background of a recently-fired shotgun and an equally-recent corpse, presumably its victim….. and the synopsis on the back cover alludes t
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Cynthia
It's no secret that Ketchum is one of my favorite authors. He is a master when it comes to character development and delivering an interesting, well executed story. Red is one of those stories.

Avery Ludlow is a simple old man. He lives a nice quiet life since the passing of his beloved wife. He owns a general store and his best friend is an aging dog named Red his wife gave him.

While Avery and Red are out fishing, three teenagers approach and attempt to rob him. When they can't get what they wa
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Dave Granger
A much better book than I had expected. So much of what I've read of Mr. Ketchum's has been extreme horror, but this one seemed more personal and even touching at times. Sure, there are some crazy and violent moments in here too, but by far this is one of my favorite books of his.
Donald Kirch
Excellent read. As always...the book was better than the movie. This is a "grown up" story about a man's devotion to his dog. Ketchum is one HELL of a storyteller.
Chad Brown
I love this story and the ending brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. The only thing I disliked was Leisure's inclusion of The Passenger, which I have still been unable to get into and read, as a ploy to make the book look longer. Ketchum's exploration of loss (and not just the loss of a pet), justice, revenge, and letting go of the past through the character of Avery are excellent. This book is not one of Ketchum's best, but it is one of my favorites nevertheless. It is also a fine exa ...more
Trevor
Red makes the main character, Avery, as well as readers, wonder where the search for justice ends and revenge begins. Animal lovers, especially those of us who have those special four-legged companions who love us unconditionally, may find themselves almost weepy at times.

Red also demonstrates how frustrating it can be to go through the proper channels when one is wronged - the system can't protect you, as you're already a victim of a crime; the system may be unable to dispense justice; some pe
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Alison Wild
Two Short Novels, Both Pretty Darn Red

Two Short Novels, Both Pretty Darn Red

I wish that the listing of the book had explained what it really was before I bought it. So I'm going to mention it here. I buy a huge amount of books for my kindle, and I look for the longest book I can find that interests me, for the price. The description of this book gave a 300 plus page count, so I was expecting a good full-length novel.

In fact, the novel advertised, "Red" ends quite abruptly. The last hundred or s
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Jerry
I liked this alot. A short read and very engaging indeed. I like the way the author writes and is always carefully revealing about his characters. Drip feeding you snippets of history here and there; peaking your interest constantly. From the jacket you get the idea it's going to be a full on "hard done by war vet goes mad and dices up the town" type affair, but really there is a lot more to it than that and Av certainly has dealt with worse than the main event. Classic Ketchum.
Justin
I'm not a fan of dogs, but after I read the first chapter of Red, I felt terrible when the three boys killed Ludlow's dog, Red. At first glance, this seems like a revenge story and it's what I expected from Ketchum, but it's more restrained than his typical graphic stories. Ketchum delves into Ludlow's past, his family, his loss, and Red represents more than just a dog, but the last remnants of his old life. What Ludlow wants more than anything is for the boys to own up to their act of meanness, ...more
Allen
May 14, 2008 Allen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who hate fuckers.
Recommended to Allen by: Josh
This is such a great and well written story. It's a quick read at 200 pgs, but still manages to pack some laughs and a lot of heartache into the story. I look forward to reading more Jack Ketchum (or Ketchup as Jenny likes to say).
Rob Boley
At the heart of RED's story is a very touching relationship between an older man, Avery, and his dog, Red. This could very easily be a simple story of revenge. Instead, because Ketchum makes his protagonist so very layered, it's a story about one man seeking justice, not revenge, for a horrible deed. Beneath the well-paced plot, RED also serves as a meditation on the value we as humans put on life. What is the life of a dog worth? What is that companionship worth? True to form, Ketchum doesn't s ...more
Lee
This one really showed me how Ketchum can write something other than horror. This was a heartfelt story, that the 'ol guy just wanted justice, for the senseless killing of his best friend....his dog.
☆Joycedale☆
I'm going to be honest, I had forgotten I read this. Someone metioned it and it sparked a memory. I know a really liked it.
Mike Kazmierczak
Wow! Two extremely powerful stories in one book that I could barely put down. I burned through the entire book in one day. First, the title story: RED. In the first few pages, Avery Ludlow loses his dog Red to some mean kids who shotgun it for no real reason. The rest of the story is about Ludlow and his search for justice. Not a "revenge above all us" type of justice but a true "put right what was wrong" type of justice. And what really carries the whole story forward and makes it work so well ...more
Jak
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Tim
I got this from a sister-in-law who is into horror and all that. Actually it's two works. The larger, "Red," is about wreaking justice on punks who do cruelty to animals. I'm sorry to report that, despite being mildly entertaining and easy to read, the "horror" factor is very mildly bland.AND predictable. Couple surprises, but all in all just a tale of an old guy and Justice for All Dogs.

On the other hand, the novella, "The Passenger," DOES deliver the thrills, suspense, disturbing personalities
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Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk -- a former flower child and baby boomer who figures that in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs and horror probably saved his life. His first novel, Off Season, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is per ...more
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