Straw Men (Straw Men #1)
Who are they?
What do they want?
Why do they kill?
Can they be stopped?
You know who they are . . . if you've ever known fear.
In Palmerston, Pennsylvania, two men in long coats walk calmly into a crowded fast-food restaurant--then, slowly and methodically, gun down sixty-eight people. They take time to reload.
On the Promenade of Santa Monica, California, a teenage gir...more
It is quite hard to write this review without spoilers, but I will try.
The story begins with a shoot out in a small town in Pennsylvania where two gunmen kill sixty-eight people without even blinking an eye. We are then taken a decade later where we meet Ward, an ex CIA agent, a...more
I picked up this book on the strength of of the cover endorsement blurb by Stephen King, who called it "a masterpiece."
I was fooled. The book is interesting -- for writing and plot. But I realized, at book's end, that the author had failed to answer a key question. That made me devalue the whole story.
Backtracking, "Straw Men"'s about a grown only child who lives away from his parents, and isn't emotionally close to th...more
Michael Marshall writes horror under this name, but is also known for his science fiction, which he writes under Michael Marshall Smith. Perhaps he was inspired by Iain (M.) Banks, who likewise changes names depending on the genre.
The Strawmen is a brutal, well-written horror story about a mysterious group of mass murderers called The Straw Men and a lone serial killer to may be tied to them, who calls himself the Upright Man. The Upright Man kidnaps a young, 16-year-old girl...more
1991, une fusillade dans un fast-food : deux hommes abattent 60 personnes avant de laisser une message, Les hommes de paille, et de fuir-un par la porte, l'autre par le suicide.
11 ans plus tard, une jeune fille est kidnappéen selon le même schéma qu'un serial killer prénommé l'homme debout. Au même moment, Ward se rend chez ses parents qui v...more
The book is about an ex CIA agent who after the death o...more
There are so...more
I was very pleasantly surprised. The author has a very lush, descriptive writing style that is informative, original and not over-the-top.
It's the first in a trilogy, I'll warn you - but it does have a (mostly) satisfying ending that means you don't HAVE to read the other books...more
I'm a huge fan of Stephen King so that was enough to encourage me to pick up the book and I wasn't disappointed. It starts off with a bang and doesn't stop. The style is very similar to King's so the ride is filled with details that hide the extraordinary behind the mundane.
When a son returns home to...more
Reread it a while later and was not impressed. It felt cliched and drab; was quite irritated by the archetypal characters of Ward and particulary Zandt (god how many times do we have to deal with the alcoholic broken detective character?).
Have now reread it yet again and this time it seemed fresh and I...more
Here's the one positive thing I gained from the experience of this book: I now am very discriminating about what I read. If it brings darkn...more
I was enjoying it a LOT. Michael Marshall Smith certainly knows how to
keep a reader engaged. Here's a story with three converging storylines, each one teasing us along with the mystery of what the heck is going on.
I had only heard of Michael Marshall Smith via the Pod of Horror podcast. This is a great show, by the way, and it's introduced me to several writers I'm looking forward to reading.
Back to The Straw Men. This isn't...more
Ward Hopkins returns home to Montana after his parents die in a car crash to find a note hidden in his dad's chair that reads "We're not dead". His buddy Bobby Nygard, a CIA agent helps him unravel his history and uncover a group called "The Straw Men".
John Zandt, a former police detective is looking for "The Upright Man" who has abducted 5 teenage girls...more
This was a book that kept me guessing, even in the second to last chapter I was still bei...more
Okay, let me get the bad out of the way first: there's a plot hole in this book big enough to build a development full of multi-million-dollar homes in. And it's been gnawing at me ever since I realized it. But I can't dock the book any stars, because in every other respect, The Straw Men is just about the perfect thriller, a book that grabs hold early on and refuses to let go. (I read the bulk of it, excepting twenty pages in the beginning and twenty...more
Gue suka dengan penceritaan pembunuhan yang ada di buku ini. Dingin dan kejam. It does gives you the creep bahwa manusia mampu nyakitin manusia lain...more
I've read all three books (so consider this a series review rather than a single novel), and I'm still not entirely sure what happened. I liked t...more
A well-paced page turner, this, with really nothing in the way of extraneous moving parts. The best feature to my mind, aside from the rather compelling main plot points, was the lengthy m...more
Well, not really.
It's a well-written piece; although a bit odd because it shifts back and forth between first- and third-person points of view. Also, the climax drifts a bit more into over-the-top horror territory that's a bit inconsistent with the tone of the rest of the book.
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Also, when Michael Marshall Smith writes horror, he uses the name Michael...more