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Speculative Fiction Author in a Crime Drama World

Michael Marshall Smith, who writes under several different pen names, has been known to write in several different genres, including horror and science fiction, though his most famous novel, The Straw Men, is a modern suspense/thriller classic. With The Intruders, Smit...
Michael Marshall Smith, who writes under several different pen names, has been known to write in several different genres, including horror and science fiction, though his most famous novel, The Straw Men, is a modern suspense/thriller classic. With The Intruders, Smith brings back what he does best: the subtle diversions man creates to convince himself he has control over reality.

The Intruders follows Jack Whalen, a retired cop who believes his wife may have gone missing on one of her business trips to Seattle. Whalen is a sensible, rational man who has some issues that border on paranoia, but he tries to carefully work through difficult situations. Then, a little girl goes missing from her family, and though she is aware that she is going somewhere, she can't help but feel a little outside of herself.

What begins as random occurences in The Intruders slowly folds in on itself, but in a way that keeps you guessing until the very last chapter. I thought I was picking up a crime novel, but about halfway through the book, I wasn't sure what genre the author was really going for. The Intruders constantly hints toward science fiction and horror, but in a way that is subtle enough to be left open for interpretation. Though it's an excellent crime novel, I believe fans of the old pulps will find this novel more entertaining than fans of the modern series authors.

posted by rwakeland on October 31, 2008

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A Good Thriller

Overall this was a good read, but it had some problems. It's a fast paced book when following Jack Whalen. But it tends to slow down quite a lot when Marshall switches to other Characters. I loved Jack as a main Character, even though he is a flawed hero, which is do...
Overall this was a good read, but it had some problems. It's a fast paced book when following Jack Whalen. But it tends to slow down quite a lot when Marshall switches to other Characters. I loved Jack as a main Character, even though he is a flawed hero, which is done to death. It's a good thriller with just the right pacing throughout most of the book and keeps you turning the page. I really liked the book, but cant give it more than three stars. This has mainly to do with my opinion on what a thriller is, a fast paced book with some surprises. Yes The Intruders is wonderfully fasted paced, but I found myself knowing what was coming at the end of the book by the time I was halfway through it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fast paced thriller.

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    Speculative Fiction Author in a Crime Drama World

    Michael Marshall Smith, who writes under several different pen names, has been known to write in several different genres, including horror and science fiction, though his most famous novel, The Straw Men, is a modern suspense/thriller classic. With The Intruders, Smith brings back what he does best: the subtle diversions man creates to convince himself he has control over reality.<BR/><BR/>The Intruders follows Jack Whalen, a retired cop who believes his wife may have gone missing on one of her business trips to Seattle. Whalen is a sensible, rational man who has some issues that border on paranoia, but he tries to carefully work through difficult situations. Then, a little girl goes missing from her family, and though she is aware that she is going somewhere, she can't help but feel a little outside of herself.<BR/><BR/>What begins as random occurences in The Intruders slowly folds in on itself, but in a way that keeps you guessing until the very last chapter. I thought I was picking up a crime novel, but about halfway through the book, I wasn't sure what genre the author was really going for. The Intruders constantly hints toward science fiction and horror, but in a way that is subtle enough to be left open for interpretation. Though it's an excellent crime novel, I believe fans of the old pulps will find this novel more entertaining than fans of the modern series authors.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A brilliant thriller

    Former LAPD cop turned author Jack Whalen and his wife advertising executive Amy left Southern California to live in the Seattle suburbs. One seemingly uneventful day high school sports friend Gary Fisher calls from Chicago to ask Jack to do him a favor. The lawyer says he tracked Jack from his book and would like Jack to investigate the brutal murders of thirty-seven year old Gina Anderson and her son Joshua in their Seattle home the house was trashed and the husband a lecturer at the nearby community college vanished.---------------- Jack agrees to take the case, but when he calls his wife who is in Seattle on business, the hotel desk clerk says she has not checked in and she fails to answer her cell phone. Concerned he travels to Seattle to find Amy has vanished.---------------- In Portland, a nine years old girl also disappears, but is found a few miles away. She shares visions with Jack, who digs deeper into a cesspool in search of his wife. Soon all three scenarios will connect at the heart of Jack¿s soul.---------------- THE INTRUDERS affirm Michael Marshall¿s winning of the Philip K. Dick. Award (see THE STRAW MEN) as this action-packed thriller filled with twists will keep readers on the edge throughout. Jack is a wonderful beleaguered hero who starts off by quickly realizing he don¿t know jack even about himself and as he investigates realizes each new clue proves he knows even less than he thought. The audience needs to set aside plenty of time as 392 pages is a one sitting suspense read.--------------- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Not what you think!

    I've read thrillers. But this novel blew my mind! Thinking outside of the box is here! And it will scare you, thrill you and make you think!

    Nothing but "new" and original story telling here!

    What really got me going with this story is...could it be true?

    It was a blast to read in any case! Burrrr! shivers !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Intense...

    This book far surpassed my expectations. It was intense and creepy. I really had no idea how the book would end, which kept me turning the pages to find out. I was hooked from the first chapter, and it was a wild ride until the end. Overall, The Intruders is an excellent book. It is well worth your time to read this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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