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The Straw Men
     

The Straw Men

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by Michael Marshall
 

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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

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Straw Men 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing. From the very beginning it has you hooked and takes you into a journey of our deepest fear; the dark side of ourselves. Two stories weaving into one throughout the story leave you breathless and turning pages faster and faster to the incredible climax. A five star book I STRONGLY RECCOMEND this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across this paperback on a recent visit to my favorite bookseller, seeking a nice literary escape that might hold my interest for a few nights running. I found what I was looking for. Although I'm not a huge fan of Stephen King, his quote on the book's cover ['a masterpiece'] did catch my eye and sealed the purchase of this little (well, okay, 389 pages) gem. While probably not a true masterpiece, Marshall's character-driven novel is a fine edition to the genre. Equal parts crime story (serial killings), psychological thriller, and social commentary, the book lags only briefly -- when the major protagonists first intersect about 2/3rds through, at which point it reads too much at times like a contrived screenplay -- before roaring towards a sustained and satisfying conclusion. But only a temporary conclusion, as Marshall's latest offering ('The Upright Man') promises to pick up where the Straw Men left us... expertly drawn, once again, into the shaken psyche of Ward Hopkins. And into a world where we are never safe from our own species. This guy can write.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the story line to this book sounded so eery and good. Unfortunately, I found that the book tended to drag on with too much wordy detail. Mr. Marshall definitely sounds like a good writer but the detail was killing me. The book hit many lulls during reading and I found that I mostly read it to discover who the straw men were and finished it out of determination to just plain finish the book.
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The best word for this tightly woven tale: fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly riveting story. Like another reviewer i found some parts that were too wordy. I skimmed those areas. A very deep and psychological thriller.
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Crystal Douglas More than 1 year ago
The plot was, on occasion, hard to follow, however it was still an exceptional read. I throughly enjoyed it.
Roberta Kresse More than 1 year ago
one of my all time favorite thrillers first of a trilogy. there is no writer like him. intense and believable. ive read the whole trilogy three times.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
A really good story, although I was a little perplexed at the ending.

Reads really quickly though, and pulls you right into the mysteries of what's going on.

Great for those who love a good thriller!